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Sharon DeVaney lives in Colorado and is an active member of the Pikes Peak Chapter of MOAA. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from South Dakota State University and a doctorate from The Ohio State University. DeVaney is professor emeritus at Purdue University. At Purdue University, she taught courses in the financial-planning program and conducted research on financial preparation for retirement, self-employment, and consumer credit use. Her research was funded by grants from AARP, the National Institute on Aging, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Endowment for Financial Education. Her volunteer work at Purdue included a term on the
University Senate, a term on the Graduate Council, and President of Gamma Sigma Delta (honorary for outstanding students).

DeVaney became a Life Member of MOAA in 2009 when her husband, Col. James DeVaney, USAF, suffered a fatal heart attack soon after the couple had moved to Colorado. Colonel DeVaney was a pilot with more than 4,000 hours and a civil engineer. After his retirement, he was active in the Lafayette (Ind.) Chapter of MOAA, serving two years as president and two years as vice president of his chapter.

During her husband's career, DeVaney was active at each base with wives' club, Girl Scouts, and church activities. She worked as an educational counselor for the Air Force at two bases in Germany. In addition, she taught in middle school, high school, and junior college in several locations before receiving her doctorate and joining the faculty at Purdue University in 1993.

In Colorado Springs, DeVaney is the auxiliary representative for the Colorado Council of Chapters, publicity chair for the Retired Officers' Wives Club, and a docent for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. In her part-time work as editor of the Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal, she manages the review of research papers from universities across the U.S. and the publication of four issues of the journal each year. She has three children (her son is an Air Force lieutenant colonel and one daughter is a nurse and the other is a
teacher) and five grandchildren.