A Spirit of Service
Thanks to the vision of our founders and many volunteers, we established the first chapter of the Ireland Network and created a set of bylaws that helped guide the creation of chapters across the nation. As our organization evolves, so too does our corporate governance and how we work together to serve our members and the larger Irish community. Today, we are proud to have an Executive Committee, Advisory Board and Executive Director who work closely to deliver on our mission and deepen our impact and influence.
Our volunteer-based Committee fulfills the mission by ensuring the delivery of regular and varied events and activities of specific interest to members from a business and social perspective. The Committee also provides tools for interactive communication and direct sharing of resources between members and collaborates with organizations whose goals complement the INC mission. Committee members are voted in by our membership for 1-year terms.
Ruairí Barnwell, President
Ruairi has lived in Chicago for over 20 years, but hails from Tullamore in the heart of Ireland. Ruairi graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street, with a degree in Engineering. Today he is a Principal at global design firm, DLR Group, where he leads the smart building design practice. Outside of work, Ruairi enjoys spending time with his wife Andrea, and three daughters Bella, Catelin and Maeve, who each share his passion for soccer and traditional Irish music. He travels annually to the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil to support his daughters’ adventures with the Murphy Roche Irish Music School.
Nora Walsh, Treasurer
Dede Simon, Secretary
From Belfast, Co. Antrim with family ties to Co. Derry and Co. Fermanagh, Rory grew up in Dubai, U.A.E. He moved to the U.S. in 2009 to attend the University of Notre Dame before moving to Chicago in 2013 to attend Loyola University Chicago School of Law. A member of the Ireland Network since 2013, he joined the Committee in 2020. He is an attorney in the General Counsel’s Office of RSM US LLP. A rugby man, Rory played for the University of Notre Dame and continues to spend his summers playing for their alumni 7’s team the Krakens. Rory frequently travels back to Ireland to spend time with his family and attend Ireland and Ulster rugby matches.
Meghan is a graphic designer with more than 20 years experience, and brings a well-rounded and strategic approach to branding. She has created marketing collateral for B2B and B2C clients such as the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, Vaughan Hospitality Group and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, as well as financial services, real estate, and healthcare industries. Meghan’s branding expertise is executed in projects such as logo design, identity development, brochures, advertising, direct mail, newsletters and website design. Meghan is an independent contractor and available for networking and accepting new clients.
Meghan has been on the Ireland Network committee since 2021, focusing on branding development and membership growth. She has been involved with the Irish-American non-profit community in Chicago since 1998 in a variety of roles: Fundraiser for Old St. Patrick’s Church, President of the Young Irish Fellowship Club, Volunteer and Graphic Designer for the Irish American Heritage Center, Graphic Designer for the Irish Fellowship Club, Steering Committee and Gala Chair for The Ireland Funds-Chicago Young Leaders, and Graphic Designer for Ireland Network. She is passionate about donating her time and talent to organizations whose missions align with her values, and about making long-lasting connections with people in the Irish-American community of Chicago. She looks forward to making even more connections as part of the committee!
Joe currently works for Citibank as one of their four Senior Relationship Managers for the Chicago market. With over 25 years extensive experience in the financial sector, including Commercial Treasury, Credit, Corporate Trust & Asset Mgt, Joe has still found time to raise two wonderful kids, play golf and currently follows his passion of Cryptocurrency by sitting on the board of a Canadian Blockchain project. Finally, having being one of the Founding directors of the Ireland Network Chicago, Joe is very excited to be part of the committee again and looks forward to taking the IN Chicago to the next level!
Maggie is a National Sales Manager at McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America. She takes pride in the multi-billion dollar economic impact her team has in welcoming convention and tradeshow business to Chicago. She attended the University of Illinois as a Chick Evans Scholar, after caddying at Ridge Country Club on the South Side. Maggie is a proud Beverly native, with Irish roots in Maghera, Co. Derry. Her professional career began in Development, but while representing Chicago on an international platform as the 2016 Rose of Tralee, she developed a passion for promoting tourism in her hometown. Maggie was a Board Member of the Young Irish Fellowship Club, acting as Vice President of Charity, before becoming a member of the Ireland Network. She is also a Board Member of the Mulliganeers, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for children and families in need. She is honored to join this remarkable committee, and looks forward to supporting the mission of the Ireland Network Chicago.
Sheila is a Vice President, Senior Consultant, Investment Risk & Analytics at Northern Trust. She is focused on consulting services for investment managers by reviewing, monitoring performance, exposure, attribution, and allocation results relative to benchmarks and peer comparisons. Sheila has over 11 years of investment experience in the financial service industry specializing in asset allocation, performance, private equity, research, commercial, valuation, credit risk and analytics.
Sheila is a Cum Laude graduate of Lake Forest College. She has a Bachelor’s in Business and was Captain of the Women’s Golf Team. She was also a 3-time National Handball Champion at Lake Forest College. She has an MBA in Finance from Saint Xavier University. Sheila joined IN Chicago several years ago through the Rose of Tralee organization. Her parents are from Valentia Island, Co. Kerry and Lettermore, Co. Galway. She enjoys visiting family and friends in Ireland annually. Sheila has played Camogie with Saint Mary’s and Gaelic Football with the Erin Rover’s and is very involved in Gaelic Park and is well connected to the Irish community in Chicago.
