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.

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.

EMMA BRANIGAN | SECRETARY

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.

NANCY JARRELL | MEMBERSHIP & NEWSLETTER

Nancy has been involved in the Irish music and dance community in Portland for over twenty years.

JACINTA KEYES-HANLON | IRISH OFFICER

EMILY MULDOON, aran ADAMS, maldon meehan | PUBLIC RELATIONS TEAM

NIAMH BRANIGAN | YOUTH OFFICER

Niamh Branigan is a 15 year-old Portland-based fiddle player. This is her second year serving as the CCE Youth Officer. She regularly attends sessions and céilís; has performed with the Portland Revels; as a guest musician for ViVoce Women’s Chorus and the Renaissance School of Arts and Sciences. Niamh attended the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 in her father’s hometown of Drogheda, Ireland. As a citizen of both the United States and the Republic of Ireland, she hopes to attend university in Ireland and study music.

TIM SMITH | ROTATING MEMBER

JANET TRYGSTAD | HOSPITALITY+