Meet our March Spotlight, Faith Barnes
Each month, those of us working with Hardy Girls Healthy Women want to share the talent and vision of some of our incredible staff, volunteers, students, and board members. For March, we’re introducing you to Faith Barnes, chair of Hardy Girls Healthy Women’s Board of Directors. She is responsible for keeping things organized, fundraising for the organization, and helping to plan and facilitate all of our board meetings.
How did you get involved with Hardy Girls?
My introduction to Hardy Girls was about 13 years ago when I attended a workshop to learn about how I could empower my daughter and girl clients to understand media messages and take action.
What do you do at HGHW?
I joined the board in 2017 and currently I serve as the board chair.
What’s a typical day like for you?
On a typical day regarding work for HGHW I will look at and review the financial statements and if anything seems out of line I will note it and ask Kelli or the treasurer for an explanation, review committee meeting notes, consider people for contributions and/or board service, develop the agenda for the board meetings and the development committee meetings, develop the agenda for my monthly conversation with Kelli, and attend the 20th Anniversary Committee meetings via zoom. Right now I am focused on GR!A and trying to sell tickets by following up on emails I have sent to friends and family. My most important responsibility for HGHW is to thank our board members for all the work you do for HGHW. I don’t think I can thank you all enough for pulling your weight and moving us forward!
What’s one thing you love doing as part of HGHW?
What I love about being on the board of HGHW is having the chance to talk with people about the organization. I love listening to the stories from the Girls Advisory Board, Muses and Kelli, our Executive Director, and Sarah, our Program Coordinator.
What do you wish you’d known earlier or that someone had told you?
I wish someone had told me that the social constructs in our society were developed by white, heterosexual, eurocentric men. These constructs were assumed to be the only voice we needed to hear. I wish someone had told me that my voice and perspective were equally important!
What have you learned from Board Members, the Girls Advisory Board, and Muses?
From the board members, I have learned that they are willing to do the work for the organization if they can see that we are all working for the organization. The Girls Advisory Board has shown me the importance of connection; and Muses share their wisdom around how to listen and be patient with adolescents.
You have a free day to yourself — what do you do?
I love to be outside and get exercise so cross country skiing or biking or getting a massage or meeting up with one of my girlfriends.
Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about you?
I speak french and people tell me I’m funny!
What are you happiest doing when you’re not in school or at work?
Happiest being outside and doing something with my husband and, when they are around, my children.
Favorite place in Maine?
Sitting on the front terrace at our house on Mt. Desert Island.