Our Organisational Structure

 

Graphic showing the structure of the INHA on 3 levels - Level 1 Board of Directors, Level 2 Executive Council, Level 3 has five elements including Advocacy, Education R&D Development, Public Relations, Finance and Medical Advisory Board

 

INHA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CHERYL BATES
Cheryl is a mother of a two year old girl and is self employed. In November 2014 she set up her business, ‘Itsy Bitsy Butterflies’, an online Children’s Clothing Store that specialises in Premature Baby Clothing and Accessories. She is also an administrator on a Facebook Community Support and Advice Page – ‘Wexford Mammys’.

 

 

CHRISTINE CAROLAN
Christine is the Founder and Designer of the Irish company “Happynest” which manufacture baby apparel focusing on child safety. As a mother of two young girls, Christine’s inspiration for her designs came from her own experience traveling with young children. Christine is also a keynote speaker with Honda International where she talks about car seat safety. Before launching her company Christine worked for many years as Head of PR and Communications for a large multinational. Christine is responsible for the INHA communication and public relations strategy.

 

MANDY DALY
Mandy is a Medical Underwriter and Nutritionist, is a Co-Founder of the INHA and is a mother of a premature girl born in 2006. Since the birth of her daughter, she has been supporting families and advocating for improved standards of care for premature infants born throughout Europe. Mandy’s INHA Advocacy and Policy Making role sees her represent the organization as a member of the Parents Advisory Board of the European Foundation For The Care of Newborn Infants, she sits on the board of the NIDCAP Federation International and is a Chair Committee Member of the Standards of Care for Newborn Health project.  Additionally she collaborates with the many stakeholders in the field of neonatal health in Ireland, Europe and further afield to ensure that the voice of premature infants is represented and heard at the advocacy table as well as ensuring that the families of premature infants of the future are viewed as equal partners and primary caregivers for their infants. Mandy also represents the INHA as a patient collaborator on national and international research projects.

 

SHARON KEOGH
Sharon is a mother of 4 children, 2 of whom are 29 weeker Monoamniotic twins. Sadly one of her twin girls passed away at birth due to cord entanglement inspiring Sharon to set up a support group and website for families experiencing this type of twin pregnancy-Monoamniotic Twins Ireland.  Sharon has a BA Honours in Business, has over 20 years experience in logistics and finance and currently works as a Revenue Manager. Sharons area of expertise within the INHA is in the fundraising sector.

 

LIZ LEWIS
Liz is a co-founder and research and education officer in the INHA. She has two children one of whom is an ex-29weeker (born at 980g in 2010). Her background is in clinical diagnostics and she has a PhD in Immunology. Liz’s day job is in the field of Perinatal research and she is based in the Rotunda Hospital Dublin,where she manages two national clinical research networks (Perinatal Ireland and the HRB Ireland Perinatal Clinical Trials Network).

 

FIONA O’FARRELL
Fiona is a Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist since 1997 with expertise in area of Early Childhood Development. She has been involved in the implementation of Early Intervention Teams throughout the country. She was the Child Development expert contributor on National 0 – Toddler Show and participated in a Government research study trip with Early Childhood Ireland to examine preschool education in Norway. She is the Child Development Expert Contributor to a Leading Parenting Magazine and has developed a series of scientific based workshops to help parents understand and maximise their child’s development potential, promote healthy sleep patterns and prevent fussy eaters. www.fionaofarrell.ie

 

 

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Mandy Daly, Sharon Keogh, Liz Lewis

 

ADVOCACY & POLICYMAKING

Mandy Daly (Company Secretary), Cheryl Bates

 

EDUCATION/RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Liz Lewis

 

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Christine Carolan, Cheryl Bates

 

FINANCE

Sharon Keogh (Chairperson),

 

MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD

FIONA O’FARRELL
Fiona is a Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist since 1997 with expertise in area of Early Childhood Development.

She has been involved in the implementation of Early Intervention Teams providing specialist services to babies and young children who present with developmental difficulties. Fiona has developed a series of workshops / seminars based on scientific research to help parents understand and maximize their child’s development potential, promote healthy sleep patterns & prevent fussy eaters. Additionally, Fiona also runs Development Milestone classes and provides Individual Assessment and Therapy & Sleep Clinics.

She was a child development expert contributor at the National 0 – Toddler show, participated in a Government research study trip with Early Childhood Ireland to examine preschool education in Norway, is the Child Development Expert Contributor to a leading Parenting Magazine and presents regularly at national conferences.

 

AMY FAULKNER
Amy graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2006 with BSc. Curr OT (Hons).

She has been working with children with special needs for the past nine years in the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) Dublin, as a community based OT in Belfast, in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital (TSCUH) on the Early Assessment Team, Orthopaedics Team, Plastics and Neurosurgery Teams.

Amy developed a special interest in developing the OT role with babies in TSCUH. She developed skills and implemented therapy programmes including developmental care approaches. As part of her continued professional development she has completed her Brazelton Neonatal Behavioural Observation training and level 1 NIDCAP Foundation Toolkit training. She is a member of the UK special interest group for OT’s working with neonates.

Amy is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) with the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM).

