Linda earned a Wildlife Management degree from UGA in 1994 and started working for the GA DNR's Wildlife Resources Division immediately after graduation. During her first 3 years with DNR, she handled a wide variety of wildlife-related questions via the state's wildlife information phone line (pre-internet days). Linda quickly realized that much of the general public lacked knowledge of what lived in their own backyards, either fearing critters or complaining about them. This environmental illiteracy convinced her that a career in environmental education would be worthwhile.
For the next 12 years, Linda worked at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, GA as a Wildlife Interpretive Specialist, helping thousands of learners of all ages to discover Georgia's rich natural heritage and to understand the need for wildlife conservation. In September 2009, she transitioned to DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division HQ office in Social Circle to serve as the Environmental Outreach Coordinator for the state’s Nongame Conservation Section.
As time allows, Linda enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pets, as well as birding and nature photography. Through her efforts, she hopes to foster appreciation for all natural resources and inspire environmental stewardship.