The 2015 Committee

Chair: Robert Mulhall 

Robert has more than 14 years’ experience in the corporate and non-profit sector, with qualifications in business, conflict mediation, Reiki and business and life coaching.  Robert studied business in University College Dublin and is a chartered accountant having articled with PwC. Robert is an award winning social entrepreneur, having co-founded and led a global social enterprise, focused on developing the leadership capacity of individuals who were passionate about leading positive change in their communities and the world.  Prior to joining The Crossland Group, Robert worked for Concern Worldwide in NY as the Associate Director for Programs for the Innovations for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health initiative, Robert was also the Innovations’ Country Manager in India.

Vice Chair: Katie Gassert

Katie Gassert is originally from Boston and moved to New York to attend NYU where she received her B.A. from the Tisch School of the Arts.  She is currently the VP of Business Development for Self Help Africa, a non-profit organization that works with communities in Africa to help them grow and sell more food, and to establish small businesses.  Prior to her work with Self Help Africa Katie started her career in the hospitality industry at Aretsky’s Patroon where she worked for many years before leaving to become the manager of Beckett’s Bar and Grill on Stone Street.
It was at Beckett’s where Katie first learned about Self Help Africa and where she was introduced the Irish community here in NYC. In addition to being on the board of INNYC, she is an AIF Young Leader, member of the IIBN, IBO, New York representative for INUSA, IAC Young Patron and founding board member of the Manhattan Gaels. In the little spare time she has, Katie loves going to the theatre (she is a proud member of Actor’s Equity) and is the proud aunt and godmother to her adorable niece Mae!

Treasurer: Mike Osborne

Michael most recently worked as the Manager of Business Development for Weinstein Carnegie Philanthropic Group, an organization that provides comprehensive fundraising services to brands, charities, actors, and athletes. He specialized in corporate partnership sales and non-traditional fundraising initiatives.

Michael studied at Regis High School, continued his education at Holy Cross, during which time he studied abroad in Galway and tended the bar part time at the Hole in the Wall just south of Eyre Square. He ended his academic pursuits in Long Island, where he received an MBA in Finance from Molloy College. He looks forward to further engraining himself in the Irish community of New York City and hopes to integrate his personal and professional networks to help IN-NYC realize its goals.

Co-Secretary: Sarah Fitzpatrick

After graduating with an MSc in Sociology from the University of Sydney Australia in 2008, Sarah began her career in charity, working as Volunteer Manager for The Haven Community Foundation in Ireland (“Haven”) in 2009. Established in 2008, Haven is an Irish based non-profit organization with a focus on the provision of shelter, water & sanitation, training and education to vulnerable Haitian families.

In 2012, following her tenure in Haven Ireland, Sarah was appointed as Director of Development for Haven US, a newly established US operation, based out of New York City. Since its inception, Haven US has successfully raised significant aid funds for Haiti, touching the lives of thousands of impoverished families. In addition to a commitment to Haven US, Sarah is an avid golfer, and is a member of the New York Road Runners Club.

Co-Secretary: Richard Chambers

Richard is a portfolio manager for Bluecrest Capital. Prior to joining Bluecrest, Richard served as Head of STIR trading with BNP Paribas, NY, between 2009-2013 and as an interest rates trader with BNP Paribas, London between 2006-2009.

Richard graduated from N.U.I. Galway in 2005, with a BSC in Financial Maths and Economics and subsequently earned an MSC in Finance from Warwick Business School in 2006.

He is originally from Co. Mayo, Ireland and believes that INNYC is an organization with great potential to assist those of Irish heritage currently residing in NYC to expand networks, celebrate their roots and obtain some often needed mentorship.

Director: Jonny Cosgrove

Jonny has been a member of IN-NYC since his arrival in New York in 2012, and has found it to be a great outlet to connect with like-minded people in the city.  He came to New York as a law graduate and has been fortunate to work with NYC Criminal Court System in the research and development of a detailed report on human trafficking and forced labour in NYC. He is also closely involved with “The Fortune Society” in Long Island City, working in research and the lobbying of Senators for the rights of the formerly incarcerated, and teaching young offenders who are trying to better themselves in obtaining their G.E.D.
Up until his entry into law he worked for many years an engineer, having established his own company in 2001 it has given his a wealth of experience in management and client relations, prior to this my experience has been wide and varied; from being a very poor waiter to an excellent kitchen porter, he has being employed as a bicycle courier, a barman and a music venue manager. He feels that his experience would be best utilized within IN-NYC by connecting the new members (and those new to the city) to the wealth of experience that the established Irish-American community has to offer.

