Lyn began her advocacy for mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) after her oldest son, Ryan lost his life to a heroin overdose just 8 months after he began recovery on August 19, 2012 at the age of 18 years old. Like many others with SUD, Ryan had a dual diagnosis at a young age and navigating the world was difficult even without SUD. Lyn felt alone and isolated in her journey with her son and family. Lyn has two other children who do not suffer from substance abuse disorder. Due to the stigma and lack of resources for families in her community, she set out on a mission to learn as much as she could. Lyn did this to help others who may find themselves facing a similar situation with a loved one. Lyn’s journey has included becoming an admin for an online grief group for parents and grandparents who have lost a child to SUD and she found that many of their stories of isolation and lack of resources for their families is a too common occurrence. Lyn held her first International Overdose Awareness Day August 31, 2017 in Vancouver, WA. On this day she distributed 24 Naloxone kits and collected shoes for a local youth inpatient treatment center.
Lyn is a member of Southwest Washington Recovery Coalition, Washington Recovery Alliance and is a part of the board that is building a Recovery Café in Clark County, WA. Lyn has attended Recovery Advocacy Day at her state capital of Olympia, WA to advocate for recovery support services where she met with Senators from her district. Lyn has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is a Certified Recovery Coach and Trainer through CCAR’s program. Lyn began a peer support group for parents and grandparents of those who suffer from a substance/alcohol use disorder, Ohana SW WA in conjunction with Ohana of Washington.
Lyn continues to identify and locate services throughout her state that will help support other families who are faced with a SUD diagnosis.