A CHARITY SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE

KDYS Trustees

Ger Godley

Chairperson

Father Ger Godley is a priest of the Diocese of Kerry currently serving as Coordinator of Pastoral Development. Father Godley holds a Bachelor of Theology from St Patrick’s College Thurles, a Diploma in Community and Youth Work from Maynooth University, and an MA in Youth and Community Studies from Brunel University in London.

Father Godley’s experience includes serving as a missionary in Kenya and ministering in Kerry. He has also actively participated in the voluntary community sector, particularly in the youth service, where he has served as a volunteer, full-time director, and board member.

Father Godley has held leadership and governance positions with local and national organisations, sharing his experience and expertise.

Luna Atkins

Trustee

Luna is Director of Advisory Services at 2into3, a consultancy focussed on building the capacity of organisations to have a transformative social impact. She specialises in supporting charities and non-profits to develop ambitious yet achievable strategic plans and to increase their impact and organisational effectiveness.

Luna has dedicated her career to supporting values-led organisations and is passionate about social and economic justice and human rights. Prior to consulting, Luna worked with Amnesty International, UNICEF UK, Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage, and UNICEF’s Education Outcomes Fund. She holds an MSc in Globalisation & Development from SOAS: University of London, and a Professional Diploma in Change Management from UCD Professional Academy.

Bernadette Costello

Trustee

Having qualified as a Post-Primary Teacher I have spent my professional life working with young people at primary, secondary and third level. I was privileged to have had the opportunity to work and study in the USA for 10 years. Following graduation from the Jesuit University of San Francisco with a Ph.D. in Education I was assigned to Moyderwell  Secondary School in Tralee as Principal. A position I held for 20 years, sowing seeds for the future!!!

Since joining the Board of KDYS in 2006 I have been an active member. Notwithstanding ongoing challenges, I believe KDYS is a very strong, progressive organisation with young people at the centre. I remain committed to connecting with youth, working on their behalf and supporting them to reach their full potential, find expression and blossom forth.  At present, I serve on the BOM of Mercy Mounthaw, a  Secondary School with an enrolment of 1300+ students.

I enjoy reading, outdoor activities and volunteering in other areas of life in general.

Aoife Dare

Trustee

Aoife joined the Board in April 2023. She is a qualified youth worker and is the Youth and Education Officer with the Irish Refugee Council, where she supports young people aged 16-25 who are seeking international protection in Ireland. Prior to joining IRC, Aoife worked with Nasc Ireland in Cork and with young people fleeing persecution in Thailand and Myanmar. Although Aoife is new to the KDYS Board, she has been involved with the organisation over the years, initially as a youth work placement student and more recently as a project partner, running an integration project for young women in Direct Provision. Aoife has an MA in International Education and Development, a PGDip in Youth Work and is currently undertaking a PhD in Social Science with UCC, where she is a 2023/2024 UCC Excellence Scholar. Aoife is passionate about supporting young people to realise their goals, access their rights and reach their full potential.

John O’Regan

Trustee

John O’ Regan BA,HDE,HDSDP,M.Ed.

  •  Former Principal of a large second level school.
  • Initiator and founding member of Tralee Education Support Centre.
  • Part-time lecturer/tutor: Communications, Strategic Planning, Decision making, Leadership, GDPR etc.
  • Significant contribution in the establishment and development of a new publishing company of Primary and Secondary school textbooks.
  • Long history of community development activity: Credit Union, Group Water Scheme, GAA and other sports, Strategic Development Plan for Leader funding application, Youth activities and many other local development and service projects.   
  • Former National President, Vice-President and Treasurer of the Irish League of Credit Unions.
  • Treasurer of the Education Support Centres of Ireland Association.
  • Director of KDYS

Bernie Lenihan

Trustee

Bernie Lenihan is a University Programme Director (profession specific), lecturer and practice placement coordinator of the Social Care Programme at Munster Technological University Kerry. Bernie’s qualifications include a BA (Hons) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care and an MA in Teaching and learning in Higher education. Bernie has a special interest in quality practice development and improving standards of training and education of Social Care students.

As Programme Director, she played a key role in the successful CORU accreditation of the Social Care programme at Munster Technological University Kerry. Bernie has over 17 years of experience in the Social Care sector including working with marginalised groups, children and families, including at management level. Bernie has expertise in strategic management, policy development, risk and change management to enable better outcomes for service users, their families and the wider community.

Gavin Donaldson

Trustee

 

Gavin has over 25 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector in both the UK and Ireland, currently as Head of Development at Focus Housing Association, the housing arm of Focus Ireland. 

Gavin has extensive experience of leading teams in the delivery of front-line services, and in the strategic and operational delivery of capital development programmes. He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, and is also on the advisory board of the Chartered Institute of Housing (Ireland).

As a new member of the board, Gavin looks forward to bringing his life and work experience to supporting KDYS provide excellent services and create opportunities for young people.

    Frances Day

    Trustee

    Having dedicated her life to education, volunteerism, community involvement, as well as Boards of Management. She has been an active and committed member of the organisation since 1986 and a member of the KDYS Board since 2009.

    She graduated from the University of London with a B.Ed. in Mathematics. She holds a M.A. in Spirituality from Loyola University, Chicago, USA as well as a Professional Diploma in Psychotherapy and Supervision from the Irish Gestalt Institute.

    A part time tutor and facilitator with Cork Social and Health Education since 1997,she is currently focusing on Reflective Practice training.

    Having taught in England, Italy and Ireland, She supported young people and families in her role as School Chaplain and counsellor. She lectured on the M.A. in Chaplaincy in DCU and served as a member of the National Chaplaincy Executive for many years.

    Arlene Harmann

    Trustee

    Arlene started her accountancy career in Ireland but has been fortunate enough to work and live in both the UK and the US, working with large multinationals to provide insight into key business drivers and results.

    Following several years as an independent consultant delivering sales plans, business valuations and business transformation programs she returned to Kerry and currently leads a team responsible for the forecasting and planning cycles at Glanbia Nutritionals.

    She is passionate about giving back and sharing knowledge , she is a first line judge in the Good Governance Awards, a mentor at work and treasurer of the employee resource group – Network of women.

    She holds a degree in Accounting and Finance from Dublin City University, a Diploma in Business administration from Henley Management College and is a member of the Association of Chartered Management Accountants.

      Selena Ross

      Board Secretary

      Selena Ross is a native of Tralee. Having previously studied at MTU and graduating from UCC she then went on to further her studies in both administration and counselling courses.

      After ten years in retail management, Selena made the move to the organisation where she has worked as Centre Manager for the past three years.

      New to the board since 2023 Selena looks forward to bringing her years of experience in both management and people development to the role.