Linda Valley is the office manager at Insurance Advantage and LMA Financial Services and has worked here for almost 12 years. Linda helps many of our clients understand all aspects of Medicare including Part A, Part B, Prescription Drug Plans, supplements and Medicare Advantage plans. As a former employee of Delta Dental, she brings expertise on dental and vision plans and explains them plainly to clients.
Linda hails from Millinocket, Maine. She brought her accent to the South in 1996 but returns "home" yearly to see her Mum and other family members. Mum and Linda went skydiving in the summer of 2017!
We hope you enjoy learning more about Linda!
Tell us about your family.
Stan and I married in 1985. He was active in the Air Force, landing us as residents of New York state, England and ultimately here in Jacksonville, Arkansas. We have two sons, Aaron Valley and the late Brian Valley.
What is your favorite food?
I think a prerequisite to work at IA-LMA is a love for food! My favorite meal, locally, is the Loaded Barrel pizza from Shotgun Dan's (with a very cold Coors Light).
What do you do for fun?
Stan and I enjoy many of the festivals that are held throughout Arkansas on the weekends. Since we've already established that I love good food, it should be no surprise that we also enjoy finding the best places to eat in our state!
I offset my restaurant habit by walking half marathons. I have medals from races around the nation including Route 66 in Tulsa, Hotter Than Hades in Mississippi and the Millinocket Marathon/Half Marathon in my hometown (in December, with a windchill of -6).
Do you have any furry friends?
Big Papi, true to his name, is a 32 lb. Pomeranian. Our newest addition, is a Tri-Pawed Anatolian Shepherd named Trinity, also true to her name! And we also have Pumpkin, a rescue cat.
What are some of your favorite things right now?
My favorite show is This Is Us on NBC. If you haven't watched it yet, you have plenty of time to catch up on the latest episode.
Another favorite is volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House of Arkansas. Stan and I cook dinner for the families at the house one Sunday a month. We've been doing this since 2007. We love to serve the families there. Our family spent time at a Ronald McDonald House in Vermont when Brian was an infant. Because of the care we received there, we chose to give back with our time after Brian passed away in 2006.
We started the Brian Valley Memorial 5K + 1 to honor Brian and other families who receive love and support at the Ronald McDonald House. This race is another favorite of mine. We ask participants and supporters to go the extra mile for Brian. It is a little different, and Brian would want it that way.
What's something you have learned recently about your faith or share your favorite scripture/song right now?
My favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11-
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
God doesn't make mistakes. When I am given something that doesn't make sense, I can and will trust God.