Board of Directors


 Cathal Conlon

 Co- Chair

Cathal was born and raised in Ardee, Co. Louth, Ireland, and attended Liverpool John Moores University, earning a        degree in sports science in 1999. He is in his tenth season with the New England Revolution and his second as the Vice President of Marketing. He oversees and directs all aspects of the Revolution’s marketing initiatives, including advertising, grassroots campaigns, promotional activities, fans’ in-stadium experience and the team’s overall branding efforts. In addition, Cathal also oversees the Digital Media and Community relations departments. Cathal began his career in the golf industry, with positions at Brae Burn Country Club in Newton, Mass., Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club in Kenmare and Warwick Country Club in Rhode Island. He resides in South Boston with his wife Noreen, and their son Oliver. About IN Boston he says, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with IN Boston. I have been involved with several Irish groups and IN is by the far the most inclusive, progressive and frankly fun I have been involved with. The events continue to improve and with the ambition of the board members, I look forward to an exciting future with the Network.


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Originally from Holywood, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, Victoria Denoon is currently the Co-Director of the Center for            Irish Partnerships at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The Center for Irish Partnership fosters collaborations and partnerships with educational institutions in Ireland and Northern Ireland across an interdisciplinary spectrum and embraces faculty exchange and joint research ventures and works with partners to create a dynamic model for Cross-Atlantic collaboration.Victoria has been actively involved since 2010 in the Irish-American Heritage Archaeological Program, a collaborative project between UMass Lowell and Queen’s University Belfast. Archaeologists lead students from both universities on an excavation of artifacts in Lowell and Northern Ireland to better understand the lifestyles of the early Irish who immigrated to the U.S. in the 19th century.In addition, Victoria is the Director of Academic Communications and Events at UMass Lowell. In 2012, Victoria received an Irish Echo 40 Under 40 Award at a ceremony in New York City. These awards spotlight up-and-coming leaders of Irish America from around the nation who work in a variety of fields and occupations. Victoria has a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen’s University Belfast, an M.A. in Criminal Justice from UMass Lowell, and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Global Studies, Security and Human Rights at UMass Lowell.



Donal Conlon

Director – IT

Donal was born in Dublin but spent most of his life in Sligo, Ireland. Graduated from University of Galway (NUI Galway), in Industrial Engineering, and University of Aberdeen in IT in Medical Physics, he focused his career in software and worked for companies in this field in Dublin and Galway. Having spent summers in Chicago, New York and Boston, Donal decided to move to Boston full time in ‘98 and has fully settled in, becoming practice director for a local software consulting company. Donal was introduced to the network by one of the founding members and asked to join the board to help with the web site. He believes “the network provides tremendous value to the community, and has an important, ever-increasing role of reaching out to new immigrants and visitors from Ireland to help them get introduced to the Irish network”



Kate Corkery


Originally for Cork, Ireland, Kate moved to Boston in January 2005 after graduation from Business Information Systems at University College Cork. Kate has worked in technology within the financial services industry in Boston since then. Since moving to Boston Kate has completed a Masters in Finance at Suffolk University. She has really enjoyed being a member of the Irish Network, Kate says it has been a great opportunity for her to make connections with Irish and Irish Americans in Boston and has really helped her build her network across a variety of aspects (career, social, cultural). In her spare time Kate loves to travel and while she says she loves Boston, she also loves getting away.



Laura Hamilton

Director – Membership

Laura was born in Cork City, Ireland and emigrated to Boston with her family in 1986. Growing up in Dorchester and Quincy, she has been an active member of the Irish community in Boston. She attended Northeastern University in Boston, receiving her BSBA in Finance, Masters Degree in Innovation, and is currently completing Northeastern’s MBA program. Laura works at MassBio (Massachusetts Biotechnology Council) overseeing the Sales and Business Development functions of the organization. Her role at the state’s biotechnology trade association has made her a lead contact for Irish companies, professionals and students within the Life Sciences industry. Laura sits on the Board of Directors of BIBA (Boston Irish Business Association) and is a recipient of their 2015 Young Leader Award. Additionally she is a member of the Quincy Chamber Millennials and the 1787 Society at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Regarding IN Boston, Laura says, “I have been involved with Irish Network Boston since its inception in 2010. The professional contacts I’ve made through my participation in this group are invaluable. I have attended events celebrating the numerous cultural and social Irish groups within our region. This organization is inclusive to all: Irish, Irish-Americans, & Friends of Ireland. I look forward to helping grow the membership in 2016 and beyond.”



Paul Hartnett


Mr. Hartnett is an attorney who has more than 30 years experience representing public and privately held companies, nationally and internationally, in connection with their growth and expansion through a variety of strategies, including mergers and acquisitions, venture financings, and the public offerings of securities. Mr. Hartnett has provided clients with legal, strategic and business advice and assistance covering a broad range of issues, including acquisition and growth structures and strategies, debt and equity financings, employment and pension issues, and environmental, regulatory and antitrust issues. In working with his clients, Mr. Hartnett’s responsibilities have included direct advice and counsel to senior management and boards of directors; and the management and coordination of the services provided by tax and pension advisors, investment bankers, and accountants. A former partner in two different major Boston-based law firms, Mr. Hartnett is currently working independently in an office based in Newton, Massachusetts.


Bridget  Bridget Hester-Fantini


Bridget is an Advisor for Campaign Initiatives at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), working to further the Institute’s philanthropic efforts. Prior to MIT, she oversaw fundraising  in the New England region for The American Ireland Fund. Bridget began her career in financial services with Putnam Investments where she spent a number of years working in consultant relations and marketing before moving onto the start-up, WorldStreet Corporation.  She is a founding member of the IN Boston and she also serves on the board of WeArtBoston.  Bridget says this about the organization, “I enjoy the opportunity the Irish Network provides me to connect with all the Irish groups throughout the Boston area.”



