Linda Taylor has been named Associate Executive Director of Advancement at Breckenridge Village of Tyler (BVT), a faith-based, assisted living community for adults with mild to moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“Linda has dedicated 16 years of selfless service and advocacy to the residents at BVT,” said Kevin King, Executive Director of Breckenridge Village. “This new position truly leverages her many talents, combining her compassion and heart for our residents, with her undeniable business acumen to ensure BVT is doing the most good for the families who rely on us.”
Taylor joined BVT nearly two decades ago as a house parent and, four years later, saw a need to raise funds to help families place their loved ones at the Village – sometimes for the rest of the resident’s life. So Taylor pitched the idea to her then-boss to let her try her hand at being BVT’s first Community Relations Coordinator.
For the last 11 years, Taylor served BVT as Director of Development, establishing annual events widely supported by the community that include the “Robert L. Breckenridge Men’s Breakfast,” “Ladies Spring Luncheon,” “A Night to Remember” sock hop and “Christmas in the Village.” Through special events as well as relationship building, Taylor raised nearly $10 million for campus improvements and important scholarship funds that ensured finances never inhibited a family’s ability to obtain the highest quality of life and care for their loved one through BVT.
Now, as Associate Executive Director of Advancement, she will continue to be a liaison between BVT and the community, initiating and growing relationships with current and prospective donors, and sharing the BVT story far and wide. This will include capital expansion projects to build capacity for an ever-expanding need to serve adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“I just feel so blessed to be able to be a part of this beautiful ministry,” said Taylor. “We have a tremendously philanthropic community that has opened their arms to our special residents who, in turn, feel so much love and gratitude toward those who help them call BVT their home.”
Taylor is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and served on the AFP board as Vice President of Advancement. She is a member of Leadership Tyler – Class 25, an organization that values and promotes leadership and engagement among Tyler’s community members. She holds a business degree from the Federal Business Institute.
Located on a 70-acre campus just west of Tyler, BVT offers residential and day enrichment programs to meet the needs of adults with disabilities. The organization – which celebrated its 17th anniversary this year – seeks to empower each resident as he or she develops spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally and socially in a safe, loving and closely supervised environment.
For more information about BVT, please visit BreckenridgeVillage.com.
Breckenridge Village of Tyler (BVT) is part of BCFS’ global system of health and human service non-profit organizations. BVT is a faith-based community for adults with mild to moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities. Located on a tranquil 70-acre campus just west of Tyler, Texas, our community offers exceptional residential and day enrichment programs to meet the needs of the persons entrusted to our care. We are dedicated to serving a group of amazing people—God’s Forever Children—in a warm, safe, family-like setting that seeks to empower each resident as he or she develops spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially in a safe, loving, and closely supervised environment.