Board Members

 

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!

Dorraine W. Diebold, Secretary

Dori has a passion for and a calling to public service. Dori has a BA in Political Science from the University of Maine and earned an MA in Public Policy and Management from the Muskie School for Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. Early in her career,  Dori served in a research capacity on the Washington staff of Senator George Mitchell. Dori has experience  as a financial aid administrator at the University of Maine, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at the University of Southern Maine and the Director of Financial Aid at both Andover College and Westbrook College. Dori was a member of the Maine Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators for many years and served as chair of the External Relations committee. Dori served as Human Resource Management Liaison for the Institute for Public Sector Innovation at the Muskie School of Public Service. She currently works for the Social Security Administration.

Jason R. Hanley, Treasurer

Jason has worked at WEX Inc. since 1997 and is currently the Vice President of Sales Operations. He is a Maine native who graduated from Bates College in 1993 and then received his MBA at the University of New Hampshire. Jason is involved in several non-profit organizations within the Portland community, and his father Ric’s enthusiasm for the Center and for all things Irish led him to join the Board this year. He currently lives in Falmouth with his wife, two children and two stepchildren.

 

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.

 

David Paul

Biography soon to come!

Janmarie Toker

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.

Hugh O’Shea

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

 

Patricia McDonough Dunn, past Chair

Bio coming soon!

 

Patrick Vincent “Vinny” O’Malley, Executive Director

Patrick Vincent “Vinny” O’Malley is the Executive Director of the Maine Irish Heritage Center. Vinny is the son of Irish immigrants from Connemara who were lifelong communicants at Saint Dominic’s Church which is the home of the Maine Irish Heritage Center. Vinny is a 40 year member of the Portland Longshoremen’s Benevolent Society (chartered in 1880 by Irish longshoremen) he continues to work on the waterfront intermittently. He has worked as a community organizer and as a health and safety activist. He spent five years as a Community Services Liaison for United Way of Greater Portland and was appointed by Governor John Baldacci as the labor representative on the Maine Unemployment Insurance Commission., a post he held for 12 years retiring from state service in October of 2015. He was one of the founders of the Maine Irish Heritage Center and served on the board for several years, and is actively involved in all things Irish here in Maine. He is a passionate Red Sox fan, a lifelong Portland resident. He and his wife Michele live in East Deering; they have one son Ian Seamus who lives in London

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