LYNNE GOLODNER, FOUNDER & CEO

Fulbright Specialist Lynne Golodner is the author of thousands of magazine and newspaper articles and eight books. A long-time entrepreneur and teacher of writing, Lynne has a passion for telling stories of how people find meaning in the mundane.

In 2016, Lynne created One Earth Writing, a 501c3 public charity that brings teens from different races, faiths and socioeconomic origins together in writing workshops where they explore the commonalities all humans have. As a Fulbright Specialist appointed by the U.S. State Department, Lynne speaks widely about how to make meaning, find purpose, and build a more peaceful world.

She also speaks about how to find one’s passion and purpose in life. Her speaking engagements often focus on the three key elements of her PR approach – storytelling + relationships + higher purpose = success.

Before she created her boutique public relations firm, Your People LLC, in 2007, Lynne was the Detroit News Homefinder columnist and a frequent contributor to Meredith Corporation publications about home and housing. She has written about faith, food, family and shelter in her journalistic career. A 2006 article in Tango Magazine about Orthodox Jewish sex continues to receive wide acclaim, and her daily blog generates passionate comments among a global readership.

With an MFA in Poetry from Goddard College and a Communications/English BA from the University of Michigan, Lynne has taught writing as adjunct faculty at a variety of universities, including University of Detroit and Wayne State University. She teaches writing to adults through private online programs, writing workshops, and retreats to beautiful destinations.

JERALDA HATTAR-BINATTA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jeralda Binatta is the former Director of Immigration and Refugee Services at Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan. Although Ms. Binatta’s educational background is in Interior Design, she started her career as a Refugee Resettlement Caseworker with the Archdiocese of Detroit after she immigrated to the United States from Jordan in 1991. For the last 24 years, Jeralda Binatta has been managing and directing many programs serving immigrants and refugees in various areas of their lives such as refugee resettlement, immigration legal services, employment and training, youth, educational and mentoring programs, and more. Jeralda Binatta serves on various committees and advisory boards aiming to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees in the Metropolitan Detroit area.

DANA NYQUIST, PROGRAM MANAGER

Deep-rooted feelings for connecting stories with the world fuels Dana’s passion to continue learning and encourage community engagement. Dana has participated in various organizations and programs that combines her love of art, science, and history. She has helped further research on various archaeological projects in Central America, educated young enthusiasts on the preservation of bats, and assists with theatre and performance production locally. Her eclectic experiences, along with her attention to details and focus for developing creative avenues to expand on ideas, has helped solidify her commitment to inspire communities to stay engaged.

Dana is a graduate of Michigan State University (BA) and is continuing her education at Wayne State University focusing on advocating for victims in the context of human rights violations. In her free time, Dana enjoys exploring all that Detroit has to offer.

SHIKHA LAKHANI, SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

A senior at International Academy East in Troy, Shikha holds many leadership positions and has grown accustomed to the necessary procedures of getting information out to the student  body. She believes communication varies from verbal notifications to digital posters, countdowns, infographics, and more. Shikha has utilized social media outlets extensively and effectively. She understands how each social media platform works and what is required of the user to have a smooth experience. In addition, Shikha has experience in photo and video editing and through these skills, she believes she is able to communicate with others using mediums preferred by the user.

Shikha participated in One Earth Writing’s 2016-17 Ambassador Program because she wants to break down barriers and build relationships using her writing skills and the words from her heart. She hopes to connect the world through the written word and aspires to create a place that benefits all people and enhances their lives.

“Social media is the new newspaper of our time and I hope to use that fact to One Earth Writing’s advantage.”