2010 40 Under 40 – M-Q
Biography: Kathleen is a Director at FlaggStaff Technology Group, a Scarsdale company specializing in technology staffing solutions in Business Intelligence, Datawarehousing and Applications Development. She was a Director at Edge Tech Services CT and began her career in IT recruitment and solutions at Zeitech (Modis), NY in 1996. She was born in Dunmore, Co. Galway, a rivetingly exciting place between Tuam and Glenamaddy. She came to NY after completing a BA in then-UCG and spending a year as Vice-Pres. of the college’s Students’ Union. She completed an MA in American Gov and a post-grad in Public Admin while juggling waitressing, medical records admin and index cards of class notes. She is married to Shane Malone and has two sons Dara and Murphy Malone. When not working she can be found yelling from soccer bleachers or working the computer system at over-chlorinated swim meets.
Biography: Brendan McCarthy is an Assistant Prosecutor in Newark, NJ. Raised in Chatham, NJ, Brendan graduated from the University of Notre Dame and Notre Dame Law School. After a judicial clerkship, he joined the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office in 2005 and has since tried numerous jury trials. In 2009, Brendan and other prominent Irish-American members of New Jersey’s legal community formed the Irish American Bar Association of New Jersey (www.iabanj.org). Among other events this past year, the IABANJ’s members gathered to honor a Federal Judge and an Assistant Prosecutor for their distinguished legal careers and commitment to public service. .
Biography: Heather McMann is Executive Director of Groundwork Lawrence (GWL), a non-profit which has been improving the environment and health of Lawrence, Massachusetts since 2001. GWL makes environmental and open space improvements and offers healthy food programming, youth initiatives, and community education and events. GWL is an affiliate of GroundworkUSA. Prior to GWL, McMann worked as an independent consultant preparing nonprofits for growth. With over 15 years experience in the nonprofit sector, much of her experience has focused on creating our communities’ next generation of environmental and social justice leaders. McMann is currently an MBA Candidate at The Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and she received her B.A. from Smith College. In addition, McMann is a Board Member for the Lawrence History Center and she and her husband foster dogs for the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. A resident of Haverhill, McMann serves on the city’s Brownfields Steering Commission.
Biography: Sinéad is from New Inn, Co. Galway and has lived in NY since 1994. She is a graduate of UCG and has taught in Ireland, Spain, Australia and NY. As a history teacher in NY she has worked at St. Philip Neri, St. Vincent Ferrer HS and is presently at Trevor Day School. Sinéad is very interested in Human Rights education; she is a Fair Trade Ambassador for CRS and is a proud supporter of Concern Worldwide’s Global Concerns Classroom. She considers herself very privileged to have been able to visit Concern programs in Haiti, and also visit CRS programs in West Africa; she was deeply saddened by the recent happenings in Haiti but also so impressed with local fundraising efforts. She and her friend Michael Traynor from the Mad Hatter Saloon organize an annual team for Concern’s 5K Run for Hunger — this year all proceeds will support Concern’s programs in Haiti.
Biography: Brent is a top finance lawyer and political organizer. He is presently Senior Legal Compliance Counsel for Bloomberg LP. Brent, who speaks fluent Japanese, began his career at the law firm, White & Case LLP, in their Tokyo Office doing Project Finance, M&A and other complex international financial deals. In 2002, he was named one of the top lawyers in Japan by Asia Legal Business for corporate and e-commerce transactions and, in 2006, Brent became Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce Japan Corporate Counsel Committee. Brent left White & Case in 2003 to become Head of Asia Legal Compliance for Bloomberg LP and transferred back from Tokyo to the New York office in 2006.
In 2002, Brent was elected Chair of Democrats Abroad, Japan Chapter which helps Americans overseas to vote. He then went on to be elected to the Democratic National Committee from 2004-2008 and was a Superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2008. When Brent’s term on the Democratic National Committee ended in 2008, he, at the request of the Obama Campaign, coordinated Irish Americans for Obama in NY. In 2009, Brent mad a strong but unsuccessful run for election for New York City Council to represent Woodside, Sunnyside and Long Island City.
