UICC 2020 Board Election

It’s time for the election of five seats to the UICC Board of Directors.

The 2020 UICC Board of Directors voting procedure is taking the place of an in person Members meeting in December, which is prohibited due to Covid-19 restrictions.

    • There currently are five open seats. There are six nominees. Voters should vote for no more than five.
    • Ballots are available to be picked up and dropped off at the Wawona Gates during open hours and Fridays 10am-Noon in the office at the UICC.
    • A ballot can be mailed to you if requested at vote@irishcentersf.org. Please include your name, UICC member number (if known), phone number and your address.
    • Eligible voters must be over 18 years of age and be an Active Member (dues paid within the last year)
    • There is no online voting.

Please read these instructions, which are also included with your official ballot, to help answer any questions you may have.  Any additional questions about the election should be directed to vote@irishcentersf.org


Nominees (* denotes incumbent)

Ann Sheridan Baglin
My mother Peggy Sheridan (O’Regan), whose father immigrated from Cork, was born and raised in San Francisco. Here, she met my father Oliver Sheridan, who immigrated from Cavan. I grew up at the Irish Center, dancing at Feis and celebrating family events, including my wedding. I participated on the Rose of Tralee Committee and served as President of the Saint Cecilia Mothers’ Club. My daughters, who are members of the Irish Pipers Band of SF, have also enjoyed the Center as a second home. I want to further support the Center, as it has been a constant in our lives.

Mark Gorman
The UICC has been a central part of our family life here in San Francisco. My wife Edel, and two kids-Molly (18) and Evin (15) have always enjoyed the Center over the years. I am putting my name forward to become a board member of the UICC. I have been involved heavily in the San Francisco Youth GAA Board for the past 25 years. I have served on the board for many years and was chairperson for 3 years. I think that I would be a great asset to the UICC Board. One of my goals would be to get the wider Irish born community involved at the Center, and to increase membership. Thank you for considering my nomination. Looking forward to serving our community.

Kathleen Shea Kraus
As a San Francisco resident I embrace all the beauty that is our city; most days my husband and I and our dog Cole can be found enjoying the beach at Ocean Beach or Fort Funston. The UICC has been a favorite place for my family to enjoy many meals, special events and most recently the Wawona Gates. I have been volunteering and am so impressed with the attitude of our members and neighbors as they show their appreciation of having a venue to once again gather as we did pre-Covid. This attitude combined with the time I have spent with other volunteers and board members makes me want to serve as a board member so I can provide as much assistance as possible to ensure the longevity of the Center.

Kathleen Lucey McKeon
My name is Kathleen Lucey McKeon. I am a San Francisco native with deep ties to the Irish community. My parents, Jim and Sheila Lucey, are from County Cork and County Kerry respectively and met and married in San Francisco. I was raised with my 9 siblings in the Sunset district and attended Saint Cecilia School, Star of the Sea Academy, Presentation High School and the University of San Francisco where I received my undergraduate degree in Accounting and a Masters degree in Business Management. I am a mother of 4 sons and a frequent visitor and volunteer at the Center. As a board member, I will continue to help support the interests and activities of the UICC and nurture the amazing Irish community in San Francisco. I would be honored to be elected to the Board of Directors.

Maggie Overbay*
I am honored to have served as your board member and volunteer since 2015. My mission and current responsibility is to continue growth and recruitment with the
membership drive, in an effort to sustain cultural and financial viability for the Center. My passion is to forever hold in my heart, the valuable relationships that you as members have given me and to listen to your needs and suggestions.
Bio information:

  • Born, raised and educated in SF
  • Attended UICC’s 1973 groundbreaking ceremonies
  • Served as Board Secretary 2017-2018
  • Family roots from County Donegal
  • Member-Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians
  • Auxiliary Member-Bay Area Law Enforcement Emerald Society
  • Interests: Sean-nós dancing, Advocate for Aging adults
  • Currently working in healthcare

Kate Patterson*
As a new member to the Board with over twenty years working in arts and culture, I’m excited to help build upon the incredible legacy of this institution. I am passionate about contemporary Irish culture and building bridges to younger generations of Irish Americans who are looking for new and creative avenues to connect with their heritage. As the City rapidly changes and evolves, there is so much potential to expand the scope of our offerings and to reach new and diverse audiences. I am excited about our next chapters and the Center being the premier presenter of Irish culture.

Note: Anne Cassidy Carew was nominated and accepted a nomination at the UICC meeting on 10/22/2020. Anne has since requested removal from the ballot.