The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England has named two new Executive Officers to its Board of Directors leadership team.
Rose Baker of West Springfield is the board’s new vice president. Stephanie Joyce of Holyoke is now the treasurer of the West Springfield-based organization that promotes Irish culture to Patrons and the general public across the Western New England region.
ICC President Sean Cahillane said he looks forward to working with the longstanding volunteer board members, who are a perfect fit for their new leadership positions.
“I am extremely pleased with the selection of these two highly competent and intelligent women, who have been sharing their energy and commitment to our board for several years,” Cahillane said. “In their new positions as vice president and treasurer, they will help guide the Irish Cultural Center as we move forward with our plans for growth and expansion.”
Cahillane described the ICC Executive Committee as the key leadership group, which is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the organization. He said Baker and Joyce are “well suited to lead, and individually they bring a wealth of professional business experience to us, much sought-after qualities and talents for charitable organizations such as ours.”
Baker is a first-generation Irish American who is a lifelong resident of West Springfield. She has served as a member of the board the past 10 years, for the past five years as chair of the Travel Committee which organizes and runs several trips a year to Ireland. These trips fulfill the ICC’s cultural mission of giving travelers first-hand experience of seeing Ireland and being immersed in Irish ways. She is a strong business professional.
A graduate of Cathedral High School and the College of the Holy Cross, she has worked nearly two decades in compliance at MassMutual.
Baker said she looks forward to her new leadership role.
“I am absolutely honored to be asked to serve as Vice President of the ICC,” Baker said. “It is such a great leadership opportunity. The ICC is a phenomenal organization and I look forward to working with the other members of the executive committee and continuing the organization’s great work in promoting Irish life, culture, and events. Being Irish is in my genes, my soul, and most of all, in my heart.”
Joyce has been on the ICC board for two years, and brings to her new position a career as a tax examiner for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. She has lived in Holyoke for most of her life, and has an impressive roster of working to promote her Irish heritage.
She has been an active member for eight years on the St. Patrick’s Parade Committee of Holyoke, one of four sister organizations that are affiliated members of the ICC. She is currently serving her third year as Chair of the Board of Directors for The Parade Committee. She also co-chairs an annual golf tournament in honor of her late friend, Heather McMahon. In just three years that effort has resulted in donations of over $160,000 to a fund created in her honor at Dana Farber, for glioblastoma research.
In her capacity as a member of the ICC board, Joyce is also serving as co-chair of the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub Committee, which oversees the gathering place run by the organization. She has also organized celebrity bartender events, and has worked to help plan the annual Lúnasa Festival and Feis.
“I’ve enjoyed my time as a board member at the ICC, and I look forward to becoming part of the Executive Committee, as the Treasurer,” she said.