American Friends of the Arts In Ireland

US Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board: James Normile, Vice Chairman: David Kronn, President: Cormac K H O'Malley, Treasurer: Kevin Kent, Secretary: Michael E.S. McCarthy, Board members: Emma Goltz, Eva Kenny, O’Sullivan

James Normile

With more than 30 years’ experience in areas including bank and underwriter’s counsel, not-for-profit hospitals, universities, industrial development agencies and units of state and local government, James Normile now concentrates his practice in the area of public finance and is a partner at Katten Munchin Rosenmann LLP in NYC. Jim has served as a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission for the past 10 years and is co-chair of their Recruitment and Retention Committee. He serves as president-general of the American Irish Historical Society and has a long association with the University of Limerick Foundation. Jim holds a Juris Doctor (JD) Degree and a BA from Fordham University and is a member of the New York Bar Association

David Kronn

Born in Dublin and studied medicine at Trinity College Dublin. He moved to New York in 1990 to purse residency and fellowship training at New York University Medical Center. Since 1996 David has worked at Westchester Medical Center where he is the Section Chief of Medical Genetics and Director of the Inherited Metabolic Disease Center. He is also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at New York Medical College. David has been active in the fine photography scene since moving to New York. He is a patron at the International Center for Photography, and has served on their focus, executive and library committees. He has worked closely with the Irish Museum of Modern Art on several exhibitions of his collection of photography.

Cormac K H O’Malley

Born in Ireland, Cormac moved to USA in 1957, attended Harvard College and Columbia Law School, practiced private international law on Wall Street for 1970-1981 including two years in Mexico, and worked as in-house international counsel at a multinational biopharmaceutical company including twelve years in Brussels and London, then an international legal consultant based in Stonington. Now retired; Cormac continues as Ernie O’Malley’s literary executor in editing and publishing his memoirs, letters and diaries. Cormac has counseled informally on museum and not for profit matters for many years as well as served on boards of several Irish-related organizations, including Glucksman Ireland House at NYU and the Irish American Cultural Institute. He recently produced the documentary film on his parents, “A Call to Arts” now showing on CPTV and RTE.

Kevin Dooley Kent, ESQ

Kevin is a partner with the Philadelphia-based law firm, Conrad O’Brien, P.C., and is also an Irish solicitor. He is involved with domestic and international commercial litigation. After graduating from Vanderbilt Law School, where he wrote for the Journal of Transnational Law, Kevin was a law clerk to The Honorable Louis C. Bechtle, Chief Judge Emeritus of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Kevin is a graduate of Boston College, where he majored in political science and participated in BC’s Irish Studies Program. Kevin was born in Philadelphia and resides in Havertown, Pennsylvania, with his wife and four children.

Emma Goltz

Emma is a director of Hattington Property Management and a former manager in the retail and consumer products group at Bain and Company in San Francisco. Prior to that she worked in banking in Dublin and London. She holds a BA (mod) in economics and mathematics from Trinity College and an MBA from Insead (Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires). For the past twelve years she has been actively involved in a wide range of non-profit organizations in the US, UK and Ireland with a focus on fundraising and governance. She is currently Vice-Chairman of INSEAD, the business school and Chairman of the INSEAD Alumni Fund. She is also a member of the Provost Council at Trinity College Dublin, trustee of the Contemporary Art Society in London and a board member of IMMA. She is a lifelong collector of art with a focus on contemporary sculpture.

Michael McCarthy

Michael is a managing director and chief fiduciary executive for two divisions of the Office of Chief Fiduciary for U.S. Trust. Prior to joining U.S. Trust, Michael was the western region managing director, chief fiduciary officer, and board member of a major international trust company. He currently serves on the Paintings Conservation Council at the J. Paul Getty Museum, and has served on the board of directors of Common Ground and Project New Hope, charities which he founded in Santa Monica, California.

Eva Kenny

Eva is Deputy Director of Swiss Institute New York. In 2018 she was awarded a PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University for a dissertation on Samuel Beckett’s novels. A writer from Dublin, her fiction and art criticism has been published in Artforum, Frieze, Kaleidoscope, Flash Art, the Irish Times, the LA Review of Books, the Dublin Review of Books, The Stinging Fly and Brand-New-Life.

David O’Sullivan

David O’Sullivan is Executive Director of the Ireland-U.S. Council, a transatlantic business organization with members in the United States and in Ireland. He is a native of Dublin and is a former financial journalist and former Marketing Director in the U.S. for Ireland’s Industrial Development Agency. He is a citizen of the United States and has resided there for over 40 years. David is actively involved with several charitable organizations including American Friends of the Arts in Ireland, The Abbey Theatre Foundation, Inc. and the Royal Irish Academy of Music Foundation, Inc.


The mission of American Friends of the Arts in Ireland (AFAI) is to aid in the exhibition and performance of artforms by supporting specific projects of national and other significant cultural organizations in Ireland. AFAI will support the exchange of exhibitions and performances in the arts in general including visual arts, film, music, theater, cultural history and other arts fields AFAI is a 501(c)(3) public charity with EIN No #27-3373171