Meet our 2024 Grand Marshal, Kathleen A. Silard!

Introducing Kathleen A. Silard, a first-generation Irish-American with deep Irish roots from County Galway and County Kerry. Her upbringing was steeped in Irish culture, with a home filled with Irish music, traditional meals, and cousins immigrating from Ireland. Family vacations often meant visiting her parents’ siblings in Ireland. Kathleen married Edward Silard in 1981 and raised three sons. In 2022, she reconnected with her Irish roots, visiting various counties in Ireland, creating lasting memories with cousins and relatives.

With degrees in Nursing and Healthcare Administration, Kathleen began her career as a nurse and now serves as the President & CEO of Stamford Health System. Under her leadership, Stamford Health has achieved remarkable milestones, including the development of a LEED-Certified hospital in 2016 and recognition from prestigious organizations for quality and clinical programs. Her dedication was evident during the COVID-19 pandemic, where she led her team to support at-risk groups and establish a regional resource during the 2020 spring surge.