• Biographies of the Nominees for the 2024 Board!

  • IHSM Presidential Nominee – Unopposed

    Noeleen Nelson
    I am honored to have been nominated for the position as President for the board. Since becoming a charter member of the Irish Heritage Society of Milford, I have had the opportunity to promote Irish culture through various roles that I have immersed myself in. I am one of the founders of The Tara Theatre Company and to date we have produced 15 Irish plays that provide our dedicated audiences with a glimpse of Irish humor, songs, and drama.

    I am a proud past president of Slainte which is our non-profit charitable organization which provides scholarships for students and donates to local charities. Our fundraisers have proved hugely beneficial for our recipients and also for our supporters who have enjoyed a wide variety of performances with several of the artists being of Irish descent.
    I have been a proud supporter of the Irish Festival and each September have volunteered in whatever capacity was needed from assisting with the raffles and bartending at the beer tent. I am currently a bar manager for the club and also serve as a volunteer bartender on a regular basis.
    As previously stated I feel humbled to have been selected as one of the nominees for the upcoming board and have learned a great deal about the board as Vice President the past two years. When elected President, I will continue to work to the best of my ability to promote Irish culture, to assist the board to the best of my ability and most importantly be mindful that I am a representative for all members of the Irish Heritage Society of Milford.
    Go Raibh Mile Maith Agat
    Noeleen Nelson

  • IHSM Vice Presidential Nominees

    Patrice Dunn
    I am honored to be nominated as Vice President! I have been active in the club since joining in 2015. I have volunteered on the committee that fundraises and purchases Christmas gifts for needy families as well as helping with the yearly Holiday Craft Fair. I have volunteered at the Irish festivals helping at the various committee tables, setting up, serving at the beer tent, checking IDs and for the past two years I have co-chaired the committee for the Food Trucks. I have served beer at the IHSM tent at the Oyster Festival. I am presently a bar manager and one of the regular bartenders.
    For the past three years, I have purchased supplies for the bar and club. I volunteered on the parade and St Patrick’s Day committees, marched in the parade carrying a flag and arranged for the food trucks at the club. I have performed in seven plays with Tara Theater since 2015. I reignited the Garden Club and help the committee maintain the triangular plot in town along with the window boxes at the club. For two years before COVID I organized the off-site monthly Happy Hours. I served on the board for two years as Parliamentarian and headed a sub-committee that helped refine some of the by-laws. I am currently serving on Slainte. I was Volunteer of the Month for July 2019.
    I am a retired Special Educator. My career spanned 40 years! I loved my job, the children and my colleagues. Although I highly recommend retirement, I do miss those “Ironman moments” I shared working with children with special needs and their families!
    Again, I am honored to be nominated to serve on the board as Vice President. If elected, I will serve the IHSM community to the best of my ability.

    Ed Mead
    Hello Members of the IHSM.My name is Ed Mead.I’m a charter member of our Club and I’m running for the position of Vice President. In the past I have been your Club’s President twice,from 2009-2011 and 2014- 2016. I have also held the position of Vice President and Sargent at Arms. Currently I’m the Club’s Liquor Permittee and Co-chairman of the house and building committee.
    I am seeking the position of Vice President.I believe my past position and experience will support the President and Executive Board, in moving the Club forward in a beneficial and rewarding way for our members.

    Ed Mead

  • IHSM Treasurer Nominee – Unopposed

    Scott Willey
    I am honored to be nominated for the position of Treasurer for the 2023-2024 term.
    I have been an IHSM member since 2014. While I always volunteer at the Irish Festival
    and the Oyster Festival, and I have made many great friends in the IHSM, work demands had previously kept me from getting as involved as I would have liked. I have recently “semi-retired,” and I would like to invest some of my newly found free time in contributing to the IHSM. Given my background in accounting and finance, I believe that serving as Treasurer is where I can add the most value.
    My qualifications for the position of Treasurer are:
     Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from UConn (Go Huskies!).
     Certified Public Accountant.
     Extensive experience as a Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Controller for
    several large corporations.
     Experience as Treasurer of non-profit organizations, including Milford
    International Little League, Foran High Booster Club, and several local political
    I currently serve as coach of the Foran High School girls tennis team, and I also work
    part-time as a consultant for several companies. I am a life-long Milford resident and have been married to my wife Cathleen (Murphy) for 38 years. We have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.

  • IHSM Secretary Nominee (and current) – Unopposed

    Sheila Olcott

    I am honored to be nominated for the position of Secretary for the 2023-2024 term.

    I have been an IHSM member since November of 2015. Since then, I have served on the Executive Board and have volunteered for various committees:

    Trustee of the Executive Board (2020-2023)
    Co-Chair of the Cultural Committee
    Bartender since 2019
    Chairperson of the Man & Woman Dinner (2022 & 2023)
    Co-Chair of the Little Women’s Christmas (2022)
    Volunteer of the Irish Festival and many more!

    I am an Insurance Agent, employed by Gallagher Risk Management Insurance. I have 2 grown daughters and have resided in Milford since 1993.

    I look forward to continuing my service on the Executive Board and promoting growth and Irish Culture in our wonderful club!

  • Membership Chair Nominee – Unopposed

    Dave Fuller
    David “Dave” Fuller is a lifelong Stratford resident who has Irish lineage to Meath, Dublin and Antrim Counties on both sides of his family. He still has family in Meath to this very day and enjoyed several Sunday roasts in Ireland with cousins and extended family and friends.

