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Speakers – New York-New Belfast Conference 2018

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Aaron Taylor

Aaron is currently Managing Partner and founder of Frankly, a venture development company, helping established global companies and VC’s facilitate spin outs, incubation and venture partnerships through a lean incubation process.

Aaron is also a Co-Founder of the Ormeau Baths co working space in Belfast, an advisor to the Ignite NI accelerator programme and a Teaching Scholar at Ulster University Legal Innovation Centre.

Previous ventures include: ICONS Festival, GoPrezzo, Friday Night Mashup

Speaker at: SxSW, Web Summit, Digital DNA, GMEU and others

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Aislinn Clarke

Aislinn Clarke is an award-winning scriptwriter, film-maker and director, whose work has been professionally produced for film, stage, and radio internationally. Her film work has been screened and showcased at film festivals, events, and markets all over the world, including BAFTA, Cannes, and Berlinale. Her radio work has been broadcast on BBC Radio across the UK, RTE, and in the US, Canada, and Germany. She has been profiled as a theatre director in The Stage magazine, and her theatre work has toured extensively across the UK and Ireland.

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Alison Metcalfe

Based in New York, Alison was appointed Head of North America in June 2013, where she has responsibility for leading Tourism Ireland’s Marketing Strategy and Operations in the USA and Canada. In June 2017, Alison also assumed responsibility for Tourism Ireland’s operations in Australia/New Zealand. She joined Tourism Ireland in 2002 and previously held the position of Vice President Marketing, USA. Prior to moving to New York, she was responsible for Tourism Ireland’s Canadian marketing operations based in Toronto.

Alison has extensive destination marketing experience and a record of achievement in building and leading high performance teams. Her career has spanned strategy development, brand management, integrated consumer marketing, communications and stakeholder management. Alison has worked in the UK, Europe and North America.

The USA is the second largest source market for Irish tourism. Since 2012, holidaymakers to the island of Ireland have increased by 60% and holidaymaker revenue increased by 70%. In 2017, the island of Ireland welcomed a record 1.83 million visitors from North America, an increase of +16.3% over 2016. Visitor revenue has increased by +14% YOY.

Alison also serves as Chair of the European Travel Commission, USA Operations Group.

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Andrew McCullough

Andrew is WIP’s Director of Communications, based in New York. Originally from Belfast, Andrew received an MA and MSc (in Psychology and International Politics) from the University of Edinburgh, with a focus on political activity within immigrant and diaspora populations. Prior to joining WIP, Andrew was a senior political advisor in the UK Parliament, managing the SDLP’s office in the House of Commons. He was awarded a Parliamentary Researcher of the Year award for his work on policy areas including international development and legacy issues related to the Northern Ireland peace process.

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Bill Shaw

Bill has been in post as Director of the 174 Trust for more than twenty years – taking up his current role a few weeks after the historic Good Friday/Belfast Agreement.

The 174 Trust – and Bill in particular – is committed to ‘Building Peace and Promoting Reconciliation’ (he is both passionate about peace and realistic and reconciliation) through a number of projects, encourage dialogue and celebrate cultural diversity within the North Belfast community. In this way we continue to make a difference in the lives of all the people in this part of a divided and, sadly, still troubled city.

In February 2005, Bill was a recipient of the Harry McKillop Irish Spirit Award – established by Ross Perot “to support and recognize individual efforts in community based projects which seek to promote inter community relationships and peace in Ireland” – during a ceremony at Queen’s University Belfast.

A regular visitor to the USA, Bill has participated in the AMBIT Community Leadership Program and International Visitor Program in Washington D.C. in recent years – meeting President Bush during the St Patrick’s Day Celebrations at the White House on March 17, 2005 and invited again in March 2018.

Bill has delivered lectures at the University of St Thomas, Houston, Texas: ‘Reflections on N.Ireland: Steps Towards Reconciliation and Peace’, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame; DePaul University (Chicago); St John Fisher College (Rochester NY) and elsewhere on ‘Peace-building in N. Ireland’.

February 2008 Bill organised and led an ecumenical clergy group to Washington DC for a week-long trip to visit faith-based mercy ministry/social justice projects.

Named in the Queen’s New Years Honours List of 2012 Bill – for ‘Services to the community of North Belfast’ – received his O.B.E. from her majesty in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in March.

In recognition of his efforts directed towards peacebuilding, promoting tolerance and mutual understanding he has served three terms as part of the Lord Mayor’s Interfaith Chaplaincy Team.

May 2014 saw the fulfilment of a 14 year vision with the completion of the £3.5m refurbishment of the historic Presbyterian church at the top of the New Lodge Road – home of the 174 Trust – now the award-winning Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts – the creative hub for North Belfast.

In July 2015 Bill was awarded an honorary doctorate – Doctor of Laws (LLD) – by the Ulster University and was the keynote speaker at the Graduation Ceremony in the Waterfront Convention Centre.


Brendan Fay

Brendan Fay is a human rights activist and filmmaker.

Born in Athy, Co. Kildare Brendan and his family moved to Drogheda, Co. Louth when he was 13. He lives in Astoria, New York with his spouse, Tom Moulton.

He has been active on campaigns for immigration reform, civil marriage, HIV/AIDS awareness, inclusive parades, policing reform and human rights. He has been arrested for civil disobedience.

Brendan has a BA from Maynooth University and an MA from St. John’s University. He taught in New York Catholic high schools for five years. His writings include Finding Jesus on Christopher Street in Love, Christopher Street: Reflections of New York City and Gay Love – A Holy Love. (An Essay in honor of pioneer gay priest John McNeill).

Brendan has presented workshops and led retreats in the U.S. and in Ireland. He has spoken at conventions including the LGBT Creating Change Conference. He taught on Celtic spirituality, ecology, cultural hospitality, and LGBT activism. In 2004 he presented workshops at the national Call to Action Conference on Same – Sex Marriage- Catholic Conversations.

Brendan is member of the advisory board of Pride for Youth a service for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in New York.

In 1994 he founded the Irish LGBT group Lavender and Green Alliance – Muintir Aerach na hÉireann and in 1995 he initiated the group’s Roger Casement- Eva Gore Booth leadership Award. The group celebrates Irish LGBT heritage and culture. He co founded Irish Aids Outreach (IAC) in 1996 to break the silence around AIDS in the Irish Community.

Following years of exclusion, protests and arrests he began New York City’s inclusive St Pat’s for All parade in 1999. The parade in Queens is known for its spirit of diversity and hospitality. The theme of St. Pat’s For All, “Cherishing all the children of the Nation Equally”, is taken from the proclamation of the Easter Rising 1916.

March 17, 2016 was historic when after 25 years Lavender and Green Alliance – Muintir Aerach na hÉireann marched in the New York City St Patrick’s Day Parade with their banner. Brendan calls it a day of history and hospitality.

Brendan, with close friend Jesús Lebrón has been involved in the grassroots movement for marriage equality since 1996. In 2003 they co-founded The Civil Marriage Trail Project, bringing couples across borders for legal marriage. Among the couples were Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer whose US Supreme Court case (2013) led to the overturning of DOMA.

Brendan met his spouse Tom Moulton in 1996. Tom is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist. They were among the first bi-national couples to legally marry in Canada in July 2003. Their marriage was the subject of a documentary on Irish television in October 2003.

Brendan has been involved in Polish LGBT politics and activism as a result of President Lech Kaczynski’s March 17 2008 national address denouncing same-sex marriage using images of his wedding with Tom in Canada. They have visited Poland a number of times, including Euro Pride, 2010. Invited by the LGBT community Brendan returned to Krakow for the visit of Pope Francis and the World Youth Day gathering in July 2016.

Brendan produced the Silence to Speech documentary series on being Irish and Gay in America and is working on a new series. He is director of Remembering Mychal (2018) and co- producer of Saint of 9/11 (2006) documentaries about Fr. Mychal Judge, the FDNY Franciscan chaplain who died in the WTC tragedy on Sept 11 2001. He is associate producer of the award winning Edie and Thea- A Very Long Engagement. His film about gay pioneer priest John McNeill (1925-2015), Taking a Chance on God (2012,2016) has been translated into Polish, Spanish, Italian and Portugese. The film screened in international festivals including Rio, Warsaw, Durban, Belfast, Buenos Aires, San Francisco, Florence and London.

Brendan presents widely on LGBT Irish and Irish American history. He has spoken at many colleges, high schools and film festivals including Notre Dame University, Georgetown University, Drew University, Iona College, Fordham University and Galway University.

For his work on human rights and community organizing Brendan was Grand Marshal of the Drogheda St. Patrick’s Parade in 2017 and has received a number of awards including the Carmel Tavadia Award from PFLAG Queens (2001), the Pax et Bonum Award from Dignity San Francisco (2008) and The LOFT LGBT Center Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer Equality Award (2014). Brendan was among the recipients of the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad presented by Irish President Michael D. Higgins on December 8, 2016.

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Brett Zych

Hailing from Ardglass, Co. Down, Brett has been in New York for just over 3 years. He joined Jefferies in June 2016 on the European Equity Sales desk, covering small New York Hedge funds and larger asset managers in the Midwest. Prior to this, he was consulting for several large US banks with KPMG (Oct 2014-May 2016). Brett began his career with Cowen in New York (Jan 2011-Dec 2011) under the auspices of the USNI Mentorship program set by then-US Special Economic Envoy Declan Kelly. Following this, he then spent nearly 3 years in London with Cowen on the US Equity Sales team. Brett is a former pupil of St Patrick’s Grammar in Downpatrick and graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a BSc. in Management and Spanish in July 2010. Brett is a keen fisherman, reader and runner.

