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YAP Ireland Team

Siobhán O'Dwyer

CEO

Siobhán qualified from Trinity College Dublin as a Social Worker in 1988. She has previously worked as a Senior Manager and Social Worker in London, Dublin and Belfast.  During her career Siobhán has worked with children and families in the community and voluntary and statutory sector. Siobhán was appointed as CEO of YAP Ireland in 2008 and in 2009 oversaw the setting up of YAP Ireland as a registered charity managed by a Board of Directors. 

Andrew Chapple

Director of Services

Andrew joined YAP in 2010 as a Case Manager before taking on the role of Service Manager for the West region in January 2013. As Service Manager of the West, Andrew was responsible for service delivery in the Galway, Roscommon, Mayo, Midlands, Meath, Cavan & Monaghan areas. Andrew took the role of Acting Director of Services in November 2017 and was appointed Director of Services in February 2018. He is based in the Galway office. He is a graduate of NUI Maynooth and has extensive experience in the youth and community sectors, both in Ireland and internationally, from front line to senior management roles.

Fergal Moran

Finance Manager

Fergal joined YAP in July 2017 as a chartered accountant, having trained with KPMG after studying Business & Economics in Trinity. He worked for multinationals in Ireland before travelling, and then changing course somewhat to manage bars & restaurants, and also train as a chef in DIT, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin. Fergal then worked as a Finance Manager for an addiction support clinic in West Dublin for two years.

Fergal enjoys running in his spare time, and has completed a number of marathons.

Sara Corcoran

Accountant (Part-Time)

Sara joined YAP in January 2018 as a part-time Accountant.

Before joining YAP, she worked in several financial roles in the telecommunications industry. She spends most of her spare time with her son, but also loves to go for a cycle and enjoys photography. Sara is based in the Dublin office. 

 

Elena Volskiene

Accounts Technician

Elena joined YAP in April 2018 as an Accounts Technician. Elena is from Lithuania. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Financial Accounting and Business Administration and she is currently studying for a Diploma as an Accounting Technician. She has worked as an Accounts Technician in non-profit organisations for more than two years. 

In her spare time, Elena likes reading, running, listening to music and spending time with her family and friends. Elena is based in the Dublin office. 

Sandra Duff

Director of Support Services

Sandra joined YAP in 2008 following a 10 year stretch in Telecommunications. Sandra has over 15 years management experience and heads up a brilliant Support Services Team. Together they have responsibility for areas such as Human Resources & Recruitment, Communications & Fundraising, Payroll, Data Management, Web Administration, Event Management and Health & Safety.

In her spare time Sandra enjoys cycling, swimming, hill walking and secretly performing duets with Tom Waits in her car. Sandra is located in YAP Head Office.

Barbara Finnan

Data Resources Administrator

Barbara is based in the Limerick office and specialises in Website and CRM administration/development.  She has many years’ experience in the community, voluntary and private sectors and has been with YAP since 2008.

In her spare time Barbara enjoys reading, walking, traveling to exotic locations and watching films, especially superhero movies. 

Leon Richardson

Human Resources Administrator

Leon works as the Human Resource Administrator and is a member of the Support Services team based in the Dublin office.  Prior to joining YAP he has volunteered with a variety of different organisations within the community and voluntary sector. 

In his spare time Leon enjoys cycling, running, following most sports and music.

Jennifer King

Human Resources Administrator

Jennifer has been with the Support Services Team since February 2014 as a locum Administrator, before coming to YAP full-time in December 2014. Jennifer is based in the Dublin office and specialises in a variety of roles including HR, Research, On-call management, Communications and Fundraising and Event management. Prior to joining YAP Jennifer previously worked in the financial sector for a number of years.

In her spare time Jennifer likes nothing more than socialising with family and friends, travelling, keeping fit and having fun !

Marianne Breen

Data Resources Administrator

Marianne joined the YAP team in May 2018 as Data Resources Administrator. Marianne holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in Applied Psychology. She has research experience working in both academia as well as the not-for-profit sector. In her spare time, she likes how the world looks from a yoga mat, bingeing on Netflix series and collecting travel books for her travel hit-list.

She is based in the Dublin office. 

Shannon Reilly

Communications Officer

Shannon joined YAP in November 2018 as the Communications Officer. Shannon holds an MSc in Marketing and BA in Communication Studies. Prior to joining YAP she worked in various marketing and communications roles in the private and public sector & has spend time in Rural Panama, volunteering with with indigenous tribes teaching business and micro-finance. 

In her spare time Shannon loves socialising with her friends, going on holidays and the occasional visit to the gym! 

Shannon is based in the Dublin office.

Rachael McNamara

Data Resources Administrator

Rachael joined the YAP team in March 2019 as Data Resources Administrator. Rachael holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Studies and is working part time towards a Higher Diploma in Data Analytics. She previously worked in a number of HR roles in the private sector before joining YAP. Rachael loves reading, going to gigs and spending lots of time with her two cute dogs. Rachael is based in the Dublin office. 

