Meet the Board

PHIL MEEHAN | CHAIRPERSON

Phil Meehan is a poet, dancer and retired executive chef. He has been on the board of the Portland Ceili Society, and was a member of the Clinton Street Ceili Band. He currently also serves on the board of the Cascade Zydeco Society.

DOROTHY FOLEY | VICE-CHAIRPERSON

Dorothy Foley was a founder and co-chair of the monthly St. Brendan's ceili in Bergen County, NJ for over 10 years and was instrumental in launching the Green Gates Ceili Band which became the house band for St. Brendan's and is still playing at various venues around the New York metropolitan area. She is a regular visitor to Ireland to set dance as well as visit family.

NANCY JARRELL | SECRETARY & MEMBERSHIP

Nancy has been involved in the Irish music and dance community in Portland for over twenty years. She's known to "give a song and dance" and "fiddle around" a bit....

MARY CAREY | TREASURER

Mary started playing Irish music under the guidance of the Atlanta, Georgia Comhaltas branch, Irish Music Traditions of Atlanta. She volunteered at the national convention in Atlanta and served as a board member on the sister organization, Irish Arts Foundation of Atlanta. She has also held leadership roles in several community organizations including Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America. Mary Carey is a former Fortune 500 marketing executive with an MBA from the Haas School at the University of California Berkeley. In addition, she plays the Irish fiddle in sessions and especially loves to play for dancers.

MALDON MEEHAN | AUDITOR

As an Arts Administrator Maldon Meehan has worked for Obo Addy Legacy Project (formerly Homowo African Arts and Cultures) as their Program director and served on the board of the Portland Ceili Society and Sean-nos Northwest. She is a performer, teacher and choreographer. Maldon holds a BA in Irish Studies/Theater Arts from The Evergreen State College and a MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick, Ireland.

IRISH OFFICER | BRIAN O H'AIRT

Brian has been involved with Comhaltas for over twenty years. He works as an educator teaching Irish at Portland Community College and various language intensives around the country.  He is also an awarded singer, dancer, and musician and the recipient of two Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants, which support his mentorship of traditional singers in Oregon and Ohio. He is the Creative Director of Language Hunters, a non-profit focused on new language learning models, and holds master degrees from the National University of Ireland-Galway and the University of Limerick.

PUBLIC RELATIONS | EMILY MULDOON & MALDON MEEHAN

YOUTH COORDINATOR | JANET TRYGSTAD

YOUTH OFFICER | NIAMH BRANIGAN