Maryanne Connelly

Council Member|mconnelly@kiawahisland.org

After retiring in 2015, my husband and I moved from Morristown, NJ to Kiawah Island to live full time. Our property was purchased in 1984 so we had enjoyed many vacations and family gatherings here. Why Kiawah? There were many properties under consideration but the decision was based on the environmentally sound master plan, the proximity to Charleston and the availability of an airport nearby. The natural beauty and wildlife were prime considerations. My first few months of living here full time were used to become familiar with the “Maze of K’s” on Kiawah. Because of my previous experience, it was only a matter of time before I got involved with the community. In my prior life, my community involvement spanned 20 years so I am anxious to continue to be an active member of the Kiawah community working to preserve the natural environment and to consider the impact of new developments on the existing infrastructure and public safety.

My community involvement started with a Building and Zoning issue with my New Jersey home. It concerned conflicting information on a floodplain abutting my property. I decided then to become part of the solution to this problem. I was appointed to the Planning Board and the Environmental Commission and subsequently elected to Town Council also serving as Police Commissioner for nine years before being elected Mayor. The highlight of my political career was running for the United States Congress which was an honor I will never forget. I was one of 435 candidates across the United States and while I didn’t win, I will never regret running.

As a Human Resources Executive at AT&T my 30 years career involved the development and implementation of corporate strategy and Human Resource needs in several AT&T businesses including International, Business Services, Consumer Products, and Bell Laboratories. I completed several Executive Development Programs including the Tuck School at Dartmouth and the Thunderbird School of International Business. I was also a member of the executive planning team for the AT&T Divestiture.

In looking to expand my knowledge of the Kiawah Island Community Association, I became a member KICA nominating committee which interviews and evaluates candidates for the KICA Board. In wanting to apply my Public Safety experience I was appointed to the Public Safety Committee for the Town of Kiawah. I volunteer for Respite Care, Charleston and I am on the Family Services Committee for Habitat for Humanity. As a Kiawah Cares volunteer, I tutor and career counsel St. John’s High School students.

My educational background includes a BS Nutrition – College of St. Elizabeth, MBA – Management Fairleigh Dickinson University, MA Education – St. Peter’s University. Also: Professional Certification Dietetics – Cornell Medical Center, Special Education Certification – St. Peter’s University.