Joan King

Service Manager Dublin/North East Region

Joan is the Service Manager for the Dublin/North East region. Previously a Team Leader in Dublin North, she initially worked as an advocate for two years prior to coming to work full-time with YAP. Joan has worked in schools for over 10 years, mainly in the area of Relationships and Sexuality and has also worked in private practice, counseling families and young people. Joan states the she has loved her role with YAP from day one and ‘likes being a part of the great changes young people and families make in their lives, alongside enjoyment in sharing their sense of achievement and happiness.’

In Joan’s spare time she likes to hang out with her daughters and son, going out to eat, going to the cinema or sitting around looking at funny video clips. She also likes walking, keeping fit and talking constantly!

Trish Harte

Team Leader

Trish joined the YAP team in May 2018. 

Trish studied in Dublin Business School qualifying with an Honours Degree in Social Science, and more recently a Level 9 Certificate in Leadership and Management from National College Ireland. She previously worked as an advocate in Yap, followed by a stint with Crosscare doing various roles - Community Food Bank Coordinator, Youth Development Officer and Youth Justice Worker. Trish enjoys spending time with her family and friends and going on holidays.  Partial to an oul box set on Netlix too!

Trish is responsible for service delivery in the Dublin North region and for the direct line management of Advocates. 

Stephanie Reardon

Team Leader

 

Stephanie took up the position of Team Leader in October 2016. Stephanie is responsible for service delivery in the Dublin North City region and for the direct line management of Advocates.

Carly Quinlan

Team Leader

Carly is a team leader in the Dublin North area and joined YAP in May 2019 having previously been a YAP advocate. Carly holds a BA Honours Degree in Psychology and has been working with young people and families in various settings for ten years.
 
Carly enjoys spending time with her friends and family, eating out, going to the gym & binging on Netflix!

Martha Sarah Saul

Team Leader

Martha Sarah joined YAP as Team Leader in April 2018, having previously worked with YAP as an Advocate for two years. She is responsible for service delivery in the Dublin North East region and for the direct line management of Advocates. She studied in Maynooth University, BA Geography & Maths and an MA in Community and Youth Work. Martha Sarah also managed a childcare service for four years. 

She spending time with family and friends especially while travelling. She enjoys going to gigs and festivals and spends far too much time on YouTube and Netflix!

Aine Donaghy

Team Leader

Aine is a Team Leader in the Dublin North area and joined YAP in November 2016. Aine is responsible for service delivery in Dublin North area and for the direct line management of Advocates.

Before YAP Aine spend 9 years in Liverpool working with families delivering parenting courses with the Liverpool City Council.

Niamh Sludds

Team Leader

Niamh joined YAP in October 2018. She is a Team Leader based in the Dublin office. Niamh is responsible for service delivery in the Dublin North East region and for the direct line management of Advocates. 

Aisling Madden Nodwell

Service Manager West Region

Aisling is originally and proudly from Cork where she received an Honours BA in Social Care. Aisling's background includes working with children and young adults with ASD and complex needs, using approaches such ABA, LAMH PECs etc. She recently returned from London where she was managing a young person assessment centre (16+ semi independent residential home for young people in need of a support and accommodation, before moving on to more long term accommodation). Aisling said "I loved my time in London, meeting and supporting so many wonderful young people".

Aisling joined YAP in May 2017, she is delighted to be in Dublin and part of the YAP team. In her spare time she enjoys going to gigs, keeping fit, travelling and also loves a good box set too!

Cathrena Murray

Team Leader

Cathrena took up the position of Team Leader with YAP Ireland in February 2016. Cathrena was responsible for service delivery in the Meath region and for the direct line management of Advocates. From November 2017 to April 2018, Cathrena took up the role of Acting Service Manager for the West Region, where she was responsible for service delivery in the Galway, Roscommon, Mayo, Midlands, Meath, Cavan & Monaghan areas. She has worked in the Social Care Sector since 2009 with the vast majority of experience working with young people living in a residential setting.

Cathrena is a GAA fan, football and hurling...she's waiting for Sam to come home! In her spare time she enjoys socialising with friends and family and travelling whenever she gets the chance.

Avril McKenna

Team Leader

Avril took up the position of Team Leader in February 2016. Avril is responsible for service delivery in the Dublin North East region and for the direct line management of Advocates. 

Donna Brazier

Team Leader

Donna joined YAP in March 2015 as a team Leader. Donna is responsible for service delivery in the Louth region and for the direct line management of Advocates. 

Liz Fogarty

Team Leader

Liz received a certificate in law and an Honours degree in Social Care Practice in Athlone IT. Liz has worked in community practice for four years and joined YAP in 2015, firstly as an advocate before taking up her role as Team Leader in the Galway/ Roscommon area.

Liz now works as a Team Leader in the Midlands area where she is responsible for service delivery and the direct line management of Advocates. 

Katie Bird

Team Leader

Katie has been working with YAP since 2009, working first as an Advocate for two years before coming to work full-time in the Dublin region. Katie is currently working as a Team Leader for Dublin North and the North East based in the Meath office. Katie has extensive experience of working with young people, people with disabilities and the elderly. Katie has recently taken lead responsibility for managing the disability service provision programme for the Dublin North/North East regions.

In her spare time Katie enjoys socialising, keeping fit and music.

