Nation ALA Executive Director
ALA National Headquarters names Kelly Circle executive director
Following a yearlong national search, the American Legion Auxiliary is pleased to announce Kelly Circle will join the organization as the executive director of ALA National Headquarters on Nov. 12.
Circle graduated with honors from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law and completed her Ph.D. in education at Saint Louis University. Her dissertation research, "College choice of veterans: Variables affecting, and factors veterans consider when choosing their institution of higher learning" helped her gain insight into the wants and needs of veterans returning to school. Circle has spent the last 13 years in higher education administration, most recently as Dean of Instruction at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colo.
Her leadership philosophy is one of shared governance with collaboration, communication, and respect among all constituents. "Where there is an environment of mutual respect and open communications, the best ideas come to the surface," Circle said. "I want to apply all I've learned through my education, life, and work experience as I serve as executive director and remind the American public of all the wonderful programs the American Legion Auxiliary has to offer to our veterans and our community. As we enter the next century of Service Not Self, I hope to generate enthusiasm among our current members and increase membership, especially with our post-9/11 veteran families."
She is an American Legion Auxiliary member. She joined ALA Unit 153 in Olathe, Kan., in 2006 to honor the service of her father and mother who met while serving in the U.S. Navy. Circle served on a variety of district and department committees, as well as second district vice president and president before moving to Colorado in 2013. She has been honored to serve four years on the government staff at ALA Girls Nation.