Hi, I'm Linda
WHERE I COME FROM
As a NC public school student, I experienced first-hand how dedicated teachers, a caring community and a state that values education play a critical role in preparing students for the rest of their lives. Growing up in Greensboro, I attended Guilford County schools and benefitted from a wide array of academic and extra-curricular offerings that shaped who I am today. I graduated from Davidson College with a Religion degree, and later added a Masters in Child and Youth Care Administration.
A CAREER IN SERVICE
My entire career has focused on reaching every child and helping them meet their potential as a contributing member of their community. I began at Camp Elliott therapeutic wilderness program (later renamed Stone Mountain School), working with young men in the Willie M program, who struggled with serious emotional and behavioral issues. I became director of Talisman Programs in 2001, providing summer programming for youth with Aspergers Syndrome or ADHD, and for several years ran a residential school for students with autism, Talisman Academy. I am currently co-owner of Talisman.
I have been an Owen parent since 2008; my son graduated from Charles D. Owen High School in 2017. As an involved parent, I have served on the PTO, as Band Booster president, on the School Improvement Teams at both the middle and high schools. I am currently on the CDOHS Advisory Council. I have enjoyed volunteering as a tutor, fundraiser and event coordinator, wherever I can to support the good work of the Owen faculties. My favorite achievement was three years of coordinating the return-to-school event, Stampede in the Valley.
My community leadership positions have included serving on the boards of Church World Service, EcoForesters and the WNC Learning Disability Symposium. I have served as president of The National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camps, chair of the WNC Alliance (now MountainTrue) and president of my church Board of Trustees. In both volunteer and career positions, I have managed complicated budgets, developed policies, worked with regulatory agencies, and engaged partners to build consensus and increase effectiveness.
PASSION FOR EDUCATION
I chose a career devoted to helping struggling children achieve beyond expectations because I believe that every child has great potential. An education that truly reaches a child where they are and provides them with the resources, guidance and engagement they need makes a fundamental difference in what that child can achieve. As a member of our school board, I would work to ensure this opportunity for all of our children.