IAHSS President Constance ‘Connie’ Packard Dies

Packard served for 39 years at Boston Medical Center and was a long-term IAHSS member, leader, mentor, and influencer.

The International Association for Healthcare Security (IAHSS) announced this week that its president, Constance “Connie” Packard, died August 31.

“On behalf of the IAHSS Board of Directors, committees, councils, chapters, staff and membership, we extend our deepest sympathies to Connie’s family,” said IAHSS President Elect Eric Clay, CHPA, CPP in an email to association members. “Connie spent 26-years as an IAHSS member, and throughout her time with IAHSS, she served as President of IAHSS, President of the IAHSS Foundation, and as the IAHSS Vice President/Treasurer. She leaves a legacy of service and support. Especially her focus and impact on advancing women in the security industry.”

Packard served at Boston Medical Center for more than 39 years and was senior director chief of public safety. Joining IAHSS in 1997, she was also a long-term member, leader, mentor and influencer of the Boston IAHSS chapter.

She also served on the IAHSS Foundation Board in 2015. Then the following year, she began her three-year term as its president. Packard continued to serve the Foundation as treasurer for two years, 2020 and 2021. She also served two years as treasurer of the IAHSS Board of directors and in 2022 because IAHSS president elect, followed by her role as president this year.

“Connie is fondly remembered not only for her impressive list of accomplishments but for her unwavering dedication to IAHSS, the IAHSS Foundation and the healthcare security and safety industry,” IAHSS said in its letter to members. “Connie’s legacy of service and leadership will continue to inspire generations to come.”

Packard died of a long-term illness at the age of 62. She is survived by her aunt and uncle, Thomas and Paula Snizek as well as her cousins, Joshua Snizek and John and Libby Phelan.

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