Linda Shiller currently serves as an at-large member on the National PTA Board of Directors. Previously, she served as the director of career and education outreach at Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) for 20 years and as a counselor and assistant director at VSAC for 13 years prior to that. In her role as director, she secured funding and led the Vermont GEAR UP Program, the state-wide EOC and ETS programs, the College Access Challenge Grant and other grants obtained through state and community grant organizations. She also developed and implemented a privately-funded student “aspirations” program and coordinated career development, college planning and financial aid informational services for schools and agencies statewide.
Throughout her career at VSAC, Shiller served on several national, regional and state boards and taskforces addressing education reform, workforce development and college access issues. She served on the NEOA board for 9 years, the NCCEP Advisory Commission, COE’s Board of Directors, NEBHE and NEASC and more.
Shiller participated in Negotiated Rulemaking for GEAR UP when the program was first created and again during the HEOA rule making process in 2009. She has served as a reader for GEAR UP and TRIO proposals for several years, and testified before congress on behalf of TRIO and GEAR UP. She has trained extensively on the national level in the areas of program development, grant writing, grant management and accountability over the years, serving on the faculty for various NCCEP, COE, NCAN and DOE sponsored trainings. She has also assisted several grantees with the writing and obtaining of their TRIO/GEAR UP grants.
Newly retired, Shiller now works as a training and grant consultant assisting nonprofit organizations and TRIO/GEAR UP grantees with strategic planning, grant writing, program development. She also develops and coordinates training content for GEAR UP professional development events sponsored by the National Council for Community and Educational Partnerships.