Linda Peltz: Volunteering, Giving Back and Playing Tennis
Volunteering is a key word when describing Linda Peltz. And, she came by it naturally as her mother instilled in her a love of giving back, helping others, and volunteering. Linda attended California State University in San Francisco and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Audiology and Speech Pathology. She began her professional career at Herrick Memorial Hospital in Berkeley, eventually becoming the Director of the Department. In 1977, she decided to pursue private practice and opened Berkeley Audiology Services, which she ran until retirement in 2007.
In 1977, Linda discovered a wonderful sport: TENNIS. In 1984, Linda and her husband, Robert, joined Highlands Country Club near their home in Oakland. Linda served as chair of the Tennis Committee and then as President of the Board of Directors.
They then joined the Claremont Hotel and Spa which led to Linda’s participation in USTA Adult League tennis, for which she has captained or co-captained a team every year. In 1992, Linda received her PTR certification and began teaching tennis to children through
Between 1994 and 2000, Linda ran the Bank of the West Shootout for USTA NorCal and IMG where funds were raised for tennis programs. For at least four years she chaperoned the NorCal team for the 16 Zonals in Salt Lake City, Utah, which was an experience she treasures.
From 1994 to 2011, she served on the El Cerrito Tennis Improvement Association Board. She was first elected to the USTA NorCal Board of Directors in 1994 and completed her last term in 2017. She served the Board as Parliamentarian, Secretary, and Vice President during her tenure on the Board. Linda has chaired and/or co-chaired the USTA NorCal Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies for the past 25 years and has served on virtually every committee in NorCal. She has been a member of a USTA National Committee for 15
Linda’s volunteering goes beyond tennis. She has been a member of the Alta Bates Summit Foundation Board of Trustees for 20 years and served as Chairman of the Board for three years. In 2007, the Foundation presented her with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Linda has also been recognized in USTA Northern California with its League Captain of the Year Award in 2004; the USTA NorCal League Volunteer of the Year Award in 2005 and 2017; and the Betty Cookson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.