Linda Dawsey, Director of Health and Services
Linda Dawsey joined the Ridgeline Family as Director of Health Services in late August 2017, following nearly thirty years of diverse nursing service. She provides health services and regulatory oversight, support, training and audit review for the Ridgeline portfolio. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and Masters in Organizational Leadership with an Executive Certificate in Non-profit. Quality assurance is an area of special interest and skills for Linda, who is military certified in Quality Management, Statistical Analysis in Process Improvement (SAPI) and most recently began pursuing her black belt in six sigma. She received a nick-name “Lynn” while serving on active duty and playing right field for nearly 15 years on various women’s softball teams.
Linda brings years of specialized nursing leadership experience working with multiple at risk populations. Serving in the U.S. Navy (NATO Support), living and practicing nursing for more than 8 years in Europe; Linda brings almost nine years of knowledge as a Compliance Regulator for the State of Washington where she earned the recognition as the subject matter expert for her comprehensive training programs on Assisted Living regulatory requirements, including being a member of both the steering and regulatory writing committee. Following her public service, Linda spent almost 3 years as part of the Milestone Team in a Regional Director of Health Services role overseeing communities in their West area. This transition from regulatory to private sector presented Linda with the unique opportunity to provide assistance with the bureaucracy of state requirements for new startups, conduct both preliminary, initial and other inspections thru the lens of a regulator and then provide insights for audits, survey preparedness and expertise in plan of correction writing.
She is a retired Navy Nurse who began her military career in 1975 as an aviation crew chief for helicopters while serving in the Women’s Army Corps. Linda’s service spans over three decades and offered such experiences as a NASA Shuttle recovery team member, international SAPI Instructor and medevac flight nurse while living in Spain; forensic nursing, tri-country Affiliate Faculty and NATO Clinical Director while living in Italy and clinical surveillance in the Middle East.
Her altruistic career outside of nursing included volunteer work abroad with the WHO and International Habitat for Humanity in Poland, Africa and Slovenia.
Linda recently moved to the Portland area. A very important aspect of her life is family – beginning with her daughter who works in finance, her dog “Mika” and her two sons; the oldest in law enforcement teaching at the Police academy and the youngest in science also teaching at an academy. She enjoys nature, spending time with her two teenage grandchildren and traveling the world with friends.