Linda Becker was born in Chicago and raised in Arlington Heights. She was active in Choir and President of her Orchesis Club. After graduating from Forest View High School, she attended Illinois State University. She has worked as a Human Resources Administrative Assistant and HR Manager. Currently, she is a health insurance broker for Professional Insurance Producers in Park Ridge.
Linda met her future husband, Russ, in 1975. They married in 1976 and recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. They have 2 sons, Todd and Tim, and 2 grandchildren, Will and Ella.
Her youngest son, Tim, began skating with the Northwest Chargers at the age of 6 with a House and Mite A-2 team. She is proud to say that Tim played with the Chargers throughout his youth hockey career, Midget Major CSDHL.
In 1990, Linda ran into an old high school friend, Dick Glass, who was the President of the Chargers. When he found that she could type, he asked if she would be interested in volunteering a couple of hours a month to the Chargers.
Linda served as Registrar and Secretary of the Northwest Chargers from 1990 until 2001. In 2002, she was elected President of the Northwest Chargers. She held that post until 2008. The Northwest Chargers were one of the founding organizations of the CSDHL. Linda was elected Treasurer of the Central States Developmental Hockey League in 1999 and remained on the Board of Directors in that position until 2012. When plans for the Hoffman Estates rink were being formed, Linda worked as the Charger’s liaison between the Chargers and the HE Park District. She was involved in the formation of the Southwest Spring League and served on its board. For 5 years, she was on the AHAI Rules and Ethics Committee.
Linda stepped away from all active hockey boards and duties in 2012 when her grandson, Will, was born. She now devotes all her time to family; traveling, biking and mostly spoiling her beautiful grandchildren. Her grandson, Will, is now 4, and is currently in the Learn to Skate Program at Rolling Meadows. She can’t wait to see his first game!
Linda couldn’t have done it without the support from her husband, Russ, and her children, who appreciated her passion for the game and volunteerism. She is forever grateful for the lasting friendships that have been made over the years with both hockey families and those that she has served with.
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