    David received a bachelor’s from Adelphi University in New York, and a Masters from Fairfield University, and works in web, digital, print and event based marketing. He has also served as a town Councilman and Zoning Commissioner in Stratford and is involved with both alumni associations at Adelphi and Fairfield Universities. He enjoys travel, hiking, golf, baseball, hockey and watching rugby and hurling.

  • IHSM Parliamentarian Nominees:

    Sue Maxham
    I am honored to accept my nomination for parliamentarian. I joined the IHSM in 2015, when meetings were still held at Costa Azura. I have been active in Tara Theater since 2016, first acting and then directing. I have volunteered for events such as the Irish Festival, Oyster Festival, membership renewal drive, and cornhole and golf tournaments. I am a regular at Trivia and general membership meetings and would like to take this opportunity to become more involved. By day I am a Director of User Assistance for Dassault Systemes, a French software company, where I manage a global team of technical/user experience writers. I have 2 grown children, 1 grandson, and a granddaughter on the way!

    Sarah Sugrue
    Hi everyone! I am excited to be nominated and running for the position of parliamentarian for the 2024 IHSM board. In 2015, I was crowned Miss Emerald Isle for the Milford Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, where it all started! I was first a member that year under my parent’s family membership and then joined on my own when I was of age. Since 2015, I have been involved primarily in parade events and fundraisers. Over the last few years since Marty’s death, I have become a critical part of the parade committee, as well as the chair of the Miss Emerald Isle Committee, which is, as we all know, a favorite part for many who attend the parade. Since taking on this role, we have attended many other fundraisers for the IHSM, including the Easter Egg hunts, children’s tea parties, golf tournaments, and more. Over the past year, I also started a tea party to promote Miss Emerald Isle and share our heritage with all the younger generations. I would love to use this nomination and position to further the sharing and education of our heritage.

    A little bit more about me, I am a ballerina and have been dancing since I was two years old, as well as teaching to little ones aged 2-5 years old. I am a student at the University of New Haven, finishing my master’s in Criminal Justice and a graduate certificate in Forensic Mental Health. I have my bachelor’s degree in Forensic Psychology as well. Aside from teaching dance, I also work on an animal therapy farm in Prospect, CT, that specializes in working with children in foster care and wards of the state with learning disabilities and psychological disorders.

    Again, I am very honored and excited about this nomination, and I look forward to growing with the IHSM and looking toward the future.


  • Sargeant at Arms Nominee – Unopposed

    Dana Garrow
    Hi my name is Dana Garrow and I am running for the position of Second Year Trustee. I have been a member of the club for 10 years. As many of you know I am one of the regular volunteer bartenders at the club. I have been active with the club for many years. I have volunteered at the Irish festival for many years at the children’s tent, the beer tent & clean up. I have also volunteered at the beer tent at the Oyster festival. I have been a member of the children’s & family committee, The activities committee as well as generally volunteering when I can. I love being Irish and since joining the IHSM I have learned so much more about my heritage. I started working in retail and food service in high school and continue to do so. I worked for Macy’s department store for 21 years as a senior merchandise manager until 2018 and I’ve been a bartender at 99 Restaurant and Pub for 5 years. I believe I have the interest and willingness to serve on the board as a Trustee and be an active member in continuing the future of this club.

  • Junior Trustee Nominees:

    Paula McGill
    I have been a member of IHSM since 2008. I am honored to be nominated to the position of the Junior Trustee. This is an amazing organization that I am so proud to be a part of and to help promote Irish Heritage and Culture.

    I have and continue to serve on many committees such as Activities, Cultural, Social, Membership, Book Club, Picnic, Man and Woman of the Year Dinner, Golf Tournament, Oyster Fest, Irish Fest, Club House, Greeter, Club Rules, Comhaltas, Tara Theatre. I was honored as the Irish Woman of the Year in 2022. In addition, have been on the Board of Slainte since its inception, the non-profit arm of IHSM which provides seven scholarships every year, promotes Irish Culture, and donates to many local organizations. The first year I served as the treasurer, and have since served as director on the Board, participating in the Slainte fundraisers and promoting Irish Culture.

    I have served as your Membership Chairperson since I was elected in 2019, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. During that time, the committee and I have retained approximately 95% of the members each renewal year, even during Covid! I will be honored to serve on the Executive Board as Junior Trustee and to continue to grow, support, and promote this wonderful organization. Thank you for your consideration and support. Slainte!!!

    My Irish family hails from Killorglin, County Kerry.
    Paula H. McGill

    Patti Shea
    I am honored to have been nominated as Board Trustee and look forward to serving in that capacity if given the opportunity. I am very connected to my Irish Heritage and upon moving to Milford 12 years ago, was thrilled to find such a vibrant and welcoming Irish Club here. I have been active in the Cultural Committee, the Genealogy Committee and the Festival Committees, and served as Co-Chair of the Festival from 2018-2020. I previously served as Vice-President on the IHSM Board and am currently serving on the Sláinte Board. I also enjoy participating in the Irish Book Club and weekly Irish Step dancing. For the past 5 years I have been chairing the Club’s co-ed golf league “Golfing with the Greens”. In my spare time I play tennis and am a fused and stained glass hobbyist. I am a retired attorney. My husband, Peter Lovell, and I have two adult children and a bernedoodle grand-dog.

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