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Brian McCabe

The new Chairman of the Executive Council of the Society is Brian E. McCabe. Brian is a member of a large and well-known Irish American family with a distinguished tradition of service in the political, legal, educational, building trades and cultural life of New York City. Brian enjoyed a long and accomplished career in the NYPD Detective Bureau as detective and commander, and was widely recognized for his service in the Irish Peace Process. He is currently a System Director with the Bon Secours Charity Health System and a consultant in investigative and security operations, creative and educational projects. Brian is now Chairman of the Executive Council of the Society, on which he has served for a number of years.

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Cathy Martin

Cathy boasts a wealth of international experience in brand management and communications. With specialisms in the food & drink, arts and fashion sectors, as well as journalistic training at the BBC and TV presenting experience on RTE, Cathy is well placed to deliver your brand promise. A passionate storyteller, an avid reader and a master of timing, Cathy is always ahead of the curve and her intuition and integral knowledge of the Irish media combines style with substance, achieving talkability without the tall tales.

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Christine Kinealy

Since completing her PhD at Trinity College in Ireland, Christine Kinealy has worked in educational and research institutes in Dublin, Belfast and England and, more recently, in the USA. In September 2013, Professor Kinealy was appointed the founding Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.

Professor Kinealy has published extensively on modern Ireland, with a focus on the Great Hunger. These publications include, This Great Calamity. The Great Irish Famine 1845-52, Repeal and Revolution. 1848 in Ireland, and Daniel O’Connell and Abolition. The Saddest People the Sun Sees, and her most recent book, Charity and the Great Hunger in Ireland. The Kindness of Strangers. More recently, she completed a graphic novel on the Great Hunger, entitled, ‘The Bad Times’ or, in its Irish language version, ‘An Droch Shaol’. Professor Kinealy is also a Director of the Frederick Douglass Ireland Project, and is currently completing a book on ‘Frederick Douglass in Ireland’.

Professor Kinealy has lectured throughout the world on the Great Hunger. In 1997, she was invited to speak to invited audiences in both in the British Houses of Parliament and in the American Congress on this topic. Since 2013, Professor Kinealy has been named one of the top 100 educators in Irish America. In March 2014, she was also inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame. Earlier this this year, she won an Emmy for her contribution to the documentary, ‘The Great Hunger and the Irish Diaspora’.

Professor Kinealy has two children, Siobhán and Ciarán, who were born in Dublin and Belfast respectively. She shares her live with a a dog called Cú. And she is a keen soccer fan.

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Corey Johnson

Corey Johnson was elected by his peers to serve as Speaker of the New York City Council on January 3, 2018. He was re-elected in 2017 with 94% of the vote to represent Council District 3, which includes the neighborhoods of Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Flatiron, West SoHo, Hudson Square, the Meatpacking District, Columbus Circle, Times Square, the Theater District, the Garment District and part of the Upper West Side.

Raised in a union household where his mother, a homeless services provider, and his father, a Teamster, instilled in him the values of community service and political engagement, Corey came to national attention in 1999 when, as the captain of his high school football team, he took the courageous step of coming out publicly as gay. Corey’s actions landed him on the front page of the New York Times and he began telling his story to audiences of young people across the country. He would later serve as chairperson of Manhattan’s Community Board 4, becoming the youngest person to chair a community board in the five boroughs.

Corey has earned a reputation as a tenacious advocate for his constituents and a prolific legislator at City Hall. He has passed dozens of pieces of legislation, standing up for tenants, victims of domestic violence, transgender New Yorkers, those involved with our criminal justice system, and more. Corey has also been able to forge consensus on tough issues to achieve long-sought goals in Council District 3. He won the creation of a new public park in Chelsea and negotiated a landmark land-use agreement to save Hudson River Park’s Pier 40 and its athletic fields, while creating nearly 500 units of affordable housing and a new South Village Historic District.

He is a member of the Council’s LGBT Caucus and is the only HIV positive elected official in New York State.

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Daniel Dromm

Daniel Dromm has been a progressive leader in Queens for over 20 years. An award-winning public school teacher, Dromm was elected to the New York City Council in 2009 and represents District 25 (Jackson Heights & Elmhurst). He serves as the Chair of the Education Committee.

Prior to his election, Dromm was an award-winning New York City public school teacher at PS 199Q in Queens from 1984 to 2009. In 2006, Dromm was chosen as “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” by his school’s principal and in 2009, he was chosen as “Educator of the Year” by the Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside. He has also received the Marsho-Raimo Award from the United Federation of Teachers (UFT).

Dromm is the founder of the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee and has organized the first Queens LGBT Pride Parade and Festival, which he still puts on the first Sunday in June in Jackson Heights. Dromm co-founded the Queens Chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAG), as well as the Generation Q Youth Services Program in Astoria. He also helped found the Queens Pride House.

A fluent Spanish-speaker, Daniel has been honored by the Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Queens. He is a member of the NAACP – Corona/East Elmhurst branch and has also been honored by the Korean-American Association of Central Queens. In October of 2006, Dromm received a Community Leadership Award from the TimesLedger newspapers.

Daniel Dromm graduated from Marist College and earned his master’s degree at City College. He lives in Jackson Heights.

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Dathí MacLochlainn

B’iontach an suim sa nGaeilge a bhí orma ó m’óige. Cé go raith dúshlán ann anseo i Nua Eabhrac, táim buíoch as an deis leis an teanga a fhoghlaim. Táim gníomhach mar mhúinteoir le Daltaí na Gaeilgele blianta agus faoi láthair múinim go seachtainúil lenár gCraobh in Brooklyn agus mar “Cathaoirleach” Chlub Leabhar Nua Eabhrac. (Cuirimse na cathaoireacha in eagar!)

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Deni Bonet

Deni Bonet is a US-born singer/songwriter, electric violinist, and multi-instrumentalist. She began her professional career in the house band of National Public Radio’s Mountain Stage radio show. She left to pursue a solo career and also became a prolific session musician. She has toured and recorded with many notable performers including Cyndi Lauper, R.E.M., Sarah McLachlan, Richard Barone, and Robyn Hitchcock, and has released several CDs of her own original music.

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Donal Lyons

Donal Lyons is 33, a Dublin native and a UCD Science graduate who has lived in South Belfast since 2006.

Donal replaced Claire Hanna as Councillor for Balmoral in July 2015 after Claire took up her new role in the Assembly.

Donal is a member of the City Growth and Regeneration Committee and the People and Communities Committee of Belfast City Council.

Donal is also on the board of the South Belfast Partnership Board, is a member of Amnesty International, the National Union of Journalists, the Drumglass Wind Energy Co-operative and the Boundary Brewing Cooperative.

Donal was previously employed by the Irish Labour Party and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and has worked in the field of public policy and law reform and as an SDLP activist since moving to Belfast.

Donal is married to Claire Hanna MLA and they have two young children.


Ed Harrison

Transportation Executive in port and airport development. Personal experience includes marketing and development seaports on the U.S. east coast and hub airports and major general aviation airports.

Managing, marketing and developing Newark Liberty International and Teterboro Airports. ( $700 million in annual revenues)

Goal is to leverage management, business development and labor negotiating experience to the full benefit for my organization.

Specialties: Union negotiations, airline development, cargo development and leveraging synergies in transportation mergers and acquisitions. Strategic business development for target airport situations.Expert in Port development for cars, cocoa and containers.

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Elizabeth Crabill

Elizabeth Crabill is CEO of CIE Tours International, the largest Irish-owned tour operator in North America. With more than 15 years’ experience leading sales, marketing and strategy for some of the travel industry’s best brands, she is one of the leading travel and tourism executives in the United States. She took the reins of the 85-year old highly established tour operator in 2016, with a mission to expand the digital footprint of the brand, raise the visibility of Irish tourism expertise and introduce a new generation of travelers to the tour experience. CIE Tours currently sends 50,000 travelers into Ireland and Britain each year. A graduate of Smith College with an MBA from Harvard Business School, Crabill is actively involved with the promotion of international tourism and development of new travel experiences throughout Ireland and Britain, for all ages and interests.

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Emma McMahon

Emma is a Consultant with Vox Financial Partners, based in Manhattan, New York.

Originally from Belfast, Emma received an LLB from Queen’s University, Belfast and was awarded an academic scholarship from the British Irish Council, to study Business and Economics in the United States.

Emma commenced her career at the Coca-Cola Company HQ in Atlanta, GA as a participant on the USNI Mentorship Program, a program aimed at developing future leaders of Northern Ireland. Upon completion of the program, Emma joined a Big Four accounting firm in Dublin, Ireland before joining a Belfast based startup, Vox Financial Partners, a firm that specializes in financial services and regulatory change. Emma has been working on a client project in a Tier One investment bank in Manhattan since December 2016.

Emma is an alumna of the Washington Ireland Program, the USNI Mentorship Program, and Study USA.

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Erin Rice

Erin is currently the Coordinator of Community Relations and the Political Action Committee for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 825. In her role with the Operating Engineers, Erin works to track projects and economic development throughout Local 825’s territory, which covers all of New Jersey and five counties of New York State, as well as coordinating the Union’s Political Action Committees.

Previously she worked at Lenox Consulting, a US and Ireland based strategic communications firm. Prior to entering the private sector, Erin served as an aide in the office of Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. In addition to her governmental role, Erin also worked on the Congressman’s re-elections efforts, serving as Campaign Manager, and has worked on countless campaigns in various other capacities.

Erin is a founding Member of the Board of the Irish Network’s New Jersey Chapter, and was named 2016 Irish American Youth Ambassador by the Irish Echo. She is a member of the non-partisan Women’s Political Caucus, NJ SEED, and has been honored for her dedication to New Jersey’s Labor community. She was elected to serve as a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Journalism Concentration from Montclair State University. A lifelong New Jersey girl, Erin now lives in Montclair.

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Feargall Kenny

Feargall Kenny is the founder, creator and curator of New York Digital Irish. The group aims to provide Irish startups a soft landing in the US through a series of fast pitch events and organized “missions” of Irish startups throughout the year.

