DIRECTOR Jenny Byer made the move home to Michigan and to stay-at-home parenting, discovering that her new lifestyle allowed for more flexibility to engage in activism. "A common thread emerged through conversations knocking on doors and sitting down with friends—many people wanted to be more engaged, but felt powerless. So I realized we need to empower activist minds, bodies, and spirits to do the important work ahead." Jenny works as the Reproductive & Economic Justice Organizer for MUUSJN,  serves as the Creative Director of Women Organize Michigan, and recently completed a fellowship in political leadership training for women through Emerge Michigan. She lives in Huntington Woods with her husband and two sons. 

DIRECTOR

Jenny Byer made the move home to Michigan and to stay-at-home parenting, discovering that her new lifestyle allowed for more flexibility to engage in activism. "A common thread emerged through conversations knocking on doors and sitting down with friends—many people wanted to be more engaged, but felt powerless. So I realized we need to empower activist minds, bodies, and spirits to do the important work ahead."

Jenny works as the Reproductive & Economic Justice Organizer for MUUSJN,  serves as the Creative Director of Women Organize Michigan, and recently completed a fellowship in political leadership training for women through Emerge Michigan. She lives in Huntington Woods with her husband and two sons. 

ORGANIZER Danielle Atkinson is the Founding Director of Mothering Justice, a statewide organization working to improve the lives of Michigan families by equipping the next generation of mother activists. Atkinson has extensive experience as a church-based, electoral, and community organizer. She has worked with such organizations as America Votes, State Voices, Population Connection, and ACORN. In 2012, Ms. Atkinson founded Mothering Justice, a leadership development and advocacy organization.  To date, Mothering Justice has trained more than 300 women, reached more than 50,000 mothers in voter engagement efforts, led Mama Conversations around Michigan, and drafted the Mamas' Agenda, a policy priority plan addressing financial stability issues of mothers in Michigan. Ms. Atkinson helped lead the organizing effort to raise the minimum wage in both Florida and most recently Michigan. Ms. Atkinson's work organizing mothers won her the 2013 Michigan Organizer of the Year Award. Ms. Atkinson received her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Sociology from Pfeiffer University and lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with her husband Frank and their five children.

ORGANIZER

Danielle Atkinson is the Founding Director of Mothering Justice, a statewide organization working to improve the lives of Michigan families by equipping the next generation of mother activists. Atkinson has extensive experience as a church-based, electoral, and community organizer. She has worked with such organizations as America Votes, State Voices, Population Connection, and ACORN.

In 2012, Ms. Atkinson founded Mothering Justice, a leadership development and advocacy organization.  To date, Mothering Justice has trained more than 300 women, reached more than 50,000 mothers in voter engagement efforts, led Mama Conversations around Michigan, and drafted the Mamas' Agenda, a policy priority plan addressing financial stability issues of mothers in Michigan. Ms. Atkinson helped lead the organizing effort to raise the minimum wage in both Florida and most recently Michigan. Ms. Atkinson's work organizing mothers won her the 2013 Michigan Organizer of the Year Award.

Ms. Atkinson received her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Sociology from Pfeiffer University and lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with her husband Frank and their five children.

ORGANIZER Carmen Wargel, LMSW is a community organizer and educator on the topic of domestic and sexual violence. She has engaged in education and conversation related to domestic violence and sexual assault with over 4000 people since 2006 on topics such as Recognizing and Responding to Domestic Violence, Healthy Relationships/Healthy Communities, Healthcare Responses to Domestic and Sexual Violence, Consent, Understanding LGBT Abuse and more. Ms. Wargel serves the chair of the Macomb Community Domestic Violence Council, a multidisciplinary organization in Macomb County that seeks to promote healthy relationships through community, conversation, and education. She is a founding organizer of the Michigan Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian, Gay and Queer Survivors of Abuse and co-chair of the Royal Oak School District Health Advisory Board. She serves on the boards of Mothering Justice and the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.  

ORGANIZER

Carmen Wargel, LMSW is a community organizer and educator on the topic of domestic and sexual violence. She has engaged in education and conversation related to domestic violence and sexual assault with over 4000 people since 2006 on topics such as Recognizing and Responding to Domestic Violence, Healthy Relationships/Healthy Communities, Healthcare Responses to Domestic and Sexual Violence, Consent, Understanding LGBT Abuse and more. Ms. Wargel serves the chair of the Macomb Community Domestic Violence Council, a multidisciplinary organization in Macomb County that seeks to promote healthy relationships through community, conversation, and education. She is a founding organizer of the Michigan Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian, Gay and Queer Survivors of Abuse and co-chair of the Royal Oak School District Health Advisory Board. She serves on the boards of Mothering Justice and the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.  

