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Getting to Know the NOAH Board

NOAH Board of Director

We asked NOAH board members to answer a few questions to share a more personal side of themselves with the community. We’ll be adding responses from more board members throughout the spring, so check back soon to get to know more about our NOAH leaders.

Get to Know…
Sonja Harris ~ Brandi Darby ~ Kris Baker ~ more coming soon!


Sonja Harris

What does NOAH mean to you?
Community, breaking through limitations, redefining boundaries and limitations. Realizing that I am not defined by the perceptions or limitations of others.

Why did you want to be a part of the board?
To give back for what I have gained from the community NOAH introduced me to. To be an example that you can be successful regardless of the condition and how society has determined it to be limiting.

What future goals do you envision for NOAH?
More advocacy, more spreading of information. And growth

Has the pandemic changed your view of the world, and how does NOAH fit into that view?
Of course. As with many organizations, the change is a growth opportunity. While in person contact can not be [replaced], the pandemic has opened doors for more access and relationship building. This is how I see NOAH fitting into this new world. I think the pandemic is an opportunity for NOAH to grow/increase our reach.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? And what do you do now?
I remember in the first grade saying I wanted to be a teacher. Now I’m an HR professional…sort of similar.

Follow Sonja on Instagram @Imani1099


Brandi Darby

What does NOAH mean to you?
It’s been a place of connection around an are of my life that is very isolating at times. Shared understanding amongst a variety of people who relate to my challenges and tenacity.

Why did you want to be a part of the board?
Because I want to see NOAH continue to be the premiere organization for new and ongoing members. Whether the interest is social, research, academic, or community support; NOAH can provide resources and opportunities for that!

What future goals do you envision for NOAH?
Stay Tuned!

Has the pandemic changed your view of the world, and how does NOAH fit into that view?
It has given me necessary time to prioritize how I spend my time. I can do many things, but I can only do a couple of them well.

What is your favorite NOAH memory?
Sitting in a restaurant in downtown San Diego with fourteen people who both looked similar to me and had the same needs as me! Surreal feeling.

If you were a sandwich, which kind of sandwich would you be?
For sure a Reuben on marble rye bread, with sweet potato tots, tossed in Cayenne pepper and a dill pickle.

Is there anything else you’d like us to share with the community?

Follow Brandi on Instagram @brandiblifting


Kris Baker

Why did you want to be a part of the board?
I have always been one to think outside the box. My hope was that I could bring some new perspective to the board, a perspective that looked beyond the way “we’ve always done it.”

What future goals do you envision for NOAH?
My goal for NOAH is the it becomes an organization that truly believes that we are better together, that all members of the NOAH community – PWA’s, parents, grandparents, that all people regardless of age, race, and gender identity – will feel valued and supported by this organization. My hope is that NOAH will grow and change with needs of its community members.

Has the pandemic changed your view of the world, and how does NOAH fit into that view?
I don’t think that pandemic has changed my view of the world, but it has provided me with an opportunity to think about those things that are most important to me. As an introvert, I have enjoyed the slower pace to my life. That said, I missed not seeing my NOAH friends at the conference, though I do keep in regular touch via text and email with many of my pale pals.

What is your favorite candy?
Candy Cane Tootsie pops, which are only available at Christmas. Junior Mints are a close second.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? And what do you do now?
I have been involved with music since I started taking piano lessons at age four. I started playing the clarinet in band at age eight. So music was always “my thing.” When I started college, I wanted to be a band director. When I started college, I fell in love with music theory. This led to several graduate degrees and a thirty-eight year career teaching music theory at the college level. I retired from teaching at the end of 2020.

What is your favorite NOAH memory?
My favorite NOAH memories are from my first conference, the St. Louis conference in 2012. I quickly made some amazing friends who I now consider some of my closest relationships. A second favorite is participation in the NOAH Choir, both in 2018 and virtually in 2020.

If you were a sandwich, which kind of sandwich would you be?
Peanut butter and jelly.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with the community?
In addition to music, I enjoy photography. I am part of the creative team for 365 Picture Today, an online photography community. I also enjoy writing, knitting, and running. I’m married, have two adult daughters, and almost two grandsons, the second one is due in early April.

Follow Kris on Social Media:
Blog: www.allinadaykris.com
Instagram: @allinadaykris
Facebook: Kris Elliott Baker