It is critical to us at Lindy Focus that we are advised and assisted by paid qualified professionals for everything relating to event safety, including the crafting and enforcement of our code of conduct, event-wide inclusion practices, and crisis management. Last year's Safety Liaison, Marley Hirsch, is still with us and reachable here. In the coming weeks we will introduce you to the rest of the team!
Also, we invite you to learn about our One Year Plan for all things safety-related.
Marley is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia. She obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Biopsychology/Neuroscience from Oglethorpe University and her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. She has extensive experience working with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and presenting concerns, including personality disorders, mood disorders, survivors of abuse and domestic violence, past or present suicidal or self-harming behaviors, the LGBTQIA+ population, children in foster care, and those experiencing international and multicultural challenges. Marley began swing dancing in 2013 and joined the Lindy Focus team in 2015. She is incredibly excited to be a part of the event again this year; please ask her to dance!
"I have been involved in dancing for much of my adult life. I got involved in contra dancing in my early 20s, and through contra dance weekends, got exposed to swing dancing, as well as Cajun and Zydeco dancing, and have been dancing and playing music for dancing ever since. I have attended Lindy Focus on several occasions. I am very excited to be part of the Safety team this year. I have been working as a mental health and substance abuse therapist for my whole adult life, having worked in schools, community mental health centers, and for the past 9 years, in private practice. I work with individuals, couples, and families. Helping people learn how to manage conflict and creating a safe place to express themselves is one of my passions. "
Elizabeth (Liz) Polinsky is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the states of South Carolina and Arkansas. She obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Texas at El Paso, and her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina. She provides mental health counseling to adults facing various life challenges, including: mental health diagnoses, relationship problems, grief/ loss, concerns related to sexual orientation and gender identity, suicidal thoughts, self harm behaviors, etc. Additionally, Liz has worked extensively with individuals in crisis situations and dealing with the after effects of traumatic experiences. In her spare time, Liz enjoys swing dancing, which she began in 2005. This is her fourth Lindy Focus and she is very excited to attending again this year as part of the Lindy Focus team!