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Kevin Carroll
Kevin has worked in international development for over 30 years, including with the Irish Aid Programme, Trócaire and Concern, and almost 11 years spent in five postings overseas. He has also worked on a consultancy basis in over 20 countries in Africa and Asia and has lectured in development studies on a part-time basis at University College Dublin. A secondary teacher by profession, he subsequently went on to specialise in good governance through post-graduate research and his work in the Irish Aid programme. He also has expertise in aid management, policy development and evaluation. He retired from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in April 2014 and next took up a position as a Missionary Development Officer with Saint Patrick's Missionary Society until early 2019.
Sr. Jospehine (Jo) McCarthy
Sr. Josephine (Jo) McCarthy is a Presentation Sister with a background in education who spent over 20 years on mission in Ecuador and Peru, working in the area of community development. She is one of the co-ordinators of the Global Education Experience project, linking teachers and students in Presentation schools in Ireland with communities in India and Zambia. She is a founding member and Director of the Cork Alliance Centre, providing support for young people on release from prison. Sr. Jo also co-ordinates a Drop-in Centre for immigrants in Cork city.
Colin Wrafter
Colin has been a member of the Board since December 2016 and chair of its Governance Committee since June 2017. A retired Irish diplomat, he has served as Director of the Human Rights Unit in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as Ambassador to South Africa and Zimbabwe and as Development Counsellor at the Irish Mission to the United Nations In New York. He is the honorary secretary of the Royal Irish Academy's standing committee on international affairs. His twitter handle is @wrafter_colin.
Dr Pauline Faughnan
Dr Pauline Faughnan has a strong background in social policy and evaluation research, working with the voluntary, community development and third level sectors over the years. She has published research in a wide range of fields including disability, refugees and asylum seekers, girl's education and participatory research methodologies. Her work in University College Dublin involved establishing a Programme of Applied Research in the Social Science Research Centre; research development with the Equality Studies Centre; and co-ordinating the UCD Egalitarian World Initiative in the School of Social Justice. Pauline has served on a large number of policy oriented Government appointed Boards, Committees and Task Forces. In recent years, on a volunteer basis, she has spent time in Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Uganda, undertaking research with development organisations locally. Pauline was elected to the Board of Misean Cara in 2017.
Larry O'Loughlin
Larry O'Loughlin recently retired from Teagasc after 41 years where he held a variety of roles, most recently as Regional Manager for Advisory and Education Services. He also has a long history of volunteering in the not for profit sector. He chaired the Board of Vita for a number of years and has also served on the Advisory Board of Ireland Aid, and the Board of Self Help Development. We know him well in Misean Cara from his service on our Projects Oversight Committee. He is also a former President of the Agricultural Science Association. Larry has considerable experience in evaluating agriculture and livelihoods projects in East and Southern Africa and recently was in Ethiopia working on a pilot programme for knowledge transfer between small farmers.
Charlie Lamson
Charlie Lamson joined the Misean Cara Board in November 2020, bringing over 20 years of experience as a not-for-profit leader and fundraising professional in the US and Ireland. He served most recently as CEO of Sightsavers Ireland, where he developed and implemented a multi-year strategic plan and provided executive oversight of individual and major giving campaigns, financial management, organisational governance, and public engagement and communications for the organisation. While in this role he also represented Sightsavers as a sitting Board member of Dóchas—the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations. His previous positions have included a role as Director of Development at Dublin City University Educational Trust, Head of Development for Front Line Defenders, and Corporate Campaigns Manager for Children’s Hospital Boston. Charlie is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with a Master of Arts degree in International Economics/ Social & Economic Development in Eastern Europe. His experience in the international development sector also includes a posting with the United States Peace Corps as a Volunteer English Teacher in Pleven, Bulgaria from 1993-1995, and a role at The American University in Bulgaria directing fundraising grants and contract programmes. He is a dual US and Irish citizen and has lived in Ireland since 2005.
Marie Mulvey
Marie Mulvey is a Strategic Human Resources professional with extensive experience in industries such as Financial Services, Technology, Clinical Research, Utilities and Retail & Property. With more than 20 years in her field, Marie brings valuable Human Resources expertise to the Misean Cara Board in the areas of Employee Engagement and Relations, Performance Management, Project Management, Organisational Change and Development, and Employment Law. In her current role as an independent HR Consultant, Marie provides HR expertise and solutions for organisations. Previously, as Group HR Director at Irish Estate Agent Network Sherry FitzGerald, Marie was responsible for the organisation’s Group People Strategy, Group Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, and Leadership and Employee Experience initiatives. She has also served as the Head of HR Consultancy with Ulster Bank, and has held HR roles with Primark Stores Ltd, SSE Plc, Airtricity, Norkom Technologies & ICON Clinical Research. Marie holds a BA in Human Resources Management from the National College of Ireland, a Certificate in Personnel Practice (CIPD) from Tallaght Institute of Technology and a Diploma in Personal, Executive & Leadership Coaching with Kingstown College. Marie joined the Misean Cara Board in November 2020.
Sr. Franca Onyibor
Sr. Franca Onyibor is a Missionary Sister of the Holy Rosary. She has over 20 years of mission experience in Zambia and Nigeria. While serving in Zambia, she pioneered the ‘Education for Social Transformation Program’, which combines the teaching of science with ‘Training for Transformation’ programmes for students and teachers. With a background in counselling, spirituality and non-violent communication, Sr. Franca introduced a ‘Non-Violent Communication for Social Change’ programme in Nigeria, establishing support systems for dialogue and peace building in partnership with national and international teams. She also pioneered ‘Drinking from a Common Well’ a project to promote inter-religious dialogue in communities with both Christian and Muslim populations. Sr. Franca has also worked on the rights of children in the inner city area of Chicago, and also with international teams tackling child labour. With a background in the An Tairseach programme at the Dominican Centre in Wicklow, Sr. Franca is passionate about ecological and environmental issues, and works to create environmental awareness in Nigeria and beyond. She is currently in her third year serving as the Congregational Leader of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary and has also served in leadership and administration of the congregation for over 12 years, including the formation of future missionaries for over 25 years. She joined the Misean Cara Board in June 2021.
Fr. Seamus O'Neill
Fr. Seamus O’Neill joined the St. Patrick’s Missionary Society, Kiltegan in 1967 and was ordained as a priest in 1974. He has worked extensively as a missionary in Turkana, Kenya first in the 1970s and again in the 1990s, later serving as the Chancellor of Lodwar Diocese in Kenya until 2002. Fr. Seamus undertook post-graduate studies in philosophy at Fordham University, New York in 1977, and later taught philosophy and directed the congregation’s Student Formation Programme in Ireland. In 2002, he was appointed the Congregational Leader of St. Patrick’s Missionary Society, continuing in that role until 2014, and currently serves as the congregation’s Bursar General. Fr. Seamus joined the Misean Cara Board in June 2021 and is also the Chairperson of Misean Cara’s Financial Oversight, Risk & Audit Committee (FORAC).
Sandra Neville
Since 2007, Sandra Neville has worked primarily in the area of safeguarding, serving in a Diocesan setting and more recently with various religious congregations and societies. She was also the Safeguarding Advisor for Misean Cara from 2016 to 2018. Sandra’s work in safeguarding has taken her throughout the Global South as a consultant with many faith-based organisations and NGOs. She has also completed training in CHS (Core Humanitarian Standards) investigation and has undertaken investigations in Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Sandra's background is in nursing and midwifery and in this capacity has worked in Zimbabwe, DRC, Rwanda, Lesotho and South Africa, both in development and emergency projects. Sandra joined the Misean Cara Board in June 2021.