Secretary of the Board of Directors

Biography. I was born in Milwaukee the number 3 child of 7.  Married Francis Connolly in 1975 at Barksdale AFB, LA.   I have two sons: Sean and Alan .  They are both life members of SAR on their father’s side.  They’ve never been married and available! Both have jobs at the Veterans  Center (Springfield and Peoria)

Military Service. I was in the Air Force from Nov 9, 1972 – Jan 31, 1995.  Most of that time was an administrator with 4 years special duty as an instructor.  USAF 1972-1995.  Summary of military service: 

  • 1973-1975 Barksdale AFB, LA;
  • 1975-1977 RAF Lakenheath England UK;
  • 1977-1981 Ellsworth AFB, SD;
  • 1981-1985 Lowery AFB, CO;
  • 1985-1990 Tinker AFB, OK (TDY to Saudi Arabia);
  • 1990-1993 Allied Forces So. Europe NATO, IT;
  • 1993-1995 Los Angeles AFB, CA

Full military background here. 

Education. I have a BS from SIUE in 1999 and then moved to Springfield to work for the state as an Information Service Specialist at Professional Regulation at the IL Dept of Professional Regulation from Aug 99 – Jan 1, 2014.


  • Women in Military Service Memorial (charter member)
  • Air Force Sergeants Association
  • American Legion post 759 (life)
  • American Legion Riders (host unit of Wreaths Across America at Camp Butler)
  • AmVets Post 61 (post adjutant)(life)
  • VFW 755 (life)
  • Catholic War Veterans Post 1916 (Post and IL state historian)(life)
  • Women’s Overseas Service League (Patriotic Chair)
  • Women in the Air Force Association
  • Veterans Assistance Commission secretary
  • St Joseph the Worker Church
  • Patriot Guard Riders 


I was the State of Illinois Veteran of the Month for March 2011


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