We Monitor your loved ones vital signs and Engage with a questionnaire as a Wellness Check In. We Recommend mindfulness activities to lower your heart rate and Advocate on your behalf. Our team of Mental Health Professional on call to get you the best care possible in a crisis situation.
It is estimated that in “2018, over 73,085 people were treated for mental illness in the state of Wisconsin.” That number is up from 60,242 just 5 years ago, showing a 21.3% increase. Of that total 37,446 cases were classified as “crisis” level treatments, up 49.9% over that same time. Also, an important note, 35,824 cases were classified as “short-term situational” individuals, also up over the time span by 13.6%.
These statistics and trends lead to a clear conclusion that our target market is growing. They also make apparent an increasing need for a product that supports people with mental illnesses and their caregivers, who do not need “round the clock” care.
Monitor - We monitor your loved ones' vital signs to determine their stress level patterns, as this factors into increase of heart rates.
Engage - We engage with custom questionnaires based on your activity level and vital signs, as a wellness check-in.
Recommend - We Recommend Mindfulness Activities from Breathing Applications to Attitude Adjustment Playlists that help decrease your heart rate.
Advocate - We Advocate on the behalf of your loved ones with our MERA response team comprised of Licensed Clinicians, Crisis Intervention Trained Officers, and Practicing Clinicians.
“It is estimated that 33% of the population suffers from some sort of mental illness and with an estimated 5.8 million people in Wisconsin alone” over 1.9 million people will find value in our app
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Montréal Cain, Founder
Montréal Cain dually matriculates at Cardinal Stritch University in pursuit of his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and graduated early from Agape Love Bible College studying for his master’s in Christian Counseling in August of 2020. He maintained a 4.0 GPA as a member of the National Honors Society, and has gained real-world experience as an educational mentor to young adults through his previous role as an instructor at the University of Milwaukee Wisconsin for the last 10 years, and in his current role as a Broadcast Journalism teacher at Milwaukee Marshall High School. He is the 2017 City of Milwaukee Black Male Achievement ‘Innovative Pioneer’ award recipient. He received his Mental Health First Aid Certification in 2019 and continues to advocate of Mental Health across Wisconsin.
Montréal brings interactive communications skills that empower youth and urban professionals seeking to explore their passions and career paths in multimedia. As an experienced production professional, he balances creative and technical acumen with communications savvy to negotiate symbiosis and manage relationships. His proven ability to work effectively between business platforms has established his credibility and leadership as a creative problem solver with a solid understanding of contemporary marketing technology, video production, animation and motion graphics. In this capacity, he serves as a brand ambassador several brands and is responsible for the creation of images and content which compels, directs and enhances multi-level and multi-dimensional messaging and branding campaigns.
Montréal is proficient across multiple cutting-edge electronic and digital technologies, including press and publicity, media outreach, intellectual property management (IP) and brand integrity. He advocates actively for community empowerment, public service and an appreciation for people of all cultures and backgrounds. As a keynote speaker at many citywide forums and events, Montréal focuses on equipping budding entrepreneurs with basic knowledge about starting and developing a small business. He provides both insight and motivation.
Montréal is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated and serves on the Board of Directors of AMRI Counseling Services as Vice President.
Dr. Lakeia Jones, Lead Clinician
Dr. Lakeia Jones, Ph.D., MS, LPC, CSAC, CTTP, CEO is a Licensed Psychotherapist, Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Supervisor. She is the Owner and CEO of AMRI Counseling Services, LLC. and AMRI Counseling & Family Services, Inc., Wisconsin State Licensed and Certified Mental Health and Substance Abuse Clinics located in Milwaukee and Kenosha WI. AMRI Counseling Services provides individualized, person-centered, quality mental health and substance abuse/addiction counseling for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and their families, along with prevention and supportive services, medication and pharmacy delivery services. Dr. Lakeia Jones is also an author, professor, coach, advocate, speaker, trainer, and mentor to many inspiring entrepreneurs and clinicians throughout the U.S. She has received proclamations for the outstanding work she continues to do by various community leaders, schools, businesses as well as the Mayor of Milwaukee, WI, and the Milwaukee City Common Council. This leader has received a magnitude of other awards throughout the United States including but not limited to the WI governor’s award, business and community awards, leadership and even having her own “Day” named after her for the phenomenal work she has done and continue to do within her own business and throughout the community. Dr. Jones has a true heart for helping others and it shows not only through her accomplishments but also through the lives of those she has positively impacted.
James Bell “JB” is a Partner, Financial Advisor, and Field Director with Northwestern Mutual’s Bell & Wright Financial Group. James is blessed to be the longest lasting African American advisor in his agency’s over 100-year history! He is also blessed to run the Bell & Wright Financial Group with his Partner and Wisconsin’s first African American female appointed Certified Financial Planner, Erica Wright, CFP®, MBA.
James is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and an alum of Marquette University. Prior to becoming an adviser, James was attending graduate school to become a professor of history when his father was diagnosed with a rare skin cancer.
After sitting with his mother’s financial advisor to work out his father’s financial affairs, a deep desire to help other individuals, families, and businesses with financial planning was created.
Since he’s become an adviser, he has won numerous sales awards, services clients across the country, advises and sits on various boards focused on Science and Technology, and lectures frequently throughout the year at both non and for-profit organizations.
Despite all his professional accomplishments however, James is most humbled and proud of the fact that every day he GETS to be a husband to his wife Tierra, and father to his daughters Alani and Michelle, and son Ian.
