Lily Zhou


The discovery of an ancient family tree book that documents her family’s history over centuries has spurred Lily to create a community bonded over meaningful storytelling and purposeful socialization. Prior to the Club, Lily worked in Fintech and volunteered her time as a therapeutic recreation coordinator at rehabilitation and nursing homes. She has a background in data science and policy research, holding positions with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Lily earned her Master’s in Public Affairs at Columbia University. She enjoys summer barbecues in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and finger-painting with her kids.

Linnea Guerin

Program Director

Linnea has a Master’s in Creative Writing and before making the move to New York, she taught English Composition at Minnesota State University. Over the past four years, Linnea has run numerous creative writing and storytelling workshops in Minnesota and New York. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her dog, Icarus, where she enjoys park-hopping and getting lost in museums.

Trevor Martindale

Director of Partnerships & Impact

Trevor is a public health professional with experience designing and implementing evidence-based programming and health initiatives. Before joining the Club, Trevor was the Health and Wellness Specialist for the Educational Alliance’s Sirovich Center for Balanced Living. As the Health and Wellness Specialist, he provided health education and wellness consultation for hundreds of Older Adults in the East Village and the Lower East Side. Trevor believes in the power of storytelling and aims to provide every Older Adult in New York City the platform to share. He earned his Master’s in Public Health, with a concentration in Urban Public Health, from Rutgers School of Public Health.

Stephanie Yanes

Bilingual Life Story Workshop Facilitator

Stephanie is a collaborative professional with 8 years of experience working in the NYC nonprofit & social equity space in roles of project management and operational implementation. A first-generation American Citizen who has a deep-rooted passion for making a community-based impact. Stephanie is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Manhatanville College and has hopes of lifting the stories of marginalized groups, women and Latinos to the mainstream to empower and embolden those who need it most.

Lina Chang

Artistic Lead & Audio Producer

Lina is trained as an audio archivist, and currently serves as the Audio Producer for the many stories shared with the Life Story Club. Before joining the Club she worked at the Brooklyn Public Library as a Digital Project Assistant for an oral history project, and as a teaching assistant at the Swiss Institute for older adult art classes. Her background in audio started at NPR, where she specialized in digitizing and preserving analog media. Lina graduated from the University of the Arts London with a BA, and started her Foundation at Pratt Institute in NYC. When she’s not editing audio, Lina enjoys making zines, dabbling with HAM radio and baking the occasional sourdough bread.