Board Biographies

 
MICHAEL T. CLUNE, CHAIRMAN

MICHAEL T. CLUNE, CHAIRMAN

Michael T. Clune is Chairman of The Irish American Partnership’s Board of Directors and President of Clune Construction Company. Clune Construction Company is a leader in the construction services industry and is regarded for its extensive community involvement. In particular, Mr. Clune leads his company’s civic involvement in Mercy Housing, a non-profit organization that develops, manages, and finances affordable housing for low-income individuals. He was named Philanthropist of the Year in 2012 by Streetwise, a non-profit organization that helps provide financial resources for people facing homelessness. He was also named Who’s Who in Chicago Business in 2011. Originally from Dublin, Mr. Clune has been an active member of the Partnership for twenty years. Mr. Clune lives in Bannockburn, Illinois.

THOMAS F. NICHOLSON, VICE-CHAIRMAN

THOMAS F. NICHOLSON, VICE-CHAIRMAN

Thomas F. Nicholson is the Vice Chairman of the Board. He graduated from Mass. Maritime Academy in 1950, served 4 years in the Navy, and then attended Harvard Business School. In 1956 he was employed by Atlantic Research Corporation in Northern Virginia. In 1960 he co-founded a real estate development firm, West Group Associates, and served as Director and Executive Vice President of this organization and its affiliates, which developed office parks, commercial centers and apartment communities in the Washington D.C. suburbs for 50 years. Mr. Nicholson has been active since 1970 as a co-founder of Innisfree Village, a non-profit community for adults with intellectual disabilities in the Charlottesville VA area, serving a Director and Treasurer for many years. He has served on the Partnership's Board since 2000. Mr. Nicholson is retired and lives in Charlottesville, Virginia

AIDAN F. BROWNE ESQ.

AIDAN F. BROWNE ESQ.

Aidan F. Browne Esq. is a Partner and Director of Business Development for Sullivan & Worcester. Mr. Browne has more than 20 years of experience as a corporate and commercial real estate attorney in Europe and as a foreign legal consultant in the United States. He concentrates in foreign direct investment matters providing business, agency and project development services in the United States, Europe and Israel. A Dublin native, Mr. Browne attended University College Dublin and holds law degrees in both Ireland and the United States. He joined the Partnership’s Board in 2016 after serving as the Chairman of the Partnership’s Golf Championship Series for several years. 

LIAM CONNELLAN

LIAM CONNELLAN

CHARLES DONAHUE, JR.

CHARLES DONAHUE, JR.

Liam Connellan is a Chartered Engineer and served as President of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland in 2001 and 2002.  He was also President of the Irish Academy of Engineering in 2004. From 1994-2011, Mr. Connellan was engaged in energy, transport, and water operations and acted as the Chairman of Veolia Water & Veolia Transport Companies in Ireland. He was the President of the Royal Dublin Society from 1995-2011, as well as the first Chairman of the National Roads Authority from 1994-2001. Mr. Connellan is a member of the Board of the Kylemore Abbey Trust in Connemara. He was conferred with the Knight Commanders Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1998. In 2007, Mr. Connellan became a Chevalier of the Order of Merit of the Republic of France. Mr. Connellan resides in Dublin with his wife, Marie. He has served on the Partnership’s Board since 1986.

 

Charles L. Donahue Jr. was the Co-Founder and President of HealthCare VALUE Management, New England's largest PPO Network for Self-Funded Employers and Unions from 1990-2003. Mr. Donahue has had a robust career in the field of public health beginning with his Peace Corps service in Malaysia. Before beginning his own healthcare company, Mr. Donahue held numerous research and health policy roles for the state of Massachusetts and the city of Boston. His philanthropic interests include giving back each year to elementary schools and athletic programs in the Aran Islands. Mr. Donahue is an elected school committee member in the city of Westwood. He has been on the Partnership’s Board since 2007. Mr. Donahue resides in Westwood, Massachusetts.

DESSIE FARRELL

DESSIE FARRELL

Dessie Farrell is the former Chief Executive of the Gaelic Players’ Association, a position from which he officially stepped down in December 2016. A founding member of the GPA in 1995, he was elected chairman in 2000, and later appointed Chief Executive in 2003. He had a career in Dublin football spanning three decades, and has also been involved in coaching. During his time at the GPA, Farrell was part of successful lobbying effort to introduce government grants for inter-county players. He was also a supporter of the Show Racism the Red Card initiative, which aims to eliminate racism in sports. He was an All-Ireland winner with the Dublin footballers in 1995. In 2005, his book Dessie: Tangled up in Blue was published, which chronicles his football career and his personal struggles as an ambitious elite athlete. Farrell is the current manager of the Dublin under-21 footballers and the Northern American representative for the GPA.

DAVID GREANEY 

DAVID GREANEY 

David Greaney is the President of Synergy Investments, a Boston based real estate investment firm that owns and operates 25 Boston area buildings comprising of approximately 3,000,000 square feet. Over 350 companies, retailers and organizations occupy space in the Synergy portfolio. Mr. Greaney, a native of Limerick, is a graduate of University College Dublin and a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts. Prior to founding Synergy, he held positions in the investment management groups of Harvard University and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has received numerous awards from various organizations and publications including the Boston Irish Business Association, the Irish Chamber of Commerce, Irish America magazine and Business & Finance magazine. In 2015, Mr. Greaney was included in the Boston Business Journal’s Power 50, which recognizes the most influential Bostonians.

