In the summer of 2011, a small group of Abundia community members got together to talk about the future of the retreat. From the group emerged the Abundia Board: women with the vision and skills to take Abundia into the future.
Heidi Leigh Davis, Abundia President
Heidi L. Davis is an editor and people manager in Indianapolis, Indiana. In her early 30s, she gave up dieting because it simply never worked for her. Tired of wasting her time, she still struggled with feeling ashamed for being a fat woman in US culture.
A good friend introduced her to the online fat-acceptance community, which opened Heidi’s eyes to the numbers of fat women defying fat-stereotypes every day. Heidi believes she deserves to enjoy life and try any experience she wants, regardless of her body size. And so does every other woman. She loves vintage valentine cards, cats, tea and cookies, and The Walking Dead
Megan Stemm-Wade, Vice President
Megan has been a body positive activist for twenty years ever since she read Abundia founder Cheri Erdman’s Nothing to Lose: A Guide to Sane Living in a Larger Body.
A media literacy educator and online learning designer, Megan also has an outstanding commitment to dessert, her dog, and encouraging women to love themselves enough to find the pleasure and joy in being exactly who they are, right now. Also, she kills at karaoke.
Anne Anatra, Secretary
Anne Anatra has always been fat, but has never really dieted. Once thinking this was another lack of willpower, she realized the truth about 15 years ago: beauty comes in all sizes and shapes, and life is too short to try to fit into anyone else’s mold, figuratively or literally. Shortly thereafter, she discovered the fat-acceptance community and Abundia, and her life has reaped every wonderful reward as a result.
In a shift from eager follower to proud advocate, Anne is delighted and honored to join the amazing ladies who lead this life-affirming organization. She loves crafting, reading, spending time with family and friends, and well-honed sarcasm.
Rebecca Targ, Board Member, Communications
Rebecca Targ is a graphic design professor and practitioner. She loves art, design, movies, reading, swimming, making care packages, surfing etsy.com, making saucy comments, and having a sisterhood of fat friends. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her cat Edie and has spent time in her home state of Indiana (exotic!) as well as in Mexico, Japan, Russia, Italy, and Tennessee. She hopes to help Abundia develop and grow into an even larger group of support and friendship.