Meet Our Newest National Staff Member, Hayley Harnicher


welcome blog pictureWe’re so excited to introduce our blog readers to our newest national staff member: Hayley Harnicher, coordinator of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau! You might remember Hayley as a road staffer from last spring’s Send Silence Packing tour. She was also a chapter leader and the University of Rochester, served on the national Student Advisory Committee and interned in the national office a few summers ago. Basically, she’s been with Active Minds for forever and we’re so excited to officially have her on the team!

Read on to learn more about Hayley and her new role with the Speakers Bureau:

So, Hayley. Tell us a little about yourself.

Well, where should I start.One thing to know about me, is that I never quite know how to answer the question, “Where are you from?” because I can answer that question in quite a few ways. Having lived in Salt Lake City, UT and Houston, TX before going to Rochester, NY for college, I can’t wait to see what’s next for me here in DC. I am a triplet, with my brother and sister being my only siblings; we were more than enough for my parents! Because of all the places I’ve lived, I have developed a deep love of travel–both to visit the old, but also to explore the new.

My love for travel was recently combined with Active Minds when I embarked on one of my dream jobs as a Spring 2016 Send Silence Packing road staffer and got the opportunity to explore so many places I had never been before. (You should apply to be Fall 2016 Send Silence Packing Contract Staff here! Shameless plug, I know).

What are your guilty pleasure TV shows?

These tend to change regularly, since I’m much more likely to binge a season or two of a show, as opposed to keeping up with it week-to-week. To name a few though, I love Blue Bloods, The Fosters, and Young and Hungry. You can count on me watching Grey’s Anatomy until the very end, through all of its sometimes far-fetched ups and downs. I’ve also been known to go back and watch the classics, such as Gilmore Girls, Boy Meets World, and Friends. Friends will never fail to make me laugh, even if I could probably recite it at this point.

What’s your favorite season? (season of the year, not season of your favorite guilty pleasure show)

I’ve grown to love the transitional seasons of Fall and Spring. I love being outdoors, and these are the perfect seasons to explore and enjoy the scenery. I’ve also had the unfortunate experience of spending most recent summers in very hot places (think Texas, Florida, and DC), and winters in well..Rochester, NY.. which can be brutal. I wouldn’t change a thing, but these experiences have definitely shown me how to appreciate the Fall and Spring seasons!

If you could have a vacation home anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I have always been fascinated by the beauty and culture of Australia, so my hope is to make it out there one day. With the time differences and the jetlag, they might have to be some pretty extended vacations, but there’s nothing wrong with that!

It’s Saturday. What are you most likely to be doing?

Coming from previous jobs in service and hospitality, I’m grateful that I’m not answering this question with “probably at work.” With that being said, I’ll probably be spending the upcoming Saturdays exploring this beautiful new city, and taking everything in. I’m also not opposed to spending my Saturdays in on Netflix or catching up on sleep–especially while I get used to my commute!

What are you most excited about when it comes to working at Active Minds?

I’m incredibly excited to get to work with and learn from the staff and each member of the Speakers Bureau. The speakers chosen to be on the bureau are easily some of the most courageous and inspiring individuals out there, and I have already learned so much from the stories I have heard so far. It’s such a privilege to work with each of them, and I can’t wait to get to know everyone better.