Founder and CEO
After over 30 years as the Executive Director of the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center (BVAC), Linda decided it was time for another adventure and purchased a bed and breakfast with her husband and moved to Maine. During her time at BVAC, Linda was instrumental in the organization’s growth, providing vision and direction to achieve the mission of ending domestic violence. She expanded and secured funding for many programs including shelter, transitional housing, court advocacy, law enforcement advocacy, support groups as well as positively collaborating with other local nonprofit organizations. She provided HR services, financial management, grant management and payroll services among other responsibilities. She maintained a successful leadership style which assisted in retaining dedicated staff for long periods of time.
It was time for her to try a new adventure in Maine with the purchase of the Spouter Inn. She enjoyed meeting new friends and enjoyed hosting them as guests at the Inn. It was a big difference from the nonprofit sector, and it was both fun and exciting to pursue something different. But, after several months, Linda felt a longing to be a part of the nonprofit community. She became a grant writer for a newly established organization in Lincoln, Maine, the Northern Penobscot Activities Council (NPAC). It was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the nonprofit community and the various funding sources and organizations in Maine. While at NPAC, she also provided consulting service to New Hope Midcoast in Rockland, Maine and Partners for Peace in Dover Foxcroft, Maine where she wrote and submitted several federal grant applications on behalf of both organizations.
During COVID 19 things became increasingly slow at the Inn, so, she sought out a full-time position as the Executive Director of Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition (MCRC), a recovery residence program in Maine. It was another wonderful opportunity to utilize her leadership, financial, and grant writing skills while gaining a better understanding of the substance use disorder community. While she enjoyed the position with the organization, after several years, she decided to move back to Rhode Island. Linda and her husband missed their family in Rhode Island and decided it was time to move back home. She continues to work with both nonprofit organizations in Maine and Rhode Island providing a variety of different services.