Project Description

Linda Belton

Director, Organizational Health, VHA National Center for Organization Development

Linda W. Belton served as a Senior Executive in the Veterans Health Administration for twenty years: from 1995 to 2008, as Director, Veterans Integrated Service Network, leading a region of VA hospitals and clinics in the Midwest; and from 2008 until 2015, as VA’s first Director of Organizational Health and Deputy Director, National Center for Organization Development. In these roles she has presented broadly on topics of Organizational Health, including civility and servant leadership. She co-created the CREW initiative (Civility, Respect and Engagement in the Workplace), which has been widely used in VA, endorsed by The Joint Commission, and replicated internationally. She introduced programs in servant leadership within the Veterans Health Administration, building the foundation for VHA’s intensive and ongoing efforts. Prior to her work in VA, Linda was appointed by the Governor of Wisconsin to lead the State Hospital system, a post she held for nine years; and served in executive leadership positions at a variety of private sector health care organizations. Linda holds an R.N. from Jameson School of Nursing, a B.S. from the University of the State of New York, and an M.S. from Columbia Pacific University. She was a Johnson Fellow at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government (Senior Executives in State and Local Government), and completed the University of Rochester’s program in Leading Organizations to Health. During her career, she received three Presidential Rank Awards (Meritorious and Distinguished Executive). She served on the Board of Trustees of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership (2011-2015). Linda is a Lifetime Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (LFACHE), and a lay Associate of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother. She has authored A Nobler Side of Leadership: The Art of Humanagement (2016), A Nobler Side of Leadership: The Workbook (2017), The First Shall Be Last: Servant Leadership in Scripture (in publication), and has co-authored publications on Servant Leadership, CREW (Civility, Respect and Engagement in the Workplace), Organizational Health, and workplace violence. Linda currently lives with her husband in Ann Arbor, Michigan