“Lucy Hall is the Founder and CEO of Mary Hall Freedom House. As the youngest of seven siblings, Lucy came from a family that battled generational addiction. ”
Her mother died of alcoholism when she was six and left behind seven children some of whom later lost their lives to substance abuse. The impression her mother left in her life inspired Lucy to reach out to women who suffer from addiction and women with children. She desired to help bridge the gap from troubled lives and help women become independent and self-sufficient. Today, her dream has become a reality with Mary Hall Freedom House (MHFH), named in memory of her mother. Through a community of sisterhood, Lucy coaches women to free themselves from the past and live every day for the future. Over 10,000 women and children have achieved recovery through Mary Hall Freedom House since founded in 1996; by empowering them to end the cycle of generational addiction, poverty and homelessness. “Everyone here knows that God is really the head of this agency,” Lucy states. “He has made it possible for us to minister to the women, children, and families sent through our doors.” A native New Yorker, Lucy graduated from Shorter University with a degree in Human Services and holds national credentials as a substance abuse counselor. Lucy is the recipient of many awards that include: the 2002 Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader Award, the 2003 Mary Magdalene Award, 2003 Atlanta Magazine “Women Making a Mark” Award, the 2006 Turner Broadcasting Systems Pathfinder Award, the 2008 Leadership Sandy Springs Award, the 2010 All-State Statue to Greatness Award, the 2011 City of Sandy Springs MLK Award, the 2013 Restorative Justice Center “Community Warrior Award,” the 2014 Turknett Leadership Character Award, and the 2016 Heart of Giving Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In all, Lucy enjoys her family, faith, and fitness. She is the proud mother of two children, Mary and Christian who are all faithful members of Elizabeth Baptist Church. Lucy can be found working out in Zumba class
Oakland native Ri-Karlo Handy began working in the film industry at the very young age of 14. While still in high school, he collaborated with some of the bay area’s most popular artists including E-40, En Vogue, and Too Short. Starting off as a production assistant, he hustled his way up to director by the age of 18, helming music videos for Master P, Bone-Thugs and Harmony, Mack 10, and countless others. He's also directed commercials, films, and a collection of documentary projects including the underground hit “Unsigned” which he shot, produced, and edited. In2003, Ri-Karlo shifted his focus to television, editing such shows as Kitchen Nightmares for FOX, Pros Vs. Joes for SPIKE TV, and many more. Shortly after, he began showrunning unscripted programs for BET, MTV, TLC, and OWN, including serving as the executive producer for Keyshia Cole's “The Way It Is” for BET and Nick Cannon’s “Son of A Gun” for MTV. By 2011, Ri-Karlo was creating new TV shows as VP of unscripted development at New Wave Entertainment, including “Buying for Billionaires” which premiered on E! In 2012 Ri-Karlo Handy combined all his knowledge to take on the new challenge of launching the original programming department for Bounce TV, executive producing all of the network's dramas, sitcoms, music specials, stand-up specials, and unscripted content. Serving as the network's Senior Vice President of Original Programing, he co-created the network's hit drama “Saints & Sinners” and produced the popular sitcoms “Mann & Wife”, “Family Time”, and “In The Cut”. In 2018 Ri-Karlo launched Sunwise Media a production studio and consulting firm creating content for broadcast syndication and advertising partnerships.
Rashad is a film and TV producer/UPM who specializes in the production of socially disadvantaged narratives, and a Producers Guild “power of diversity” fellow. He’s produced 20 episodes of unscripted content for network and digital, as well as a documentary feature. In the scripted world, he partnered with the City of Atlanta for the “Narratives in Courage: Stories of LGBT Public Safety Heroes” presentation of his film Welcome Home Hero at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. As a former pop culture journalist, he received a Medium.com top 10% writer designation for his viral work on the fear of non-sexual intimacy among some Black men towards each other. His work has been featured in/on ABC, CBS, AspireTV, NBC's 11 Alive, Atlanta and Company, The Georgia Voice, WABE 90.1, Shadow and Act, and JET Magazine.