Meet the team

Voluntary Board of Directors & Trustees

The Board is ultimately responsible for governance, strategic direction, ethos and overseeing the management of the organisation. Additionally, the Board is responsible for ensuring that we operate an appropriate system of financial control and comply with relevant laws and regulations. All members of the Board are volunteers.

Our current board members;

  • Irene Riordan (Chairperson)
  • Emily Ennis (Secretary)
  • Mike Palmer
  • Karen Dunne
  • Valerie Gleeson

We are actively recruiting new board members to increase the size and skillset of our board. We are currently inviting applications from individuals who have one or more of the following skills;

(a) human resource management,  

(b) corporate governance & compliance,  

(c) diagnosis and treatment of autism, and; 

(d) living with autism and supporting families living with autism, 

(e) business development and entrepreneurship 

(f) company finance and/or accounting

For more information and to apply please visit

Staff Team

We have a amazing staff team, who all play important roles, that support our organisation to deliver its mission. They are supported by a team of up to 100 volunteers without whom our organisation would not exist. Meet our staff team below to find out more about their roles and day to day activities within the organisation.

Nuala Geraghty

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) - 0877998179

The Dog Training & Operations Team

Aileen Foy

P/T Assistance Dog Instructor

Martin Falvey

Assistance Dog Instructor

Suzanne Mahony

Assistance Dog Instructor

Ciara Fleming

Assistance Dog Instructor

Jessie Duignan

Puppy Supervisor (Munster Region)

Jessica Mullen

Puppy Supervisor (Dublin Region)

Nadine Bohane

Educational Assistance Dog Instructor

Elaine Cannon

Breeding & Acquisition Coordinator

Sarah Murphy

Dog Care & Welfare Coordinator

Fundraising & Communications Team

David Mc Carthy

Head of Fundraising & Communications - 083-012-9549

Vasya Ponomarev

Corporate Partnerships & Philanthropy Manager - 086 411 2123

Elaine Buckley

Community Engagement Manager - 0858783280

Barry Jackson

Grants & Communications Officer

Ivan Xiang

Digital Fundraising Manager - 083 093 7665

Ben Gilbert

Fundraising Coordinator - 087 173 8565

Administration Support Team

Margaret Barrett

P/T Administrator

Fiona Murphy

Client & Internal Ops Team Manager

Laura O'Regan

Internal Ops Assistant

Jessica O'Brien

Internal Ops Assistant

Louise O'Callaghan

Finance Administrator


Our volunteers are essential to the running of our organisation. They support us by providing homes for our puppies in training, raising vital funds, raising awareness, socialising our puppies and with the support of our Puppy Supervisor they ensure our puppies have a good foundation of basic training before they embark on their formal training. You can learn more about the volunteer roles within our organisation below.

Volunteer for AADI

You can help change the world for a child with autism today