Volunteer Award Winner:
Gallery Information Volunteer of the Year 2013-2014
The Gallery Information Committee is pleased to honor Linda Knight as the Volunteer of the Year for 2013–2014.
A relative newcomer to the museum, Linda has jumped in full force, familiarizing herself with the duties of Gallery Information volunteers, available resources and the dia.org website. She is quick to introduce herself to many staff and volunteers and has initiated a biannual newsletter.
Prior to volunteering, Linda earned her B.S. in Education from Wayne State University and briefly taught fourth grade before deciding that writing was her passion. She retired in 2011 with more than 25 years of writing technical, promotional and marketing materials, mostly for the three Detroit automakers. Past volunteer work includes 15 years with the Red Wings Alumni Association as writer/editor of the newsletter as well as the RWA section for the Detroit Red Wings Media Guide. She is still a member, but is far less active than before.
What sets Linda apart is her customer focus and attention to visitors’ needs. When she learned of the disappointment of a visitor from Germany who wanted to see the “Watch Me Move” exhibition on member preview day but could not, Linda offered one of her tickets. The reward was an excited, “Thank you. People in Detroit have been so nice since I’ve been here.”
Linda notes, "You probably don't know this about me: I'm pretty good at pinball. And I've been known to beat guys in bars." What's her favorite DIA piece? Overall, it has to be Snake Dragon, Symbol of Marduk. But she adds, "There are so many to choose from. How can you narrow it down to one?”
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