Our Team

Maegan McConnell, MSW, MSc, RSW
Co-Founder/Executive Director 

Maegan has combined her educational background of social work and global development into one main project, Peace In Minds. While working, studying and teaching around the world, Maegan has seen the gaps in mental health care first hand. With these experiences and the experiences of her peers, PIM has developed into an organization aimed to address those treatment and support gaps in a sustainable and culturally appropriate way.

maegan@peaceinminds.org

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Dr. Emma Nagy, PhD, MSc
Board Director – Chair

Emma is passionate about promoting mental well-being in individuals, their families and communities. Emma has eight years of experience conducting research in the field of mental health.  More recent initiatives include developing and streamlining a referral pathway for perinatal mood disorders in a community without these existing supports. In her work, she places great importance on carefully listening to the needs of others, so that products and services are designed in a manner that will be meaningful and useful to the clients and communities they were created for.

 

 

 

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Manny Ojigbo
Director of Marketing 

Manny is fueled by building and engaging communities through storytelling. He is committed to creating compelling marketing messages that are useful and impactful. In addition, he has broad experience working with cause-driven organizations in the environment, ethical fashion and currently health industry where he helps solve problems with a creative approach.

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CHUBBY CHURRO
Mascot

What is an organization without a mascot? The beginning of Churro’s life is a bit mysterious. He was taken in off the streets and into a shelter in Holbox, Mexico. Refugio Holbox is where our co-founder, Maegan, met him. Luckily he’s a quick learner and has figured out how to be the best house and office dog. He now lives in Kingston, Ontario and is busy working as a therapy dog whenever he gets the chance.

Dr. Jennifer Pikard, MD, MSc
Chief Medical Officer

Jen’s journey with global health was piqued when she became the Fundraising Director for a project with Queen’s University in Canada called Queen’s Medical Outreach. After serving on the committee for a year she was promoted to the Director of one of the organization’s HIV awareness projects in Kenya. There, she established a curriculum with the local people to teach high school students HIV awareness and wellness. While in Kenya, Jen founded her own NGO with teachers from Kenyatta University in Nairobi teaching a similar curriculum – an NGO which became completely self-sustainable in the country. After this, she adapted the curriculum to suit a Women’s Clinic in Tanzania. After completing her Master’s Degree in Health Promotion focusing on HIV counseling and testing centres in Kenya she decided to obtain a Medical Degree and was enrolled in the Global Scholars Program in the United Kingdom and trained in 3 countries. She received the International Peace Scholarship for her work in underserved countries during medical school. She is now training to become a Psychiatrist in Ontario, Canada and carries her love of global health into her profession in mental health.

jenpikard@gmx.com

 

Dr. Reinhard Dolp, MD, MSc, Dr.med.
Board Member & Director of Research & Development

Reinhard holds a medical degree from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. He studied and practiced medicine in various countries such as Mexico, Spain, Canada, and Germany where he learned to understand the different medical and mental health care needs of diverse populations. He is currently training to become a psychiatrist in Ontario, Canada. His interest focusses on early detection and prevention of mental disease in children and adolescents.

reinhard.dolp@gmail.com

Joan McLeod, Dip.N.Sc., M.A. (Environmental Conflict Analysis and Management)
Board Member

After more than 30 years of public service and 25 as a navigator, systems designer, consultant, facilitator and coach to business teams and leaders, Joan’s passion for improving systems and supporting people and their healthy engagement found a new and inspiring place with Peace in Minds. Her interest in mental health and wellness has grown through personal and professional experience and seeing those impacted by excellence in mental health awareness. She cofounded Conflict Navigator, Inc., a team of consultants, coaches and trainers who provide expertise for concern, complaint and conflict handling for corporate and community teams and leaders. With significant global business experience in private practice and in institutional, community and political settings, Joan’s passion is in seeing strength and support grow for the Peace in Minds mission both at home and abroad. Joan enjoys the Kingston life with her husband Bruce, their sons Brodie and Torin, and Sangha, a husky-malamute. 

Nancy Taylor, M.H.Sc. (Occupational Health), C.A.P.P.
Board Member
 
Nancy began her career in the field of Occupational Health where over her career she worked in private industry, consulting and the public sector. In 2004, she completed a certificate in Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills through the Mediation Centre of Southeastern Ontario which in turn introduced her to the world of coaching and positive psychology, going on to complete a certificate in Applied Positive Psychology in 2016.  Recently after 17 years as Vice President of Utilities Kingston, Nancy took early retirement to pursue her passion for introducing others to the research about mental well-being. She shares these and other interests with husband Paul and two daughters, Emily,  and Alison.
Renee Bucci, MSc. OT, OT Reg.(Ont.), BA. Psychology
Board Director – Secretary 
 
Renee holds a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Queen’s University and has been focusing her practice within the mental health sector for the past five years. Her passion for working with the mental health population began during her Undergraduate Degree in Psychology at York University. Renee has ten years of experience working in the health care system within various roles. Since working as an Occupational Therapist, Renee has worked in community, outpatient, and inpatient hospital settings with a diverse range of medical and mental health experiences and populations. Renee is keen to apply her enthusiasm, passion, skills, and knowledge to grow the Peace in Minds’ mission, both at home and abroad. You might see some of her writing in the “Coping Corner” section of the Peace in Minds Newsletter. In her spare time, Renee enjoys going to yoga, running, checking out cafes, and cuddling with her 10-lb load of cuteness cat, Blake.

 

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