LINDA MASHBURN, Treasurer
is a nurse with graduate degrees in Religion (Columbia University) and Public Health Administration (UNC-Chapel Hill). She has done 15 years of hospital nursing in India and the U.S., as well as a great deal of community organizing around primary health care. She founded the Hot Springs Health Program in 1971, which now provides all the medical care for Madison County, NC, and she ran a Statesville, NC community health program serving public housing residents. Most recently, she was Executive Director of a non-profit linking U.S. churches (Protestant & Catholic) with communities of faith in Central America.
As a result of numerous trips to Central America, and personally knowing victims of torture, mass killings, etc., Linda became passionate about closing Columbus, GA's School of the Americas that had trained so many military perpetrators. For a number of years, she did civil disobedience at the gates of Fort Benning, which led to a 3-month prison sentence, which she served in 2006 at the federal women's prison in Alderson, WV.
Linda and her husband were among the founding members of Abingdon's ElderSpirit community, but didn't move here until 2014. She became a founding member of WIN in 2015, and has served as Vice-Chair and now as Treasurer. She has 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren, all of whom live in North Carolina.