• Nominees to be sworn into office are…

  • IHSM President

    Tim McNamara
    I have been a member of the IHSM for five years. I have volunteered and participated in several club activities including:

    Vice President 2017-2019
    Bar Management Committee
    Finance Audit
    Irish Festival Milford St. Patrick’s Day Parade
    Milford Veteran’s Day Parade
    Milford Oyster Festival Beer Tent
    Set up and clean up of St. Patrick’s Day and Parade Day Festivities at our clubhouse
    Substitute trivia host

    Irish Heritage: Clare and Galway

    I have been employed by the Bridgeport Board of Education for 39 years, currently in the position of Assistant Director of Human Resources. I am also in my 18th year serving as a member of the Bridgeport City Supervisors Association Executive Board. I believe it is important to continue the good work started by our charter members 13 years ago. I look forward to the continued growth of our club and would be honored to serve in the position of President of the IHSM Board of Directors. I will continue to be involved and support the club as I continue my own growth as a member.

  • IHSM Vice President

    Amy Lacey
    I have been a member of the irish heritage society of milford since the clubhouse opened approximately 4 years ago and have volunteered and participated in several club activities including:

    Co-Chair of the Cultural Committee with Maureen Moore
    Co-Chair of the History Committee with Sheila Johnson
    Member of the Communications Committee

    Chair of The Virtual Milford Irish Arts Expo

    Member of the IHSM Glow Golf Committee

    Chair of the IHSM Knitting Club

    Member of the IHSM Book Club

    Member of the IHSM Genealogy Club

    Bartender at the Milford Oyster Festival Beer Tent

    Volunteer at the IHSM Festival

    Past Member of the Activities Committee

    My Irish Heritage: Offaly, Laois, and Dublin

    I am employed by the Fairfield Board of Education and have taught at Stratfield Elementary School for 21 years. As a Connecticut teacher, I have had the privilege to teach in all the elementary grade levels from Kindergarten through Fifth grade. I am currently a K-5 Math Science Teacher and support K-5 students with direct instruction in mathematics. In addition, I support teachers in both science and math through professional development and coaching. In addition to teaching, I have been the Coordinator for Camp Invention’s Summer Camps in Fairfield for the past 4 years. I not only love to teach math and science, but I also enjoy learning and teaching all aspects of technology.

    I am incredibly grateful to have been named the 2020 Irish Woman of the Year and to have been involved in many aspects of the IHSM. If elected Vice President of the IHSM Board of Directors, I will support the fine work of past board members to further the growth of our beautiful club. Besides volunteering at the IHSM, my other interests include traveling, skiing, fifing for The Spirit of Black Rock Fife and Drum Corps, researching family genealogy…and now Irish golfing!

  • IHSM Secretary

    Melissa Hodges
    Hi, my name is Melissa Hodges. My family and I have been members of the IHSM for the past five years. Many of you know me as I am a volunteer bartender, the chair of the volunteers for the Irish festival and a member of the activities committee. I am thankful for everyone for allowing me to be a part of this awesome club and of course, for the friends I have made here. I am excited to see what the next year brings.

  • IHSM Sergeant at Arms

  • Kevin Fox
    My name is Kevin Fox and I’m running for the position of Sargent at Arms. I’m proud and grateful to be a Charter Member of the IHSM. My wife Liz and I appreciate the IHSM as our family celebrates our Heritage through all the activities and functions. I am fortunate to have our grandchildren enjoy all of our hard work and dedication and for this I look forward to serving as an Executive Board member and helping our club adapt and grow for the current and future members celebrating our Irish Heritage.
    Kevin Fox

  • IHSM Parliamentarian

    Patrice Dunn
    Hi, my name is Patrice Dunn and I am running for the position of Parliamentarian. I have a been a member of the club for 6 years. I have performed in five plays with the Tara Theatre. I serve on the committee fundraising for the yearly Christmas family. I am one of the bartenders. I was volunteer of the month in June 2019. And recently I have been more active with my fellow gardeners. I enjoy being a part of a robust club with a variety of happenings and events, from the parades to the Irish Festival to the cultural events and road trips. I have recently retired from a 40 year teaching career and would like to contribute my time serving on the board.

  • IHSM Third Year Trustee

    Patrick Cornelio
    Hello IHSM family and friends,
    I’m so happy to be on the executive board of the Irish Heritage Society of Milford for my third year as a trustee. I’ve learned so much as the First and Second Year Trustee and am ready to finish out as the Third Year Trustee.

    Activities Committee Chair
    Communications Committee Chair
    Gardening Committee Chair
    Tara Theatre Company actor
    Cultural Committee
    Milford Irish Arts Expo Committee, Annual Craft Fair Committee
    Happy Hour Committee

    I love volunteering at different IHSM events. Aside from being an active IHSM member, I work full-time with Outdoor Ventures Group as their Group Sales Administrator for their five zipline parks around the Northeast. I’m a professional company actor with Big Apple Playback Theatre based in NYC, I have a photography business called Patrick C’s It Photography, and my family and I bought a building in Matawan, NJ that we hope to turn into a Community Center for others. “I’m still your trustee so you can trust me!”

  • IHSM Second Year Trusttee

    Sheila Olcott
    Hello fellow IHSM members! My name is Sheila Olcott and I am running for the position of trustee. I have been an IHSM member since 2016. I currently serve on the cultural committee and recently assisted Maureen Moore with the planning and organizing of the NYC Bus trip. I also volunteer as a bartender and have also volunteered my time during the Irish Festivals and St. Patrick’s Day parade along with numerous other IHSM activities and events. My mom was born in County Cork and immigrated to the U.S. along with her 12 siblings and parents when she was a small child. My mom was so proud of her Irish heritage and I am very grateful to belong to IHSM where I hope to gain more knowledge of the Irish culture. I am an insurance agent at Merit insurance in Shelton where people and businesses place their trust in me to protect them and their assets. Please know that you can have the confidence in me to do the same for our organization. I have been a Milford resident for 25 years and have raised my two grown daughters in our wonderful city. When I’m not at the clubhouse, I may be found at home, snuggling with my two dogs and two cats.

  • IHSM First Year Turstee

    Dana Garrow
    Hi my name is Dana Garrow and I am running for the position of First 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.

    Mark Morse
    My name is Mark Morse. My wife, Peggy, and I have been members of the club for six years. Seven years ago we moved from Bangor, Maine to Milford to be closer to our grandkids. I am retired after 38 years of teaching.
    Since joining the club I have become involved in many committees and activities. I am currently a board member of Slainte.

    Noeleen Nelson
    I am honored to have been nominated for the position as trustee 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 12 Irish plays that provide our dedicated audiences with a glimpse of Irish humor, songs and drama.

    I am currently 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.

    As previously stated I feel humbled to have been selected as one of the nominees for the upcoming board. If elected, I will continue to work to the best of my ability to promote Irish culture and to assist the board to the best of my ability.

    Go Raibh Mile Maith Agat

    Noeleen Nelson