Linda Miller-Dunleavy


Trustee Since 2016

Linda Miller-Dunleavy is a newly retired Master Lecturer from the Communication Disorders & Special Education Dept. in the College of Education & Professional Studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Linda began her journey in the special education field in 1978, when the laws were just beginning to embrace students with disabilities in the educational systems. Her teaching experiences were diverse, to include students with Intellectual Disabilities; Mild & Moderate to Severe and Profound (Multiple disabilities), students with Emotional and Behavioral disorders, and students with Severe Mental Illness. Linda’s background has spanned forty-two years as a special education professional in teaching K-8 & higher education, private business owner for individuals with disabilities requiring adaptive movement programs and opportunities to be included in dance and karate. She was also a Certified Supreme Court mediator and is a bilingual translator for parent meetings, to include IEPs. Linda’s expertise areas are in advocacy & special education law, content area expertise in High Leverage Practices for reading and math, and lastly development and implementation of IEPs. She spent 22 years at ODU facilitating special education teacher training. She also was a mentor for future special education leaders in pre-service and in-service High Leverage Practices. Linda has served on several Boards in advisory roles. She was reappointed for ten years to the ODU Board of Visitors as a Faculty Representative to the Student Engagement and Enhancement Committee. She is also an advisor for Hearts & Homes for the last 10 years. Hearts & Homes is a charitable organization dedicated to addressing the severe housing shortage for adults with developmental disabilities in Virginia Beach. Originally founded under the name BizNet, Inc., it is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. Since 2016, Linda has served on the Chesapeake Bay Academy Board of Trustees.