Meet the 2016 Candidates for the UICC Board of Directors
“I moved to San Francisco from Ireland in 1986. My Mother was from West Cork and my Father from Co. Down. There are five of us in the family. My husband is from Galway. I work full time in the Financial District as an Administrative Assistant. I am an active member of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, an organization that promotes Irish Culture through Music, Dance and Language.
I have been a member of the United Irish Cultural Center over ten years and frequent the Center on a regular basis. As a member of Comhaltas, we host most of our events there.
My hobbies include Irish Set Dancing, walking, yoga and reading.”
Anne Cassidy Carew
“I have the great fortune of being Irish. My mom is from a small town in the hills of Sligo and my Dad was born in Brackley, Cavan. Mom and Dad have been in SF since 1967. I was born and raised in San Francisco. Attended Mercy High School, graduated from SF State and University of San Francisco. Ed and I were married at Saint Anneʼs Church and wedding reception at the UICC over 21 years ago and have two beautiful children, Ryan and Shannon. I am Department Chair and High School Academic counselor at Westmoor High School in Daly City. I was previously on the UICC board from 2006-2009 and was a part of the board that established the Irish Cultural Center of California ICCC. I love the ICCC library and have chaired the Mad Hatter Tea Party fundraiser for the last several years. I have helped organize Emerald Society DInner Dance and Golf tournaments. My hobbies are scrapbooking, cardmaking, yoga and travelling.”
“I was born in San Francisco, a fourth generation San Franciscan on my mother’s side. My father, Dr. Michael McFadden, was born in Donegal, Ireland. My mother, Mary, also came from Irish ancestry as her grandfather was from Cork. My Mom and Dad were charter members of the UICC and my Dad helped found the San Francisco Glens soccer club. I am one of ten children who were all raised in San Francisco’s Noe Valley. I attended St Philip’s, then St Ignatius College Preparatory. After high school I went to Creighton University. I then earned a law degree. I work in the telecommunication’s industry. I live in San Francisco with my wife, Maureen and my three children, who are currently attending St Brendan’s. I have been involved with the Irish community for many years and attended the ground-breaking of the UICC.”
“I am a Real Estate professional with Zephyr Real Estate, In San Francisco. I have worked in the development/construction industry supporting the sales and marketing of new single family residences. I also teach part time at Los Medanos Community College, in Eastern Contra Costa County, acting as an Adjunct Professor in speech and communications. When I’m not working, I’m often out hiking with my pups Ozzie and Chase, and also my husband Robert.
I have been associated with the United Irish Cultural Center and Irish Community my entire life. I am a native of San Francisco having attended Epiphany Grammar School, Mercy High School, and later San Francisco State for my undergraduate and graduate degrees. While attending college I worked as a banquet server at the Irish Center under Peggy Mylett. To this day I remember it was the job that provided me the real insight of what it means to be a member of the UICC and how important it is to the community.
For the last year I have been actively involved with the UICC Generations Fund Campaign (an initiative to enhance the UICC facilities and establish the Center as an enduring home for its’ members and for the preservation of Irish culture and heritage in San Francisco). I have provided strategic guidance, vision and oversight in trying to achieve the goals of this campaign. I am committed and willing to do what’s necessary to see the legacy of the UICC grow beyond its current base.”
“It is an honor to be nominated for a position on the Board of Directors. The United Irish Cultural Center’s current strength is the result of excellent leadership and engaged members. I found that attending monthly meetings has helped me understand the need to help the organization develop and maintain membership, increase revenue for sustainability and preserve our Irish cultural heritage to provide a sense of unity.
I was born, raised and educated in San Francisco and I am extremely proud of my Irish roots from Counties Donegal and Cork. I am also a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. My expertise is healthcare administration working for two major San Francisco hospitals and managed care companies in upper management positions. I have served on several government and hospital committees, managed and reconciled budgets, formulated strategic planning, while focusing on the purpose of mission and values.
I believe I can bring true value to the UICC and provide dedicated, responsible and conscientious service to you and our shared cultural center. It is valuable and important for me to share this beautiful and proud culture with my future grandchildren and also with the community to better understand previous generations and history where we came from.”