Linda Tiffan is one of the SSS Board’s newest members – having just been elected in November 2012. Linda has been a member of the Squadron for only five years, but she has extensive non-profit board experience. She most recently served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Latin American Association both located in Atlanta, GA.
Linda joined the Squadron when she became a member of the Luffing Lassies – the women’s sailing and racing club that is affiliated with the Sarasota Sailing Squadron (SSS) and with the Florida Women’s Sailing Association (FWSA). During her time with the Luffing Lassies she has served as Secretary, First Officer and most recently as Captain. Linda is a Sunfish sailor and races her Sunfish with the Lassies every Thursday on the bay. In addition, she has competed in several FWSA sponsored regattas up and down Florida’s west coast.
“I learned to sail on the lakes of upstate New York” says Linda. “My mother sailed a Lightning and I would crew for her as a kid. I didn’t sail much in college, but when I landed my first job, I bought myself a Sunfish. I sailed it in New York, New England and Georgia before moving to Sarasota in 2007”. Linda and her husband Bill both own Sunfish sailboats now and love to take Saturday sails over to O’Leary’s for lunch.
Linda and Bill have three adult children and four grandchildren whom they adore. Since none of them lives in Sarasota, they fill their empty nest with Southeastern Guide Dog puppies that they raise and train to become guide dogs for the visually impaired. “This is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done in my life” says Linda. “It is very hard to say good bye when the time comes for them to “go off to college” because although I may want them, someone else needs them. I have to keep reminding myself that they have a higher calling.”
When she’s not sailing and puppy raising, Linda is a practicing organizational psychologist who consults with companies and coaches individuals in the areas of communication, conflict resolution and leadership development. Linda sees the Board secretarial position as an opportunity to apply her skills and to give back to the squadron. She is a strong believer in the mission of the SSS and its future viability. She is eager to help ensure that the Board functions at its highest level and that the SSS continues to be the premier sailing club for what it provides, how it operates and how it is viewed by squadron members and the larger sailing community.