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Linda M. Buskala


Internships Summary
Completed Human Services Degree Courses
Personal Philosophy Statement of Human Services
Writing Sample - Grant Proposal
Writing Sample - Child abuse and neglect and substance abuse are inextricably intertwined
Mission Statement
Biographical Sketch
Writing Sample
Contact Me


I am an experienced professional seeking admission to graduate school and a career as a Christian counselor for families, women, and children. My background includes working with adults and children with disabilities as a tutor, educational coach, and advocate. I have also worked in private and public schools as a volunteer and paid employee for special needs children, providing respite care, developing appropriate educational programs, and coordinating services. As the Executive Director of the Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, I spent many hours in the community working with other organizations and agencies as a volunteer serving on Boards and lending my services and expertise wherever possible. One of the projects I am most proud of was playing an instrumental role in developing The Neutral Zone, a youth-oriented place offering a fun and safe environment for teenagers to meet with friends, meet new people, and learn new things. It is a place to call their own during high-risk hours. I am a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. I am highly motivated, goal-oriented, self directed and detailed oriented; I am also skilled in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, and Word Perfect.


GREATER OAK HARBOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, Oak Harbor, Washington          1977-1996

A non-profit organization created to enhance and sustain the economic environment necessary to grow business and quality of life in the community. 

Executive Director


         Worked with and for a Board of Directors representing chamber members and community interests.

         Assisted area businesses in developing creative and successful approaches to promoting and marketing their businesses.

         Trained and managed staff positions in both the chamber tourism and economic development divisions.

         Designed, implemented, and coordinated staff for area events, projects, and fundraisers.

         Built and sustained bridges of communication between national, state, local officials and the business community concerning issues affecting the economic environment of the area.

         Produced and managed annual budgets for the chamber of commerce umbrella organization, divisions, events, projects, and committees.

         Counseled and recruited prospective businesses, community investors, and developers concerning business opportunities.




Big Brothers Big Sisters, Oak Harbor, Washington

         Math Tutor 2004


Skagit Valley College, Oak Harbor, Washington

         Tutor and Educational Coach, Students with Disabilities 2002 – 2004

         Vice President, Phi Theta Kappa 2002 – 2003

        President, Phi Theta Kappa 2003 - 2004





Bachelor of Arts, Human Services, to be conferred 2006, GPA 4.0

         Honor Roll 2004 - 2005

         Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society 2005 – 2006

         Golden Key Honor Society 2005 – 2006

                     WAPED Student of the Year Award 2005 - 2006

     Professional Internship, Skagit Valley College, Oak Harbor, Washington

Counseling Department, Two (2) Quarters 2004 - 2005

o         Designed and Produced Power Point Presentations for Group Counseling

o         Provided Academic and Individual Counseling

o         Researched and Produced Information on Various Disabilities 


     Professional Internship, Living Hope Foursquare Church, Coupeville, Washington

Family Ministries Coach and Counselor, Three Quarters 2005 - 2006

o         Coached Individuals

o         Researched and Produced Information for Organizational/Agency Referrals

o         Designed and Implemented Congregational Needs Assessment Tool


SKAGIT VALLEY COLLEGE, Oak Harbor, Washington

Associate of Arts, College Transfer, 2004, GPA 3.94

         Honor Roll 2002-2004

         Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society 2002 - 2004

         All USA Academic Team 2004

         Graduated High Honors 2004

         Skagit Valley College Yates Award 2004



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