Lyn first came to Holland from the East Coast to attend Hope College. After graduating with degrees in Psychology and Spanish, she taught Spanish for three years until she began service in community development around the US and abroad. She worked with refugees on the Texas border, with a human rights organization in Washington, DC , with women artisans in Guatemala and Mexico. She returned to Holland 20 years ago and is now the Director of the Lakeshore Housing Alliance (a program of Greater Ottawa County United Way), a group that works collaboratively to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness. She lives in the center city of Holland with her husband Larry and their dog, Boe.
Lyn was first elected City Council in November 2019. She has been a volunteer with the City of Holland for the last several years, first joining the Neighborhood Improvement Committee and then was appointed to the Planning Commission. She is an Ally with the Circles Program, an initiative that brings people of diverse incomes together to help low income individuals and families achieve their financial goals. Lyn is also a 2013 graduate of West Coast Leadership.