Linda’s parents told her over and over, “Your purpose in life is to serve others. When you live in a community, your job is to give back…to help that community be alive and to thrive.” That is exactly what Linda has been doing in Kansas City since moving here 50 years ago. She knew volunteering was a way to get to know her new community. As a young board member of the March of Dimes, she first experienced the power of a volunteer organization to “get things done.” That experience led to involvement with many other organizations and events, and now manifests itself in her work with students in the Rockhurst University Executive MBA Program. She loves to be challenged by her students and to be introduced to new perspectives. The thing she is most proud of is her ability to bring people together in the classroom and in the community. She loves to see students connect in the classroom to learn from each other. Her heart “sings” when she can meet someone over coffee, get to know them and then help them connect with others in the community who share their passions. In other words, she is a master networker. She has been called “Kansas City’s Warren Buffet” for giving so generously of her time and personal relationships to enrich the community.