LEADERSHIP: Linda Volhein is a nonprofit executive and respected community leader with over 25 years of success as a CEO, interim executive director, consultant, mentor, fundraiser, and organizational development coach. Linda began her leadership career in 1993, as the executive director of Florence Crittenton, a small agency in decline, yet with a compelling mission to provide hope, safety and opportunity to girls in crisis. A teenage pregnancy shaped Linda’s own life and drew her to become a charismatic advocate for girls and young women. Linda displayed the dedication and business acumen to execute an expansive, growth-oriented strategic vision and plan at Florence Crittenton that grew the agency from near bankruptcy to an organization with no debt and $13 million in net assets. Linda grew the annual budget from $1.2 million in 1993, to $8.9 million in 2011 by embedding a volunteer and staff culture of high achievement and personal accountability. Linda oversaw a successful $7.1 million capital campaign to design and build a new residential campus, on-site medical clinic, charter school and transitional housing facilities.
GROWTH, ACQUISITIONS AND MERGERS: Linda implemented an entrepreneurial business strategy that resulted in key strategic alliances and the acquisition of Girls Ranch of AZ, Girls for a Change and the Arizona Girls Roundtable. Linda developed a donor engagement strategy that grew annual fundraising from zero to $2 million annually and created and led an $11 million comprehensive fund development initiative.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Linda spearheaded the purchase of property and built Flo’s on 7th, an upscale resale boutique. She went on to establish the Girls Leadership Academy of Arizona, the first single-gender public school in Arizona.
CONSULTING: After retiring from Florence Crittenton in 2011, Linda founded Volhein Consulting to apply the breadth and depth of her nonprofit experience. Her vision is to leave the world a better place by providing nonprofits with a suite of critical support services including interim executive leadership, counsel, assessment and change management. Linda provides Interim Executive Director services and is currently serving as a consultant, mentor and group leader for St Luke’s Health Initiative.
AWARDS: Linda has been widely recognized as a community leader with numerous awards, including, Enterprising Woman Award, Woman of Distinction Award, Soroptomist Women Helping Women Award, ONE Executive Director of the Year Award and the YWCA Woman of the Year.
EDUCATION and COMMUNITY SERVICE: Linda holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from ASU along with graduate studies from the ASU College of Continuing Education on Nonprofit Management, and CEO Certificate from Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Public Programs. Linda has been active in community service and served on the Board of Behavioral Health Licensure and the Child Welfare League of America, Arizona Association of Children and Adults board member, Arizona Endowment Building Initiative member, National Crittenton Foundation CEO - board liaison, McMurry STAR Committee member, and Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits Policy.
Guiding nonprofits through times of growth and change
"I know Linda to be someone who is a visionary leader and passionate about service to others, particularly to disadvantaged women, children and families."
Marisue Garganta, board member and president - Keogh Health Connection