Board of Directors
Aiko Kahn first discovered Hopeline by seeing a link provided on PostSecret.com. Touched by the story of a man who lost his wife to suicide and then dedicated his life to preventing the same thing from happening to others, she decided to do whatever she could to support their efforts.
Having spent the majority of her life struggling with depression, Aiko believes that we all owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to use our experiences with suffering and turn it into compassion for those going through similar struggles.
Her first experience with helping others was volunteering at Bellevue Hospital in NYC in the outpatient art therapy drug program. The interaction was amazing and enlightening for her, but unfortunately responsibilities with her career as a hairdresser and industry educator soon made the regularly scheduled volunteering impossible.
In 2008, Aiko introduced herself to Hopeline by putting together a small benefit for the foundation at her TriBeCa salon job, raising $2,700 in 4 hours with four stylists doing hair.
Since then, Aiko has organized several fundraisers for Hopeline and continues volunteering at college events.