Feargall founded and runs the boutique executive search firm Glenborn Corporation in NYC. They focus on senior sales hires for venture-backed US and international startups in the e-commerce and marketing technology arena. Before Glenborn, Feargall spent 15 years in sales and sales management roles with venture backed startups like KickApps, Attributor and Equinix. He was the founder of Citizen photojournalism agency Citizen Image and is the founder of innovative job search platform JobElevation, which offers visual and industry category-based job search tools.

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Francis Schott

Francis Schott and his partners own Stage Left and Catherine Lombardi Restaurants in New Brunswick, NJ for 25 and 11 years respectively. With numerous awards, each has been considered among the best in the state since it’s opening. He also consults on food and beverage to the industry. He had a hand in helping Belfast organize its successful Restaurant Week promotions. He is a professional wine and spirits judge.

Francis took an active role in the redevelopment of New Brunswick, and sat on the board of The Special Improvement District of that town. He is an advocate for redeveloping communities, for the arts and for the role one can play in the other. He has regularly testified before the NJ State Senate and Assembly. He holds a leadership role on the board of The New Jersey Restaurant Association and has represented the NJRA in the media and in front of government on issues concerning small business.

He is a noted public speaker and consultant on food, wine, beverage and community. For 5 years, he was co-host of The Restaurant Guys radio program.

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Gareth Maguire

CEO Gareth Maguire has been at the forefront of the Sport Changes Life movement since the pilot of the Victory Scholarship Program in University of Ulster in 2007.

There has been 28 Victory Scholars in total since its launch in Sport Changes Life, formerly USNI Sport. The idea of bringing elite scholar athletes from America to earn a Masters and at the same time work in the local community and raise the aspirations of young people in sport, all while playing the sport they love came from Co-Founders CEO Gareth Maguire, Professor Deirdre Brennan at the University of Ulster and International business man Mark Marais.

CEO Gareth Maguire has lead the way with his vision to help develop basketball and change the lives of young people of Ireland through sport developing EHOOPS Programs and Sports Programs with his wife Deirdre. The Victory Scholarship program has gone from strength to strength in the past number of years with a rebrand of the company in early 2012 to Sport Changes Life.

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Gerald Hanweck

For over 20 years, Gerald Hanweck, CEO and founder of Hanweck, has been at the forefront of derivatives research, strategy and technology innovation. Prior to founding Hanweck, he spent ten years with JPMorgan, where he served as Chief Equity Derivatives Strategist and led the bank’s U.S. Fixed-Income Derivatives Strategy team. Earlier in his career, he worked as a derivatives researcher at Discount Corporation of New York Futures, and as a software developer at Microsoft.

A frequent industry speaker, Mr. Hanweck has also taught master’s-level business courses at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, in addition to dozens of seminars on financial derivatives. Mr. Hanweck holds a PhD in managerial economics and decision science from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University, and an AB in mathematics from Princeton University.

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Geraldine Hughes

Geraldine Hughes received the Los Angeles Ovation, Garland and Drama Critics Circle Awards and a Drama League Award Nomination for Outstanding Performance for her solo play Belfast Blues, which she also wrote. Stage credits include Jerusalem opposite Mark Rylance after (Broadway & West End productions.) Other theatre credits include: Particle Of Dread (opposite Stephen Rea), Cyrano De Bergerac (Broadway), Translations (Broadway), Molly Sweeney (Irish Repertory Theatre), Pumpgirl (MTC), ), Orson’s Shadow, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Weir, The Architect. Television credits include: Kevin Can Wait,The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Nurse Jackie, Mercy, The Good Wife, Law and Order CI, Law & Order SVU, Law & Order, Murder, She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle, ER. She has starred in several features including The Book Of Henry, Gran Torino, Rocky Balboa, Time Out Of Mind and Killing Lincoln. Geraldine received an honorary doctorate from Queens University, Belfast for her contribution to the arts. She is currently appearing in Harry Potter and The Cursed Child on Broadway.

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Glenn Patterson

Glenn Patterson is the author of ten novels, including Gull (2016), which tells the story of John DeLorean and the Belfast factory where the DMC12 sports car was built. The Mill for Grinding Old People Young (2012) was Belfast’s first One City One Book choice. He has also published two collections of his journalism and a memoir, Once Upon a Hill: Love in Troubled Times. He is the co-writer (with Colin Carberry) of Good Vibrations (BBC Films) and wrote the libretto for Long Story Short: the Belfast Opera. He is director of the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s.

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Hon. Francine A Schott, J.S.C.(ret.)

Judge Schott recently returned to the private sector after serving as a Judge of the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey for 25 years. The youngest person ever appointed to the bench in New Jersey, Judge Schott presided over cases in all Divisions of the Court throughout her 25-year tenure. Prior to her appointment to the bench she was a litigation associate with a large Newark law firm, had served as a Deputy Attorney General and was a founding member of the law firm of Genova Burns (previously known as Genova Burns and Schott).

Since leaving the bench, Judge Schott has continued to act in the capacity of an objective neutral. She provides mediation and arbitration services for civil disputes and workplace investigation services in connection with claims of harassment and discrimination. She also provides litigation consulting services to attorneys in diverse civil matters.

She is a member the National Association of Women Judges and the International Association of Women Judges.

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Hugh McGrory

Hugh McGrory brings expertise in media production workflows to the emerging 3D Web, at the intersection of big data and immersive experiences. As CEO of Datavized he oversees a team focused on accessibility and diversity: making simple tools for complex data. Datavized enables cross-platform publishing on any web-connected device; from mobile, tablet and desktop to VR and AR headsets.

In 2017 Hugh secured Datavized’s selection for the Playlabs Accelerator at MIT, an inaugural program for VR/AR/AI companies. Prior to Datavized, Hugh was a Partner at Culture Shock consulting for clients including Vimeo and The National Film Board of Canada. In 2011 Hugh brought the partners together to create The Andy Warhol Film Digitization Project, featuring over 500 films by Warhol, described in the NY Times as “the largest effort to digitize the work of a single artist in MoMA’s collection.”

Hugh grew up in Derry in the north of Ireland. He co-founded the Belfast-based film and animation studio Make.ie, was Executive Producer for the Northern Ireland Screen / UK Film Council ‘Deviate’ short film scheme, a Teaching Fellow at Queen’s University Film Studies Department (Belfast), taught Film Acting at The Gaiety School of Acting (Dublin) and was an award-winning director and producer of experimental films. He completed a Nano Imaging Residency with the CINEMA Microscopy Lab at Yale University School of Medicine in 2007.

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Jayne Brady

Jayne joined Kernel Capital 2013 having held a Senior Executive role in Kernel Capital portfolio company since 2007. Jayne’s investment focus is ICT, Telecoms and Engineering. Jayne is currently Chairman of the Institute of Engineering and Technology in Northern Ireland (2013/2014), and holds and has held a number of advisory and board roles with organisations focused on economic and social development.Jayne’s career has involved leadership positions with both multinationals and start-ups, across a variety of operational and executive roles. Jayne has lived and worked in culturally and politically complex environments in a variety of global locations including Europe, China, India and North America. Roles have included international sales, business development, corporate due diligence and ownership of a range of cross functional technical projects of scale.

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Jennifer M. Frankola

Jennifer Frankola is an associate in the litigation department and part of the Special Education Group. Jennifer’s practice is dedicated to representing the educational needs of all children and in particular children with special needs and their families at CSE meetings and throughout the administrative hearing process, appeals, and related proceedings.

A former full time public school teacher in the Bronx, Jennifer cares about her clients and families and understands the complexities of the education system. With a hands on approach, she takes the time to understand her clients’ goals and will create a strategy to best achieve their objectives.

Jennifer is a graduate of the City University of New York School of Law and was a member of the New York City Law Review and teaching assistant for Constitutional Law. While in law school, Jennifer interned for the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. At graduation, she was honored by the National Association of Women Lawyers.

Jennifer is a 2002-2004 alumna of the New York City Teacher Fellowship. In 2005, she was awarded the Joseph Doherty Civil Rights Fellowship for her human rights work in Durban, South Africa. In 2006, she was selected as a Project Equity Fellow for her work at Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. In 2012, she was honored as Ambassador of the Irish Echo’s Top 40 Under 40 for her work and commitment to civil rights. She is active in the New York and Long Island chapters of the Brehon Law Society and sits on the Junior Board of Nazareth Housing–a New York City non-profit dedicted to homeless prevention. She is a member of the Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys (COPAA) and the Summit School Business Advisory Board.

Prior to joining Lewis Johs, Jennifer worked at a small law firm in New York City advocating for parents of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. She was involved in working on matters for the Autism Speaks Federal Legal Appeals Project where she assisted in drafting briefs for various cases including the case Student X v. New York City Department of Education(E.D.N.Y. 2008) and the Forest Grove v. T.A. (2009) case to the United States Supreme Court.

Jennifer holds a Masters degree in Education from New York University and a Bachelors degree from Manhattan College. Jennifer is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and in the federal courts of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. An avid hockey enthusiast, she is a die hard New York Islanders fan.

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John Anthony Brennan

Author John Anthony Brennan comes from Crossmaglen, a small tough town in County Armagh, Ireland. A town like Ireland herself, which has endured and survived through the centuries, despite the influence of the invaders’ harsh heel. He left his beloved, sacred green isle many years ago to explore the world and has been island hopping ever since.

He has traveled extensively, visiting many of the sacred sites and incorporates his experiences in both his prose and poetry as he believes that a common thread connects us all. He has previously written a philosophical memoir; a collection of memoir style poetry and a book on the history of Ireland. His latest production, “In the Realm of Spirit” due in August 2018, is a collection of poems that captures the essence of the seen and unseen world around us.

His first book titled, “Don’t Die with Regrets,” written to inspire others to always follow their dreams, won the prestigious 2015 “Next Generation Indie Book” award in the Memoir category.


