Staff Bios

Lonnie Lonnie Scott, Executive Director

Lonnie is a leading progressive communicator, with extensive legislative, advocacy, non-profit and public policy experience.

Prior to joining Progress Michigan, Lonnie served as State Director for Enroll America, a national non-profit working to educate people about the new healthcare options made available by the Affordable Care Act. Prior to working for Enroll America, Lonnie served as Communications Director for Know Your Care/Protect Your Care. He previously served as a chief staffer for State Reps. Alma Wheeler Smith and Jeff Irwin.

Lonnie graduated from Central Michigan University (FIRE UP CHIPS!).  He lives in Ypsilanti Township with his wife, Heather; son, Landyn; daughter, Madison; and their dogs, Brewer and Phoenix.

3104-ProgressMichiganStaffBios_chadChad Cyrowski, Director of Digital Media

Chad Cyrowski was born and raised in Michigan. Chad worked as a Campaign Manager for Patrick Lindemann’s Ingham County Drain Commissioner re-election bid in 2008. In what turned out to be a mandate from the public, we garnered 63% of the vote.

Shortly thereafter, Chad became the Director of New Media for Ken Cockrel; managing, designing, and implementing liveblogs, internet townhalls, the website, and social networking operations throughout the campaign.

Chad lives in Lansing with his girlfriend, Erica and dog, Rome. Chad is passionate about progressive issues and the myriad ways digital media can help affect real change.

saminglotbiopicSam Inglot, Communications Specialist

Sam Inglot is a Michigan native. Sam worked as a journalist in Lansing for several years before joining Progress Michigan. He has written for Lansing City Pulse, MIRS, Michigan Messenger, Capital News Service and SpartanEdge. During his reporting career, Sam won two awards for reporting and photojournalism from the Michigan Press Association.

Sam is a 2012 graduate of Michigan State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in journalism with a concentration in public affairs reporting. He also has a specialization in Peace & Justice Studies. Sam served as the public relations coordinator for the MSU Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Sam is focused on pushing progressive ideas and combating the far-right’s agenda in Michigan.

6291-StaffBioKimKim Hunter, Social Justice Coordinator

Kim is a life-long Detroiter whose media work began behind the camera of various Detroit TV stations. He did a stint as host/producer of a multicultural music program on WDET – FM and began media support for nonprofits in the 90s, including promoting free concerts for the City of Detroit’s Chene Park and the plays of Matrix Theatre Company. Kim served as Media Team Leader for the Detroit Region of the US Census Bureau for the 2000 and 2010 Census efforts. As such, he led a three-state team of media professionals educating residents about the benefits of completing and mailing the census form. Kim writes creatively, having authored many music reviews and cultural articles for periodicals and two books of poetry. His short fiction earned him a 2012 Kresge Arts Literary Fellowship. He serves on the Board of the Detroit Waldorf School and co-directs the decade-old Woodward Line Poetry Series at the Scarab Club in Detroit featuring nationally renowned writers from Michigan and across the country.

MarissaLunaBioMarissa Luna, New Media Specialist

Marissa Luna was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. She earned a B.A. in Comparative Cultures and Politics from Michigan State University in December 2012. Marissa developed a passion for the progressive movement and politics during her time as a student at MSU and after volunteering and voting in her first presidential election in 2008.

As a student, Marissa worked at MSU Greenline doing alumni fundraising and development for the Michigan State University. Prior to joining the Progress Michigan team, she worked as the Communications Coordinator at Clean Water Action. She now serves as Progress Michigan’s New Media Specialist.

In her spare time Marissa enjoys reading, biking, riding on trains, watching movies, listening to music, and spending time with her family and cat named Mama Lou.

Lonnie Veronica Van Loon, Communications Coordinator

Lifelong Michigan resident and die hard Michigan State fan, Veronica believes in the importance of political watchdog groups to keep government officials accountable to their word and to the American people. She is also very passionate about human rights issues ranging from women’s reproductive health to the eradication of global poverty.

Veronica has worked with CARE USA in Washington, D.C. as the Bill and Melinda Gates sponsored Learning Tours intern where she acted as a liaison to Congressional members and their staff. Veronica also worked at the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C. during the 2012 presidential re-election as a Research and Political Intern with a focus in opposition research. She also was an Obama Organizing fellow in the summer of 2012 where she worked closely with the Livingston County Democratic Party.

A country girl at heart, Veronica likes to spend her free time with her family on their small farm along with their family beagle, Bucky and recent rescue (almost a dog), Chester the Chihuahua.