We are honored to welcome the marvelous Linda Haley as our new Chief of Development and Marketing Officer.

Following her recent move from St. Louis (which she called home for 33 years), we sat down to discuss her inspiring journey through the world of fundraising.

First off, a little birdy told us you used to play basketball?

Yes, I played at Oral Roberts University (Tulsa, OK) which was about 30 minutes from my hometown–I grew up on a farm.

What position did you play?

I started out as power forward and ended up as small forward. The tallest person was 6’6”, then 6’2, and then me. You gotta embrace your tallness when you’re a woman.

Did you ever think of playing professional basketball?

They didn’t have the WNBA when I was playing. I had a chance to play in Europe, but I was already married, and they wouldn’t let my husband go with me so…