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linda kendall fieldsLinda Kendall Fields

Aging and Disabilities Program Specialist
Area Agency on Aging

828.712.4003
lkfields17@gmail.com


Education

Master of Education (M.Ed.), University of Minnesota, College of Education - Adult Education with Concentration in Gerontology
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Luther College, Decorah, Iowa - Majors in Psychology and Music

Professional Experience

Linda has been dedicated to building communities that are responsive to the needs and contributions of older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers for over 30 years. During her career, she has worked for health care organizations, state and local governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations in Minnesota, Oregon, Ohio, Georgia and North Carolina.

Professional Affiliations

  • Land of Sky Regional Council Area Agency on Aging (CTPT)
  • NC Department of Health and Human Services (Lifespan Respite and Money Follows the Person projects)
  • Buncombe County Aging Coordinating Consortium (Chair)
  • United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County (Vice Chair of the Health Focus Work Group)
  • Buncombe County Health and Human Services (Member of Social Work Advisory Group)
  • Asheville Music School (violin/piano instructor and board member)

Awards and Honors

Linda was elected Chair of the Buncombe County Aging Coordinating Consortium in 2012 and Vice Chair of the United Way Health Focus Work Group in 2013. She was selected as a panelist in the 2010 NC Governor’s Round Table and over the years, has made numerous presentations to local, state and national audiences on aging, disability and family caregiving issues – most recently at the National Lifespan Respite Conference in Boston, MA in October 2013.

Responsibilities

Among her current roles, she coordinates the Land of Sky Community Resource Connections (CRC) and Buncombe County Aging Plan. She also works on several state projects including the NC Lifespan Respite Grant through the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services and the Money Follows the Person demonstration project through the NC Division of Medical Assistance.

Representative Projects

  • Land of Sky CRC & Local Contact Agency function – see website (www.crclandofsky.org)
  • Financial Fraud, Scam and Exploitation Prevention Summit (2010 – present)
  • Culture Change in Aging Network of Buncombe County (2010 – present) – see website (www.ccan-bc.org)
  • Department of Insurance Outreach Grant to Land of Sky for Low Income Subsidy and Medicare Savings (new in 2013)
  • State projects: i.e. Materials, reports, success stories for NC Lifespan Respite Grant and NC Money Follows the Person