Director: Caitriona Howley

Caitriona Howley was born and raised in Ireland.  Caitriona moved to London where she worked for international companies, local government and within the nonprofit sector.  During her time in London, she attended the University of West London where she completed the PG Dip in Human Resource Management and the Certificate of Personnel Practice.  Caitriona Howley is a certified Associate of the Charter Institute of Personnel and Development and she was nominated and awarded CIPD Student of the Year.

Ms. Howley moved to New York in 2011 and has worked within hospitality industry while she was attending the CUNY School of Professional Studies obtaining a Management qualification.  Caitriona recently joined the Emerald Isle Immigration Center as the Employment Coordinator, her role focuses on working with employers looking for quality employees through our employment referrals.  She works closely with job seekers and Graduate Visa holders to assist with referrals, resume development and career strategy.  Caitriona also provides advice and guidance on educational opportunities and the development of IT skills to aid jobseekers and those looking to take the next step in their career.

Director: Stephen Kelly

Stephen Kelly is an International Manager, Humanitarian Professional and Photographer. Stephen graduated in 2002 with an Honor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College Dublin, Ireland. After working in various Engineering roles until 2008, Stephen then lived and worked in conflict zones in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and South Sudan managing logistical and operational support to emergency response projects helping refugees and Internally Displaced People (IDPs).

After completing his Masters of Science in Development Management, Stephen conducted yearlong research into conflict drivers in the Sudanese borderlands region and its lengthy, bloody and complex civil war. After participating in the emergency response to the destructive 2010 Haitian earthquake where he managed, conducted and assimilated surveys on  peoples living conditions as well as coordinating food distributions to hundreds of thousands of people in partnership with GOAL, the World Food Programme and UNICEF, Stephen moved to New York City in 2010 and joined Element Six’ U.S. team as Regional Technical Manager for the Americas region responsible for technical business development in the US, Canada and Latin America. Based out of New York but traveling extensively globally, Stephen manages key collaborative projects with industry leaders developing new business. When not working, traveling or volunteering, Stephen is a documentary photographer working on social issues both nationally and internationally

Director: Daniel McLean

Daniel is originally from Carlow and arrived in New York in April 2011. He currently works for an Engineering Consulting firm in Manhattan for Healthcare clients such as New York Presbyterian Hospital and NYU Medical Center. Daniel holds a degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Dublin Institute of Technology and has worked extensively in Europe and the UK before moving to New York.

As a long time member of INNYC he is passionate about growing the network for existing established members and also making it a first point of contact for new arrivals to NYC as it was for him almost four years ago when it was a reference point for employment contacts, immigration advice and new friends to share a social drink. He also brings a different dynamic to the table with an established background in construction and engineering in NYC.

Director: Caroline Regan

Caroline Regan was born and grew up in Co.Roscommon.  Caroline moved to NYC to start her career that has spanned 20 years in the Beauty and Health industry.  Fueled with her interest for health and the vibrance and energy of successful American business ideas Caroline returned to Ireland to introduce an American based franchise to Dublin.  This period in Ireland also lead to her involvement in a number of health and beauty related start ups. she is determined and passionate to uncover the secrets of how successful people and companies communicate and the promotion of trade between America and Ireland. . She continues with her own research into producing her own Irish based beauty product to promote in the US whilst working for a premier cosmetic company in NYC.
Her passions are Golf, GAA a forever hopeful Rossie Fan, and Horse Racing. Her passion is to assist companies break into the US market, as well as Fashion, Arts Culture & Emigration. When she returned to the US after selling her Company in Ireland, Caroline found the INNYC and other networking groups she is a member of invaluable.

Director: Jillian Saperstein

Jillian is a born and bred New Yorker with a love of all things city. An active member of the 2014 committee, she was responsible for the monthly e-blast of events, and now considers herself a pro at Constant Contact. She is looking forward to helping the newsletter and our social media presence grow, and to help unite our community and keep everyone up to date on activities and updates within the Irish Network.

As Senior Development Officer at Concern Worldwide, Jillian has considerable experience working with people with a wide range of needs and interests, and loves acting as an ambassador for the Irish network as she makes her way around town. Jillian attends as many events as possible throughout the year, and is always helping to spread the word about IN-NYC and get more people involved and signed up as members. She is committed and enthusiastic, and would love to continue her tenure as a member of the Board.

Director: Mairead Tully

Mairead Tully is a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  During her tenure she was an active participant and board member of several student organizations including the school Newspaper and the Emerald Society.

Upon graduation, Mairead started her career in the Insurance Industry as a claims adjuster but found the work unfulfilling, a career change was in order. With her fond memories of working on the school newspaper and her love of Irish Culture, she incorporated the two by joining the staff at the Irish Echo Newspaper. As the advertising and Events Director Mairead has been an integral part in the setup of several successful annual events.