Lynne Pedersen

Lynne Pedersen


Lynne is known for her unbridled passion and fierce commitment to any person in need of care. She has over 35 years of progressive experience in the addiction and mental health field. Her expertise in program development is evidenced by her contribution in the build of two of the finest residential treatment programs in the nation.

She made a decision five years ago to shift her focus from treatment to early intervention and prevention. It is from the depth of her vast knowledge that the nonprofit ONE Recovery was born. A free support program where no struggle was necessary to attend or a desire to be inspired.

Lynne launched The ONE Exchange shortly thereafter; the first campus-based restorative justice model of its kind. The program allows students who commit an infraction punishable by suspension to exchange it for attendance at ONE support groups. There are currently over 75 students on one campus alone who graduated without having that moment of bad judgment derail or define their future.

Lynne possesses an innate ability to create spaces where healing and integrity are paramount.


Lynne developed the first campus-based support group in Pasadena schools in 1985. She went on to launch a statewide network of free community support meetings for ASAP Family Treatment Centers. When the Texas-based Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP) was acquired in California, Lynne was asked to lead them as well.

Lynne went on to direct an adult chemical dependency program at Hollywood Community Hospital before leaving the field to raise her sons and develop an arts-based product development company. Her clients included The Walt Disney Company, Warner Brothers, Royal Caribbean, Ralph Lauren and the retail giants Home Depot and Starbucks.

It was upon the return from a commission in Dubai that Lynne received a request from a colleague to assist in the development of their admissions department. Intrigued by the challenge to create the department, she accepted. She not only met their need in that area but she far exceeded it. She also developed a community based support program that became one of the largest referents. Her efforts not only allowed them to keep existing houses open  but to expand.

Lynne left that program in the fifth year to lend her skills to the founder of a small boutique adolescent program on the west coast looking to expand. She developed their nationwide admissions department. She contributed essential components to the company infrastructure from policies, staff-training to programming while cultivating innovative referral streams all of which played a key role in the foundation for the expansion and exponential growth of the company.

These two centers are not only the largest but finest adolescent programs in the nation today. Lynne’s gift in building programs of quality and care is undeniable.


It is in this rich history of passion, integrity, and purpose that ONE was born. Lynne took some away time from the building of residential programs and focused solely on the building of our youth. She invested her funds and energy to create a space where the diagnosis or struggle was not the focus but the connection from one human to another was. A program where kids could walk in, connect and heal without it being their intention. A place where ONE can truly alter the course of another.

It is believed that the need for all students to have support on-campus is too daunting for a nationwide solution. It is not. Thanks to Lynne, we have one. ONE-ON-Campus.

Acknowledgments & Training:

Lynne received the Honorary Service Award from Newport Mesa Unified School District’s Corona Del Mar High School PTA this year for her pilot program there.

Trained under some of the most esteemed pioneers in the recovery field; John Bradshaw, John James, Kip Flock, Dr. Dave Lewis as well as the Masters of UCLA’s Chemical Dependency Studies, Counseling and Management Programs. She holds a CADC-II, ICADC and received her Intervention Training from the prestigious Johnson Institute.

Lynne has been recognized by the NBA, National Basketball Association for her role in intervention training; the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for her work with Paramount Studios on the D.A.R.E. program; MTV’s for the Rock Against Drugs commercial campaign; and her volunteer work with incarcerated youth at Camp Kilpatrick.

PTA/District Presentations by Lynne Pedersen, Founder. Lynne speaks on the Power of ONE as a philosophy. She is an extremely magnetic, impassioned and moving presenter. Lynne effortlessly evokes tears and ignites laughter all while addressing the community’s most critical issues. Parents welcome her direct approach as she explains her theory that ‘kids are being robbed of their ability to build their internal coping mechanisms’ and the part that we may play in it. She offers a solution not blame while empowering parents to parent again. 

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