The Team

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Executive

Erica Veil, Executive Director

Professional background: Marketing and communications for professional services companies; Certified project manager and Senior business analyst for IT development. Living life as an artist since the demise of Arthur Andersen (2002) until the start of this project (January 2015).
Reason for joining the team / connection to the story: This started as a project to write my great-great-grandfather’s (Colonel Thomas J. Kelly) biography, and it has mushroomed into a much larger project: to write the story of The Irish Fight for Freedom, from 1833 to present day, from a global perspective.
Role on the team + within the program: Executive Director
My connection to Ireland: First visit was in 2005, when I met the woman who inherited the family interests from the last Kelly to live in the family compound
My visits to Ireland (upcoming): 2017 for 150-year commemorations and Euro Heritage Week events. I am waiting for that invitation that shows Ireland is ready to start remembering again the people behind the many risings that led up to the successful Rising of 1916.

Board of Directors

Peter Fox, President

Professional background: Ph.D Applied Mathematics; Chief Science Officer; Professor of Natural Science, Computer Science, and Cognitive Science; Director of Information Technology and Web Science (ITWS)
Reason for joining the team / connection to the story: I was witness for much of how this project started, developed, and mushroomed exponentially since January 2015.
Role on the team + within the program: Grant Proposal and Technical Infrastructure Consultant
My connection to Ireland: I am a citizen and have immediate family in north County Dublin
My visits to Ireland (upcoming): 2017 for 150-year commemorations and Euro Heritage Week events

Vice President,
(to be named)

Professional background:
Reason for joining the team / connection to the story:
Role on the team + within the program:
My connection to Ireland:
My visits to Ireland (upcoming):

Brenda Thomson, Treasurer

Professional background: IT
Reason for joining the team / connection to the story: RPI-ITWS Graduate (student of Professor Fox), compelled by the story and wants to participate and help get this rolling.
Role on the team + within the program: Technology Project Manager, Website Developer
My connection to Ireland: Have Irish ancestry and have been to Ireland a few times
My visits to Ireland (upcoming): 2017 for 150-year commemorations and Euro Heritage Week events

Kathy Fontaine, Secretary

Professional background: Government, public policy, PhD in policy, currently teaching at RPI
Reason for joining the team / connection to the story: Known Erica for a long time
Role on the team + within the program: Project coordinator to allow Erica time to write.
My connection to Ireland: While I have no Irish ancestry that I know of, I have visited Ireland (Dublin, with a day trip to The Grange). It is a beautiful place, and I cannot wait to go back!
My visits to Ireland (upcoming): 2017 for 150-year commemorations and Euro Heritage Week events.

Advisory Board

Bob Bateman

Professional background: Financial services industry; law enforcement; military
Reason for joining the team / connection to the story: My great grand uncle knew Erica’s great great grandfather Colonel Thomas J. Kelly very well; they were both rescued in Manchester England on September 18, 1867
Role on the team + within the program: Historical and Military Consultant
My connection to Ireland: Collateral descendant of Capt. Timothy Deasy, County Cork
My visits to Ireland (upcoming): 2017 for 150-year commemorations and Euro Heritage Week events

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