YOGA + MINDFULNESS PROGRAMMING Mike Croy is a father of two, husband, and currently serves a High School Principal for at a center based program in Macomb County for students who have Emotional Impairments.  Coming from a service mindset, he believes in the shared humanity of a us all and that we are all works in progress. As 200 hour RYT, Mike began teaching his high school students yoga, mindfulness, and meditation a few years ago. Seeing its success, he has since branched out into the community and has worked with local school districts, South Oakland Shelter, Team RWB, and Macomb Community Mental Health to make the practice of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation accessible to all. Additionally, Mike has spoken at local and state conferences about the benefits of these practices. Mike graduated from Eastern Michigan Univeristy with a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and from Central Michigan University with a  Masters of Science in Adminstration: Leadership. Additionally, he holds a valid Teaching License as well as an Administrator Certificate and approval as a Supervisor of Special Education. Mike lives in Royal Oak, and you can learn more at Root2Shine.com.  

YOGA + MINDFULNESS PROGRAMMING

Mike Croy is a father of two, husband, and currently serves a High School Principal for at a center based program in Macomb County for students who have Emotional Impairments.  Coming from a service mindset, he believes in the shared humanity of a us all and that we are all works in progress.

As 200 hour RYT, Mike began teaching his high school students yoga, mindfulness, and meditation a few years ago. Seeing its success, he has since branched out into the community and has worked with local school districts, South Oakland Shelter, Team RWB, and Macomb Community Mental Health to make the practice of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation accessible to all. Additionally, Mike has spoken at local and state conferences about the benefits of these practices.

Mike graduated from Eastern Michigan Univeristy with a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and from Central Michigan University with a  Masters of Science in Adminstration: Leadership. Additionally, he holds a valid Teaching License as well as an Administrator Certificate and approval as a Supervisor of Special Education.

Mike lives in Royal Oak, and you can learn more at Root2Shine.com.

 

YOGA TEACHER Ann Fancy teaches to empower and to encourage students to hone their innate strength so they can step toward their edge. Her unique wisdom and perspective has created healing and inspiring workshops for our students. Ann is 500 E-RYT certified and has been teaching for 10+ years, currently part of the team at Citizen Yoga in Royal Oak. She is raising a daughter in Huntington Woods with her wife and thriving essential oil business with a network of committed wellness advocates. Learn more about Ann at WholeheartedMama.com.  

YOGA TEACHER

Ann Fancy teaches to empower and to encourage students to hone their innate strength so they can step toward their edge. Her unique wisdom and perspective has created healing and inspiring workshops for our students. Ann is 500 E-RYT certified and has been teaching for 10+ years, currently part of the team at Citizen Yoga in Royal Oak.

She is raising a daughter in Huntington Woods with her wife and thriving essential oil business with a network of committed wellness advocates. Learn more about Ann at WholeheartedMama.com.

 

YOGA TEACHER Lindsey Leinert facilitates our adult and family yoga workshops, using her yoga teacher certification and degrees in Musical Theater and Educational Psychology to create a one-of-a-kind bonding experience with our mini activists and with one another. She is a recent transplant to Detroit by way of Nashville, New York City, and Denver. She currently resides in Huntington Woods with her husband, Phil (a Detroit native), their daughter, and two rescue cats. She is fortunate to stay home with her daughter most days, but loves teaching at Honey and supporting schools and families through early childhood consulting part-time.  

YOGA TEACHER

Lindsey Leinert facilitates our adult and family yoga workshops, using her yoga teacher certification and degrees in Musical Theater and Educational Psychology to create a one-of-a-kind bonding experience with our mini activists and with one another. She is a recent transplant to Detroit by way of Nashville, New York City, and Denver. She currently resides in Huntington Woods with her husband, Phil (a Detroit native), their daughter, and two rescue cats. She is fortunate to stay home with her daughter most days, but loves teaching at Honey and supporting schools and families through early childhood consulting part-time.

