Every city wishes more of its residents were engaged in the community. Jefferson City got lucky when they welcomed a new resident from Pittsburg, Kansas in 1990. This certain someone would involve themselves in all sectors of the community, even past retirement. That person exists in Jefferson City and her name is Linda McAnany.
Regardless of location, there is sure to be one person in the room who knows Linda. Perhaps the one who knows her the best, however, is her husband of 47 years, Bill. Within 6 months of meeting her, they were married. If that doesn’t astound the reader, her involvement in the community will.
After managing Dillard’s Kansas City County Club Plaza location for 3 years, she was transferred to Jefferson City. When asked about her greatest accomplishments Linda said, “I loved being a Store Manager for Dillard’s and working with a lot of great people. (They made me look good!) [2 months after] …retiring from Dillard’s, I was offered the position as Chief Professional Officer of the United Way of Central Missouri, it was not only an honor to serve in this position, [for 10 years] but working with many wonderful agencies and volunteers was truly a blessing!”
The United Way created the “Linda E. McAnany Award” in her honor and describes the connection by saying, “Linda’s name is synonymous with the United Way name in the mid-Missouri community. During her tenure, the United Way grew to be the most trusted resource for health and human service needs in the central Missouri area; so, it is only fitting that this award is named in her honor, and recognizes a volunteer of the United Way or one of its partner agencies who has shown a remarkable commitment to the United Way cause.” Her success and amiable personality were showcased in the “Live United Show” in the early 2000’s and currently Linda hosts her self-titled show, the “Linda McAnany Show” broadcasted by JCTV.
Linda is heavily involved in the religious and healthcare sectors as well. She advocates for public policy upholding the dignity of human life through the Missouri Catholic Conference. Linda also enjoys providing guidance and resources to help young people when dealing with issues such as drugs, sex, alcohol, abuse, peer-pressure, faith and relationships through the Anne Marie Project.
The Chamber staff unanimously decided to recognize Linda in this magazine. She eats, sleeps and breathes the Chamber’s mission, even keeping her “car copy” of the Chamber Directory handy at all times. Linda is always the first to volunteer her help and is a staple at most every Chamber event. In 2011, Linda was awarded the Distinguished Quigg Award which recognizes a lifetime of leadership and commitment to Jefferson City. When asked about why she invests so much time in the Chamber she replied “I love what the Chamber has done for our community! The staff is very engaged and committed. The Board members and other volunteers are dedicated to the mission of the Chamber and its efforts to make our community a wonderful place to live. It is one of the many reasons that we live in such a great community!”
When Linda is not volunteering her time, she loves to play golf and exercise. She said “most people probably don’t know I am a huge sports fan. Having relocated from Kansas City, my favorite teams are the Chiefs and the Royals.” When you meet Linda, you will feel her contagious energy and zest for life. Whether or not she wants to be, she is an inspiration and a true servant to her community.
Linda’s Community Involvement
- Former President – United Way
- President – Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri
- Administrator – Christian Ministerial Fellowship organization
- Board of Directors – Anne Marie Project
- Board of Directors – SSM St. Mary’s Hospital
- Vice Chairman – the Community Health Center of Central Missouri
- Committee member – Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce BBQ
- Committee member – Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce Retention Team
- Ambassador – Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce
- Past Board of Directors – 2 terms – Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce