Adventist Woman Named Among Idaho Women of the Year

In fall 2022, Idaho Business Review recognized 50 Idaho Women of the Year honorees from across Idaho for their outstanding professional achievement, leadership, mentorship and community service. Lynda M. Freeman, doctor of healthcare science, master of public health, master of business administration, clinical associate professor and academic skills specialist in the WWAMI medical education program at the University of Idaho, was one of the 50 women recognized. Freeman attends Moscow Church in Moscow, Idaho.

“I was honored to be one of the 50 women in Idaho selected for this year’s award from the Idaho Business Review,” shared Freeman. “It was nice for my hard work and contributions to be recognized.”

Freeman is co-founder of The Liberation Movement, Inc., and was this year’s guest speaker at The League of Women Voters. Freeman is also the first Black female faculty member in the University of Idaho WWAMI medical education program.

“Lynda is always mentoring the future of healthcare and medicine,” shared Jeff Seegmiller, director of the WWAMI medical education program. “She is meeting with underrepresented students and has used her privilege and experiences to help those who are less fortunate. She believes in equity for all.”

Freeman has shown her leadership skills over the years through her positions as faculty advisor for students in the Idaho WWAMI National Medical Association; member of the University of Idaho Black Faculty and Staff Association; and faculty co-advisor for the Black Student Union.

“I wish to share with other women to stay true to their mission,” said Freeman. “When operating in God's will, He will honor you even when others intend the opposite for you. My faith is the reason I can effectively do that work that I do. There have been numerous challenges and opportunities for discouragement, but the Holy Spirit has imparted the wisdom and encouragement necessary to navigate the bumps and boulders on this journey.”

Freeman was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, to two loving parents, Fred and Jackie Murphy. 

“My parents valued Christian education,” Freeman recalled. “They made sacrifices to put my siblings and I through Adventist schools from kindergarten through college.”

Freeman attended Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy and Oakwood University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She has studied community health, including rural health, and designed educational tools for health care professionals serving these communities. 

Her experience coordinating a rural health education network in rural Alabama sparked her interest in adult learning and education. She obtained her doctoral degree in health science from Nova Southeastern University and two master’s degree in public health and in business administration from University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

“I strive to impact students, organizations and the community with compassion and excellence,” Freeman said. “I am so grateful for this award acknowledging my work and I hope it inspires more women — especially women of color — don’t stop. Even when it may, at times, feel lonely and hopeless, keep your faith. Get some rest, but don’t give up.”

Featured in: March/April 2023