Connie Pillich (D)

I grew up the youngest of five children in a small, working class suburb of Buffalo. My dad worked at the steel plant until he put himself through college at the University of Oklahoma. He became a journalist and, later, a banker. My mom was a teacher, having accomplished the incredible task of graduating from college after having five children. My father was very proud of my mom's accomplishment. We all went to Mom's graduation.

Both of my parents had grown up in urban neighborhoods during the Depression. Their parents had encouraged in them a love of learning and a respect for education. They passed that on to me, along with a strong sense of right and wrong, respect for others, a desire to achieve, and a commitment to serve the public good.

I attended public schools and graduated with honors. I put myself through college with an Air Force ROTC Four-Year Scholarship, student loans, and part-time work. After graduation, I was commissioned into the United States Air Force as a second lieutenant. While on active duty, I obtained my MBA and traveled to 17 countries. My last assignment was as a recruiting officer for the college scholarship program at the University of Cincinnati.

After I married my husband, Paul Forshey, I received an honorable discharge from the Air Force and started my family. I attended the University of Cincinnati College of Law. While a student, I interned for the Hamilton County Prosecutor and Public Defender Commission. In 2005, I opened my own law firm, Webb & Pillich LLC, in Montgomery. I live in Montgomery with my husband, our daughter, Kayla, and our son, Tallin.

On active duty, I achieved many accomplishments and received many honors:

Outstanding Unit Award - three times
Highest possible operational readiness rating
Best Combat Crew Communications Branch, USAF - two consecutive years
Outstanding History Award
First Local Area Network - USAF Europe (at the time, a technological feat)
Officer of the Year - Tempelhof Central Airport, West Berlin
Company Grade Officer Association - vice president, Berlin Festival coordinator
Tripled Enrollment as a recruiting officer in the college scholarship  program
Top Retention Rate in Ohio as a recruiting officer in the college scholarship program
Physical Fitness Award
Special Olympics Committee Leader, North Dakota
Air Force Commendation Medal - three times
Army of Occupation Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Medal
Women In Military Service for America Memorial - Charter Member
Service in Support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm

Living in Hamilton County for the past 18 years, I have been involved in several organizations:

Greater Sycamore Soccer Association - Board of Trustees, Coach
National Soccer Association for Youth - Referee, Select and Recreational Levels
Girl Scouts - Great Rivers Council
Coffee Please Runners
Clifton Track Club - program director
Friends-A-Foot Running Club - treasurer and run brunch Coordinator
Linguini Group - founding member
Ault Park Independence Day Celebration, Chair
Hyde Park Neighborhood Council - Vice President
Kennedy Heights Montessori Center - Vice President for Fundraising (five years)

JELC Parent Cooperative- President, Secretary

Information obtained from Connie Pillich's campaign website.