St. Paul, Minnesota native Joe Gallagher has over 20 years of experience in staging some of the biggest national and international sporting events in the world for major sports organizations including the NBA, Major League Baseball, WNBA, ESPN, NFL, NCAA, WCHA, PGA, United States Tennis Association, and many more. Joe was the St. Paul Winter Carnival North Wind, Notos, in 2016. He is looking forward to being Mr. Pat in 2018.
This year’s Irish Gazette’s Distinguished Irish Woman, Allison O’Toole, is honored for her incredible activism in the community, her pride in her Irish heritage and as the person who led the turnaround of the State of Minnesota’s healthcare insurance marketplace, MNsure, where individuals compare and choose health insurance coverage to meet their needs.
When Allison accepted the position as MNsure’ s Deputy of External Affairs, in 2014, she was knowingly joining a state government program that was being pilloried by elected government officials, and receiving negative media coverage because of its troubled technical startup problems. Because of the results she achieved over the subsequent two years, she was elevated to become MNSure’s CEO by the end of 2015. She oversees a budget of $50 million and a staff of 200.
By Dennis McGrath
Excerpted from Irish Gazette’ Mick’s Column, Feb. 2018