Lunch With A Leader: Self Help; LA Cares July 16


This month’s Lunch with a Leader presented for the community by the League of Women Voters is 11:45 a.m., July 16 in Mesa Public Library.

Two very important Los Alamos based services, Self Help, Inc. and LA Cares will be presenting.

Speaking for LA Cares is Linda Burns. She is originally from Delaware, but she and her husband Don came to Los Alamos 30 years ago, by way of Wisconsin and New York, where their three children grew up.

Burns graduated from Ursinus College with a major in math, and the University of Michigan where she earned a master’s in library science. She was the assistant librarian of the Library Commission for the State of Delaware and then a stay at home mom but did medical transcriptions part time.

She was looking for an activity, after years of volunteering in both Boy and Girl Scouting, PTA, when she saw a small item in the Monitor “Food Distribution… This month seeking donations of pasta and pasta sauce.” That did it, and here she is, more than 24 years later, 22 of them serving as secretary of the LA Cares Board.

The other speaker, Taylor, arrived in Los Alamos as an 8th grade student. After graduating from Los Alamos High School, she went to Lewis and Clark College where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in economics. She left work in Portland, Ore. as a financial analyst to take her dream job managing a nonprofit in the town that she took for granted growing up. In her free time, Taylor sings as a solo performer as well as member and founder of several ensembles.

There will be lunch from the CO+OP for those who wish to order one. Contact Karyl Ann Armbruster for a description of food selections available at or 505.231.8286.