The Hall of Fame governing body is comprised of a national Screening Committee and a local Governance Committee. Together, they review and vet all nominations and select the inductees each year.

Screening Committee


Eugene Cooney
Cooney Funeral Home
Chicago, IL


Anita Daly
Daly Communications
New York, NY


Frank Gleeson
Irish American Heritage Center
Chicago, IL


Anne Lofaso, D.Phil, J.D.
West Virginia University College of Law
Morgantown, WV


Rory Makem
Chicago, IL


James McDonnell
Ancient Order of Hibernians
Charlotte, NC


Robert McNamara
Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
Chicago, IL


Jack O’Callahan
Ponte Vedra, FL


Christopher “Kip” O’Neill, J.D.
O’Neill, Athy & Casey
Bethesda, MD


Betty O’Shaughnessy
Loyola Academy
Wilmette, IL


Bill O’Sullivan
Gaelic Park
Oak Forest, IL


Brian Witt
Milwaukee Irish Fest/Shamrock Club of Wisconsin
Franklin, WI


Tony McHale, President
Irish American Heritage Center

Governance Committee


Caroline Hennessy, Chair
Ideator Marketing


Cliff Carlson
Irish American News


James O'Conor Corboy
Quiet Man Marketing


Anne Marie Herlehy
Sinai Health-Chicago


Brian Noonan
WTMJ Radio


Joan O’Hara
Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates


Kathy O’Neill
Pat Tillman Foundation


Mike Shevlin
Past President, Irish American Heritage Center


Pamela Marshall Taylor
Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.