“Lake Superior is the crown jewel of our planet's freshwater ecosystem. The lands surrounding it are integral to maintaining its health and vitality. There will, and must be development, for the communities along its shores to survive, however that development has to be a part of the big picture to maintain the health of this ecosystem. Providing access to the water and thereby appreciation of its beauty is of the utmost importance.”
Linda is a big picture person. She has served on a variety of boards including the Traverse City Light and Power where she initiated the removal of three century-old dams which have had long term ecological benefits. She served on the Leelanau Trail Master Plan committee to develop a bike trail from Traverse City to Sutton’s Bay. And as both participant and race director, Linda served on the Vasa Board for cross country ski racing.
Linda and her late husband purchased a Discovery Map International franchise and turned it into a successful business in Traverse City. She received teaching certificates in Biology and Chemistry and a degree in Social Work from Michigan State University. While teaching Adult Education, she covered history and current events at the local Senior Center based on the countries where there were current foreign exchange students. “I would cook a cultural dinner, invite the students for a meal and have them talk about their country and answer questions from my senior students. I learned so much.”
Apart from skiing, Linda is avid bicyclist and canoer with her husband, Gary. Her daughter is a doctor living on the shores of Lake Superior. And her son works on freshwater initiatives with the United States Geological Survey (USGS)