Firley was elected to the board in 2001. A resident of Jefferson City, she is the retired president of Casualty Indemnity Exchange. She is the widow of Art Firley, a former WWU board member who donated the Firley Soccer Field at William Woods in her honor. Mrs. Firley has been a member of the WWU President’s Advisory Council. She is a member of the Jefferson City Family YMCA Board of Trustees, University of Missouri Friends of Music Board of Directors and the American Heart Association Mid-Missouri Heart Ball Committee. She was a founding member of the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center Advisory Board in 1991 and continues to serve on that board. She also serves on the Capital Region Medical Center Board of Governors and the Hospice of Jefferson City and Mid-Missouri Board of Directors. She donated an art collection of more than 200 pieces to the university, including works by such artists as Salvador Dali.