Linda Morgan Maini was born in Buffalo, New York, on 19 July 1943 and raised primarily in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 1961 and attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. After graduating in 1965 she enrolled in the Peace Corps and completed training in Puerto Rico, but decided the program was not right for her.
Maini then enrolled in the Red Cross. After completing a brief training session in Washington, D.C, in early 1966, she was sent to I Corps in Da Nang, Vietnam, to run the SRAO [Supplemental Recreation Activities Overseas] program. Maini was also stationed in Lai Khe and Di An where she operated recreation clubs and clubmobile programming for the III Corps and 1st Infantry Division. Maini returned to the States in early 1967 and was reassigned to recreation work at Valley Forge Army Hospital. She was sent back to Vietnam in September of 1968 and stationed at the 12th Evacuation Hospital in Cu Chi, again coordinating recreation activities. While she was there she met her future husband, Paul Maini, an army pilot. She returned to the States in November of 1969.
In January of 1970, Linda and Paul Maini were married. The couple moved with Paul’s assignment to Fort Knox, Kentucky, and then to Tallahassee, Florida. Five years later he was sent to Korea, where Linda taught English for a number of Korean companies. They returned to Newport, Rhode Island, and then Salinas, California, where Maini worked as an aide to county supervisors. They moved to Lexington, Virginia, in 1982 and Maini worked at the George C. Marshall Foundation. She retired as the vice president of the organization after twenty years. The Mainis had two daughters, Tracy and Shannon.