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Work experience

Jan 2009Present


Blythe Cancer Resource Center

Provide assistance with financials, filings, policies & procedures, and governance.

Aug 2010May 2011

Executive Director

Foothills Animal Rescue

Responsible for strategic planning, day-to-day operation of the organization, motivation of staff and volunteers, creation of policies and procedures, and developing organizational culture.

Key Accomplishments:

Facilities management, analysis and repair of plumbing, electrical, building structure, air conditioning, heating, lighting, upgrade of dog suites, expansion of resale boutique, and application of efficiency, safety, and standards as required by city, state, and federal codes.

Personnel management, Replacing unqualified staff with qualified employees.An analysis of required paid personnel and volunteer staffing was conducted, implementing staffing plan, providing training, team building, and supervision.

Standard Operating Procedures, producing a comprehensive document for organization operations.Additionally produced Safety, Volunteer, Foster, and Adoption Manuals.

Veterinary Clinic, Created aBusiness Plan to develop the current veterinary clinic into a public veterinary hospital.Began implementing the plan with the hiring of a staff veterinarian.

Jul 2006Jan 2009

Founder and Chief Financial Officer

Cancer Resource Center of the Desert

Organized, created and incorporated this community organization to provide services not available to local cancer patients.Wholly responsible for operational and fiscal development and oversight.

Key Accomplishments:

Incorporated and obtained the 501(c)(3) nonprofit status of the Cancer Resource Center of the Desert

Volunteer and board development

Strategic Planning

Policy and Program Development

Fiscal development, created and managed a well-rounded fundraising plan including foundation grants, corporate support, a valley-wide substantial individual donor base, memorial program, direct mail, and special event fundraising.$400,000 budget by the second year of operation.

Built community support by recruiting hundreds of volunteers and a multitude of donors.

Volunteers providing program and fundraising activities in all Imperial Valley Communities.

Donor database numbered 5,000 local donors by year two.

Adeptly handled media relations to provide community-wide interest in this startup

nonprofit organization.

Nov 1990Jul 2006

Executive Director

American Cancer Society

Managed day-to-day operations including program implementation, staff supervision, fiscal/facility management, community awareness and support campaigns, service enhancement, and fundraising for Imperial County, CA.Reported to and supported a local board of directors in providing leadership to the local component of the national organization.

Key Accomplishments:

Increased the Imperial District of the American Cancer Society local fundraising efforts from less than $20,000 annually to nearly $400,000 annually.Bringing the Relay for Life event to three communities in the Imperial Valley created a stream of income of over $200,000 annually, as well as tripling the numbers of volunteers working on behalf of cancer patients in the local communities and to fund cancer research nationally.

Conducted personal outreach to community leaders to turnaround negative opinions of national organizations not serving local communities.

Collaborated with local health educators and providers to bring much needed information on messages of prevention and early detection of cancer to local citizenry.Spearheaded anti-tobacco messages and partnered with Imperial County schools to educated students on the hazards of smoking.

Apr 1982Nov 1990

Executive Director

WomanHaven, Inc.

Managed day-to-day operations including program implementation, staff supervision, fiscal/facility management, community awareness and support campaigns, service enhancement, and fundraising.

Apr 1974Apr 1981

Deputy Juvenile Probation Officer

Yuma County Juvenile Court


May 2004May 2006

Masters of Science

Capella University

Graduated Summa Cum Laude

Sep 1994May 1996

San Diego State University
Sep 1971May 1973

Bachelor of Arts

Pacific Lutheran University

Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Sep 1969May 1971

Associate of Technical Arts

Olympic College

Graduated with top student honors


Computer Proficiencies
Microsoft Office Access Excel PowerPoint Publisher Word QuickBooks - Nonprofit Windows XP Open Office Adobe                                                                                              
Turnaround Operations/Change Management
Marketing & Public Relations
Nonprofit Business Management
Board Relations
Coalition Building
Advocacy & Public Policy
Staff & Volunteer Development & Training
Program Development & Implementation
Strategic Planning
Executive Leadership & Supervision
Direct Mail/Corporate Giving/Planned Gifts
Nonprofit Management
Fundraising/Grant Writing/Special Events


Carol Lewis

“I worked with Linda on Alpine's first Relay for Life. She was extremely helpful in organizing the event and offered a lot of support for our cancer survivors. She was greatly missed when she left the American Cancer Society.” May 12, 2011

Carol Lewis, Outreach Coordinator, Mtn. Health & Community Services, Inc.was with another company when working with Linda at American Cancer Society

Rick Partridge

“I worked with Linda when she was with the Cancer Resouce Center of the Desert. I was a volunteer and Linda helped us in anyway she could. I would highly recommend Linda for any job. She is motivated and very helpful. Linda is a very knowledgable person and would be a great asset for any company. Linda has a great personality and can get the job done.” May 15, 2011

Rick Partridge, DVOP, State of Californiawas with another company when working with Linda at Cancer Resource Center of the Desert

Jo Powell

“I have worked with Linda Fitch over the past year while she was Executive Director at Foothills Animal Rescue (FAR). As a Board Member, I had the opportunity to get to know Linda on a professional level as well as personal. She was the first hire at FAR and was responsible for designing and initiating all policies and procedures for the rescue. Linda worked tirelessly organizing the shelter and assuring that we could take care of the animals until they were adopted. Linda was a pleasure to work with. She always had a positive, can-do attitude. When a difficult situation arose, she was always there with a solution. Linda will make a great addition to any organization she is involved with. She is someone that can always be depended upon in any situation.” May 16, 2011

Jo Powell, Board Member, Phoenix Pets Aliveworked directly with Linda at Foothills Animal Rescue


Results-driven nonprofit executive with 30 years experience directing non-profit

organizations. Proven ability to provide cross-functional team leadership driving performance,

program improvement, and quality initiatives, while simultaneously leading external initiatives to

reverse community apathy.

Proactive, visionary business leader known for ability to win fiercely loyal community

support, develop key coalitions, and build crucial relationships with a shared sense of purpose.

History of repeated success in turnaround and start-up operations – trusted by executives and board members to reverse negative cash flow, right size programs, elevate morale, and overcome negative community opinions, as well as start up local nonprofit organizations.

Respected administrator with a reputation for top performance – Creative and original

thinker who inspires the respect and trust of others through openness and integrity with a

dedication and commitment to excellence.Ability to build critical partnerships and strategic

alliances; able to salvage damaged relationships, find value in divergent viewpoints, resolve

conflicts for win-win outcomes, and unite fractionalized groups for a shared sense of purpose.


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