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Dawn Morrissey

Director and Board Ambassador

Originally from Co. Kildare, Dawn graduated from Emerson College, Boston with a BA in Film and has a Masters Degree in Administrative Studies from Boston College. Dawn produced the Irish film festival in Boston since 2003 and co-founded the non- profit BIFF Productions, with Peter Flynn, in 2008. She has been the festival director since 2009. Under Dawn’s directorship the festival was included in Moviemaker Magazine’s list of top 20 Coolest Film festivals in the World. The Mayor of Somerville, MA also awarded an official citation for her work as the director of the Irish Film Festival in 2012. As a film producer, Dawn has worked on several feature films in both Ireland and the USA; she has worked on local Boston Indies (one of which was a Sundance Finalist) and was awarded both the regional and national awards from the Alliance for Community Media for her short films. Dawn has worked with the Discovery Channel as a consultant and co- produced the short film Green Grass, about illegal immigration, which screened at the LA Film Fest in August 2009. Dawn executively produced the documentary Blazing the Trail; The O’Kalem’s in Ireland 2011 which screened at over 20 film festivals world wide and was commission for broadcast by RTE in 2013.  Dawn is also the Director of Research Operations at McLean Hospital, a Harvard affiliate and has been in that position since 2015, prior to that she worked in Grants Management at McLean. She is an advocate for mental health and champions Horizons for Homeless Children here in Boston.   Dawn is a founding member of IN Boston. She lives in Waltham with her husband and two children.


Sean P. Moynihan

Director, Irish Network Boston & Vice President, Irish Network USA

Sean is a former President/Chair of the Board and currently serves as both Board member of the Irish Network Boston, and Vice President of Irish Network USA. Sean is a Massachusetts native and is President and Founder of The Moynihan Group, LLC (TMG).  TMG is a Boston based law firm specializing in government relations, public policy, lobbying and business development.  The firm also focuses on assisting American companies/ organizations in Ireland and Irish companies/organizations in the States.  A Providence College graduate, Sean later earned his law degree from Suffolk Law School’s Evening Division in 2001.  His experience includes positions in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, notably Counsel to the House Ways and Means Committee and Counsel to the House Majority Leader. He is a founding member of Irish Network Boston and also serves as Secretary of the board of Irish Network USA (IN-USA).  He resides in Hingham with his wife Lynn and their children Maeve and Declan.  About IN Boston he says, “Irish Network Boston is an incredibly effective organization which connects Irish born, Irish Americans, and people interested in Ireland to celebrate our shared heritage and culture.”



Ellen Murphy-Donovan

Director – Mentorship

Ellen moved to Boston almost 20 years ago from New Jersey to attend Boston University. With more than 15 years of Human Resources experience, she acts as a business partner to the global Information Technology team at Iron Mountain. Ellen has a passion for international travel and cooking; she and her husband, Damien, reside in the city. Joining IN Boston at its inception in 2010, Ellen was looking to strengthen her professional network and to become more involved in the Irish-American community in Boston. About the organization she says, “I am eager to help expand IN Boston’s membership and to assist in delivering a memorable calendar of unique professional and social events for its participants.”



Marcelle Murray


Marcelle has an extensive background in event management, project and business administration, marketing, and training. As a senior consultant, she has been responsible for the planning and execution of campaigns and events for a wide variety of clients and projects in advertising, biopharma, entertainment, and IT industries. An Irish native, Marcelle has lived, worked, and studied in Dublin, London, and Sydney. She has been living in Boston for over a decade and works for a leading biotechnology company.  Marcelle is a founding and current board member of Irish Network Boston. She enjoys live entertainment, traveling, running, hiking, and sailing.  Her hopes for IN Boston: “That we remain an inclusive network and conduit for business, social, and cultural bonds in Boston, throughout New England, and across to the Island of Ireland – and back again.”


Michelle Serpa

Michelle Serpa


Michelle Serpa (formerly Healy) is currently Vice President of Business Development at Invest Northern Ireland. Michelle rejoined Invest Northern Ireland late 2014 having previously climbed the ranks over a 6 year period. In 2014 Michelle established and oversaw the Boston office of Self Help Africa, an Irish non-profit focused on localised economic development across 11 sub-Saharan countries. Self Help Africa has a change through education and innovation approach to pulling people out of poverty – two approaches that match the local Boston psyche. Michelle holds a BSc. in Software Engineering from Dublin City University and an MSc in Business and Marketing from DIT. Michelle was previously a Board Observer of the New England Venture Capital Association, and is currently an active Junior Advisory Board Member of Self Help Africa and Irish Network Boston. She resides in Milton with her husband Mark.



Ruth Swift


Ruth Swift was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, where she graduated from University College Dublin with a BA in Sociology and Information Studies. Ruth is Manager of Office Operations at Boston Pharmaceuticals, a 2015 start-up where she was the first hire and now works alongside a small unique team of highly experienced professionals. Boston Pharmaceuticals offers a novel approach to drug development and commercialization, providing new strategic partnership options to academic and biopharmaceutical groups. In the last several years Ruth has also followed her passion to become a professional artist, creating original paintings in acrylic and oil. She has a studio in the artists Distillery Building in South Boston, where over 100 artist studios are located. Ruth joined the Irish Network Boston as a member soon after its inception in 2010 and attended many of the
events. In 2013 she was invited to join the board and says being a part of the organization has exceeded her expectations, creating many opportunities to network and make connections with other Irish and Irish Americans in the Boston community and beyond. About IN Ruth says, “there is great value and opportunity in this organization to help cultivate and strengthen the ties between the Irish communities in the US and Ireland, and I have high hopes for IN for the future.”