Linda Krasnecki Chemaly
Class of 1971
Linda’s leadership and involvement in countless charitable causes in Chelmsford and the Greater Lowell Community is truly impressive.
Learning to make a difference in the lives of others was natural for Linda as she grew up watching her parents work very hard running the Chelmsford Newsweekly and Northeast Offset Printing while raising four children and still being involved in their town. “Giving back” was instilled in Linda at an early age and she has accomplished that and much more.
Linda has tirelessly given her time, resources, and energy to innumerable boards and committees. Each one has a story of the her impact. As an example, her establishment of an endowment awarding grants to nonprofit organizations that help empower women; the Women Workers Wonder Fund (2004) typifies how Linda is a driving force to achieve positive change. A longtime friend, Ed Davis states “Linda devotes more time than anyone I know to help and she does so with a smile and real concern for the welfare of her neighbors. She is a treasure to Chelmsford and beyond”
Many of her accomplishments are highly visible, while many are not, the “less visible” are the ones that give her the most pride and satisfaction. As another well known Greater Lowell philanthropist and longtime friend, Nancy Donahue, says “Linda is a perfect example of how a person should live their life and if she could be cloned the world would surely be in a better place”. Another friend, Jacueline Moloney, echoes the same theme of dedication and community involvement “She is a true leader, someone who has made an impact on everything from the arts to education, from health care to housing. She leads by example and inspires others in her dedication and commitment”
While Linda looks at her accomplishments with modesty, Nancy Tuttle of the Lowell Sun once referred to her as the “queen of charity efforts.”