Meet the Board

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President: Caroline Lee

“I grew up on a farm in the Dublin/Wicklow mountains and played Camogie for the local GAA club St. Anne’s of Bohernabreena. I coached several camogie teams for St. Anne’s and was on the Camogie Committee for many years. When I moved to Seattle over 5 years ago I joined the Seattle Gaels and play/coach the Camogie team, and had the privilege to be a part of the organizing committee to host the North America National Games in Seattle in 2016. I completed my Business Degree and Masters in Science part-time at the Dublin Institute of Technologies while working full time in the Tech and Pharma industries. I currently work as a Business Manager in Microsoft and will forever work on spoiling my wonderful nephews any chance I get.”

Vice President: Áine RichardsÁine Richards

Áine grew up in Seattle with close ties to her family in Co. Wicklow. She earned a BA from the University of Notre Dame in Arabic Studies and then moved to Dublin, where she earned an MSc from University College Dublin (UCD) in Human Rights. She currently resides in Seattle, where she works in travel & tourism, helping Americans travel smartly around Ireland and the rest of Europe. She is a co-founder of the Seattle chapter of the UCD alumni club, a member of CascadiaNow!, and is passionate about progressive causes, especially those focusing on improving the lives of women & LGBT people. 

Secretary: Meadhbh Rowland

Meadhbh grew up in the small town of Tullamore in the heart of Ireland. Upon finishing school Meadhbh moved to Dublin to attend University College of Dublin where she pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce International with Mandarin Chinese. During her time in university, Meadhbh became a member of the team at Tullamore D.E.W. Old Bonded Warehouse, where she conducted tours and tastings through English and German. Upon graduation in 2017, Meadhbh moved to Seattle to become Washington’s Tullamore D.E.W. Brand Ambassador.

Like whiskey ignited her love and passion for the food and drinks industry, her education did the same for travel. Her passion for languages led her to China, where she spent a year studying and traveling China and Southeast Asia. Meadhbh has well and truly settled into life in Seattle, and she is excited to bring the Irish community and the locals of Seattle together through the Irish Network. She believes there is a huge opportunity to educate people, not only about Ireland’s past history and culture, but also of modern Ireland’s arts, culture, and music.

Business Liaison Officer: Matthew O’TooleMatthew O'Toole

Matthew is from County Galway and has lived in Seattle since 2011. Matthew qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dublin. Matthew has worked in finance roles with Microsoft since 2008. He is an active member of the Irish community in Seattle. In 2015 he was included in Irish Echo’s ’40 under40′ awards for contributions to the Irish American community in the Pacific Northwest. In 2017 he also led Irish Network’s successful efforts to get direct flight services from Seattle to Dublin in partnership with many local Seattle and Ireland trade bodies.

 

Marketing and Graphic Design Officer: Brendan ShrianeBrendan Shriane

Brendan was born and raised in Seattle, the son of Irish immigrants.  He has been involved in Irish events since … well, before he could remember. He was born into the Seattle Irish community; his parents helped found the Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Seattle, so every year, you could find little Brendan walking in the parade, wearing a Carlow or Roscommon sash to honor the birthplaces of his parents. He continues to be involved in the Seattle Irish Community, serving on the boards of both the Irish Heritage Club and Irish Network Seattle.

As marketing officer, Brendan takes pictures of Irish Network-Seattle events, helping spread the word (in a visual sense, I suppose) about the organization’s great events. He is currently a technical writer and copy editor for BluLink Solutions in Bellevue. He previously worked for as a sports reporter, copy editor and photographer for newspapers in Hawaii, California and Washington state.

“Irish Network Seattle gives me an opportunity to explore a creative outlet and make connections with people in the Irish and business communities I might not otherwise meet.

Marketing & Events Liaison: Amanda PrivittAmanda Privitt

Originally from Arizona, Amanda moved to Dublin to attend University College Dublin (UCD) in 2013 where she completed her Postgraduate degree in Cultural Policy and Arts Management. While there, she became involved in international student groups and found she truly enjoyed creating relationships with people from different nations and building a community where students could network and connect, not only academically but also socially. INSeattle has been an extension of that for Amanda and what drew her to become involved in the organization.

