Born in Massachusetts, Devon Conley’s family moved to Washington, D.C., when her father won his first of many terms as a U.S. Congressman. Devon is a passionate supporter of charitable causes, and she is always ready to use her public profile to raise money for a worthwhile charity.
Her best friend within the Priya Club is Eden Loring.
Ory Boisseau proposed to Devon over two years.
Devon does not draw party lines when choosing which charitable organization to support publicly. She recognizes the need for a two-party system in Washington, but does believe such divisions belong in the important work of groups that bring healing and opportunity to America’s families.
There is one particular cause which stands out for Devon: teenage suicide. Her own family experienced this bitter tragedy when her older brother took his own life at the age of seventeen. She is the spokesperson for a national foundation for suicide prevention and has been known to sit down with at-risk youth and speak openly with them about what her own family has experienced as a result of the loss of her brother.
Keep an eye on this space for hints about the thrills in Devon’s story.
Devon and Ory met on a fishing boat during a political retreat off the coast of Louisiana. As a kid, Ory was raised spending his summers exploring the bayous of the Louisiana Delta, and boating anywhere could get to and still be home in time for dinner.
Devon lived on the ocean, in Massachusetts, before moving to Washington, D.C., in the fifth grade. An expert sailor, she continues to spend every summer on the Cape, now with Ory by her side. Their shared love of being out on the open water for hours — for days, if they can swing it — has proved to be one of the strongest links in their relationship.
When Devon says, in interviews, that there isn’t much difference between coastal Massachusetts and coastal Louisiana, Ory just laughs because, of course, the two are very different. But a love of family, of water, of the best seafood gracing the tables, of casual gatherings with everyone within earshot invited…these are things Devon envisions when speaking of the similarities.
Helaina Karras owns “The Darlings,” a fleet of restaurants she designed that incorporates the particular lifestyles and favorite foods of the Priya Club members. Each woman eats and drinks for free at her namesake establishment.
DEVOUR is a fictional steakhouse on Washington, D.C.’s, Capitol Hill inspired by the Priya Club character Devon Conley.
Washington lawmakers are famed for their love of steak houses. Devon believes the real reason all of Capitol Hill flocks to these restaurants is because, there, everyone is equally armed…with steak knives. Keeps the conversations civil.
It was love at first sight for these two, but one thing Devon hadn’t expected was that she would fall in love with Zydeco music, too. Ory opened her world in new ways when he brought the songs of his childhood into her life.
They’d known each for three days the first time she watched him lean back against a fence rail, pull a harmonica out of his pocket, and start playing a song she’d never before heard, but would always remember.
That same tune will be the music of their first dance as husband and wife at their wedding in October.