Karen Williams

Team Leader

Karen has been with YAP since 2006 working firstly as an Advocate before joining YAP full-time. Karen is a Team Leader and she is responsible for service delivery in the Cavan/Monaghan area and for the direct line management of Advocates. Karen is based in the Cavan Office.

Natasha Fahy

Team Leader

Natasha joined YAP as a Team Leader in February 2016. She is responsible for the service delivery in the West and Midlands and for the direct line management of Advocates. Natasha holds a BA Honours Degree in Applied Social Studies in Social Care and has over ten years’ experience working with vulnerable young people primarily in residential care.

Natasha enjoys going to the gym and socializing with family and friends. Her favourite hobby is hopping on a plane and escaping to the sunshine. 

Erika Baltrusaityte

Team Leader

Erika joined YAP Ireland in April 2019 as a Team Leader for the Cavan and Monaghan region.
Erika studied in Dundalk Institute of Technology and received a BA Degree in Social Care. Before joining YAP Ireland Erika managed day care centers for adults with disabilities and previously worked with disability, homelessness and addiction services for adults and young people.
In her spare time Erika enjoys swimming, watching documentaries on different cultures and sending time with friends and family.
Erika is based in the Cavan office.

Sylvia Campbell

Independent Mental Health Advocate

Sylvia joined YAP in April 2019 as the Independent Mental Health Advocate. Sylvia holds a BA in Honours degree in Social Care and spent the last six years working for the HSE Mental Health Services in Mayo. Previously Sylvia Worked as a Horse-riding instructor with children and young people from diverse backgrounds both in Ireland and Internationally. Sylvia is based in the Galway office and serves the CAMHS CHO2 area.

Amy Walsh

Service Manager Dublin/Mid-Leinster and Mid-West/South Regions

Amy is the Service Manager for the Dublin/Mid Leinster the Mid-West/South regions. Amy joined YAP as Team Leader in 2014 before taking up her current position in January 2017. Amy holds a master's in psychology (behaviour analysis) and has extensive experience working with children and families.

In her spare time Amy likes nothing more than to socialise with friends and to travel as often as she can.

Andy Pirie

Team Leader

Andy Joined YAP in 2018 as a Team Leader for Dublin Mid Leinster after spending several years working with Children in residential care and homeless families.  He qualified from ITB having returned to education as a mature student after moving to Ireland from his native Scotland. Prior to moving to Ireland, he spent years in warehouse and retail management before realising he wanted to make positive changes in people’s lives.

In his spare time Andy enjoys making furniture and lighting and spending time with his daughter Evie.   

Annmarie Coughlan

Team Leader

Annmarie has been with YAP since 2010. As a Team Leader Annmarie is responsible for service delivery in the Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary areas and for the direct line management of Advocates.

Annmarie is based in the Limerick Office.

Jean Kenneally

Team Leader

Jean first the Youth Advocate Programmes in 2012 as an advocate, leaving to pursue a career in therapeutic residential services for children,  then returning in 2016 as Locum Team Leader for Cork. Jean has now taken on the post as Locum Team Leader based in Limerick with responsibility for direct service delivery in the Limerick, Tipperary and Clare region. 

Jean is a graduate of University College Cork with a Degree in Early Childhood Studies and a Masters in Public Health. Jean has extensive experience in both the Youth and Community Sector and the residential field, both on the front line and in management roles. In her spare time Jean enjoys walking and keeping fit and a good Netflix binge watch! 

Keith Kelly-Cowin

Team Leader

Keith Kelly-Cowin started working as a YAP Team Leader in May 2019, having previously worked as a Youth Advocate since October 2016. He is responsible for service delivery and case management in the Dublin/Mid Leinster region. Keith studied an Honours BA in Social Care at Technological University Dublin (formally Dublin Institute of Technology) and holds a qualification in training and development. Keith also has experience working in residential and aftercare service provision and enjoys being part of organisations that support young people and their families. 

In his spare time he enjoys travelling, spending time with friends and family, watching movies/netflix shows and going to gigs. He also enjoys eating out and trying new foods. Malaysian cuisine is a particular favourite!

Jennifer Hughes

Team Leader

Jennifer joined YAP in May 2019 as a Team Leader for Dublin Mid-Leinster. Jennifer was previously a YAP advocate working with youth participation, parents morning and intensive support. Having graduated from TU Dublin Blanchardstown in Community and Youth Development her background includes working in a domestic violence refuge and semi-independent residential with young people and volunteering with homeless services.
Before changing careers Jennifer was once a makeup artist and beautician. A keen animal lover she fosters for the DSPCA and has also traveled across South East Asia and Australia.

Chloe Chambers

Team Leader

Chloe joined YAP in 2019 as a Locum Team Leader. Chloe is responsible for service delivery in the South region  and for the direct line management of Advocates. Originally from Mayo, Chloe graduated from Sligo I.T. with an honours degree in social care practice. She joined yap initially as an advocate in 2017 and worked in the role for 2 years. She has experience working with children and young people in therapeutic residential settings, the community and educational settings. She enjoys travelling, spending time with friends and family and keeping fit.