Meet Our Advisory Board
Elaine Lindy is an experienced storyteller who founded the award-winning website, "Stories to Grow By" in 1998. Elaine also founded "Fiesta Schoolyards" in 2018, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming 100 barren elementary schoolyards in Philadelphia within 10 years. She serves as a Board Member on these nonprofit organizations: The Lindy Foundation, Philadelphia Jewish Film + Media, The Lindy Scholars Advisory Board, First Person Arts, and The Last Call Foundation. Elaine holds an MBA from Simmons College and owns three U.S. patents. She cherishes her two grown daughters Ariel and Hannah, three granddaughters, and beloved family and friends.
Chuck Miller has a lifelong interest in storytelling in its various forms. He wrote a children's picture book titled "Will Little Roo Ever...?" about a little girl striving to overcome developmental delays, contributes a monthly magazine column to a niche strength training publication, blogs, and writes human interest essays for several websites. Likewise, he's thrilled to be a part of Stories to Grow By's ethics-driven storytelling mission.
Jamie Brunson is an artist & activist using storytelling to build community and catalyze dialogue around important issues. Producer of the annual First Person Arts Festival, Host of #US, the new podcast by First Person Arts, WHYY’s Commonspace Radio Hour, and COVID Stories. She is a Creator of FPA’s Applied Storytelling division where storytelling aids trauma informed services. Jamie is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee of Philadelphia’s DBHIDS and is a four-time NEA grantee, produced playwright and published poet. Brunson holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and BA from Temple University.
Lon Fredric Palitz
Lon Fredric Palitz is a former CPA auditor and technical writer with a particular interest in process mapping and organizational strategy. He serves on several other nonprofit boards besides Stories to Grow By: the Last Call Foundation, the Won Institute of Graduate Studies, and Fiesta Schoolyards.
For the Last Call Foundation, Lon was honored to manage a science and engineering research team to successfully develop a much-needed, more durable fire hose that can better resist flames in extreme heat conditions in order to save lives. Lon lives in downtown Philadelphia with domestic partner Elaine Lindy and lives near his grown son Ben. For over five years, Lon has been a hearty and dedicated supporter of Stories to Grow By.
Alan Lindy serves as President of Lindy Communities, a fourth generation, family-owned Philadelphia based property management company. Alan Lindy personally serves on the Boards of many nonprofits, including Philadelphia’s After School Activity Program, Legacy Youth Tennis and Education, the Urban Affairs Coalition, Jewish Family and children’s Service, the National Liberty Museum and the American Jewish Committee among others. Through the commitment of the Lindy family, Lindy Communities provides quality homes. strengthens neighborhoods, promotes environmentally friendly lifestyles and supports “giving back.”