LYNDA (IGEL) CONNELL
Ottawa High School: 1957
McPherson College (B.A.): 1961
Lynda attended Eugene Field, Ottawa, Jr. High, and Ottawa High School. After graduating from McPherson College, she embarked upon a 25 year teaching career, serving Buhler, Salina and Wichita public schools, as well as Wichita Collegiate where she was honored with the Master Teacher and Pathfinder Awards.
In 1998 her volunteer career began with the Midway-Kansas Chapter of the American Red Cross in Wichita where she quickly became a part of the leadership team by serving on numerous committees. Lynda received the Community Service Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Citizen of the Year Award from the Civitan Club of Wichita. In 2005 she was named Volunteer of the Year by the Midway-KS Chapter of the American Red Cross. She is also a member of the National Red Cross leadership team.
Her deployments to more than 65 national disasters have taken her to 30 US states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and St. Croix. Floods, wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, 911, chapter projects in California and Louisiana, and the Kosovo Project, have provided varied volunteer experiences for Lynda.
Lynda and her husband, Harold, live in Wichita, KS. They have two sons, Todd and Kipp.