Mark Hutchins, Chair
A native of Portland, Mark, along with his wife, Roberta and son, Michael own A.T. Hutchins Funeral and Cremation Services. Mark is the third member of the Hutchins Family to own a funeral home in Portland. He holds a degree in accounting from USM. During his time away from funeral service, Mark work in the finance and accounting field for the City of Portland, Fairchild, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine, the Sevigney Group, InterMed and Martin’s Point Healthcare.
Mark has always been committed to the community that he grew up in. In the past, he was involved with two little leagues as a coach and their President. He was a treasurer of the City of Portland’s Youth Sports Exchange. He served on the board for the Friends of Evergreen Cemetery, the United Way Finance Committee, the St. Pius X Parish Council and is a member of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church’s Finance Committee.
Robert Kearney, Vice Chair
Biography soon to come!
Hugh O’Shea, Treasurer
Hugh was born in Dublin, Ireland. He moved to the United States with his family when he was young. After graduating from South Portland High School, Hugh attended Bryant University in Rhode Island where he received his bachelor’s degree in finance. Hugh continues to work in finance and is also active in the local real estate market. He is a member of the Cape Elizabeth – South Portland Rotary Club. He loves traveling back to Ireland to visit his large extended family. Hugh lives in Cape Elizabeth with his wife, Margaret, and their daughter, Nora
Lois Galgay Reckitt
Lois Galgay Reckitt is a graduate of Brandeis (A.B.) and Boston Universities (A.M.) and for thirty six years was the Executive Director of Family Crisis Services in Cumberland County. This organization under her guidance has been a leader in Maine’s innovations in the area of domestic violence services and prevention – for youth, elders, incarcerated women, people with disabilities, New Americans and the LGBT community. She received numerous awards from various community sectors, but most impactful was her work over the years with the criminal justice system in Maine. During these years she has received awards from Maine’s Judicial Branch. State Bar Association and Maine Chiefs of Police. In addition, she was inducted in 1997 into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame.
Reckitt is currently a member of the House of Representatives in Maine’s 129th Legislature representing the ocean end of South Portland.
Biography soon to come!
Janmarie is a native of Munjoy Hill Portland Maine. She is married to Greg Strong , a Financial Planner, and they have two wonderful sons Gregory and Brennan.
Janmarie graduated From St. Patrick’s School, Catherine McCauley High School, Bates College and the University of Maine School of Law. She has been practicing labour law representing working people for many years. She is a senior partner at McTeague Higbee – Maine’s premier labour firm.
Janmarie’s grandparents John Joseph and Catherine Mulkerrin Brennan both emigrated from Carna at different times. They were married at St. Dominic’s.A set of great-grandparents – Bartholomew and Bridget Brennan also married at St. Dominic’s. Numerous other Carna relatives also emigrated and lived in Portland including Greenes, McDonough’s, Gorhams and many Mulkerrins. Some of the family still live in Callowfeenish.
Janmarie has always been close to the Irish community in Portland and of course particularly close to her late Grandmother Catherine Brennan, to her mother Mary Brennan Toker, late uncle John Joseph Brennan, uncle Francis Patrick Brennan, late uncle “Jimmy” Brennan, uncle Governor Joseph Brennan, uncle Paul Brennan, late aunt Kathleen Brennan and aunt Sister Barbara Ann Brennan RSM. Our lives have been so much better because of our family, the many opportunities we’ve had, and what we have learned from them particularly the gift of faith.
Janmarie is an ambassador to the Emigrants Commematrive Centre in Carna Connemara Ireland. http://carnaemigrantscentre.com/ambas.html. Janmarie is absolutely delighted to be able to represent the Maine Irish Heritage Center as an ambassador, Board Member and as someone who loves and lives the Irish experience – family, friends, faith and keeping our experience alive at the MIHC and the Emigrants Centre in Carna.
Patricia McDonough Dunn, past Chair
Bio coming soon!