Shannon Carlock

Shannon Carlock, Administrative Assistant, grew up in Skowhegan and recently returned to Maine after many years spent fulfilling her teenage dream of living in big cities. She received her BA in women’s studies from UCLA and comes to HGHW with 15 years of experience as an independent support specialist and project manager. Prior to joining Hardy Girls, she co-founded and served as project manager of the Women’s Health Council of Benton Harbor, a citizen-led organization that transforms health outcomes through awareness, education, and advocacy. In addition to her work with Hardy girls, she serves on the board of Somerset Humane Society, leads the Maine chapter of Adoptees Connect, Inc., and continues to provide support services to entrepreneurs and creators.

Shannon lives in Canaan with her dachshund and 3 rescued cats. She never leaves home without her journal, a book, coffee, water, and pens. 

Five Questions with Shannon

Favorite book: The Color Purple, Alice Walker
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Fran Meneses
Favorite feminist anthem: So many! But I’ve gotta go with No Scrubs – TLC, because Left Eye’s rap is still so good.
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: Anyplace where I least expect to be confronted by an opportune moment.
Perfect day (in one sentence): A full tank of fuel, country roads, a good playlist, and the anticipation of discovering landscapes, eateries, and thrift stores as yet unknown to me.

Sarah Lentz

Sarah Lentz, Program Coordinator

Sarah Lentz, Program Coordinator, is a Maine transplant with extensive experience in youth development. As Program Director at Maine Teen Camp she created playful programming for teens around the world. From there, she spent years in Boston at national nonprofit, Summer Search. Through a combination of mentoring, experiential opportunities, college advising, and support, Summer Search empowered youth from low-income families to get to and through college. Her work there solidified her commitment to creating opportunities and support for youth that need it most. It also let her explore the many aspects of a growing nonprofit and left her with a passion for program development and evaluation, management, and increasing impact through effective use of communications and data.

Sarah received her BA from Denison University in Ohio and has a graduate certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from The Institute for Nonprofit Practice in Boston. This fall she will be pursuing a master’s degree in policy, planning, and management at USM’s Muskie School of Public Service.

She lives in Scarborough with her husband, son, and dog. They love going to the beach, exploring Maine, and investing in making their state a welcoming place for all. When not with her family, you can find Sarah meditating, doing art or spending time with other healthy women in Maine.

Five Questions with Sarah

Favorite book: Who needs books? I listen to podcasts! Some of my favorites are; In the Thick, One Bad Mother, Code Switch and Death, Sex and Money.
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Maria Hinojosa
Favorite feminist anthem: Proud Mary by Tina Turner
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: Wherever I am!
Perfect day (in one sentence): Meditation, walk my dog, go to the beach, ice cream with my family, make some art and go to bed early. 

Kelli McCannell

Kelli McCannell

Kelli McCannell, Executive Director, comes to Hardy Girls with over 15 years of experience in nonprofits in outreach, programs, marketing, fundraising and leadership. A native and long-time resident of San Diego, California, Kelli most recently served as Executive Director of San Diego Writers Ink. There, she instituted organizational infrastructure to strengthen San Diego’s literary community. At both Words Alive and Volunteer San Diego, she served as Director of Development  including grants, corporate sponsorships, marketing and communications. Kelli ran the outreach department at Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council, working with underserved girls to demonstrate the importance of education and community. She began her career with the American Red Cross’ Women Infants and Children (WIC) program building community collaborations, developing outreach and marketing campaigns and becoming a certified lactation educator.

Kelli earned her Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, along with a certificate in Servant Leadership and a BA in Art. She also possesses a certificate in Non Profit Management and is a graduate of the Fieldstone Foundation’s Executive Coaching Network.

After welcoming their first child in 2010, Kelli and her husband moved to his native Maine in 2012, where she served as Dorm and Activities Director at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield. Kelli is driven to shape the world she wants for her (now there are three!) sons. Kelli and her family live in Winslow and she enjoys reading, writing, and being outside.

Five Questions with Kelli

Favorite book: Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: a pack-horse librarian … and Maria Hinojosa… and Stacey Abrams
Favorite feminist anthem: Praying by Kesha
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: in staff meetings
Perfect day (in one sentence): On a cold day, in a clean bedroom, reading a rich book under a thick blanket while my sons nap. (It can be imaginary, right?)