personnel

Jessica Werner, VLM USA, Sr Lettemariam Sebhat, VLM Ethiopia and Mary Anne Stokes, VLM Ireland

Mary Anne Stokes – Projects Coordinator
Mary Anne has been working with VLM since October 2012. With an undergraduate degree from Maynooth University and an MSc in Social Policy from Universiteit van Amsterdam, Mary Anne also comes with professional work experience in the not-for-profit sector, including organisations such as Focus Ireland and Trócaire.

Stephen Monaghan 
Stephen is a Vincentian priest from Dublin who has recently been missioned to work in Ethiopia with the Ambo Lazarist School for the Deaf, a project he was instrumental in founding over five years ago. He previously served as chaplain at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and to the Deaf Community in Ireland, as well as parish priest to the Parish of the Travelling People in Phibsborough.

Lettemariam Sebhat  – VLM Ethiopia
Lettemariam is a member of the Daughters of Charity, Ethiopia. Based in the provincial house in Addis Ababa, she welcomes VLM volunteers on their arrival and provides support and resources to them during their placements. She studied business administration at Dorset College, Dublin and has worked as secretary to the Daughters of Charity Provincial in Ethiopia and later, in formation with younger sisters.

VLM Voluntary Board of Management Members

Mary Wall – Chairperson
A second level teacher at St. Vincent’s Castleknock College, has been key in the development of VLM’s schools immersion programme in recent years. A graduate of Maynooth University, Trinity College Dublin and St. Michael’s College, Vermont,  she has volunteered as a teacher in a number of developing countries, including Zambia, Botswana and Ethiopia. Mary has been on VLM’s board of management for over five years.

Hugh Campbell – Secretary & Treasurer
Hugh has been a member of VLM’s board of management since foundation and has also volunteered in Ethiopia in a capacity building role with VLM. As an accountant with PwC, Hugh is key in supporting the organisation’s development towards financial sustainability.

Richard Brophy
Richard  is an insurance broker based in Dublin and has also worked in publishing and market research. A graduate of University of Glamorgan, Wales and with post graduate qualifications from DCU and UCD. Richard brings a wealth of experience regarding insurance and risk management to the board and has been on the board since its inception in 2002.

Michelle Cassidy
One of VLM’s first volunteers in Ethiopia, Michelle has been on the board of management since 2003. She is an executive assistant in the medical devices industry, based in Dublin, and has experience in sales and marketing.

Kathleen Conlon
Kathleen has been an annual volunteer with VLM since 2008, mainly participating in the Atse primary school summer programme in Addis Ababa. She is a retired school principal from Co. Sligo and has been a member of the VLM board of management since 2012, serving as interim chair from June to September 2014.

Rory Dodd
Rory is a teacher at St. Paul’s College Raheny and has lead groups of 5th year students from the school to Ambo, as part off the VLM school immersion programme, since 2008.

Geraldine Henry
Geraldine is a Daughter of Charity with extensive experience of mission in Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria. She is the newest member of VLM’s board, joining in September 2014.

Paul McLoone
With a management background  in both the healthcare and tourism sectors, Paul, a native of Donegal, has been a member of VLM’s board of management since 2012.

Michael McCullagh
Michael is a Vincentian priest, originally from Donegal, currently working as a spiritual director at the National Seminary, Maynooth. He was one of the co-founders of VLM in 2002, having lead annual retreats for the Daughters of Charity in Addis Ababa for over 20 years. Michael is a core member of VLM’s fundraising sub-committee and has been on the organisation’s board of management since foundation.

Aidan Whyte
Aidan is a second level teacher at St. Vincent’s CBS Glasnevin, with qualifications from Mater Dei Institute, Maynooth University and Trinity College Dublin. He has volunteered on VLM’s summer programme in Mekele with the Vincentian Fathers three times and is a key facilitator of VLM’s alumni network of returned volunteers.

Rose McGowan
Rose comes with many years of experience with the St. Vincent de Paul society both locally and nationally. Rose has also worked on twinning projects between Irish conferences of St. Vincent de Paul and African conferences.

We also acknowledge the work done by all of the members of our sub-committees and thank them for their time and commitment to VLM.