Hi! I half got an answer to my problem here...
....but not quite. I need to put management team members at the top, like a sticky, followed by the rest of the staff in that department, which can be in alphabetical order.
I modified the suggestion in the thread above, as follows:
[connections category=2 connections_list id='1,2' order_by='id|SPECIFIED']
which works, except that it only lists id's 1 & 2 and excludes the rest of the list. I only want to make id's 1 & 2 stick to the top of the list in that order. Does that make sense? Is there a way to do that?