Mara Frier, COO
Mara is Chief Operating Officer and responsible for agency procedure and policy, employee benefits, human resources and finance. With over 20 years of experience, including a solid history in manufacturing and accounting, Mara leads the agency’s process improvement initiatives to achieve continued growth and superior performance.
Mara graduated from Alverno College December, 1992.Bachelor of Arts - Business Management Minor - Arts & Humanities. Mara completed the Cardinal Stritch African-American Leadership Program - 2013. Prior to working at Responsory I worked 16 years for Rexnord Corporation as a staff accountant.
Mara has her own Tax Preparation Business. I specialize primarily in preparing tax returns for individuals. I have been doing tax prep services since 2008.
I enjoy cooking, reading, crafts and spending time with family and friends, especially with my grandchildren.
N'Zinga Khalid, Lead Trainer
Nzinga Khalid is the Prevention Services Manager for Community Access to
Recovery Services (CARS). She oversees substance use prevention, suicide
prevention and mental health wellness promotion services for the Milwaukee
County Behavioral Health Division.
Nzinga holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Sociology from Marquette University and a Master of Arts degree in Education
from Alverno College.
She is a certified trainer in SBIRT, Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, Mental Health First Aid, and Question Persuade
Refer (QPR). Nzinga is a trusted community liaison, strategic planner, trainer,
and organizer with 25 years of progressive experience in the fields of social work, education, and the mental health care industry.
Nzinga is a two time BizTimes as a Health Care Hero Community Services Award winner. Inspired to find creative ways to maintain mental health wellness, Nzinga founded Mind,
Body & Soul Dancers, Inc. in 2010. MBSD, Inc. is a non-profit organization that
uses line dancing as a tool to decrease depression and aggression in youth and adults.
Nzinga has received countless proclamations from the County Executive,Mayor of Milwaukee, and Milwaukee Common Council for the various
campaigns she leads; such as Light Unite Red, Creating Healthy Homes, & Be
Dr. Celeste Jackson Board Member
Dr. Celeste A. Jackson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Community Psychologist. Dr. Jackson's work centers around providing dynamic clinical interventions and viable restorative justice training. As a psychotherapist, Dr. Jackson provides therapy services to individuals, families and groups using an integrative therapeutic approach. As a restorative justice practitioner she develops and implements individualized training for organizations seeking to adopt the evidence based restorative justice practices within their companies to improve outcomes. She has a masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Doctorate in Community Psychology with a research focus on mass incarceration and program evaluation. Dr. Jackson is a mother, wife and an advocate for social justice equality. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and lives in Oswego, IL."
D Sharon Grant, Board Member
Sharon has spent 35 years building a business career in the healthcare space with well- defined focuses on both the community and on developing systems that enhance the future of children born-too-soon and children at-risk. She has long been recognized as a child advocate who works to create sustainable futures for young people attempting to navigate the complex social order.
Sharon has served on a variety of Corporate and Community Boards: President ofChicago Board of Education; President of Concerned HealthCare of America; Community Access Network Board (CAN); University of Illinois Community Advisory Board; Cook County Juvenile Detention Board
Sharon is the CEO of Medical Innovations, LLC Health Initiatives an obstetrical and high-risk pediatric population health management firm. MI seeks to optimize the financial and clinical outcomes for its clients that desire to increase the quality of care and to significantly decrease the
healthcare cost for their insured mothers and high-risk newborns.
Medical Innovations, LLC is the for-profit spin off-of Women and Children’s Health Initiatives, a 501C3 Organization. Devoted to the planning, development and implementation of health services and economic security of at-risk and vulnerable populations since 2011. Sharon continues to consult on healthcare and Juvenile justice systems processes. In May 2000 she started Sharon Grant & Associates, LLC a consulting and management firm dedicated to developing in-house obstetrics-pediatric services in small to mid-size managed care organizations. Implemented aggressive and effective outreach programs for plan members and providers.
Star Cunningham, Board Member
Star was named to Chicago Crain’s Tech 50, 7 Wonder Women of Chicago, 20 Chicago SoftwareCompanies to Watch and Chicago’s Top Ten Startup Founders Over 40. She has been profiled inVanity Fair, Inc., Forbes, Crain’s Chicago, Black Enterprise, Physician’s Money Digest and NBC News.
She is a contributing writer to Entrepreneur. com and she participates in activities for the
Kellogg Executive Women’s Network, Kellogg’s Black Management Association, Northwestern’s entrepreneurship student organization, EPIC, and Northwestern’s chapter of the Society ofWomen Engineers She is also actively involved with Girls Who Code and Black Girls Code.
October 2019 delivered TEDx Talk “One Dot at a Time” you can check it out here.
On Twitter you can follow Star @4DHealthware and @Star4DFounder.
Lauren Hubbard, Board Member
Ms. Hubbard is an alumni of Prairie View A&M University (Houston, Tx) where she obtained herBachelor of Science in Nursing. Ms. Hubbard has spent her career providing emergency behavioral
health care and services to the residents of Milwaukee County as a Psychiatric RN.
Lauren is currently serving as the Director of Community Crisis Services at Milwaukee County’s Behavioral Health Division. She oversees various mobile crisis teams, community-based programs, and offers education and
outreach to other professionals and community partners within Milwaukee County and the SW region of Wisconsin.
Lauren looks forward to continuing to engage the community in mental health awarenessconversations, providing support to families in need, and working towards a healthier Milwaukee
through expanding partnerships and prevention programs.