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Xavier Society for the Blind - Adrian Kerrigan,
Mr. Adrian Kerrigan,
President

Adrian joined the XSB Board in June of 2013 and was elected President in September of 2015. With over 32 years as a nonprofit management professional, Adrian brings a wealth of expertise in all facets of institutional and non-profit development to the XSB Board. As Senior Vice President for Partnerships at the Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB), he established the Advancement Division, which comprises fundraising and communications functions.

He also serves as senior member on the organization’s Executive Team, which is charged with the overall management of CMMB. He has traveled to promote and assess CMMB’s work around the world, including visits to Haiti, Kenya, Zambia and Rome. Adrian also worked for 25 years in Jesuit Higher Education after graduating from Boston College and Saint Peter’s University. He started his Jesuit education at Saint Ignatius Day Nursery School!

A native of New York City, Adrian now resides in Oyster Bay, NY with his wife, Sandie who is a nurse and they have three sons, Jake, Nicholas and Liam. Nicholas and Liam are students of Saint Joseph’s University, while Jake is a recent graduate of St. Joseph’s. They are active members in St. Dominic’s Parish and have served as catechists, lectors and Eucharistic ministers. Adrian is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Oyster Bay. He also serves as President of the Florence Park Civic Association.

Appreciative of the mission and vision of XSB, Adrian is energized by its deep rooted commitment to its Catholic and Jesuit charism of care and concern for those most in need and especially for the blind or visually impaired. With his long professional commitment to Catholic non-profits, Adrian is determined to see XSB develop new resources and continue to provide opportunities - free of charge - for those who wish to develop and practice their faith in innovative and essential ways. He believes that new technologies should complement tried and true methods and practices.

Adrian is especially grateful to the loyal and generous donors to XSB who make this important mission possible. As Chairman of the Board, he is committed to effective stewardship, efficiency in resource mobilization and delivery, and innovation in providing effective services to our blind and visually impaired beneficiaries and clients. He, along with his fellow Board members will conduct a deep mission driven strategic planning initiative to assure that XSB is properly positioned for the near and longer term.

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!

Xavier Society for the Blind - Richard Kenny
Mr. Richard Kenny
Treasurer


Rick joined Xavier Society for the Blind’s Board in June of 2013 and was elected Treasurer in March of 2015. Previously he served as a consultant, conducting management reviews of XSB operations and planning special projects and events. This provided him with a unique perspective on XSB and its goals and relationships with other non-profits serving the blind. During that time, he represented XSB on the Department of Defense Recovering Warrior Task Force and with the Veterans Administration.

A retired federal civil service employee, having split a 34-year career between the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, Rick began his career at the Brooklyn Army Terminal with the Military Sealift Command, assigning merchant mariners to civilian-manned Navy ships. At the Bayonne Army Terminal, he joined the Admiral’s staff as Public Affairs Officer and Recruiter. Returning to the personnel field at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Rick was responsible for 1,000 civilian employees in 21 Navy activities in the New York Metropolitan Area. Later, moving to Governors Island, he was Chief of Staffing for 4,000 Coast Guard civilian positions on the East Coast.

With a unique background in the merchant marine and public relations Rick became a Maritime Relations Officer, promoting and recruiting ships for the Coast Guard’s voluntary search and rescue program to assist merchant ships at sea. In this capacity he traveled worldwide, attending maritime trade shows, presenting awards at U.S. embassies and consulates, and at events attended by several Heads of State. He has appeared on radio and television at home and abroad, and has spoken to many government and industry audiences and at the UN-sponsored International Maritime Organization in London.

After retiring, Rick joined the New York Council of the Navy League as Executive Director, arranging speakers, receptions and fund-raising dinners. These included a conference on terrorism, and centennial photo exhibition and symposium on the Navy’s Great White Fleet, where he spoke on behalf of the Secretary of the Navy. He has been a member of the NYC Fleet Week and OpSail planning staffs, Treasurer for the commissioning of USS New York, and the Advisory Committee for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Museum. He is currently Manager at Catholic War Veterans Headquarters.

Rick was drawn to the work of Xavier Society in part because his father suffered from glaucoma. In addition to planning several fund-raising events (theatrical shows, golf outings and silent auctions), he has assisted at the annual St. Lucy Masses for the blind at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and has come to know many of the clients of Xavier Society (and their guide dogs!). His knowledge of program management, event planning and his solid foundation of life skills learned at the hands of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the Jesuits at the former Brooklyn Prep High School, and the Marine Corps, are all invaluable in ensuring XSB clients receive the best possible service and support.

Xavier Society for the Blind - Robert O'Brien
Mr. Robert O’Brien
Secretary

Mr. O’Brien is a retired attorney.

Xavier Society for the Blind - Carl Jacobsen
Mr. Carl Jacobsen

Mr. Jacobsen is Past President of the New York State chapter of the National Federation of the Blind.

Xavier Society for the Blind - Carolyn Marino
Ms. Carolyn Marino

Ms. Marino is a retired law firm administrator.

Xavier Society for the Blind - David Schechtman, Esq.
Mr. David Schechtman, Esq.

Mr. Schechtman is an attorney and Senior Managing Director at Meridian Capital.

