by Julie Lineback

Dr. Linda Painter, left, and past LPCA-GA President Dawn Collinge
Dr. Linda Painter and past LPCA-GA President Dawn Collinge

If you asked friends and colleagues to describe the late Professor Emerita Dr. Linda Painter, they would be quick to answer. Compassionate. Open-minded. A mentor. A counselor educator not only well known to University of West Georgia graduate students in the program, but to other counselors from around the region as well. To honor her memory and her passion for the counseling profession, the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA) announced a new annual award: the Linda Painter Service Award.

“Dr. Painter was a cheerleader for the profession and for her students,” said Lisa King Smith ’91 ’07 ‘14, UWG alumna and LPCA-GA western district chair. “When she saw something in you, she didn’t hesitate to take you under her wing and mentor you to help you in actualizing yourself better.”

When Smith applied for the professional counseling specialist program four years ago, she said Painter was a constant source of inspiration and support, encouraging her to reestablish the UWG chapter of the LPCA Student Affiliate Organization and to volunteer on LCPA Board of Directors.

“Dr. Painter was great at getting people to do things they didn’t think they could do,” Smith recalled. “She could inspire you to feel like you could take on the world and be successful at whatever you set your heart and mind to do.”

Dr. Linda Painter Service Award sealSmith and LPCA Past President Karen Wolfe introduced the award at the 2016 LPCA-GA convention in May, and Painter received the award posthumously. Her longtime friend and colleague Theresa Masek accepted the award.

“Linda was someone who could spot a need from far, far away and quietly be there to meet it,” Masek shared. “She was the epitome of what we all try to do for our clients. She was present, and she let you know she cared.”

Painter taught at UWG for 20 years and retired as a professor emerita in August 2012.  She passed away on December 28, 2015.

Posted on August 31, 2016