Women Veterans & Active Duty

Women Veterans & Active Duty Profiles

These are profiles of Women Veterans and those who are still on Active Duty at Seattle University. The profiles are intended to support current Women Veterans & Active Duty with shared experiences. This is just a glimpse of our community on campus! 

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Hilary Flanagan

Coast Guard, 1993-1999

Executive Director, Career Engagement Office

Salient Identities: Mom, Daughter, Sister, Veteran, Ironman, Triathlete, Adventure-Seeker 

Bio: The hometown of my heart is St. Louis, MO. I spent about half of my life in several New England hot spots (though some were quite cold) before heading back to the Midwest and eventually springboarding out to Seattle. My undergraduate experience was at the United States Coast Guard Academy, an amazing time of grand adventures that really spurred my love of travel. I served on the USCGC Seneca out of Boston and also worked at the Integrated Support Command in Boston. My graduate degree is in Student Development in Higher Education from the University of Maine. One of my greatest joys is working alongside students as they engage in their career development journeys. I also find joy in spending time with my family and friends, traveling, triathloning, and continuously adventure seeking. Here's to what's next for each of us!

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Audrey Hudgins

US Army, 1987-2007

Clinical Associate Professor

Salient Identities: Female, Veteran, Clinical Faculty, White 

Bio: I served in the field of strategic intelligence in the US Army. I went through ROTC and graduated with a degree in Accounting from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. I deployed to Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Haiti, and Operation Iraqi Freedom during my 20-year career. My favorite assignments were teaching gigs at Vanderbilt and Seattle University, and I was grateful to transition after retirement to teaching courses in Political Science, International Studies, and Leadership here at SU. Along the way I earned a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from National Intelligence University and a doctorate in education with a specialization in non-profit leadership at Seattle University. I focus on using principles of critical service-learning and community-based research in my classes to support the information needs of non-profits, most recently Esperanza, a Mexican non-governmental organization focused on community development. My interests include walking, podcasts, hanging out with my friends, and enjoying my houseboat.

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Ciara McConnell

US Navy Retired, 2010-2018

Undergraduate Student

Salient Identites: African American, Christian, Non-Binary 

Bio: I grew up in Arizona until I graduated high school and moved to Germany with my sister and a year later joined the US Navy as military police. I currently plan to complete my BA in Criminal Justice with the hopes of acceptance into law school following. My interests include surfing, music and advocating for cannabis for veterans.