Traveling to Ireland with her family in 2005, Nancy began her musical journey, to play the bodhran. She plays with Kennedy’s Kitchen as needed since 2015, whenever her son Jacob is unable to do so.
Nancy has studied with Irish bodhran players Colm Phelan (Goitse), Eamon Murray (Beoga), and John Joe Kelly (Flook). Her bodhran was made by Seamus O’Kane. A professor of education at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, Nancy has been on the faculty since 1990. There, she founded an exchange program for students at Saint Mary’s and Maynooth University, Ireland, and travels to Ireland with students yearly.