About The Irish Georgian Society

The Irish GeorgianSociety was originally founded in 1958 by the Hon. Desmond Guinness and Mariga Guinness for the protection of buildings of architectural merit in Ireland. Many fine houses have been saved through their enthusiasm and commitment, and the dedication of members and supporters over the past six decades.

The Irish Georgian Society USA is a membership organization whose purpose is to promote awareness and the protection of Ireland's architectural heritage and decorative arts. We achieve this through conservation projects that have saved many important historic buildings; through education programs that encompass seminars, publications and specialist tours; and through campaigning for the protection of endangered buildings.

The current President of the Irish Georgian Society is Sir David Davies.

The vision of the Irish Georgian Society is to conserve, protect and foster an interest and a respect for Ireland’s architectural heritage and decorative arts including gardens and landscapes.

Irish Georgian Society, Inc. Board Members

Avery Bourke

Susan Payson Burke

Mrs. Burke has had a career in Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations working with Bergdorf Goodman, Calisch Associates, Francis Denny and Moet & Chandon. Mrs. Burke is a passionate environmentalist serving on the board of The New York Botanical Garden, Garden Conservancy, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Hollister House Garden, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Wave Hill Public Garden & Cultural Center, International Dendrology Society, Bedford Garden Club, and the Nantucket Garden Club.

Thomas J. Cooney - Chair

Mr. Cooney is the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at MedPoint Digital, Inc. In addition to being Chair of the Irish Georgian Society, Inc. Board of Directors, he is a member of the Royal Oak Society, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and benefactor to the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Juvenile Protection Association; he supports global conservation, education and social charities.

Kipper Hendrick - Secretary

Mrs. Hendrick is the former Senior Project Manager of Events & Marketing for the International Triathlon Union, World Triathlon Chicago and is the former Director of Marketing & Public Relations at the Norton Museum of Art. Mrs. Hendrick is a board member of the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, Northwestern Medicine, Geriatric Psychiatry Committee, and Woman’s Guild of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Florida.

Elizabeth Dater Jennings

Mrs. Dater Jennings is a former Managing Director of Angelo, Gordon & Co. and is a Managing Member of Game Cock Island Associates, LLC. In addition to being Chair-Emeritus of the Irish Georgian Society, Inc. Board of Directors, she is a member of the Board of The New-York Historical Society, NYU Langone MedicalCenter, The New York Community Trust, Prep For Prep, and ShareGift USA.

Michael Kerrigan – Executive Director & CEO

Prior to joining the Irish Georgian Society, Mr. Kerrigan worked for Mercer Human Resource Consulting, a global consultancy. Michael is also on the Board of the American Friends of Attingham, a member of the Royal Oak Foundation, and a member of the Decorative Arts Trust.

Jay Krehbiel

Mr. Krehbiel is the CEO of Hindman, a leading fine art auction house. Mr. Krehbiel is a partner at KF Partners, a family office headquartered in Chicago and has previously worked for Molex, Inc., Pacific Equity Partners, Audax Group and Bain and Company. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College and earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

David Mooney

Chantal O'Sullivan

Ms. O'Sullivan owns and operates O’Sullivan Antiques in Dublin and New York City. She is a member of the Irish Antique Dealers Association, CINOA, and The Art and Antique Dealers League of America and deals in fine Georgian and Regency period furniture. Ms. O’Sullivan is also on the board of Music Generation Ireland, a national partnership whose aim is to inspire children through music.

John McNamee Sullivan, Jr.

Mr. Sullivan is the former Chairman of Gerli & Co.,Inc., a vertically integrated textile manufacturing company. Along with his role on the Irish Georgian Society, Inc. Board, he is a Board Member of the American Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland. Mr. Sullivan is an avid horseman, with strong connections to Ireland and Boyne Hill Stud in Navan, Co.Meath, which was owned by his family.

Marti Bellingrath Sullivan

Mrs. Sullivan has served on the Boards of Spoleto Festival, USA and the Madeira School in Virginia. She was a founding member of the Board of The Charleston Horticultural Society. She hosted and chaired events for numerous arts and preservation initiatives for Spoleto, the Horticulture Society, Historic Charleston Foundation and the School for the Building Arts. Since 2011, she has resided near Savannah, Georgia with her husband, Austin Sullivan.

Thomas A. Tormey - Treasurer

Mr. Tormey is President of Central Coated Products, Inc. of Alliance Ohio. He is a trustee of University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio and a trustee of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Steven J. Zick - Vice Chair

Mr. Zick is a Senior Vice President and Director for Christie’s. He is currently a member of the Chicago Estate Planning Council and Emerge, the acquisition committee at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. He is also a Sustaining Fellow of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as a member of the museum’s Society for Contemporary Art and the Antiquarian Society. Mr. Zick graduated from Brebeuf Preparatory School and De Paul University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor degree.

Irish Georgian Society, Inc. Team Members

James Ronan- Director of Operations

Irish Georgian Society Locations

The Irish Georgian Society is to the forefront in supporting the preservation of Ireland’s built heritage through building conservation projects, campaigning on planning issues, and maintaining an online register of professionals and craftsmen who specialise in historic buildings.