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John Kearns

John Kearns is the author of the short-story collection, Dreams and Dull Realities and the novel, The World and playwright of dramas including Sons of Molly Maguire, (just staged at Dublin’s Liberty Hall in May), and In the Wilderness. His novel-in-progress, Worlds, was a finalist in the 2002 New Century Writers’ Awards. John’s poems have appeared in such journals as the North American Review and the Grey Sparrow Journal. His fiction has appeared in The Medulla Review and Danse Macabre. John is the Treasurer and Salon Producer for Irish American Writers and Artists. He has Masters Degree in Irish Literature from the Catholic University of America.

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John O’Donoghue

John O’Donoghue is Senior Vice President and Director of Equities at OTR Global, a very highly regarded global primary research firm servicing the largest mutual funds and hedge funds. In a 30+ year career on Wall Street, John has run the Equities division at Cowen & Co (a mid tier Investment Bank), where he was a member of the Operating and Executive committee. He was head of Equity trading at Credit-Suisse and a member of the firm’s Global Equity Operating committee and prior to CS he was a partner at Schroders PLC. Whilst at Cowen & Co. John was instrumental in opening an office in Belfast in 2012, with particular assistance from Invest NI, the office still currently employs 50 people.

John still maintains extremely strong ties with Northern Ireland, working closely with both the Queen’s University and Catalyst-Inc.He has served and continues to serve on private companies and charities both in the US and Ireland. John is graduate of Queen’s University and is a trustee on The Foundation Board.

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Kathleen Cronin

Kathleen is the Regional Outreach Communications consultant and Social Media Expert for the New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Ramapo College of New Jersey. She is a board member of the Irish Business Organization of New York, and participates with various organizations, events, and actively practices her Irish language skills. She is active with; the Irish Business Organization NYC, Bergen County Black Business Network, Bergen County Workforce Investment Board, Paramus OEM. She is first generation Irish-American, her father was a hurler for the South Liberties, Co. Limerick and her mom is from Coulagh, Co. West Cork. Her skills and affiliations position K Cronin Associates to broker multi-cultural business relationships, engagement strategies, and social media impact.

Kathleen is owner of K Cronin & Associates – Facilitating Small Business/Social Media/Outreach Services.

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Larry Kirwan

Larry Kirwan was the leader of the Irish political rock band Black 47 for 25 years. A playwright and novelist, an Irish Echo columnist and host/producer of Celtic Crush on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, he has written 16 plays and musicals, three novels, a memoir, and A History of Irish Music. He is president of Irish American Writers and Artists. His play, Rebel in the Soul, finished a successful run at The Irish Repertory Theater, NYC, on May 21st and he is currently recording songs for his latest musical, IRAQ.

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Liam Lynch

Liam Lynch, Founder and Managing Partner of Studio VC, is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He has managed and acquired businesses as a top media Executive and invested in dozens of ventures.

Liam’s Irish American roots were nurtured through his father, Edmund Lynch, who led an advocacy group in the 1990s named the Lawyers Alliance for Justice in Ireland. Liam joined Co-operation Ireland’s US board in 2014.

Liam founded Irish Studio, which owns a group of Irish media brands, including Irish Central, Irish Tatler, Ireland of the Welcomes, Food and Wine Magazine, U Magazine, Auto Ireland, FarePlate and the Genealogy Event. These brands are trusted sources for the Irish and Irish Diaspora that inform, entertain and inspire audiences by providing premium storytelling and experiences through video, events, print, social, and digital platforms.

He earned his MBA from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and BA from Rhodes College. He lives in New York City with his wife Kristine, who is a dancer and choreographer, and their son.

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Marianne Reilly

Marianne Reilly ’82 was introduced as Manhattan College’s director of intercollegiate athletics on March 30, 2016 by the school’s president, Dr. Brennan O’Donnell, and vice president for student life, Dr. Richard Satterlee.

“Marianne Reilly brings to Manhattan an impressive record of accomplishment as an administrator and educator,” said O’Donnell. “As an accomplished student-athlete, a former coach, and an alumna of the College, she has a deep understanding of what is needed to excel in this important position.”

“I am extremely excited to be to be able to come home to Manhattan College,” Reilly said. “It is a dream come true and I would like to thank both President O’Donnell and Dr. Satterlee for this amazing opportunity.”

One of 39 female ADs at the Division I level, Reilly returned to her alma mater as the first female athletic director in the school’s history. She arrived in Riverdale with a diverse portfolio of work in collegiate athletics administration after spending three decades at nearby Fordham University, where Reilly began her career as an assistant in recreation, facility management and club sports. She was elevated to associate director of athletics in 1996 to accompany her responsibilities as the senior woman administrator for the Rams’ athletic department.

In her prior position, Reilly served on the leadership team of Fordham’s Athletic Department and supervised NCAA compliance, academic eligibility and athletic training while also serving as a sport administrator for a number of varsity programs. Reilly also served on the Atlantic 10 Conference’s Strategic Planning Committee.

During her years at Fordham, Reilly mentored many coaches, administrators and student-athletes and oversaw the successful development of the women’s basketball and softball programs. In 2013, Fordham’s women’s basketball team christened Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center by reaching the championship game of the A-10 tournament, a game that garnered the highest attendance ever recorded for an A-10 women’s basketball championship. The following year, the team won the Atlantic 10 Championship, just three years into the tenure of Head Coach Stephanie Gaitley. The softball program steadily became a regional powerhouse under Reilly, as well, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in six of seven seasons, with the winningest coach at Fordham University, Bridget Orchard, at the helm.

In Reilly’s first year at Manhattan, there were extensive renovations to athletic facilities. In the fall of 2017, Gaelic Park received a new turf surface and upgraded on-site lockers rooms. Draddy Gymnasium opened up the 2017-18 season with new basketball, volleyball, and practice courts, as well as new chair-back and bleacher seats, an upgraded sound system and a newly located Marro Family Communication Studio for pre- and postgame interviews.

Reilly recently completed a comprehensive strategic plan to help guide the priorities for the athletic department over the next few years with regard to facilities, support services, scholarships, fundraising and athletic branding.

“We are delighted with the progress we have made thus far with regards to facility enhancements and employment hires,” Reilly said. “I have a creative, energetic staff that makes coming to work each and every day a joy, and that energy produces an environment for everyone to thrive. We are excited to see the advancements we will make in our next phase.”

A graduate of Manhattan College with a degree in physical education, Reilly was the first woman inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame and the first 1,000-point scorer in program history. In 2014, she was inducted into the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Honor Roll at the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.

Reilly also had two stints with NCAA coaching: She served as an assistant coach at Fordham University and as head coach at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. A former teacher in the local public and catholic schools in New York City, Reilly earned a master’s degree in education and administration from Lehman College, and a professional diploma in administration and supervision from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education. She currently serves on the board of trustees at Saint Barnabas High School in the Woodlawn section of the Bronx.

Reilly and her husband, Tom Delaney ’71, a cornerstone of the Manhattan College rowing program, reside in Tuckahoe, NY and enjoy their summer home in Sea Girt, NJ.

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Martha Nolan

Martha is VP of Darius Client Experience for Velocity Worldwide, a Creative Marketing and Technology Agency. Martha is responsible for the firms retail technology platform and oversees shopper marketing campaigns, programs and strategies for retail clients in the US, UK, and Ireland. She is a seasoned Marketeer with extensive experience in Marketing, Technology, and Finance. Martha started her career in retail technology and transitioned to the financial services sector where she worked as a Consultant for Calypso Technology, a global software application provider of front-to-back technology solutions for complex financial markets. She then joined Street Diligence in NYC as Marketing and Client Acquisition Manager, where she led and developed the firms Marketing strategy whilst selling the Fintech solution to Hedge Funds and Investment Banks. Martha holds a Masters in Digital Marketing from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce from UCD, where she specialized in Finance and Marketing.

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Mary Ann Pierce

Last year “Meetings & Conventions Magazine” named Mary Ann Pierce, founder and CEO of MAP Digital as one of “The Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry:” noting: “Pierce is ahead of the curve, as the rest of the industry now embraces data capture and analytics as the next frontier.” For 20 years, Pierce has brought the digital space to financial industry conferences and co-created with her clients, MetaMeetings, a secure and scalable event platform. She is forming Smart Venues, LLC which will embedded MetaMeetings and other best of service event tech within the conference centers worldwide.