“Irish Network Seattle is a great way to cultivate connections with people from varying backgrounds, both professionally and socially, that share a strong bond of heritage, similar interests and ideas and I am very excited to be a part of that.”

Amanda now lives in North Seattle where she works in marketing for an electrical contracting firm.

Membership & Recruiting Officer: Michelle DevaneyMichelle Devaney

Michelle moved from Dublin to Seattle almost eight years ago with her husband and four kids and loves everything the PNW has to offer. With qualifications in IT, Business Management and Interior Design, she returned to working as an IT professional a year ago after taking some time off to raise her kids. She never sat idle though, instead channeling her ‘free time’ into freelancing as an Interior Designer both here and in Dublin and setting up and running an Artisan Food company selling Irish baked goods and foods at farmers markets.

Michelle joined IN Seattle a few years ago hoping to meet more people and share experiences.

Treasurer & Volunteer Officer: Fionnuala O’SullivanFionnuala O'Sullivan

Fionnuala was born in Zambia, grew up in Co. Kildare and has been a Seattle resident since the early 1990s. In 1999, she became a Real Estate Broker and joined GBK Realtors LLC, an independent full-service brokerage on Capitol Hill. Since 2012, she has been a part owner of this company.

She has served on numerous boards in Seattle for a variety of issues ranging from equity in education to local community issues.Fionnuala remains closely tied to Ireland- her parents and youngest sister live there. She is a new member of the INSeattle board.

“I am delighted to be involved in a network that emphasizes and understands the importance of continually reinforcing both working and personal relationships to further enhance the ties that bind the Irish in Seattle to those in Ireland.” 

Events Organization Officer: Padraic JordanPadraic Jordan

“I moved from Co. Roscommon, Ireland to the Pacific Northwest in 1987, and have made Seattle my home for almost 22 years. The Emerald City wooed me with its awe-inspiring views and its charming architecture. After 7 years enjoying the vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood, I moved to my dream home, a classic 1924 Seattle Bungalow in the heart of the Central District.

I’ve been a realtor with Windermere Real Estate for the past 13 years and I love every minute of it. I’m a co-founder of Rain City Referrals- a local business network, and am enjoying being a board member of Irish Network Seattle since 2016.”

Communications Strategy Officer: Kris CollinsKris Collins

Attending several events, including a holiday party, an Irish trade ministry event, and horse racing sealed the deal for Kris Collins. Kris thinks networking, whether low-tech or high-tech, can be informative and social.

Kris works at the University of Washington, designing innovative programs and technologies for working professionals. Previous experience includes learning consulting at Ernst & Young and Boeing, among others, and Irish business publisher Lafferty Group.

Kris’ nonprofit experience includes serving as a trustee for a Seattle historical society and a World Affairs Council affiliate. “I’m passionate about preserving cultural history and connecting people in the present — both particular strengths for Irish and Irish-Americans! I enjoy exploring ways in which Irish Network Seattle can entertain, inform, and connect people.”

Technology Officer: Conor Lyne

Conor was born in Reading, United Kingdom, to Irish parents, and was raised in Logan, Utah. Although spending a majority of his time in America, he often ventures back to Brandon, Co. Kerry, a place he’s always considered home. Conor went on to study Honors Finance with a minor in Political Science at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Conor focused his studies on financial valuation, the finance of terrorism, and economic empowerment in developing and conflict countries, eventually completing his Honors Thesis on the finances of the Islamic State.

His passion for ski racing has had a significant influence on his life and eventually took him to compete for Ireland in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. This past summer, Conor traveled to 21 countries in order to begin his photography project Wander Faces, aimed at reducing stereotypes of people around the world. He is currently in the Finance Rotation Program at Microsoft, exploring the new city of Seattle, and trying to make both local and Irish connections along the way.

