Kathy Vigna was elected to emeritus status on the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors in 2014. She had previously served as a member of the board from 1982-92. She was president of the board from 1985-89 and treasurer from 1989-92.
She is retired from Hamilton Sundstrand, where she had been director of aftermarket contracts. She also was a senior manager of contracts and a program manager.
Kathy also has been a president and board member of the Purple Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in Rockford. She was a volunteer and corps mom for Phantom Regiment Cadets. Both of her sons marched in Phantom Regiment Cadets and Phantom Regiment: John (who is married to a PR alum from ’88-’89) from 1980-89 and Brian from 1982-88. She was inducted into the Phantom Regiment Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class in 2016.
She is actively involved in numerous organizations: Alpine Kiwanis Club, currently serving as president of the board; Boone County Kiwanis Club, where she serves as a mentor; and Remedies Renewing Lives (a domestic violence shelter and addiction treatment center), where she is a member of the board and event chair.
Kathy, who lives in Rockford with her husband, Bob, has a bachelor of arts degree from University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. Her husband is a former assistant director of Phantom Regiment Cadets. Her sons both live in the Grand Rapids, Mich., area. She has five grandchildren, including two in college.
She notes that her interest in Kiwanis Club began when, as PR board president, she would attend a Kiwanis meeting each year to be presented with a check in support of Phantom Regiment activities such as building the first kitchen trailer.
“Now I get to present the checks (to PR),” she said. “I love it.”