Linda is the Program Coordinator for several departments on campus, including Comparative American Studies, Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, the Rhetoric & Composition, and the Writing Associates Program. Recently she was also trained to be a mediator for the Oberlin College Dialogue Center (OCDC). Using the social justice model of mediation, OCDC mediators are trained to help all parties recognize differences in power and privilege, and to address issues such as race, class, gender, and sexuality, so that all parties can be supported and have their voices heard.
While employed at Oberlin College she has also served as the Second Vice President and Webmaster for O.C.O.P.E., the administrative assistants union on campus. She was integral in negotiating a fair contract for members in 2010. She also served on the Grievance Committee for several years where she helped develop resolutions to conflicts that had arisen between labor and management.
Linda is also an extremely active activist. Currently her activism has taken her on a journey to fight for medical marijuana. When her son, Jason, went off to college in Florida he was in a horrific near fatal car accident, leaving him disabled. He was told by his doctors that pain would be his lifelong companion. In order to manage his pain he chose to avoid the pain pills his doctors were prescribing and, instead, he chose cannabis. Jason was only 22 years old and he was not going to become another statistic of individuals becoming addicted to their pain medications. Linda serves on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Rights Group (http://www.ohiorightsgroup.org), and is also a member of the Committee to Represent the Petitioners. The Ohio Rights Group has been working hard to restore Ohioans rights to have this amazing medicine and are hopeful that one day, in the very near future, Ohio will join the other states that already enjoy this freedom.
Linda is also a lover of animals and a foster for two rescue groups, Eskie Rescuers United (http://www.eskierescuersunited.org/) and the Dachshund Rescue of North America (http://www.drna.org/). She has fostered approximately one dozen dogs in the past year or two and has helped them find permanent homes from Maine to California! Linda says that she has only “failed” in her mission to rehome a dog once, and that was because she fell madly in love with him in a few days and ended up adopting him herself. His name is appropriately named Oberlin, nicknamed Obie. Obie is now a therapy dog and Linda takes him to local nursing homes where he gives love to the residents.
Linda's philosophy on life follows a quote from a British philosopher, Bertrand Russell…
“The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real estate, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith.”