Colleen Connor '85


Colleen Connor JD’85, was elected chair of the VLS Board of Trustees at its October 14, 2018 meeting.

Colleen graduated from Michigan State University in 1982 with a BA in Political Science and received her JD in 1985 from Vermont Law School. She worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Manhattan, then went on to private practice in New Jersey. In 1993, Colleen joined GE holding various roles in the environmental, health and safety areas. She is currently the Leader of Environment, Health and Safety for GE’s Power business with global responsibilities.

Colleen was on the VLS Alumni Council in the early 1990s. She served as an Alumni Trustee from 2004-2010, and was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010. Since that time she has served the school in a variety of roles, including Chair of the Board’s Budget and Finance Committee and as Chair of the Risk Analysis and Compliance Committee. She also served on Facilities & Planning, Investment, and Governance committees.

In addition to her board service, Colleen has served as a reunion volunteer, has been a mentor to students, hired VLS interns and graduates, and hosted alumni events in her home. She is a member of the Leaders’ Circle, President’s Society, and the Douglas Meredith Legacy Society.

Colleen is married to Brian P. Kelahan who oversees post high school planning, recruitment, and alumni affairs at Common Ground High School in New Haven, CT. They reside in Fairfield, CT and have three grown sons.