 

 
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING Lindsey Kessler-Monson is the creator of the “Let’s Talk” series of the No Space for Hate. Beginning as a committed supporter of the organization, she envisioned expanding the offerings to include education for parents on communicating with their children about issues of social justice. Lindsey is a mother of two and works part-time as a Speech-Language Pathologist at Henry Ford. She lives in Huntington Woods. She loves spending time with her family and friends, nature, exercise, and is passionate about feminism and the health of our society. Lindsey is committed to personal growth and to broadening her knowledge and experience.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING

Lindsey Kessler-Monson is the creator of the “Let’s Talk” series of the No Space for Hate. Beginning as a committed supporter of the organization, she envisioned expanding the offerings to include education for parents on communicating with their children about issues of social justice. Lindsey is a mother of two and works part-time as a Speech-Language Pathologist at Henry Ford. She lives in Huntington Woods. She loves spending time with her family and friends, nature, exercise, and is passionate about feminism and the health of our society. Lindsey is committed to personal growth and to broadening her knowledge and experience.

SECRETARY Natalie Price played a key role in creation of the No Space for Hate and now serves as Secretary to the Board. “I’m thrilled to help local progressive organizations and activists through the No Space for Hate, and and I am grateful for the supportive connections and empowering space it has created in my life so far.” In addition to being a full-time caregiver to her two young children, Natalie leads a playgroup for toddlers at the Berkley Community Center, coordinates volunteers for Backyard Playroom, and organizes service projects for the MOMS Club of Berkley. Natalie grew up in Toledo, Ohio, then headed east for college and across the pond for her MA in English Studies. After seven years of teaching high school English in New Hampshire and Toledo, she decided to dedicate most of her time to taking care of her children. Her family moved to Berkley in 2015 when her husband matched to Beaumont Royal Oak for medical residency.

SECRETARY

Natalie Price played a key role in creation of the No Space for Hate and now serves as Secretary to the Board. “I’m thrilled to help local progressive organizations and activists through the No Space for Hate, and and I am grateful for the supportive connections and empowering space it has created in my life so far.”

In addition to being a full-time caregiver to her two young children, Natalie leads a playgroup for toddlers at the Berkley Community Center, coordinates volunteers for Backyard Playroom, and organizes service projects for the MOMS Club of Berkley.

Natalie grew up in Toledo, Ohio, then headed east for college and across the pond for her MA in English Studies. After seven years of teaching high school English in New Hampshire and Toledo, she decided to dedicate most of her time to taking care of her children. Her family moved to Berkley in 2015 when her husband matched to Beaumont Royal Oak for medical residency.

TREASURER Elaine Zelmanov is a reformed Pittsburgh City Council staffer turned design strategist and consultant. After moving to Michigan in 2016, and following subsequent electoral events, she found herself knocked out of apathy back into mobilized disquiet. And that's when she found Jenny and No Space for Hate, a much needed combination of comfort and activism where we take care of ourselves and each other. Previously, Elaine lived in Japan and England before returning to the US and settling in Pittsburgh with her husband and two children. She is a former Board Member of Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania and currently resides in Huntington Woods, MI.

TREASURER

Elaine Zelmanov is a reformed Pittsburgh City Council staffer turned design strategist and consultant. After moving to Michigan in 2016, and following subsequent electoral events, she found herself knocked out of apathy back into mobilized disquiet. And that's when she found Jenny and No Space for Hate, a much needed combination of comfort and activism where we take care of ourselves and each other. Previously, Elaine lived in Japan and England before returning to the US and settling in Pittsburgh with her husband and two children. She is a former Board Member of Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania and currently resides in Huntington Woods, MI.

ADVISOR Donovan McCarty is a Public Law associate at Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone and a former law clerk for the Honorable George Caram Steeh. He was recently featured in Detroit Legal News for his commitment to using his legal training to serve his community.  Prior to attending law school at the University of Michigan, Donovan started a Santa Photo Program at Square One Shopping Center in Mississauga, Ontario and a video production company. He produced and directed a children’s web series called Boogah and Hoogah’s Haunted House Party. He attended University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Loyola Marymount University as an undergraduate where he completed a triple major in film production, political science, and Asian pacific studies.

