A midwife for over forty years, Linda has a career-long commitment not only to midwifery and women’s health, but also health disparities and the intersection of health and mental health. She obtained her BSN and MPH, with majors in Public Health Nursing and Maternal Child Health, from the University of Michigan. Her certificate in Midwifery was obtained from SUNY Downstate, and she completed her MSW at Rutgers University, with a certificate in Violence Against Women and Children. Her midwifery experience includes: Chief of Midwifery at St Joseph’s Regional Medical Center (Paterson), clinical practice at Planned Parenthood, FQHC’s and in a community hospital midwifery practice, solo private midwifery practice, and both nursing and midwifery faculty. As a Social Worker, she has worked as an In-Home Therapist with a focus on adolescents. And as the New Jersey AIM representative to ANCM she has served nationally on the ACNM Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce. In New Jersey she was a member of the Board of Medical Examiners Midwifery Committee, and the NJ Blue Ribbon Panel on Black Infant Mortality, and two-term President of the New Jersey Affiliate of ANCM. She currently serves on the Board of the NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the NJ Immunization Network and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Taskforce. She also serves on the NJ Perinatal Quality Collaborative Steering Committee as Co-Chair of the PQC Perinatal Disparities Work-Group. She is the founding chair of the NJ Health Cares about Domestic and Sexual Violence Collaborative.