Maegan McConnell, MSW, MSc, RSW
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.
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.
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.
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.
Board Director – Secretary
Tarra Williamson has over 20 years in Business and Team Development. Her entrepreneurial passion begun at 18 years old when she opened her first of 4 retail stores. From there she has helped build businesses and teams for international companies such as Apple, and Stantive Technologies.
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.
Joan McLeod, Dip.N.Sc., M.A. (Environmental Conflict Analysis and Management)
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.