About Us

We’re a dedicated group of friends, neighbors, and family who work with Lucie to make her wish come true of spreading joy and comfort to children who have undergone trauma. She wants to bring smiles to every child and we’re right beside her to help make that possible.

Hugs From Lucie Board of Directors

10410948_10152835365708542_1444255007274069331_nPRESIDENT & FOUNDER LUCIE AMRHEIN

Lucie Amrhein is a student at American University studying International Service and French. She began Hugs From Lucie in 2008 with the mission of changing the world, one hug at a time. Her goal is to not only bring comfort to children experiencing trauma but to inspire others to make a difference in the lives of others.



Belinda Amrhein is a full-time student at Towson University and a mom to three. She has always had a soft spot for animals and children. Inspired by her daughter’s dream of creating a charity to help kids, Belinda encouraged and supported Lucie to make it happen. Belinda has been a member of Hugs From Lucie since its inception and continues to work with her daughter keeping the charity thriving.




Alexandra (Alex) Lichtner is a student at Rollins College studying Marine Biology and English. She has been a volunteer at the National Aquarium in Baltimore since 2014. This experience sparked her desire to help others. When she first heard about her friend’s organization, Hugs from Lucie, she wanted to help out, even visiting some locations with her. Seeing her friend’s enthusiasm for her efforts has made her want to work with her even more.



Julien Amrhein is a senior studying Economics at Towson University. He is the current treasurer for his service fraternity and wanted to use his experience to help his sister with Hugs from Lucie. He is an Eagle Scout and hopes to help kids through the organization.





Paul Amrhein is an information technology professional with over 25 years experience in the healthcare arena.  He is also a volunteer leader with the Boy Scouts of America, actively working with his local Troop and Cub Pack.  His desire to help others is inspired by Lucie’s vision and dedication to make the world a better place one “hug” at a time, and the belief that no act of kindness is too small.  Paul is honored to serve as a member of the Hugs from Lucie Board of Directors.



Meghan Maloney is a wife, mom of two, and a Kindergarten teacher. She is also a Girl Scout leader and a Boy Scout mom. Lucie’s story has been an inspiration to share the love in every way you can, whether in a big way or small. Meghan feels blessed to be a part of something so special, changing the world one hug at a time.




Cathy White is a wife and mother of 2.  She has 25+ years of experience working in Health Care Information Technology.  Cathy first met Lucie at a Hugs From Lucie fundraiser several years.  Since then she has attended many HFL events. She is honored to serve on the Board.




Victoria White is an 8th grader and Girl Scout.  She has attended many Hugs from Lucie events.  As a younger girl Victoria enjoyed helping stuff the bears at Build-a-Bear.  She looks forward to serving at events for years to come.