Janet Jefford, of Manchester, Conn., was elected national vice president of the American Legion Auxiliary during the organization’s 93rd National Convention in Houston, Aug. 23-29.
Jefford, a 45-year member, joined the American Legion Auxiliary through her father William Lucas, a WWII Army veteran. She is also eligible through her son, Jeff, a Desert Storm Army veteran. Jefford is a member of Goodale-Rameker Unit 56.
Jefford has held numerous leadership positions in the organization at the unit, district and department levels. At the national level, she was chairman of the following committees: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, Children & Youth, National Security, ALA Girls Nation, Education, Public Relations, Americanism, and Auxiliary Emergency Fund. She also served on these special committees: Ethics, Communications/Marketing, National Presidents’ Scholarship, Long Range Strategic Planning.
Jefford is currently employed as a vice president at Goodwin College in East Hartford, Conn., where she is in charge of Strategic Planning and Assessment, Program Development, Compliance, Accreditation, and Institutional Research. She serves as a commissioner on an agency that accredits schools and colleges, and serves as president and chairman of the Board of Connecticut Training Center, a community-based nonprofit training center. Jefford has two children and two grandchildren, Morgan and Lucas. All are members of The American Legion Family.
"Just knowing an organization like the American Legion Auxiliary exists, providing support to our military and our families even when we're gone, makes a world of difference."
- ALA member and Indiana National Guard Col. Marilyn Moores