Mary Ann Pierce sits on the boards of Digital Irish, Irish International Business Network-NY, the Cuala Foundation, and she is an advisor for Inspirefest. She has worked with J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, The Wall Street Journal, Novartis, Pfizer, and Havas. She taught at New York University and has been a speaker at “Masters & Robots,” “Evolve or Die,” PCMA Educon, and MPI Conferences. MAP Digital is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

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Maura Kelly

Maura Kelly is an Emmy award-winning producer and experienced media and marketing executive. Her career spans leadership positions in broadcast television at PBS/ WNET where she built successful media franchises and helped raise over $15 million for programs and EdTech initiatives — to working with top-tier media companies, such as The Jim Henson Co, PBS Kids, and the Tribeca Film Institute. Through her consultancy practice, Purple Mountain Media, Maura helps organizations and creators develop and launch projects and cultural initiatives that leverage creativity, content and technology. Her non-profit work has placed her in Ethiopia and Peru. Maura is on the Board of IIBN-NY and is an Advisory Board member of EdSnaps, a STEM based initiative for girls in the Bronx. In 2017, she was a senior advisor to LEAP (Leadership & Executive Acceleration Program) for women, and for three years served on the Board of NY Women in Film & TV, a leading association that promotes gender equality in the entertainment sector. Maura holds a Masters from NY Institute of Technology where she was also an adjunct lecturer. (@MauraKellyMedia)

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Michael Alcorn

Michael Alcorn joined the staff at the School of Music at Queen’s University Belfast in 1989 as Composer-in-Residence and later took up a lecturing position at the University. He devised and developed the Music Technology pathway at Queen’s, the first such programme in Ireland, and led the successful bid to develop the Sonic Arts Research Centre, a multi-million-dollar research centre that linked researchers in music, electrical engineering and computer science. SARC was opened in 2004 and remains a key international research facility for work in immersive 3D audio as applied in the game and film industries. Michael Alcorn’s compositional interests lie at the intersection between instrumental writing and areas of new media creative practice involving experimental technologies. His music has been performed and broadcast in the UK, Europe, North and South America, and the Far East. He has received commissions from the BBC, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Nash Ensemble, Singcircle, the Smith Quartet, Darragh Morgan, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Opera Theatre Company and the Ulster Orchestra. In recent years he has worked on film music and sound design projects in the UK and US. He was Director of SARC from its inception in 2001 and later became head of the School of Music, Film and Drama. Along with colleagues at Ulster University he has been leading a major research and capacity-building project around the enhancement of the creative industries, particularly the screen industries in Northern Ireland. He is now Professor of Composition and Dean of Internationalisation in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Michael Breen

Michael K. Breen is a partner at Price Meese Shulman & D’Arminio, P.C., a prominent law firm based in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial real estate, corporate law matters, commercial transactions, and land use. Mike also serves on the Board of Trustees for Dominican College, a four-year private university in Orangeburg, New York. A citizen of both the United States and Ireland, Mike is active in many Irish-American organizations, and is the founder and a Board member of Mary’s Gift Irish Language Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity supporting Irish language immersion schools in the north of Ireland (www.marysgift.org)

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Michael Cusick

A lifelong resident of Staten Island, Michael J. Cusick came to the New York State Assembly with valuable experience at all levels of government. Prior to his election, Cusick served as Director of Constituent Services for U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer. His duties included serving as Senator Schumer’s liaison to New York State elected officials, as well as various federal agencies. In addition, he managed the day-to-day operation of the senator’s New York City office.

Previously, Cusick served as the Chief of Staff to former Staten Island Assemblyman Eric N. Vitaliano, managing staff and overseeing the assemblyman’s Albany and Staten Island offices.
Shortly after graduating Villanova University in 1991, Cusick began his career in public service as a Special Assistant to the President of the City Council. He served as the office representative for the Borough of Staten Island.

An active member of many civic organizations, Assemblyman Cusick has served on the Staten Island Board of Directors of the Catholic Youth Organization and the Boy Scouts of America. He was the Staten Island Chapter President of the Villanova Alumni Association, and is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, John D. Kearney Division 3, as well as the Staten Island Athletic Club. He also chairs the Handicapped Parking Task Force on Staten Island, working with community groups to address the parking concerns faced by disabled individuals.

Cusick’s outstanding work in the community has brought him honors from the Seaview Hospital and Rehabilitation Center and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of Staten Island. He is an honorary member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 120, Richmond Engine #1, the Oceanic Hook and Ladder Co. #1 and was inducted into the Monsignor Farrell High School Alumni Hall of Fame in 2007.

In Albany, Assemblyman Cusick has been a member of the American Irish Legislators Society of New York State since 2003, and was elected President of the organization in 2009, a position he continues to hold.

Since his election to the New York State Assembly in the fall of 2002, Cusick has worked to improve the quality of life for all Staten Islanders. In 2003, he authored a law creating a moratorium on building that made the Mid-Island Blue Belt a reality (Chapter 84 of 2003). In an effort to curb runaway development, Cusick authored legislation requiring notice to neighborhood landowners of an application to build on wetland areas. He also sponsored legislation assuring that Staten Island will never again be responsible for the rest of New York City’s waste.

A tireless advocate for his hometown, Cusick labored on behalf of Pouch Camp, a New York City Boy Scout sanctuary. He continues his efforts for this venerable Staten Island institution.

In 2008, Assemblyman Cusick created a program called the “Total Fitness Challenge” which encourages Staten Island students from grades pre-kindergarten through 8th grade to read and exercise during their summer break. A tireless advocate against childhood obesity, he challenges children to keep track of their activities and turn their score cards in upon returning to school.

On the legislative front, Cusick has sponsored numerous bills, including a law he authored in 2006 (Ch.566) that counters protestors at funeral services through the creation of a 100-foot “buffer-zone.” This law was enacted in response to funeral protests that were taking place at military funerals across our country. As these protests continue, Assemblyman Cusick passed two pieces of legislation in 2011 to further strengthen this law. The first bill increases the buffer zone to 300 feet around a religious service, funeral, burial or memorial service (Ch.528). The second requires the implementation of a permit process for such demonstrations (Ch.527). Assemblyman Cusick also introduced legislation in the 2011 Session to establish a real time drug prescription monitoring program that requires medical professionals and pharmacists to report and track prescriptions of controlled substances. These bills aim to link the medical profession with the pharmacies to combat the abuse of controlled substance prescriptions.

Another important piece of legislation Cusick sponsors is a bill that requires age appropriate dating violence education in the annual school curriculum for students in grades seven through twelve and age appropriate respect education and self-esteem education for students in grades kindergarten through six.

Assemblyman Cusick has served in the State Assembly since January 2003. In 2011, he was elected Chair of the Assembly Election Law Committee. He also sits on the Transportation, Higher Education, Veterans’ Affairs, Mental Health, Steering, and Ways and Means Committees. In addition, Cusick chairs the Legislative Task Force on People with Disabilities.

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Michael George

Michael George is a partner with The Versant Group (“Versant”), a real estate focused asset management company. Prior to joining Versant in 2017, Mr. George served as a Managing Director of Fortress Investment Group LLC. Prior to joining Fortress in 2009, Mr. George spent ten years with Deutsche Bank where he was most recently a Managing Director in the Institutional Client Group with responsibility for the Bank’s largest North American clients. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank in 1999, Mr. George served as Co-Head of Mortgage Backed Securities Trading at Lehman Brothers where he started his career in 1986.

Mr. George graduated from St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge University with an undergraduate degree in Engineering Science and a postgraduate diploma in Computer Science. Whilst at Cambridge University Mr. George played Rugby for the University 1st XV for three years, ‘walking-on’ to the team.

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Michael Sorkin

Michael Sorkin is the principal and founder of Michael Sorkin Studio. His practice and work spans design, criticism and pedagogy.

Since 2000, Sorkin has been Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at City College of New York. His previous academic engagements include Professor of Urbanism and Director of the Institute of Urbanism at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Gensler Chair at Cornell University, Hyde Chair in Nebraska University, Saarinen Chair in the University of Michigan, Gilbert Chair in the University of Michigan, both the Davenport and Bishop Chair at Yale University, and professorships at the Architectural Association, Cooper Union, Harvard University, and Columbia University.

Sorkin is architecture critic for The Nation, contributing editor at Architectural Record, and author or editor of twenty books. His books include Variations on a Theme Park, Exquisite Corpse, Local Code, Giving Ground (edited with Joan Copjec), Michael Sorkin Studio: Wiggle (Works in Progress), Some Assembly Required, Other Plans, The Next Jerusalem, After The Trade Center (edited with Sharon Zukin), Starting From Zero, Analyzing Ambasz, Against the Wall, Indefensible Space, New Orleans Under Reconstruction (edited with Carol Reese and Anthony Fontenot), All Over the Map, and Twenty Minutes in Manhattan.

In 2005, Sorkin founded Terreform, and is currently its president. He is editor-in-chief of its imprint, UR (Urban Research), which was launched in 2015. He is on the board of several civic and professional organizations such as Urban Design Forum (Vice President) and the Architectural League of New York (Director). He is also a member of the International Committee of Architectural Critics.

Sorkin has been the recipient of several fellowships and awards. His recent awards include “Design Mind” from the National Design Award in 2013; and Fellow in the field of architecture planning and design from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in 2015.

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Mike Pinkerton

Mike heads all worldwide business and legal operations for ModSquad, the global leader in outsourced digital engagement services. As Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, he oversees the company’s people operations, finance/accounting, sales, and legal/insurance departments. Beginning as a co-founder in 2007, the organization has grown from a small team of remote moderators in a virtual sports bar to a multinational network of 10,000+ Mods working with marquee brands. He lives in New Orleans.

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Nathan M. Richardson

Nathan M. Richardson is an accomplished performance poet and published author based out of Suffolk, Virginia. His published collections are “Likeness of Being” and “Twenty-one Imaginary T-shirts.” He has also contributed to the following anthologies: The Poets Domain, The Cupola, The Channel Marker and Skipping Stones. Richardson teaches a variety of workshops for emerging writers and his past residences include creative writing instructor for the Camp Rise Summer Arts Program which was awarded the 2012 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award from The White House.

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Nigel Eccles

Nigel is a tech entrepreneur based in New York. He was formerly co-founder and CEO of US fantasy sports company, FanDuel, and today is CEO and co-founder of screen sharing app company, Flick. He is originally from Tyrone. He was educated at Cookstown High School and St. Andrews University.

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Oisin Lambe

Oisín was born and raised in Dublin. He graduated from UCD with a degree in Business and Law and also holds a Master of Laws from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.

He is President of the Irish-American Bar Association of New York (www.iabany.org), and an attorney with the law firm of Szendel PLLC, where he focuses on commercial disputes and litigation and insurance coverage and related work.

IABANY is primarily designed to foster connections, synergies and friendship among the men and women of the New York bar who are proud of their Irish heritage or who are simply fans of Irish culture. It also hosts events of interest to non-lawyers, such as the Wine Geese Wine Tasting and Wild Goose Awards which was held in April, and our annual Bloomsday event focusing on the First Amendment, which this year is on June 11, 2018.

