Erlinda Valdez was born in Dinuba, California and raised in Sanger. She attended Sanger schools and is a graduate of Sanger High School. She and her husband, Domingo have two sons, Domingo, III and Steven, and a daughter-in-law, Theresa.

Professionally, Erlinda has worked for Charles M. Wallin of Wallin Funeral Homes, Inc. in Sanger since 1989.  She is a licensed Funeral Director and the General Manager of their four locations in Sanger, Fowler, Riverdale, and Parlier. Since 2008 she has served on the board of directors of the professional trade organization, California Funeral Directors Association as a committee member and is currently serving in the executive position of President.  She is the CFDA representative and Committee Member for the State of California Vital Statistics Advisory Committee. She is active in the Central Valley Funeral Directors Association and has served as President from February 2009 until February 2012.

Erlinda has been involved in her community for many years.  She has been a Rotarian since 1994 and is the current Membership Chair of the Rotary Club of Sanger. She has served Tom Flores Youth Foundation, the Sanger Chamber of Commerce, School Site Council for Sanger High School, Sanger Apache Football Golf Tournament Committee, Sanger Warriors Football Golf Tournament Committee, and the Sanger Warrior Football Program. For her service to the community, the Sanger Chamber of Commerce recognized Erlinda in 2001 as the Citizen of the Year.  In 2010, she was presented with a Key to the City by Council Member and Former Mayor Michael Montelongo. Currently, she serves on the Local Control and Accountability Plan Guidance Committee (LCAP) as a community member for the Sanger Unified School District. She is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sanger.

Through the years, Erlinda has been active in organizing blood drives in coordination with the Central California Blood Center including the Raider Nation Blood Drive.   For her efforts in coordinating blood drives, she was recognized by CCBC as the 2013 Recipient of the Jennifer Eller Memorial Volunteer Donor Recruiter Award.

Erlinda completed her AA degree in General Studies at Reedley College and earned her Bachelors’ degree in Business Administration with a Management option at CSU, Fresno.

“All of these important events in my life bring me back to those two words: Educate and Empower. Although our formal education is extremely important, we are educated in many other ways. It is the knowledge that we have accumulated through life’s journey that defines us. We learn through our upbringing, our relationships with our family, friends, and colleagues, and our personal and professional experiences.”