Xavier Society for the Blind - Francis Hilton
Fr. Francis Hilton


Father Hank Hilton is a native of Monmouth County, New Jersey. He graduated from Fordham in 1978 with a B.A. in Economics and then completed an M.A. in Economics the following year. Father’s other Masters degrees are from Loyola Chicago, Boston College and Harvard. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and then began a 15 year career as an Economics professor at Loyola Baltimore. Prior to leaving Loyola in 2011, Father served as department chair for four years. 

Before entering the priesthood, Father worked as an Energy Economist at Texaco.  He continued his work in the energy industry for nearly 20 years at Cambridge Energy Research Associates, now part of IHN Global. Much of Father’s academic research has studied the intersection of energy and environmental issues. 

Father’s service to people with disabilities began early in his youth when his youngest sister, Judith, was born with Down Syndrome. Her influence steered him into many forms of service at the Arc of Monmouth where he now serves on the Board of Trustees and was recently awarded the Countess Buxhoeveden Award, the Arc’s highest honor for those who support its mission. 

In addition to serving on the board of XSB and the Arc of Monmouth, Father has also served as a trustee of Canisius College, LeMoyne College, Loyola Blakefield Academy and Cristo Rey of Baltimore. 

Currently, Father Hilton is serving as the administrator of St. Joseph’s parish in Hillsborough, NJ and is a visiting professor of economics at Rutgers. 

Xavier Society for the Blind - Breandan Ward
Mr. Breandan Ward


In 2017, Breandan Ward joined Xavier Society for the Blind’s Board of Directors. Breandan was born in County Monaghan, Ireland and graduated from University College Dublin in 1999 with an honors degree in Commerce in French. He started his career at Goldman Sachs in London and subsequently joined Morgan Stanley where he held various leadership roles in their London and New York offices.

In his most recent role as Executive Director, Breandan led the Global Margin Operations department which was responsible for monitoring financial and operational risks for Morgan Stanley’s industry-leading margin lending business.

Breandan left the banking sector in 2016 to pursue an Executive Masters in Public Administration at New York University. His current areas of study include Conflict Resolution, Religion and Radicalization, and Public-Sector Reform.

Breandan was diagnosed in 2003 with an inherited form of macular degeneration. He is an avid runner and enjoys playing Irish music and studying languages including Hebrew and Arabic. After completing his undergraduate degree in Ireland and France, Breandan lived and worked in Australia, Israel, and England, and has lived in New York since 2011.

Breandan is an active volunteer with New York Cares and a member of Church of the Incarnation, Madison Avenue, and Congregation Beith Simcha Torah on West 30th Street. Breandan supports the work of the Xavier Society for the Blind and its essential purpose of helping those living with blindness and visual impairment to integrate religion and spirituality into their lives.

Xavier Society for the Blind - Daniel Morrison
Mr. Daniel Morrison


Dan is the founder of the Morrison Law Firm, P.C., which provides litigation services and counsel to clients in both New York and Connecticut.  The firm’s offices are located in White Plains, New York and Greenwich, Connecticut.  Many of Dan’s clients include businesses and individuals involved with liability claims.  Dan also handles insurance coverage.  He specializes in products liability, construction defect, environmental and professional liability matters.  Additionally, Dan represents and advises property owners in litigation and lease transactions.

Dan is the product of a unique combination of the Jesuit and Quaker traditions.  He graduated from Fordham Law School in the Bronx, Haverford College in Pennsylvania, and the Fordham University School of Law in Manhattan.  Dan’s brothers, Matt and Neil, who are also practicing attorneys, similarly attended both Fordham Prep and Fordham Law School. 

Dan is a native of Yonkers, New York, where he and his family were parishioners of the Annunciation Parish in the Crestwood section of Yonkers.  Dan and his wife of thirty years, Catherine, have resided for years in Westport, Connecticut, where they raised their two sons, Daniel and Peter, who are graduates of Jesuit institutions Fairfield College Preparatory School, Boston College, and Fordham College.  Dan and his wife are parishioners of Assumption Church in Westport, where the well-known sight-impaired musician, Jose Feliciano, is also a member.

Dan has been an active alumnus of Fordham Law School, having served as President of the Westchester/Putnam Chapter of the Fordham Law School Alumni Association.  Additionally, he is a member of the Fordham Law School Small to Midsize Firm Dean’s Advisory Council.  Further, Dan is active in the New York State Bar Association, where he has served as Co-Chair of the Environmental Insurance Committee. 

Dan is proud to serve on the XSB Board in furtherance of its mission to assist sight-impaired individuals of all faiths.

Xavier Society for the Blind - Beata Harvin
Ms. Beata Harvin


Ms. Harvin was born in Poland and immigrated to the United States in 1990. Eight years after her arrival, she graduated from New Jersey City University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. 

Vice President of Corporate Trust at BNY Mellon in New York, Ms. Harvin specializes in global project finance and debt financing transactions for leading financial institutions. Prior to her role at BNY Mellon, Ms. Harvin was Client Service Administrator at Deutsche Bank in New York.

Her interests include sailing, international travel, public and geopolitical policy forums. A polyglot, Ms. Harvin is fluent in Polish, Russian, and English. She has a working knowledge of Italian and is currently studying German. Beata supports the work of Xavier Society for the Blind and its essential purpose of helping those living with blindness and visual impairment to integrate religion and spirituality into their lives.