In addition to his role with IABANY, Oisín is involved with a number of other Irish and Irish-American organizations in New York and is keen to strengthen connections between organizations and facilitate their working together.

Among the charities he supports, Oisín is a supporter of the Hope Foundation – an Irish charity and US 501(c)(3) working in Kolkata, India, due to his own experiences there. This lead to him being an organizer of the first running of the Law Society of Ireland’s Calcutta Run in New York in May 2018, in support of the Hope Foundation and the Peter McVerry Trust.

You can find out more about IABANY via its website www.iabany.org or follow IABANY or Oisín on twitter – @_iabany and @OisinLambe

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Paul McErlean

Paul McErlean is Managing Director and founder of MCE Public Relations Ltd. He has over 25 years’ experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors at all levels focusing in business to business, business to consumer, corporate, financial, political and crisis communications.

Paul previously was joint Managing Director of another major Northern Ireland PR agency and spent a number of years advising the Industrial Development Board and InterTradeIreland in his previous consulting roles – including being the lead communications advisor on the 11 city investment roadshow of North America after the signing of the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement in 1998. His career started in broadcasting research and news facilitation with leading independent television company, MacMillan Media and he also spent two years as Head of Communications for one of Northern Ireland’s main political parties. He has degrees from Queen’s and Cambridge Universities and completed an Executive MBA from the Smurfit School of Business, University College Dublin, in 2002.

On a voluntary basis, he is Chairman of the Cathedral Quarter Trust – a government and Belfast City Council backed stakeholder group charged with developing the regeneration strategy for Belfast’s most vibrant and historic city centre district. He is also the Chairman of the Destination Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District. In 2013 he was made a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations having served as its Northern Ireland Chairman in 2006. He is also the current Chairman of his industry trade body, the PRCA, in Northern Ireland and was listed in PR Week’s UK PowerBook 150 in 2011.

Outside of work, Paul still has a keen interest in sport, having played Gaelic football at county level in his younger days, he is now an active underage coach with his local club.

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Paul Moore

Professor Moore joined the University of Ulster in 1999 and has since been active in the development of the creative arts/industries policy in the university. He was head of the School of Creative Arts and Technologies from 2008 to 2017 and has now been appointed as head of a new School of Communication and Media. He is a Director of Ulster’s Creative Industries Institute (CII). He was awarded a personal chair in 2009 becoming Professor of Creative Technologies at the Magee campus, and was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2014.

His research is focused on both the creative industries and the ways in which theory and practice can be brought together in research, training and education. Most recently he has been involved in various arts data research projects with national bodies such as NESTA in the UK. He has published widely in a range of journals/books and his practice has been exhibited in a number of commissioned gallery exhibitions in London, Coventry, Belfast, Derry, Lough Neagh, and the National Gallery of Namibia.

He was the Ofcom Content Board member for Northern Ireland from 2007 to 2013. From 1995 to 2004 he was also a board member of the Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission and chaired the education committee which developed the seminal Wider Literacy policy document. In his spare time he is a freelance broadcaster with BBC Radio Ulster and has written and presented a range of documentaries for BBC national radio.

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Pauline Turley

Pauline is the Vice Chair of the Irish Arts Center, New York.

Born in Co. Down, Northern Ireland Pauline graduated with a B.A. Honors degree in Drama and Theater Studies from Trinity College, Dublin. Pauline was appointed Executive Director of the Irish Arts Center in New York in 1998, a position she held until April 2006 when she was appointed Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.

Founded in 1972, the Irish Arts Center is a multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to promoting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America of the 21st Century. Irish Arts Center, under the direction of Executive Director Aidan Connolly since 2007, has been working with the City and State of New York, the Irish Government, and private donors towards the development of a new state-of-the-art Irish Arts Center, and to-date $60.5 million has been raised towards this historic project.

In 2008 Pauline was selected as one of the Irish American Magazine’s Top 100 Irish Americans, the Irish Echo Newspaper’s Top 40 Under 40, and one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Irish America by the Irish Voice Newspaper. In 2009 Pauline received the Michael Smurfit Leadership Award, presented by the Irish Chamber of Commerce USA (ICCUSA), and was one of the 2009 recipients of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for her work in preserving and promoting Irish culture in the U.S. In 2016 Pauline was recognised as one of the Top 50 Power women in Irish America by Irish America Magazine.

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Peter Shirlow

Professor Peter Shirlow (FaCSS) is the Director at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies. He was formerly the Deputy Director of the Institute for Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, QUB. He is the Independent Chair of the OFMDFM Employers’ Guidance on Recruiting People with Conflict-Related Convictions Working Group and a board member of the mental health charity Threshold. He is a Visiting Research Professor at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. He sits on the editorial boards of Irish Political Studies and International Planning Studies.

Professor Shirlow has undertaken conflict transformation work in Northern Ireland and has used that knowledge in exchanges with governments, former combatants and NGOs in the former Yugoslavia, Moldova, Bahrain and Iraq, He has laos presented talks to members of the US Senate and House of Representatives and is a regular media contributor.

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Philip Cassidy

Philip has responsibility for solutions, pricing and strategic projects as well as developing, deploying and maintaining our technology platforms. They enable improved customer engagement and better business outcomes on behalf of more than 450 clients supported by Concentrix staff. Under Philip’s leadership, Concentrix has created an ecosystem to streamline front- and back-office functions that adapts to industry-specific processes while improving performance via actionable data.

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Raffaella Folli

Raffaella Folli is a Professor of Linguistics, Head of School of Communication and Provost of the Belfast and Jordanstown Campuses at Ulster University . She studied Philosophy at the University of Milan. In 1998 she completed an MPhil in Linguistics at the University of Oxford and then in 2001 a DPhil in Linguistics, also at the University of Oxford. She joined Ulster University in 2005 having previously held research positions at the University of Arizona (2001-2001) and then the University of Cambridge (2002-2005) .

Her main research area is theoretical syntax. Her standing in linguistics is evidenced by her extensive publications in top journals in the field, various grants from different research councils and extensive collaborations with academics in the UK and the US. In 2011 she was awarded a Distinguished Research Fellowship award in recognition of her research achievements.

She is part of the linguistics team that in 2012 established the Ulster Centre on Multilingualism (UCoM), an information service for people raising or working with children growing up with more than one language. As part of UCoM, she is involved in Language Made Fun, a programme designed to support the language needs of multilingual children or migrant children in Northern Ireland. The programme is in collaboration with the Barnardo’s and is funded by a grant by Big Lottery Fund.

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Rajesh Rana

Rajesh Rana is Director of Andras House ltd, which is Belfast largest hotel group and an established property development company.

Rajesh trained as an architect at Oxford School of Architecture, and specialised in urban design. He worked in this field across the UK and Ireland, and produced the original Development Framework for Titanic Quarter while working at Turley Associates.

At Andras House, Rajesh is responsible for hotel operations and property development. The company, which was established by his father, Lord Rana, owns and operates six hotels and serviced apartments sites in the city. The group is about to open its seventh hotel, Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre, which will be the first Hampton on the island of Ireland. Andras is also extending and refurbishing two of its existing hotels, bring the total room count of the group to 1000.

Rajesh is working on plans for a new hotels in Portrush and Derry, major grade A offices in Belfast and further projects in Belfast.

Rajesh is currently Senior Vice President of Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce. He is actively involved in the development community has been responsible for bringing together a group of stakeholders and community groups in the south west of the city centre, with the purpose of coordinating major capital projects that are planned for the area.

Rajesh is married to Olivia, a writer, and has two children.

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Richard Cushnie

Richard Cushnie is First Secretary and Deputy Director at the Northern Ireland Bureau. His role is to promote Northern Irish interests in the US and Canada, including building relationships of mutual benefit, monitoring policy developments, and supporting inward visits as well as visits to Northern Ireland by American and Canadian contacts. Richard also supports InvestNI and Tourism Ireland in highlighting the significant business and tourism opportunities in Northern Ireland.

Richard brings extensive political, policy and leadership experience to the role. Previous posts within the civil service have included political and policing transformation in the Northern Ireland Office, leading major reform projects in Northern Ireland’s Departments of Education and Justice, and a secondment to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (where he was First Secretary in Dublin for four years and Director of Communications for the historic State Visit to Ireland by the Queen). Richard has also worked in the Irish Department of Justice, providing policy advice to Ministers on equality issues. Before joining the civil service he was a journalist in the North West of England.

A native of Killyleagh in Northern Ireland’s beautiful Strangford Lough area, Richard has a degree in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He is married with two children.

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Richard M. O’Meara

Richard M. O’Meara is a retired Brigadier General, USA, and trial attorney who presently serves as the Director of the Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University. He has received a PhD in Global Affairs from Rutgers University and a Juris Doctorate from Fordham University. He has also received two Masters Degrees in History and International Affairs and graduated from the US Army War College and the US Army Command and General Staff College amongst other schools. He presently teaches in the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University and the Holocaust Studies Program, Stockton University and has developed and taught in the first Homeland Security Studies Program in New Jersey. In the days and months following 9/11, O’Meara worked as an EMT and Red Cross Responder at the World Trade Center Site. His interests are reflected in courses he has taught and developed over the years at various institutions including War Crimes, Genocide, and International Law, Nationalism and Ethnic Violence, Intelligence Law and Function, US Security Interests in Sub-Saharan Africa, US Security Interests in the North Pacific, Human Rights Law and Practice, Nuremberg: the Trial and It’s Legacy for the International Legal Community, Contemporary Issues in International Law, The American Way of War, Evolution of the Global System and Human Development.

As an Adjunct Faculty member of the Defense Institute for International Legal Studies, O’Meara has traveled to such diverse locations as Moldova, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ukraine, Slovenia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Peru, El Salvador, Panama, Guinea, Rwanda, Chad, Sierra Leone and Iraq where he has taught rule of law and governance issues to civil and military stakeholders and helped to develop programs designed to strengthen constructive relationships between members of civil and military society.

