Gary Sinise Foundation

Our Team

Linda Velasco

Linda Velasco was educated in Connecticut and graduated with a degree in music. In Connecticut, she was a sales manager for Physicians Health Services, one of the largest state HMO’s in the late 1980’s. While living in Canton, Ohio Linda started a home based gourmet business. She took that business to Minnesota where her gift baskets were stocked at one of the largest specialty stores in the Twin Cities. Through the years, Linda has been a huge supporter of community volunteer efforts and gave her time to many non-profit organizations including March of Dimes, Junior Achievement, the 24-hour crisis line for Every Woman’s House, a women’s shelter/domestic violence program, the Salvation Army’s Christmas Toys program, Midwest Avian Adoption and Rescue, the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota, and Neighborhood House of St. Paul which provides basic needs, education, and youth services to ethnically diverse communities. One of Linda’s greatest personal heroes was her dad “Slim”, a WWII veteran serving in the 234th MP’s and one of General Eisenhower’s bodyguards in the European theatre. She planned and enjoyed many of the annual WWII reunions of this group including San Antonio, Washington, Myrtle Beach and Minneapolis. Linda is currently writing her first children’s book.