Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Valerie Linenberger


Valerie Linenberger, CPA, is a Salina, KS native. She has a BA degree in Business – Economics with concentrations in Accounting and Management from Bethany College in Lindsborg and minored in Global Studies having set her sights on international accounting, as she loved to learn about people from other cultures. She has worked in private and public practice as an internal auditor, external auditor, controller, and department manager with nonprofits and fund accounting since her first job after college. She says working with people united by a common cause brings out the best in people and is truly what makes the world a better place. She is also the owner of True Betty Boutique in downtown Salina.


What’s most inspiring about your specific position at TLI?
I’m most excited that I can use all my past experience and education to benefit TLI. The caliber of people here is top-notch and I’m thrilled to play a supporting role in our mission!

What would people never guess that you do as part of your role at TLI?
I do a lot of research and investigation here at TLI. I stay ahead of pronouncements by the FASB, IRS and other regulative bodies to ensure TLI financial reporting is presented accordingly. I don’t like to approach problems with finger pointing.  Instead, I love to educate people on the process to help them understand why things have to be done a certain way.

What drew you to work at TLI?
Honestly, who WOULDN’T be interested in having a small role in saving the planet? Having graduated from Salina South, I knew of TLI as a bunch of mad scientists on the prairie.  Now that I work here, I’m convinced it’s a bunch of mad scientists on the prairie!

What’s one aspect of your life history that most people don’t know or wouldn’t expect?
I’m a bit of a thrill-junkie! I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and skydived. When I was a junior in college, I planned a trip to France for two weeks with my best friend who didn’t speak any French or know how to drive a stick shift without the aid of a travel agent or internet.  We ended up in Germany by mistake, I taught her to drive a stick, and we partied with some French professional wine testers and Grateful Dead followers from Toledo and listened to 70’s punk and disco music.

What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
I’m passionate about helping others! Whether it be helping someone find the perfect outfit at my shop, delivering flowers to a friend, or writing legislators about the need for autism services in Kansas, I derive more joy by making someone else happy!

What’s your motto / favorite quote?
My all-time favorite quote fills my soul with the calmness of a weighted blanket! It is, ‘Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye. –Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, 1818.

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