Brent’s grandfather, Francis O’Leary is from Kilmihil, County Claire and his grandmother Mary O’Leary is from Kilrush, County Claire. They both immigrated to New York City from Ireland in 1916, met at the Claire dance in New York City and settled in Sunnyside, Queens.
Brent O’Leary was born in Jackson Heights, Queens. He graduated with a B.A. in History from Trinity College, Hartford and received his law degree from Boston University Law School. During college, Brent studied Irish history for a semester at the University College Galway, Ireland and played rugby on their team. During law school, Brent was one of six people chosen from his law school to study international law for a term at Oxford University, England.
Brent is involved in a number of charities and has organized events for Make-A-Wish and the Christina Noble Foundation which establishes schools for homeless children. Brent also helped with translations for the Civil Liberties Union in its efforts against human trafficking.
Biography: David O’Leary is 25 and from Gorey, Co. Wexford. A graduate of French and Law from NUI Galway, he has followed his dream of becoming a professional tenor. Working as a caddie at Winged Foot Golf Club he supposrted his studies in Ireland and New York. He has performed for President Clinton, Chief Justice Roberts, Governor O’Malley of Maryland, the NY Mets and the NY Giants at Giants Stadium. He will make his New York concert debut at Merkin Hall, 129 West 67th, on March 15th, 2010.
Biography: Mary taught for four years at PS 76 in the Bronx and is currently teaching Kindergarten students in North Bergen, NJ. She has had a lifelong passion for soccer and now GAA football. She received an athletic scholarship to Iona College (BA 2002 and MS 2003) and played for four years on the woman’s soccer team. While pursuing her masters at Iona she was appointed as the assistant coach. She was also the president of the Gaelic Society for two years at Iona. After graduating she continued coaching at the Riverdale Country Day School where she coached varsity soccer, basketball and lacrosse. Mary also coached travel soccer teams in Westchester County . Currently, she is the JV coach for the women’s soccer program at the North Bergen Schools in New Jersey. She has played with the Bronx Irish Soccer League since 2000. Mary plays Gaelic football for the Sean Faherty cup Champions Na Fianna. Mary is the registrar for the ladies GAA and the Child Protection officer for the Gaelic for girls. She also coaches the U-14 Feile team and has coached the U-18 girls for CYC in San Francisco. Mary most recently took up adult Irish dancing her eight hand reel group won first place in the North America Dance Championship in Memphis in 2008.
Biography: Mark Owens was born in Derry City in 1977, and is the oldest son of Bryan and Paula. In 2001 he made the decision to give America a shot when hired by Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Mark was hired by State Farm Insurance in 2007, where he currently serves in a marketing and corporate training role as a successful and ambitious Senior Agency Specialist. He recently served as a trustee with the West Side Irish-American Club and is the current Chairman of both Cleveland St Pat’s Gaelic Football Club and the Midwest GAA Division. Mark volunteers his writing skills for the Ohio Irish American News penning the monthly sports section ‘Owens Sports’. Mark recently helped create an Irish youth group in Cleveland (Tír na nÓg) to help promote Irish music, dance, language and sports amongst the large Irish-American community in Cleveland. He has been married to Cleveland native Maria since 2004 and they have two wonderful young children; Lillian and Eamon.
Biography: Jon is Chief Operating Officer of the Truman National Security Project, educating leaders on issues of national security. Previously, he served for four years as an Officer in the U.S. Army, including a 15 month tour in Iraq. In 2005, Jon founded War Kids Relief, returning to Baghdad as a civilian to engage Iraq’s youth and minimize recruitment by extremists. War Kids Relief became a leading advocacy organization, working to create a bridge between American and Iraqi youth. In 2008, Jon was a candidate for New York’s 26th Congressional District and is a member of AOH Division 1, Buffalo, N.Y.