Linda currently works as a Public Health and Infectious Disease advisor with the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at the United States Agency for International Development. She obtained a Bachelor of Science with Honors from the University of AZ in 2004. She attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. She completed residency in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. During her residency, she made multiple trips as a medical volunteer to Haiti with Samaritan’s Purse. She later served as the Medical Director for Samaritan’s Purse Health programs in Haiti from 2011-2012. She completed a fellowship in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was part of the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola response in Liberia during the summer of 2014.
She also served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Samaritan’s Purse response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and was the Senior Program Manager for the UNHCR funded Samaritan’s Purse European Refugee Response in Greece. She previously worked in the Office of HIV/AIDS at USAID where she provided technical assistance to countries such as South Sudan, DRC, Mozambique and Burundi. She served as a health advisor and Deputy DART team leader for the USAID/OFDA Ebola response in Guinea and subsequently served as the Acting Senior Humanitarian Advisor for OFDA in Guinea.