 

THOMAS A. LEONARD, III, ESQ

THOMAS A. LEONARD, III, ESQ

Thomas A. Leonard, III, Esquire, is a Partner and Chairman of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, LLP. He serves as Chairman of the board of Directors of Crowley Chemical, Permalith Plastics, Delaware Valley Real Estate Investment Fund, Inc., Regional Real Estate Investment Co., Hahnemann University Hospital, Roman Catholic High School, and is the past Chairman of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Independence Blue Cross, PRWT and Ultimark Products. He is a past Board member of numerous companies, including the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae). He is the recipient of the Greater Philadelphia Area Leadership Award, the Judge Learned Hand Leadership Award from the American Jewish Committee and has been inducted into the “Drexel 100” – Honored as one of the Most Distinguished Graduates of Drexel University. Mr. Leonard has served as the Controller of the City of Philadelphia, Chairman of President Clinton’s Pennsylvania Finance Committee, Vice-Chairman of Finance for the Democratic National Committee, and as Managing Trustee of the Democratic National Committee. He has chaired numerous campaigns for public office, including the Casey for Senate Committee in 2006 and 2012. Mr. Leonard served his country as a Captain in the United States Army. He has served on the Partnership Board since 1990. He resides in Philadelphia, PA. 

DONAL O’BRIEN

DONAL O’BRIEN

Donal O’Brien is a Partner at Bryan Cave LLP specializing in mergers and acquisitions, commercial finance and general securities. He is a Founding Member of Ireland Network Chicago and a Director of the Illinois Chapter of the American Liver Foundation. A Dublin native, Mr. O’Brien graduated from University College Dublin before moving to Chicago to attend law school at Loyola University. Mr. O’Brien joined the Board in 2016 after serving as the Chairman of the Partnership’s Chicago Golf Tournament for two years and greatly contributing to its success. He resides in Chicago, Illinois. 

FRANCIS D. O’BRIEN

FRANCIS D. O’BRIEN

Francis D. O’Brien is the Chief Executive Officer at Hartfield, Titus, & Donnelly, LLC, in Jersey City, NJ. HTD provides municipal bond brokerage services and market information for municipal market professionals. He has served on the Partnership’s Board since 1994. Mr. O’Brien resides in Jersey City, New Jersey and Longboat Key, Florida.

KATHLEEN M. O’TOOLE

KATHLEEN M. O’TOOLE

Kathleen M. O’Toole currently serves as the Chief of Police for the Seattle Police Department. She is the President and Founder of O’Toole Associates, an international consulting firm with offices in Boston and Dublin. She is the Former Chief Inspector of Garda Síochána Inspectorate, the oversight body responsible for bringing reform, best practice, and accountability to Irish national police service. She was the first woman to hold the position of Police Commissioner in Boston from 2004-2006. Mrs. O’Toole is a former member of the Patten Commission, which developed a new framework for policing and security in Northern Ireland. She has been on the Partnership’s Board since 2014. Mrs. O’Toole resides in Seattle, Washington.

 

WILLIAM REILLY, JR

WILLIAM REILLY, JR

William Reilly, Jr. is the former Director of Jefferies & Company, Boston. He currently serves as Chairman of the Thomas S. Durant Fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been on the Partnership’s Board since 1996. Mr. Reilly resides in Marblehead, MA.

SIR BRUCE ROBINSON

SIR BRUCE ROBINSON

Sir Bruce Robinson is the former Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service. He has been at the forefront of reform in the Northern Ireland Civil Service and better financial management. Mr. Robinson had previously served as Permanent Secretary at the Department of Finance and Personnel and at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment. He is currently Deputy Chair of the Board of Allied Irish Bank(UK)PLC, is an adviser to the Irish Government on Public Service Reform, and is Chair of the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. A graduate of Queen’s University Belfast he is a strong advocate of the importance of cross community working. Mr. Robinson has been on the Partnership’s Board since 2014. 

NIALL POWER SMITH

NIALL POWER SMITH

Niall Power Smith is a businessman and entrepreneur with interests in exploration, real estate, and investment. He is a Director of the Irish Landmark Trust. Mr. Power Smith is a Business graduate of Trinity College. He has been on the Partnership’s Board since 1992. Mr. Power Smith resides in Dublin with his wife, Barbara, and their two sons.

MARY SUGRUE

MARY SUGRUE

Mary Sugrue is the Chief Executive Officer of the Partnership. Ms. Sugrue has been with the Partnership for 27 years, serving as Executive Director before assuming the role of CEO. Originally from Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry, she graduated from National University of Ireland Carysfort College Dublin with a degree in education and spent three years teaching primary school in Ireland. As an Irish teacher by training, she possesses an indispensable perspective for furthering the Partnership’s mission through impactful grants to schools, educational programs, and community development initiatives.