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.
Deep-rooted in 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.
Elysia Khalil has spent the last decade coordinating development efforts and facilitating programs, for a variety of organizations across the country. She grew up working in her family’s holistic wellness practice, and her career has since spanned states and sectors. As a lifelong writer, performer, martial artist, musician, and healer, she works to integrate her personal passions into her professional pursuits. This has afforded her the privilege of engaging with people from all walks of life, and has led her to become an efficient, effective, and empathetic communicator. Elysia uses her unique experience, administrative diligence, and enthusiastic approach, to coordinate our programs into schools.
With an MPA in NonProfit Management from Oakland University and a Philosophy/Communications BA from The University of Detroit Mercy, Elysia has dedicated herself to a career promoting and supporting programs that improve quality of life, unify communities, and foster personal growth and expression.
Director of Transportation
Christopher Hanscom helps us offer transportation to a number of our Ambassadors who might otherwise be unable to join our programs. Chris is an aspiring writer himself and, in his prior life, practiced law in New York and Minnesota for approximately 20 years before retiring. A seeker at heart, Chris greatly enjoys being able to help One Earth Writing reach out to our gifted Ambassadors as they discover their own voices.
Summer Camp Director
Joe Stranyak is a current student of Eastern Michigan University and is set to graduate in April 2018. A communication major, Joe has spent a large portion of his schooling career learning ways to teach education in fun, unique ways. He was co-director of the ASAP tutoring program, which helped the students of Ypsilanti High School. In addition, he partnered with the Academic Service Learning office at Eastern to partake in a multitude of projects that aided the community in which he was immersed. One of the biggest accomplishments during his time with ASL was the No Limits: College to Career conference during which he coordinated over 200 high school seniors; providing them with the opportunity to explore Eastern and help to prepare them for their futures.
Summer Camp Counselor
Chloe Halprin is a current senior at Berkley High School and a past participant in the One Earth Writing Ambassador program. Chloe is passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion, as well as learning about different cultures. She is looking forward to being a camp counselor at the One Earth Writing Sports Writing Camp and Food Writing Camp. Chloe enjoys writing poetry and essays and is always up for reading a good story.