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Lacy Dicharry (USA)

Lacy (Kendrick Burk) Dicharry, MS, MBA is an internationally known expert in youth engagement, and has lead the US in several innovative youth-led programs and helped set standards for youth engagement practice. She holds a Master of Counseling Psychology and a Masters of Business Administration, combined help her in her organizational development and government systems consulting. She was a 2014 VOICE Award winner for her advocacy efforts to promote youth engagement in mental health. Lacy had to work to overcome many challenges, including abuse, mental health diagnoses, suicidal ideation, and trauma responses before finding recovery. Lacy also serves on the Board for the International Foster Care Organization (Secretary) since 2013, and Foster Care Alumni of America (Treasurer). She continues to advocate for positive changes for youth through sharing her story and consultation for state, national and international organizations. Through coaching and mentoring young people, she inspires them to do the same.

I would be honored to continue the opportunity to serve IFCO as a board member. I have been involved with the youth committee and have coordinated and lead the youth conferences for the past three years. I fully believe in the mission of IFCO to ensure that children and youth have their right to grow up in a healthy and loving family in their community of origin. I also understand how the organization works and what we need to be successful, having been intimately involved with IFCO for the past 4 years as a board member and officer. My primary goals as a board member would be to strengthen our infrastructure and internal processes and infrastructure to ensure efficiency, work toward developing and implementing a fundraising plan to ensure sustainability, help re-ignite the youth committee to ensure our youngest members feel empowered to make positive changes, and would like to explore a bid proposal to bring IFCO back to the US in the next few years.