“Oprah Winfrey said she knew she was born for greatness.
She was – because she believed she was.
I believe we all are...”
Lynne Pedersen is known for her unbridled passion and fierce commitment to anyone in need of care. She has over 30 years of experience in the adolescent mental health field. Lynne has laid the foundation of some of the finest programs in the nation.
She possesses an innate ability to create spaces where healing and integrity are paramount. Her expertise in program development has her sought after by established and emerging programs worldwide.
Lynne developed the first campus-based support group in Pasadena schools in 1985. This is where she constructed The Exchange program; the first restorative justice model of its’ kind. 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 program in Hollywood before leaving the field to raise her sons and develop an arts-based business. 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 9-month business commission in Dubai that Lynne received a plea from a colleague to return to the field of adolescent mental health to assist a program that was struggling to get their admissions department in order. Intrigued by the challenge, Lynne accepted the directorship with the caveat that part of her contract allow her to establish free community support meetings.
The Center not only had their department developed but admissions were raised 73% in the first 6 months. It was never about numbers for Lynne, it was about serving the families who needed assistance not red tape and resistance in a time of crisis. In a critical expansion meeting with investors, the question was raised as to what caused such a dramatic increase…an officer looked down the table at Lynne and said, “she happened…”
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. He required her level of expertise to establish his admissions and utilization review departments as well as take the program to the next level. These centers are now two of the largest adolescent programs in the nation.
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 set aside the building of 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.
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 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.
Email Inspire@ONEonCampus.com for details.