Lonnie Scott

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 southeast Michigan with his wife, son, daughter, and two rescue dogs, Finn and Ophelia.

Sam Inglot

Sam joined Progress Michigan in the fall of 2013 and is currently the organization’s deputy communications director. Prior to joining Progress Michigan, Sam was a journalist in Lansing for several years working for publications such as Michigan Messenger, MIRS, and City Pulse. At Progress Michigan, Sam works to hold elected officials accountable, build up the communications capacity of their union partners, and battle right-wing misinformation and propaganda. Sam graduated from the Michigan State University School of Journalism where he specialized in public policy reporting and earned a specialization in Peace & Justice studies. Active in politics since middle school, Sam strives to fight for a progressive future in Michigan and across the country.

Elaine Chiu

Elaine Chiu joined Progress Michigan in the fall of 2019 as a Multimedia Designer. Her work includes creating digital campaigns and a variety of content for web, print, and social media for Progress Michigan and their partners.

Originally from Kalamazoo, Elaine attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Michigan State University and has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Advertising.

During college, Elaine studied advertising design and research. She also has a background in video and sound editing.

In her work with Progress Michigan, Elaine aims to strengthen platforms from which the people of Michigan’s voices are heard.

Elaine now lives in Detroit with her cat, Waffles.

Lynna Kaucheck

Lynna Kaucheck is the communications and development coordinator for Progress Michigan.

Prior to working at Progress Michigan Lynna spent seven years working on a wide variety of local, state and federal campaigns for Food & Water Watch. Prior to working at Food & Water Watch Lynna spent eight years as an organizer at Michigan Clean Water Action. Lynna has years of experience developing and organizing strategic campaigns, working to get progressive candidates elected to office and most importantly holding them accountable when they get there. 

Lynna has a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Michigan State University (she’s a very proud Spartan… Go Green!) and has an M.S. in Environmental Education from Florida Institute of Technology. 

In her free time Lynna loves exploring, practicing yoga, playing as much soccer as humanly possible and snuggling with her dogs.

Evan Kutz

Evan Kutz works as a multimedia reporter for the Great Lakes Beacon, where he uses digital storytelling to spotlight the work being done by on-the-ground advocates and community leaders. Evan presents facts on important issues through a progressive-values lens, and provides quick takes on our state politics, calling out bad faith legislation while uplifting elected officials who are working for us. is working to expand the platform to include more voices from around the state. He’s also bringing his video production skills to assist Progress Michigan in producing digital media for other progressive organizations.  

In college, Evan practiced reporting, editing and documentary filmmaking, focusing on how poor environmental stewardship impacts people. He continues directing a documentary film about Michigan residents who, after exposure to industrial chemicals, lead the fight for clean water in their community.

Evan, his partner and their two cats reside in Ypsilanti.

Mariah Prowoznik

Mariah Prowoznik joined the Progress Michigan staff in the fall of 2019 as a Multimedia Designer. In her role she is responsible for creating visual content for Progress Michigan and its partners.

As a print design guru, Mariah has created branding, direct mail and political literature for state representatives, congresswomen and congressmen currently serving Michigan.

Before joining Progress Michigan she worked as a Creative Director for a public relations firm in Lansing, as a Graphic Designer at a marketing company in Traverse City and as a Paginator for the Traverse City Record-Eagle and its sister publications.

Mariah is a Grand Rapids native and graduated in 2015 from Central Michigan University. At CMU she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Graphic Design concentration as well as Advertising and Art History minors.

She currently lives in downtown Lansing with her fiancé and their dog, Freddie.

Joe Soltis

Joe Soltis is the Compliance Manager for Progress Michigan. In his role, he assists with the day-to-day operations and works on a variety of projects to help the office run smoothly. Prior to joining Progress Michigan, he worked for electoral campaigns, state government, labor, and non-profits.  He graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in political science with a focus in international relations and comparative politics.

Outside of work, Joe likes to play soccer, explore the many places in Michigan, and enjoy the occasional video game. He is a lifelong Michigan resident and lives in Lansing.

Dana Sutton

A reformed Ohioan, Dana was born and raised in Canton. She graduated in 2018 from American University with an interdisciplinary major in Communications, Legal Systems, Economics, and Government. While in Washington, DC, she interned with America Votes, the Human Rights Campaign, and Common Cause.

Dana joined the Progress Michigan team as a digital organizer in June of 2018 so she could use her voice to lift up important issues and fight for progress that benefits everyone, not just the wealthy. When she’s not talking politics on the Internet, she enjoys college basketball (Go Zips!), cats, and spending too much time at the gym.

Shin-Yi Wang

Shin-Yi Wang is a visual artist and web/graphic designer. Her work is guided by her belief that “design” is a narrative, which can change how people approach the world.

Prior to joining Engage Michigan, Shin-Yi was a multidisciplinary designer working with a diverse range of projects including dance performances, movie poster design, branding and advertising for local stores in Taiwan, building online culinary schools, etc. She continues her artistic practices in cooperation with a Lansing dance studio, S’move, creating unique visual performances.

Shin-Yi Wang grew up in Taiwan and completed a graduate degree in Fine Arts at Maryland Institute College of Art. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from National Chengchi University, with a Major in Advertising. She lives in East Lansing with her husband, daughter, and three chickens.

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