- M.S., Management, Lesley University, 1987
- B.S., Recreation Therapy, Springfield College, 1977
Linda joined the Institute in 2003 bringing with her over 20 years of experience in providing direction and support to people with developmental and psychiatric disabilities in the community. She served as Interim Director twice; September 2009 to January 2011 and January 2017 to June 2019. During both times, she remained engaged in project work.
Initially, as Project Coordinator she implemented the Nursing Facility Transition Project. Linda wrote the grant and served as Project Director for the Home Care Connections grant – Integrating Long Term Supports and Affordable Housing. Both grants were part of the CMS Real Choice Systems Change Initiative. In 2007, Linda was appointed Deputy Director, overseeing the day-to-day management of the IOD while continuing project work including collaboration with Easter Seals NH on the Deployment Cycle Support Project and the NH Bureau of Behavioral Health in the drafting of a 1915b Medicaid Waiver Application. The expansion of the Center for START Services in multiple states in the US, Canada and other countries provided an opportunity for Ms. Bimbo to focus her program and operations management skills in this unique and important service area. In collaboration with others in NH, she was awarded the Living Well: NH Quality Frameworks grant from the Administration for Community Living in 2017 and currently serves as Project Director.
Prior to coming to UNH, Linda worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Departments of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (now Developmental Services), and later with non-profit organizations. Linda has provided leadership and vision in the establishment of homes and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.