Dr. Jackie Conley

After the fall of Saigon in 1975, Dr. Jackie Conley immigrated to America with her family. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 1982 and started her career with Resurrection Health Care System. During her 18- year tenure with Resurrection Health Care, she received multiple awards including the 1994 Nursing Leadership Award and the 1998 National Critical Care Circle of Excellence Award. In 2008 she was nominated as American Red Cross Hero for saving the life of an elderly stroke victim. Continental Airlines recognized Dr. Conley for being a Good Samaritan who volunteered to render aid, “sharing time, compassion and expertise with another passenger on flight 447" on December 17, 2010 when there was an unexpected emergency on board. Currently, she is the Chief Operating Officer of Citrine Home Health Care Inc.

Jackie is the first female who served 2 ½ terms (5 years) as President of the Board of Directors of the Vietnamese Association of Illinois (VAI). During her term as President, VAI purchased a 3-story building after 30 years renting. Following her departure from VAI, Dr. Conley was elected Advisory Board President of the Vietnamese American Community of Illinois. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Organization of the North East (ONE), Voice of Vietnamese Americans (VVA), Illinois Secretary of State’s Advisory Council, Illinois Governor’s Advisory Council on Asian Affairs, and Congressman Bobby Rush’s Advisory Council. She is an active advisor and mentor for the Amerasian Fellowship Association of the U.S.

Jackie is the co-founder of the Asian American Media Coalition (AAMC) to bring the voice of all ethnic communities together. She is the founder of Vietnamese American Nurses of Illinois and Voice of Asian American of USA. In 2006, she was invited to the White House as one of the 50 Asian American Women Leaders in the U.S. This year, she was featured on “Asian Influences: Focus on the Future”, a yearly program to salute Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by ABC7 Chicago TV.

As a member of the Planning Committee for Journey to Freedom (April, 2009), Jackie helped research, review, and select documents to be kept permanently in the Library of Congress, Asian Division Friends Society.

Jackie was inducted into the Asian American Hall of fame in 2009 (Education) and in 2005 (Community Leader). She was the first Vietnamese American to be featured on CBS2 in a community leader segment.



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