Linda was born and raised in Oswego, NY, the youngest of four children. She attended public schools and graduated from Oswego High School. She attended SUNY Oswego, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Soon after graduation, Linda moved to the Washington, DC area. While living there, Linda worked in Public and Government relations. Her work focused on issues surrounding health care. Specifically, she worked on projects that educated the public about diabetes, cardiovascular disease, children’s health and sleep apnea. Further, she worked with local, state, and federal policy makers on drowsy driving prevention and legislation.
While living in DC, Linda earned a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Catholic University. Finding a way to blend her love of advocating for health issues and learning, Linda worked at the NIH Clinical Research Library in Bethesda, MD. It was there that her passion for science was formed and she gained a deeper understanding of community health and prevention. She also saw firsthand how the government can improve the lives of its citizens through the funding of medical research that prevents illnesses, discovering cures for diseases and improves the health of our citizens.
It was also during her time in DC, that she married her husband, Tom Hasman. They have been married for 19 years and have two children, Sam (11 years) and Abigail (9 years).
As much as Linda enjoyed living in DC, the call of home was too strong. Linda and Tom moved to Rochester in 2006. They bought a house in the ABC Streets Neighborhood in the city of Rochester. Linda has been active in the neighborhood association. She served on the board, helped with the replanting of Morrison Park (the gateway of the ABC Streets Neighborhood) and organized events including the annual holiday party, children’s Halloween parade and Easter egg hunt.
She loves the vibrant, diverse community that is southeast Rochester. You can often see Linda and her family out walking or biking in the neighborhood, meeting neighbors and enjoying the community.
Since moving to Rochester, Linda has worked as a medical librarian at the University at Buffalo and currently works at the University of Rochester Medical Center as the Assistant Director for Research and Clinical Information at Miner Library. She has been involved in research teams, patient care teams, community health projects and helping patients and families access quality, reliable health information. Linda is currently working on a Master’s in Public Health at the U of R.