National Vice President Bio

  • Janet Jefford

    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.

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