Licensed Pre-Need Sales Agent & Aftercare Coordinator
Linda Washburn is a Licensed Preneed Sales Agent and Aftercare Coordinator for Loess Hills Funeral Home and Cremation Center as of June 1, 2018. She will be assisting clients with prearrangement planning and aftercare support. Prior to this position, she has served as the Executive Director of the Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce & Glenwood/Mills County Economic Development Foundation since August 16, 1999. As the Executive Director, Washburn worked within the Glenwood area and Mills County on business retention, business recruitment, and keeping our communities vibrant through a myriad of committees. She has assisted the organization in challenges faced by small communities in a global economy, retaining and enhancing our quality of life for those who choose to work, play, and do business in our area as well as seeking to attract businesses to choose our area as a great place in Iowa to locate. She coordinated many special projects and events throughout each year that bring recognition, awareness, education, and networking opportunities to Mills County. In 2016, the Chamber and Economic Development organization split the director duties into two positions and Washburn continued to serve as Director of the Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce until May, 2018. Prior to this position, Washburn was a preschool teacher in the Glenwood Community School District, starting Building Bridges Preschool serving children and their families whom are at-risk. She was the Director of Pooh Corners Preschool in Malvern and an advocate for early education for young children. She was a Graduate Assistant at UNO and a sales representative for Red Oak Office Equipment. Washburn served as President of Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives, Mills County YMCA Board of Managers, a Board Member for Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives representing Western Iowa, Southwest Iowa Coalition, Loess Hills Chapter of American Red Cross, Mills County Storehouse, On with Life, and Mills, Montgomery, and Cass Counties Empowerment. Other professional service has been to the Greater Council Bluffs Regional Economic Development Marketing Partnership Board representing Mills County with Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, and Harrison Counties, the Economic Development District Board of Governance with Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, and the Heartland 2050 Steering Committee as a Mills County representative for the Omaha/Council Bluffs Metropolitan Statistical Area. Washburn began working in Mills County as a volunteer and newcomer to find her place within southwest Iowa in 1975, serving on many boards and committees. These invaluable experiences have given her many opportunities to get to know Mills County, its culture, and its people, which has been a tremendous benefit in all areas of employment and service. She is a proud to call southwest Iowa “home” and to be from the great state of Iowa. She was born Linda Ann Selinger in Omaha, Nebraska, a graduate of Jefferson High School (Cedar Rapids), Iowa State University (Ames), and attended University of Nebraska Omaha for graduate studies. She lives in eastern Mills County with husband, Rob. She has two sons and two grandsons.