Why Did You Get Involved in the MIHC?
I have been aware of the Maine Irish Heritage Center for many years, and before volunteering and joining the Board, attended various celebrations. My volunteer work began in 2018 when I helped to organize the Claddagh honoring David Flanagan. It was my first introduction to the Center’s special group of talented and committed volunteers. Since that time, I have seen the significant growth of the Center and have helped with numerous activities and programs, including fundraising events, hiring new staff, and updating the exhibits in the Sanctuary. Having grown up in Portland, I am excited about the Center’s mission and committed to preserving this wonderful icon of the City’s skyline.
I graduated from Catherine McAuley High School before receiving my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Maine. During my 25-year career at UNUM Corporation, I held a number of management positions, including marketing, community relations, and grant-making. Following my work at UNUM, I was a Development Officer at my alma mater, USM. Throughout my working career, I served on a number of non-profit boards, including the Maine Arts Commission, Cancer Community Center, Maine Philanthropy Center, New England Foundation for the Arts, United Way of Greater Portland, and Catherine McAuley High School.
It has been exciting and fun to learn about my Irish heritage on both sides of my family tree. While more research is necessary, I have discovered that my great, great grandfather on my father’s side was from County Cork. My Father grew up just a few blocks from St. Dominic’s Church, where he attended school and worshipped with his family.
Interests & Hobbies
Both my parents came from large families, so growing up In Portland, we were always surrounded by lots of relatives. My beagle Lulu keeps me very busy but I enjoy reading, knitting and exploring the State of Maine and beyond.