Ken Kraetzer of SALRadio talks with Janet Jefford, National President of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Janet Jefford, of Manchester, Conn., was elected national president of the American Legion Auxiliary during the organization’s 94th National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Aug. 22-28.
Jefford 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 is the first Connecticut resident to represent the American Legion Auxiliary as national president since Helen Lee Gilbert during the 1944-1945 administrative year. She has held numerous leadership positions in the organization at the unit, district and department levels, including eight national program chairmanships. She currently serves on the 2014-2019 Centennial Strategic Planning leadership team.
Jefford recently retired as vice president of institutional effectiveness at Goodwin College in East Hartford, Conn. She served as a commissioner on an agency that accredits schools and colleges, and as president and chairman of the Board of Connecticut Training Center, a community-based nonprofit training center. Jefford has two children and two grandchildren. All are members of The American Legion Family.
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Interview originally aired on WVOX, New Rochelle, NY April 20, 2015.