As a Fellow in the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, United States Naval Academy, O’Meara worked with colleagues towards the adaption of military ethics to emerging technologies and he has written and presented widely in the area of the use of robotics and other technologies as tools of war. He continues this work as a member of CETMONS, Consortium for Emerging Technologies, Military Operations and National Security, The International Society for Military Ethics, the International Association of Genocide Scholars and CIVIC, Campaign for Innocent Civilians in Conflict.

O’Meara is particularly interested in the development of short and long-term curricula for presentation throughout the world in order to bind various elements of developing nations into strong workable organizations capable of directing resources in constructive ways.

His recent work includes Going Home For Apples and Other Short Stories (Amazon); Governing Military Technologies in the 21st Century, Ethics and Operations (Palgrave/Macmillan); chapters in Robot Ethics, The Ethics and Social Implications of Robotics (MIT Press) ; Routledge Handbook of Ethics and War, Just War Theory in the twenty-first century (Routledge); and articles JUS POST BELLUM: Reflections on the Right Way to End a War, Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis (Syracuse University) and International Governance of Autonomous Military Robots, Columbia Science and Technology Law Review (Columbia University School of Law).

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Robert Sellar

Robert grew up in Dublin and Belfast before graduating with an undergraduate in International Relations (IR) from the University of St Andrews and completing his Masters at both Georgetown and St Andrews. While at university Robert studied abroad at The College of William and Mary and researched for a professor working with the government of the Central African Republic. He was heavily involved within the Hockey Club and was elected class representative in the School of IR.

Between semesters, Robert undertook a number of roles volunteering in developing countries providing him experience in operating with corporate, governmental and NGOs in Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Additionally Robert co-founded an events company to help promote emerging musical talent in the Belfast region and undertook work experience with Ulster Bank in Corporate Affairs and Communications.

Before getting accepted onto the US-NI Mentorship Program, Robert worked for PwC in their Market Research division and became a World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shaper, helping to support and deliver projects on a local and national level. A particular event that Robert is excited about is the annual WEF Shape Europe conference being held for the first time in Belfast!
Currently, Robert is working as an Intern Analyst in New York for Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in their Corporate/Transactional Business Development department. He has been working across the firm’s Private Equity and Mergers and Acquisitions division, to provide support to the Transactional lawyers and raise the brands profile for both new and old clients.

In his spare time he writes for a political affairs magazine, attempts to keep up with his weekly Economist subscription and pursues his passion for development through his hobby of videography. He has enjoyed connecting with Digital.Irish, the NI Bureau and the Irish Business Organization of New York since moving to the city.

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Robert W. Walsh

Rob Walsh serves as the Executive Director of the HELP USA Fund, an organization that has grown to become one of the nation’s largest homeless service providers and low income housing developers. HELP serves at-risk populations, including families, veterans, and victims of domestic violence. From January 2002 to December 2013, he served in the Bloomberg Administration as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS). During his twelve year tenure, he reshaped SBS to become one of the city’s most innovative agencies in serving the needs of its 200,000 small businesses. Walsh re-energized the City’s 73 business improvement districts and created an award-winning commercial revitalization and neighborhood leadership program. Under his leadership, NYC Business Solutions Centers were established throughout the City and he introduced NYC Business Express an online tool for the license, permit, tax, and incentive information businesses need to operate. He created a wide array of entrepreneurial courses and built a new business-focused approach to the workforce system that placed nearly 200,000 people during his tenure.

Prior to his service with the city, Walsh served as President of Charlotte Center City Partners in North Carolina, an organization dedicated to improving and growing Charlotte’s central business district. He led the Charlotte Center City 2010 Master Plan that laid the groundwork for significant private and public investments in the city. He initiated the recruitment efforts that attracted Johnson & Wales University to the City.

From 1989 to April 1997, he led the Union Square Partnership, where he played an instrumental role in the neighborhood’s revitalization. During the 1980’s, he worked in the administration of Mayor Ed Koch. He began his career in public service as a New York City Urban Fellow, a program he later directed. Walsh holds a Bachelors in Political Science and Masters in Public Affairs from Fordham University. He participated in the Senior Executive Program in State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. He currently teaches in the Baruch School of Public Affairs where he directed the Executive Masters in Public Administration Program for two years. In addition, he is an on-air personality for 1010 WINS Radio and does a segment called “The Bottom Line for Small Business” which airs every Monday and Friday. He is also the host of the 1010 WINS Small Business Challenge.

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Sarah Street

Sarah Street is an Irish actor, playwright and co-founder of The Pond Theatre Company. In the last few years she has worked as an actor with The Pond Theatre Company, The Barrow Group, The Irish Repertory Theatre and Origin Theatre. In January 2018 she was nominated for a “Best Playwright” award at the Origin First Irish Festival Award. She has also worked in Film, television and voiceover. To contact Sarah email, [email protected].

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Sean Pender

From 2006, Sean has been a member of the AOH National Board and has served as the National Freedom for All Ireland Chairman, and is currently National Treasurer. In his roles, he has worked for a just peace in the North of Ireland and for truth and justice for all people in a United 32 county Ireland. He has advocated for the people of the North in his meetings with Senators, Congressmen, the White House, our US State Department, the Irish Ambassador, the Irish government, and members of the British and Stormont governments. He has been a constant attendee of NJ Congressman Chris Smith hearings on truth and justice in the North. In 2014 Sean testified in front of the Tom Mantos human rights committee on behalf of Relatives for Justice. With Dr. Mike Glass and Relatives for Justice, in 2007 they arranged for the first ever visit of families from both Catholic and Protestant communities, who lost loved ones to British sponsored collusion, to testify in the US. He has been involved directly with families who lost loved ones murdered in acts of collusion. He has lent support to justice campaigns for those killed at Bloody Sunday, Ballymurphy, Loughinisland, Clonoe, and South Belfast. He has spearheaded the national United Ireland Campaign and co-chaired the 2013 Good Friday Agreement 15th Anniversary Symposium at historic Cooper Union in Manhattan, hosting a panel including US Reps. Richie Neal and Joe Crowley, at which Senator George Mitchell was the keynote speaker.

Pender is a frequent visitor to Ireland, and has lead dozens of tours to the North, visiting and working with the Holy Cross School, St. Patrick Centre, Relatives for Justice, and the Pat Finucane Center. In his past role as National Freedom for Ireland Chairman, he ran the yearly Christmas Appeal fundraising drive, consistently raising awareness and educating the membership on the status of the peace process in the North. He has demonstrated a long time commitment to a true, just and lasting peace in the North of Ireland. He and his wife Mary are first generation Irish, and reside in Hamilton, NJ with their son, Tadhg.

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Sean McNeill

Sean was born in Trien Post Office, Co Roscommon, he has 3 brothers; Padraic, Michael, Peter and 4 sisters: Maura Kelly, Catherine Morrison, Teresa McGann, Una McNeill and lives in Forest Hills, NY. He has been working in New York Real Estate since 1996 and is the owner of McNeill Real Estate Inc., www.mcneillny.com he is a member of the Real Estate Board of NY and does everything from rentals and sales to Landlord representation in both Residential and Commercial.

Sean started an Online Shopping business: www.easyshopnyc.com which enables you to shop on US websites from anywhere in the world; you do the shopping and they do the shipping or hold it for you to pick-up.

In 2018 Sean started www.EasyIrishGiftBox.com which is a quick and easy way to send Irish gift boxes to family and friends anywhere in the US e.g. Irish biscuits, cookies, tea bags, chocolates and much more.

Sean was the President of the Irish Business Organization of New York from 2014-2016 and is also a member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. Before he came to the US he was a manager of ACC Bank in Dublin and owned Clarkes pub on Wexford St in Dublin.

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Sophie Colgan

Sophie Colgan is the Events & Marketing Coordinator at the American Irish Historical Society. The AIHS, located in a beautiful and historic landmark townhouse on Fifth Avenue, is a national center of Scholarship & Public education. Considered by many as the home of the transatlantic Irish experience, celebrated in lectures, concerts, exhibitions, plays and networking events. The wide variety of cultural and scholarly events celebrate the renaissance of the Irish in American, what they have contributed and what they continue to achieve in the U.S.

Sophie hails from Lisnacree, County Down and moved to New York in 2014 after graduating from Ulster University Jordanstown with a BA (Hons) in Public Relations and Communication. Sophie was the New York Rose of Tralee in 2015 and travelled to Ireland for the festival representing Irish Charity Pieta House. In 2017 Sophie was honoured by the Irish Echo “Top 40 Under 40” young professionals in their respective fields of work, and was picked as one of the top 3. Sophie is a gael playing both Gaelic and Camogie, she represented New York in the Etihad World Games in Dublin and is the Captain of Manhattan Gaels Ladies football team. Sophie created the Society’s first official Young Leaders Program called “Success In the City” which connects professionals to develop both personally and professionally through a series of events at AIHS.

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Suzanne Aquino

Suzanne Aquino global Category Manager specializing in Outsourcing and Offshoring with Chain IQ, an independent, global service company providing strategic, tactical and operational procurement for its clients.

As a Global Category Manager Suzanne advises her clients on new ways to create value for their customers in an environment of rapidly changing technology, advancing automation and an increasingly customer experience driven economy.

Prior to joining Chain IQ, Suzanne spent 15 years at UBS where she led strategic sourcing teams responsible for establishing and executing on the bank’s sourcing strategy, identifying opportunities for spend reduction, cost optimization, process improvement and ensuring the effective transition, execution and sustainable performance of the bank’s outsourced portfolios.

Suzanne was born in Belfast and currently resides with her husband in Manhattan. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing and is an active member of the Irish Business Organization.

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Thomas P. DiNapoli

Thomas P. DiNapoli is the 54th Comptroller of the State of New York. A life-long Long Islander, Tom was raised in a middle-class, union household and saw the value of hard work and stretching every dollar in the example set by his parents.