ADVISOR

Donovan McCarty is a Public Law associate at Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone and a former law clerk for the Honorable George Caram Steeh. He was recently featured in Detroit Legal News for his commitment to using his legal training to serve his community.  Prior to attending law school at the University of Michigan, Donovan started a Santa Photo Program at Square One Shopping Center in Mississauga, Ontario and a video production company. He produced and directed a children’s web series called Boogah and Hoogah’s Haunted House Party. He attended University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Loyola Marymount University as an undergraduate where he completed a triple major in film production, political science, and Asian pacific studies.

ADVISOR Brooke Miller, MA, LMFT, RYT is a proud wife and mama of two daughters, a licensed psychotherapist specializing in maternal wellness, and certified yoga teacher for children and adults. She has been working with families for 10 years in private practice, school settings, in-patient facilities, and in the media. Featured as a “Trailblazer” in San Francisco’s 944 Magazine, Brooke is following her passion for educated pregnancy, empowered birth, and emotionally intelligent parenting. In 2015, Brooke opened Honey Studio to fill the need for local moms to connect and be supported in a safe and thriving environment. That space has now expanded into a full-blown clubhouse for moms simply called Honey, and now serves as a No Space for Hate workshop venue.   A native of the midwest, Brooke was born in Detroit, grew up in Chicago, studied in Los Angeles, and spent her 20s in San Francisco. In 2014, Brooke and her husband decided to come back to their Detroit roots to raise their brood.

ADVISOR

Brooke Miller, MA, LMFT, RYT is a proud wife and mama of two daughters, a licensed psychotherapist specializing in maternal wellness, and certified yoga teacher for children and adults. She has been working with families for 10 years in private practice, school settings, in-patient facilities, and in the media.

Featured as a “Trailblazer” in San Francisco’s 944 Magazine, Brooke is following her passion for educated pregnancy, empowered birth, and emotionally intelligent parenting. In 2015, Brooke opened Honey Studio to fill the need for local moms to connect and be supported in a safe and thriving environment. That space has now expanded into a full-blown clubhouse for moms simply called Honey, and now serves as a No Space for Hate workshop venue.  

A native of the midwest, Brooke was born in Detroit, grew up in Chicago, studied in Los Angeles, and spent her 20s in San Francisco. In 2014, Brooke and her husband decided to come back to their Detroit roots to raise their brood.

ADVISOR Maci Wescott was active in the Progressive Women's Alliance in her hometown of Grand Rapids, a PAC with the purpose of fundraising and supporting progressive candidates. The organization is credited for shifting politics in the Grand Rapids area and ultimately changed the culture of the city. She has extensive experience in fundraising and event planning, formerly working in these fields for the American Cancer Society (Grand Rapids) and the United Way (Duluth, MN). While living in San Francisco, her greatest pride as a college admissions coach was assisting low income and immigrant families navigate the college admissions process, often sending the first person in their family to college. While in San Francisco she started consulting for a tech startup, creating a full time job for herself in the company while receiving a crash course in starting a sustainable online business.   Upon her return to Michigan, she married and has two children. After having children she felt a call to the progressive agenda and started seeking ways to return to her activist roots. In 2016, she started a business to support moms + moms-to-be, mamahive.com; and has sought out ways to connect with other activist moms. "I love No Space For Hate because of the civic education it's providing, that there is an emphasis on self-care making it easier for me to multi-task, and the community of other activists families I've connected with!"

ADVISOR

Maci Wescott was active in the Progressive Women's Alliance in her hometown of Grand Rapids, a PAC with the purpose of fundraising and supporting progressive candidates. The organization is credited for shifting politics in the Grand Rapids area and ultimately changed the culture of the city. She has extensive experience in fundraising and event planning, formerly working in these fields for the American Cancer Society (Grand Rapids) and the United Way (Duluth, MN). While living in San Francisco, her greatest pride as a college admissions coach was assisting low income and immigrant families navigate the college admissions process, often sending the first person in their family to college. While in San Francisco she started consulting for a tech startup, creating a full time job for herself in the company while receiving a crash course in starting a sustainable online business.  

Upon her return to Michigan, she married and has two children. After having children she felt a call to the progressive agenda and started seeking ways to return to her activist roots. In 2016, she started a business to support moms + moms-to-be, mamahive.com; and has sought out ways to connect with other activist moms. "I love No Space For Hate because of the civic education it's providing, that there is an emphasis on self-care making it easier for me to multi-task, and the community of other activists families I've connected with!"