Business Pillar Advocate: Andrew McGuinness

Andrew helps grow the business reach of the network and deliver its communications and public affairs strategy. He is a communications leader with 15 years of experience in PR and journalism and has an extensive background in issues management and stakeholder relations. Andrew works as a Senior PR Consultant for Seattle communications agency, ChangeUp Advisors, and represents clients in energy, aviation, healthcare, and tech. He started out as a journalist in the U.K. and Ireland as a reporter for Airfinance Journal and features writer for The Irish Times.

Andrew moved to Seattle in 2017 from Dublin with his American wife, Jen. He has become an avid Puget Sound swimmer and helped introduce rugby into Seattle high schools.

Business Pillar Advocate: David McArdle

Dave’s focus is to help the network engage with the US and Irish business communities. He recognizes that for the network to achieve its Education, Culture, and Arts mission it needs to have a strong relationship with the business community. This relationship helps Irish companies connect with Seattle and promotes the interaction of US companies with the Irish market. The ultimate aim is to support people with Irish connections achieve their ambitions.

After a 16-year career in Corporate Banking in Ireland and the US, Dave is now a Director of Partnerships for the local Seattle financial technology startup Finagraph. Having moved to Seattle in 2015 with his American wife Erin, Dave has continued his passion for golf. When Ireland isn’t playing rugby, he plays the Seattle courses regularly and is a member of West Seattle Golf Club.

 


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Advisory Board

Aly Gardner-Shelby Aly Gardner-Shelby

A past President of INSeattle, Dubliner Aly has lived in the Seattle area since 1993, and is a Program Manager at Microsoft. She has been honored to assist with a number of high-profile events over the years, such as a Business Luncheon for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Seattle in 2017, and previously with hosting of President Michael D. Higgins and Sabrina Higgins. She has also worked at Seattle start-ups and was formerly Exec Director of Alpine Ascents Foundation, raising funds for schooling children of disadvantaged families in Nepal.

“Working with INSeattle gives me the opportunity to meet and engage with some of the most interesting and inspiring people from all walks of life. I’m passionate about connecting with people, and connecting people with one another. Despite the proliferation of ways to communicate electronically, our human-to-human connections may not be developing over time. My goal is to help connect the people who have knowledge and experience with the people who want to learn new strategies for personal and career success. Building this network will benefit the individuals and also our community as a whole.”

Caroline CummingCaroline Cumming

A former Board member, Caroline is a native of County Leitrim. She has called Seattle home for the past 20 years. Arriving at the height of the dot-com boom she spent eight years as a producer of online development and digital media technologies for various Seattle companies, including Microsoft. She moved to the non-profit sector in 2001 as Executive Director of the Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Network and then as Executive Director of 911 Media Arts Center from 2004-06. She continues to act as a consultant to business and non-profit leaders in the arts in various capacities, with a focus on strategy development and program management. Caroline is the co-founder and Director of the Irish Reels Film Festival, an annual event bringing new Irish films and filmmakers to Seattle audiences for the past 18 years.

“The economic impact of the arts in Ireland and abroad is often overlooked and I’m passionate about changing that! After working with colleagues across the U.S. to set up a network of Irish American Film Festivals, and collaborating with other Irish arts and cultural groups over the years, joining the Irish Network was a no-brainer. INSeattle provides members the opportunity to deepen our relationships and strengthen our Seattle community while introducing us to new possibilities and collaborations nationally and globally.”

Noreen McCormackNoreen McCormack

A past President of INSeattle, Noreen is first generation Irish from Montana – her parents were born and raised in Co. Mayo. She is a past President and founding Board member of INSeattle, a founding Board member of IN USA and a former Board member of the Irish Heritage Club. She is currently the President of the Seattle/Galway Sister City Association and serves on the City of Seattle Sister Cities Coordinating Council. Noreen is Vice President/Human Resources for Entercom Communications Corp, a position she has held for 16+ years.

 
 


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