Dan is an Emergency Room Physician & Medical Director for SCP Health, with deep Irish roots from Ennis, County Clare. He is passionate about Irish history, Chicago Irish history & travel. He resides in Oak Park with his wife Bethany & son Edward, and is an active member of St Giles Parish. He is a graduate & prior Chief Resident at the University of Illinois School of Medicine. He has held various teaching and administrative roles over his years in practice. He is the owner of an area commercial real estate business. He enjoys golfing, listening to live Irish Music, and being a Dad.
Cahir O’Doherty is a native of Derry, Ireland. Immigrated to Chicago via London in 2016. Cahir is the director of digital marketing & strategy for Ricoh, and is responsible for managing full web development including eCommerce across North America.
Cahir gained his Bachelors (with Hons) degree from the University of Liverpool and has a Masters in Science from the University of Ulster. He is married to Meghan (nee Condon), a Beverly native and they have three children, Declan (4), Cormac (2), and Eamon (0).
Miriam is a global Human Resources executive and a native of County Kerry who lived in London, Dublin and Chicago and spent over 15 years working across the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific while employed at Accenture and Jim Beam Suntory Brands. In recent years, Miriam has partnered with management at local non-profit senior living and hospice organizations to lead talent management initiatives to support growth strategies. While Miriam considers Chicago as "home" she does travel back regularly to Ireland to be with family and can also be found enjoying life by the Atlantic ocean in South Carolina. Miriam takes personal pride in coaching job seekers and recent immigrants with resume/interview preparation and ongoing career mentorship. While Miriam lives on the northside she enjoys a White Sox game and is a big Blackhawks fan!
Our volunteer-based Advisory Board promotes our mission and ensures a long-term strategic vision for INC. Members include current INC officers, past Presidents, Consulate officers, leaders in Chicagoland business, political, cultural, academic and non-profit communities, as well as leaders within and outside the Chicago Irish community. Advisory Board members are nominated and approved internally for 2-year terms.
Orla is an executive coach and leadership consultant passionate about empowering leaders to maximize performance, achieve results and bring more of who they truly are to their careers. Twenty years of leadership in finance, operations and strategy allow for a thoughtful and pragmatic approach to navigating organizational change and leadership development. Orla has become a trusted partner to executives in creating solutions for career and organizational challenges. In addition to individualized coaching Orla is a skilled facilitator working with executive teams to achieve team alignment, resolve conflict and successfully lead their organizations through change. Orla specializes in working with leaders to enhance executive presence, improve communication, navigate inter-personal issues and create followership through building trust and credibility.
Orla received her accounting and consulting training at Deloitte and went on to hold leadership positions in finance, strategic planning and non-profits both in Ireland and the U.S. Orla is an adoptive mom active in educating herself in the challenges of being a transracial family, a keen advocate for DEI education to provide leaders with concrete, measurable actions to create a more inclusive culture.
Originally from Co. Meath, Garrett has lived in Chicago on and off for nearly 15 years. A DIT hospitality and Tourism Graduate, Garrett initially spent a number of years in the hotel and bar business in Chicago. He is now working as a Sales and Business Development Representative for Stuart Dean Company in Facilities Services. Garrett spends his time living in Oak Park with his wife Katie and three children, Ciara, Liam and Fiona. He also is a member of the local AOH Chicago Branch.
A native of Ireland, Ken received a degree in business and finance from Trinity College, Dublin. Ken spent several years in the English and Irish Banking industry prior to immigrating to Chicago in 1994. After a number of years working in banking, Ken made the transition into real estate in 2000 and is one of Chicago’s most sought after real estate professionals–consistently ranked among the top 1% of Brokers for closed transactions by the Chicago Association of Realtors.
Acting Consul General Sarah Keating
Sarah was born in Limerick, Ireland and obtained an undergraduate degree in Law and Irish from University College Cork and a Masters of Law from the University of Limerick. Sarah joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2017, where her firstassignment was to the Human Rights Unit, serving as the Irish Delegate to the EUWorking Party on Human Rights. Serving as Vice Consul in Chicago since 2019, Sarah recently took up the position of Acting Consul General. Before her move to the Consulate, Sarah had never visited the Midwest, although she previously completed a J1 in Boston and has family based in the US, mainly on the East coast.
Donal O’Brien was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. He attended University College Dublin before emigrating to the United States. He is a partner at the law firm of Bryan Cave Leigton Paiser, LLP where he focuses on mergers and acquisitions and corporate law. He also teaches corporate law at Loyola University Chicago, School of Law.
The part-time Executive Director leads communications and membership engagement strategies to ensure the professional development and organizational growth of Ireland Network Chicago.
Margaret Rose Keating Mungari
Margaret has been a member of INC for 10 years prior to her appointment as Executive Director. She is the second executive director in the 20-year history of the Chicago chapter.
Margaret is an executive support professional specializing in strategic communications, programming and thought leadership with proven success across public, private and non-profit sectors. Her career includes positions in Municipal Government, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and American Airlines. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Margaret also represented Chicago in the 2012 International Rose of Tralee Festival.
Margaret is married to her husband Nick and lives in the Chicagoland area with their two children, Rose and Nicholas, and is a proud first-generation Irish American.
Contact Margaret directly here.