MEET THE TEAM
CNQR is a global team of dynamic peer leaders, social disrupters and change makers. We work across global sectors in innovative, diverse and positively disruptive ways to change the current landscape of mental/brain health, wellness, and suicide prevention. We work collaboratively with our collective - delivering programs to corporates, school systems, communities and law enforcement/military.
Founder & president
Margaret founded The Kevin & Margaret Hines Foundation to drive transformative social impact by championing lived expertise in the mental/brain health and suicide prevention sectors through social entrepreneurship, revolutionizing the advocacy movement & fostering strong and healthy partnerships..
She comes to the Behavioral Health & Wellness space with over ten years of experience in Private Equity and Venture Capital. She has a proven track record of building strong partnerships and understands the value of collaboration. She is passionate about working with social entrepreneurs within the wellness and brain health space. Margaret graduated from University California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Economics. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Crisis Text Line and serves on the US Department of Defense Suicide Prevention Office's Lived Experience Committee.
MANAGING PARTNER (CNQR)
CEO (Kevin & MarGAret Hines Foundation)
Lacy Dicharry currently serves as the CEO of the Kevin and Margaret Hines Foundation. Prior to this role, Lacy served as a Partner and Change Specialist with Change Matrix, LLC a change management consulting firm, and served as the Executive Director of Youth MOVE (Motivating Others through Voices of Experience) National, a youth-led, non-profit organization that advocates for and supports youth voice.
Lacy is an internationally known expert in youth engagement, and has lead the nation in several innovative youth-led programs and helped set standards for youth engagement practice. Over the past 15 years, her work has impacted more than 250,000+ individuals in more than 40+ countries around the world. She was a 2014 VOICE Award winner for her advocacy efforts to promote youth engagement and National Association of Professional Women VIP Woman of the Year in 2016. Lacy had to work to overcome many challenges, including abuse, multiple mental health diagnoses, suicidal ideation, alcohol, and trauma responses before finding her way to recovery. Lacy also serves as the Vice-President for the International Foster Care Organization, and on the boards of Foster Care Alumni of America (Vice-President), and Mental Health America. She continues to advocate for positive changes for youth through sharing her story and consultation for local, state, national and international initiatives and organizations. Through coaching and mentoring other young people, she inspires them to do the same.
Co Founder & Executive vp of corporate communications
Lauren is the incoming Executive VP of Corporate Communications. Lauren was thrust into the suicide prevention and behavioral health world in 2008, after the death of her brother Aidon, by suicide. Since that life changing event, Lauren has accumulated over 9 years experience within the mental health & suicide prevention sectors, working in Australia. Prior to this she worked in an array of industries including; advertising, marketing, events management & PR. Alongside her own charity laurenbreen.com.au, Lauren hopes CNQR will create an innovate twist in the way behavioral health is funded and facilitated.
Director of business development
Ariel Blackwood is a public speaker and suicidology scholar who is passionate about connecting resources for collaboration on brain health awareness and education. Her dedication to data collection and collaboration stems from her background in research, which opened her eyes to the asymmetrical alignment of mental health initiatives with other health concerns. She serves as Co-Founder and CEO of Camp Alex, a Summer camp for adolescent survivors of Suicide initiated by the Alex Blackwood Foundation for Hope, of which Ariel is also Co-Founder. She has served in Public Policy for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and as a public speaker for Mental Health America. Her passion for suicide prevention is driven by her own lived experience, of which she passionately shares and utilizes as a springboard for business initiatives and corporate endeavors.
CNQR Lived expertise consultant
Kevin Hines is an award-winning global speaker, best-selling author, documentary filmmaker, and suicide prevention and mental health advocate who has reached millions with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Kevin in sharing his story, is fostering a critical bridge of hope between life and death for people caught in the pain of living with serious mental illness, difficult life circumstances, and more. His refreshing honesty, realism, advocacy, and appreciation of the complex conditions that contribute to mental illness is a much-needed guiding like through the darkness of societal stigma and discrimination.