Our team is made up of 3 part-time staff members plus founding member, Sr. Mary Ryan:
Mary Ryan, RSM is a graduate of University College Dublin and Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley California, and spent many years working in the field of education as a teacher, guidance counsellor and school principal. She has worked with Ruhama as an outreach volunteer and as a befriender of trafficked women. Mary is a founding member of APT (Act to Prevent Trafficking) and has actively worked for changes in legislation, which led to the Criminal Law Sexual Offenses Act 2017. She regularly speaks on the topic of trafficking in Universities, schools, and parishes. Mary is also a founding member of MECPATHS and is passionate about the protection of children from trafficking.
Ann Mara brings to the MECPATHS team a qualified background in Education and Programme Management. She holds a Higher Diploma in Education from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in International Development from Kimmage Manor. Ann has worked in Education and Global Development since graduating from college in 1995. She lived in sub-Saharan Africa for 8 years and worked as a teacher in Lesotho, director of a community-based Leadership Training Programme in Tanzania, and most recently, as founder and director of a Resource Mobilisation Department at a hospital in Kenya. Ann also lived and worked in the US for 9 years with an International Relief and Development Organisation, which included responsibility for Programme Management, Training, and Strategic Planning. She moved back to Ireland full-time in 2015 and has joined the MECPATHS team as Education Coordinator with responsibility for project management.
Aisling Murray brings to MECPATHS an interest in human rights, societal inequalities and the issues that keep people marginalised. She graduated with a BA and an MA in European Studies from UCD and focused her thesis on the area of poverty and social exclusion. She has worked in Pobal, which is an organisation working on behalf of the Government and EU to provide funding and support to projects relating to disadvantage and social exclusion. In Pobal she worked in monitoring and evaluation and responded to Governmental queries. She has a Graduate Certificate in Innovation Enterprise and Entrepreneurship from UCD and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychology from the OU. She has worked in the area of Mental Health both on a policy level with Mental Health Reform and in a clinical setting in St John of God’s, in a training centre for people with enduring mental illness where she managed a team of service users. She has experience and qualifications in training and practical management skills. Aisling works as Volunteer Co-ordinator for the project.
John P. (JP) O’ Sullivan joined MECPATHS with a qualified background in Social Work. Initially engaged to design and develop programmes for the Mental Health Services, JP was responsible for the establishment of a community-based back to work programme in North Cork which supported the return of young adults to their own communities and a restoration of wellness. With an early experience of working in India as a student Social Worker he spent eight years working in International Development. As a student Social Worker, JP initially focused on Child Protection Policy Development, Good Practice Programme Management/Implementation and then professionally progressed into Programme Leadership, Monitoring & Evaluation, International Grant Development & Management and Directorship with responsibility for Strategic Planning, Organisational Growth, Policy Development and Best Practice. JP enjoys connecting with people and building relationships. JP also works in Marketing and Consultancy for International non-profits and Social Enterprises. He joined The MECPATHS team as a research consultant and also manages Networks and Communications.