In 1972, Tom won his first election and served as a trustee on the Mineola Board of Education, becoming the first 18-year-old in New York State to hold public office. He attended Hofstra University, earning a bachelor’s degree in history and graduated magna cum laude in 1976. He worked in the telecommunications industry for 10 years, and went to night classes and earned a master’s degree from The New School University’s Graduate School of Management and Urban Professions.

In 1986, he ran for the New York State Assembly and was elected to represent the 16th District in northwestern Nassau County for the next 20 years. Tom was elected State Comptroller on Feb. 7, 2007 by a bipartisan majority of the State Legislature. He was elected Comptroller by New York’s voters in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. Tom is known for his integrity, independence and even-keeled leadership.

His record of accomplishments include identifying billions in waste, fraud and cost savings in government, uncovering corruption in State and local governments, leading to dozens of arrests and tens of millions in restitution, providing robust oversight of school district operations and education spending, successfully advocating for State law changes to increase oversight of special education contractors after widespread abuse was found, developing an early warning system to identify municipalities and school districts showing signs of fiscal stress, managing the third largest public pension fund in the nation through difficult losses during the Great Recession, reformed how it operates and received high praise for industry leading standards, investing nearly $2 billion in private equity and loan programs to benefit New York-based businesses and provide a return to the State pension fund, earning a reputation as one of the leading shareholder voices on many corporate concerns including environmental issues and corporate political spending, opening up government spending on his transparency website Open Book New York, leading the fight for prudent fiscal and procurement reforms to help New York change how it does business and put it on better fiscal footing, and streamlining claims process for individuals to recover lost money. Returned $424 million in unclaimed funds to owners in State Fiscal Year 2016-2017.

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Tim Kennedy

Senator Tim Kennedy, born on October 20, 1976, is a lifelong Western New York resident. Tim grew up in a blue-collar family in Buffalo, where his parents, Marty and Mary Kennedy, raised Tim and his four siblings to work hard, focus on their education, help their neighbors, and get involved in their community. Tim and his wife, Katie, live in the City of Buffalo where they are raising their three children, Connor, Eireann, and Padraic.

Since being sworn into office in January 2011, Tim has kept a strong focus on protecting the most vulnerable in our community. He spearheaded the passage of Jay-J’s law, legislation that Tim introduced to stiffen penalties on repeat child abusers. The legislation was inspired by Jay J Bolvin, a young boy who was brutally abused by his father. Sadly, Jay J’s father received a light sentence due to antiquated sentencing laws. Tim worked with colleagues in both the Senate and the Assembly to secure passage of Jay J’s Law. Since then, he has pushed through several pieces of legislation to reform Child Protective Services, as well as Jackie’s Law, which protects victims of domestic violence from GPS stalking.

Tim has also fought to protect Western New York’s seniors. He worked with community and government leaders to secure funds to transform the former Holy Family Elementary School in Buffalo into a senior apartment complex. He also fought for a significant increase in eligibility for EPIC, a state program to help pay for prescription drugs. With Tim’s support, the income eligibility for single seniors has increased from $35,000 to $75,000, and has increased for couples from $50,000 to $100,000. This has opened up eligibility to thousands more seniors in Western New York.

Above all, Tim knows the importance of growing and protecting Western New York’s workforce. He fought to secure passage of SUNY 2020, legislation which is allowing the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College to thrive. He also has worked to secure funding to support workforce training programs to the long-term unemployed, opening them up to rewarding good-paying careers. Tim voted to fund the Buffalo Billion, which is creating thousands of jobs in Western New York, giving the local economy the boost needed to break away from decades of decline. He also regularly works one-on-one with local companies to link them with state resources that allow them to grow their workforce.

Tim went to St. Martin’s Elementary School before attending St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. He then received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in occupational therapy at D’Youville College. As he studied at D’Youville, Tim began to truly understand the challenges facing Western New York. Recognizing that any challenge is an opportunity for a community to grow stronger, Tim was inspired to get involved in government to help move the community forward. As a licensed occupational therapist, Tim has spent his entire career working to help people. For 11 years, Tim worked with geriatric and pediatric populations to help them recover from injuries and fully participate in all life situations.

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Tim Murray

Tim Murray was hired as Director of Athletics at Marist College on Feb. 17, 1995. His athletic paradigm of commitment, leadership, integrity, discipline and accountability has proven to be a model for unprecedented success and growth for Marist athletics during his tenure.

Under Murray’s direction, Marist athletics has undergone exceptional growth and achievement since joining the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 1997, becoming one of the most competitive programs in the MAAC. In the 2013-14 school year, Marist captured its 12th overall Commissioner’s Cup, which is awarded as a symbol of overall excellence in athletics. That total is the most of any school in conference history. The Red Foxes are the only school in conference history to win four consecutive MAAC Commissioner’s Cups, while capturing 30 overall Commissioner’s Cups since Murray began at his post.

On Feb. 15, 2014, Marist became the first school in MAAC history to win 100 conference championships when it captured the women’s swimming & diving title. Through the 2014-15 school year, the Red Foxes have won a conference record total of 106 MAAC championships. In addition, Murray has increased the varsity sports from 20 to 23, adding women’s soccer, women’s lacrosse and women’s water polo.

Under Murray’s leadership, Marist student-athletes have also thrived in the classroom and the community. The Red Foxes won the MAAC Pepsi Goodworks Challenge in 2013, 2014 and 2015, which goes to the top conference’s top school for community service. Marist also led the conference in selections to its Academic Honor Roll for the 14th year in a row in the 2014-15 school year.

Murray has overseen the improvement of athletic facilities all over the Marist campus in recent years. In the fall of 2011, extensive renovations to the James J. McCann Recreation Center were completed. The newly-branded McCann Arena now features chair-back seating, video boards and a new playing surface. An 11,660-square foot addition connected to the south end of the McCann Center includes new offices, locker rooms, player lounges, conference rooms, video editing rooms and a film theater. The building also received lobby and restroom renovations.

In October 2007, Tenney Stadium – the home of Marist football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse – opened. The stadium features the DuraSpine FieldTurf playing surface, a modern press box, locker rooms, a concession stand and unique lawn-style seating for a capacity of 5,000. The previous fall, the Marist Tennis Pavilion opened on the East Campus. The facility includes eight courts which have the Deco II playing surface.

The improvement of facilities has also included upgrades to the boathouse and waterfront as well as the softball complex on the north end of campus. In August 1997, the doors were opened to the McCann Expansion, a $3 million, 20,000-square foot expansion project that houses a premiere 7,000-square foot weight training facility and cardiovascular center.

Additionally, Murray oversaw the renovation of the McCann Center, including the dedication of the Coaches’ Complex. In 2001, the Dr. Michael J. Maynard Center for Sports Medicine and the Center for Student-Athlete Enhancement were added to the McCann Center. The state-of-the-art sports medicine facility boasts a 1,600-square foot treatment room for rehabilitation and treatment and an added tape room to provide for the first-class treatment of Marist student-athletes. The Center for Student-Athlete

Enhancement has provided study carousels, meeting and private tutoring rooms, and state of the art computer technology needed for student-athletes to succeed in the challenging Marist curriculum.

A hallmark of Murray’s administration is his commitment to hosting conference championships. In his tenure, Marist has hosted the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships in swimming and diving, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and water polo.

Murray’s devotion to the betterment of collegiate athletics is evident by his involvement in various committees. He served one term on the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision Eastern Advisory Committee and NCAA Peer Review Committee, and was a member of the NCAA Championship Cabinet from 2001-05. His involvement with committees at the conference level have included serving as chair of the MAAC Awards Committee, and chair of the MAAC Women’s Basketball Committee. He will begin a term as chair of the MAAC Committee on Athletic Administration in June of 2015. Murray also serves on the MAAC Gender Equity Committee and MAAC Marketing Committee. He was chair of the Marist College annual fund in 2006 and 2007, and served on the Baseball Eastern Advisory Committee.

An active member of the Hudson River Valley community, Murray is a former member of the Board of Directors of both the Mid-Hudson Civic Center and the New Horizons Foundation. Murray began his association with Marist in 1986, when he served as an assistant coach on the men’s basketball staff for three seasons and helped guide the Red Foxes to an NCAA berth in 1987. He left Marist for six years to serve as Associate Director of Athletics at Iona College.

Murray received his master’s degree in Sports Management from St. Thomas University (Fla.), and a degree in Health and Physical Education from East Stroudsburg University in 1985.

A native of Bridgewater, New Jersey, Murray and his wife, Barbara, make their home in Poughkeepsie with their daughters, Katherine and Lauren, and son, Owen.

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Tom DiGati

Tom is the VP of Client Success at Unosquare, a Portland, Oregon based software engineering firm that provides IT consulting and builds web and mobile applications for BFSI, Healthcare, and Software customers. Unosquare has been one of the 100 fastest growing private businesses in Oregon four years in a row and was most recently named on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in the USA for 2015, 2016 and 2017. Tom lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife and two children.

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Tony Dunne

Tony is the US Country Manager at Bank of Ireland. As US Country Manager, Tony has responsibility for all of Bank of Ireland’s activities in the US. Bank of Ireland operates in the US through its Branch in Stamford, CT and Representative Offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. In March 2017, Bank of Ireland announced the opening of startlab NYC, an incubation space that supports the Bank’s customers as they seek to grow their business and enter the US market.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin, is a qualified accountant (FCCA) and CFA charter holder, with over 20 years’ experience of working in the financial services industry. Tony has previously worked for DZ Bank, Merrill Lynch and Halifax Bank of Scotland in both Ireland and the UK.

In addition, Tony is a member of the Board of the Institute of International Bankers, and chairs both their Medium Sized Bank and Membership Committees.

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