 

NICOLA GASKIN
Nicola graduated with a BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy from Trinity College Dublin in 2004. Since then she has worked in a variety of paediatric settings. Nicola currently works in Temple Street Childrens University Hospital as the Senior Occupational Therapist in Neurology where she is responsible for the assessment and treatment of infants and children presenting with neurological conditions.

Nicola  has a special interest in infant development and as part of her caseload she works with high risk infants including premature babies. She is also involved with follow up post discharge. She has undertaken further training in developmental care, neurobehavioural assessment, neurodevelopmental treatment, sensory integration and infant massage.

While working with premature infants in the acute setting and in the community, Nicola has seen first hand  the impact prematurity can have on a child’s development and functional skills. She is very passionate about early intervention and improving services for high risk infants and premature babies in Ireland.

 

VELTA VUSKANE
Velta obtained her bachelor degree in Rehabilitation Science and Physiotherapy at Riga Strandins University, Latvia in 2013. Velta’s major passion is neonatology and early intervention, particularly neonatal intensive care. As part of her joint bachelor thesis in the Nordic and Baltic physiotherapy programme, Velta conducted research into the role of physiotherapy in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She served as the leading physiotherapist in the NICU in Latvia’s National Childrens Hospital, in the areas of Respiratory Care, Neurodevelopment, Positioning, Handling Sleeping and Feeding.

As part of Velta’s continuing professional development she has completed numerous courses in Latvia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Velta is a member of the Musculoskelatal Therapy Group and Paediatric Group in the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.

A big promoter of getting out and being active, Velta spends her spare time running, cycling and exploring the Dublin and Wicklow mountains.

 

KASEY O’SHEA
Kasey graduated with a M.Sc. in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Limerick in 2007 and has  an M. Phil from Trinity in Linguistics where she wrote her dissertation on developing language in 2005. Kasey has worked with pre-school children on language, behaviour and early developmental milestones since 2002 through home tutoring programmes.  She believes in a rounded and intense approach to therapy and works closely with parents to ensure they are fully trained to help their children learn. Kasey works with children up to adulthood.

 

EMMA TWOHIG
Emma’s educational background is an English and Psychology degree (2004-2007) in University College Cork. She then worked in the disability sector for a year before doing a 2 year Post Graduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy in City University London (2008-2010).

Her work experience since graduating included working as an ABA tutor and as a Speech and Language Therapist in a special needs school and she has worked in a variety of areas of the service; early intervention, pre-school, residential and school aged children. She has also spent time volunteering in primary care.

She has completed the Module One Lámh training course and is PECS level 1 qualified. She is also trained in Hanen courses; ‘More than Words’ and ‘It Takes Two to Talk’.

 

SUSAN KING                                                                                                                                                                          

Susan is an experienced midwife with over 20 years experience caring for neonates in the hospital setting and the home place.  Susan is available to help families in the greater Dublin/Wicklow area post discharge from the NICU. Her services include helping establish feeding and sleeping patterns, managing the additional needs and challenges associated with prematurity and multiple births and providing advice and guidance to families where required. Susan is also available to work nights and give parents a much needed rest. Susan can be contacted through the INHA or on (087-6737500).

 

CARRIE CLARKE
Carrie is a Speech and Language pathologist working in private practice in the United States.  She has a particular interest in reading and analyzing current research.  This allows her to stay up to date on current research in the field and provides an opportunity to share that information with others through her website.  Carrie breaks down research down into easy-to-understand tidbits that can be used by families to improve the communication skills of their children.

Her journey as a speech-language pathologist began in graduate school at Truman State University in Kirksvile, Missouri.  She quickly learned that her passion in the field of speech-language pathology is with children. After graduation, she worked at the Columbia Public Schools in Columbia, Missouri in the 3-5 years program.  Although she loved all of the children she worked with and enjoyed the job thoroughly, she found herself longing to be able to provide even more assistance to the families she worked with. Through the schools, she had very large caseloads and had very little access to their families. She has created an online speech and language resource providing education, information and activities for families www.speechandlanguagekids.com.

 

MARIA TERESA FERRER
Maria Teresa graduated as a Physical Therapist in 1987 started her own practice, Suprotec, in 1989 in Medellin, Antioquia. She completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa in 2006.

Maria Teresa has extensive experience in teaching and working with children of all ages with brachial plexus injury: she is certified in traumatic brain injury, Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT), and early intervention in addition to specializing in Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy, Neuromusic-connection (children and adults), Cerebral Palsy, Neuroplasticity, Neurokinesthetics, Developmental Delays, Mirror Therapy, Gait Abnormalities and Neuroconnection Method

Maria Teresa trains physical therapists and families to help prevent children from depending on assisted devices. She consults on a national and international level, following patients and families to provide education for those who are unable to travel for the treatment.

The philosophy of Ferrer Pediatrics is to not just to focus on the problems and limitations to provide assisted devices. Instead, she strives to prevent every child possible from having to rely on equipment. She looks at the entire picture, taking the highest consideration into what the patient’s top potential is.

 

MARGOT MCNELIS (RGN, RM, RNT) Certificate in Neonates, Bachelor of Nursing studies, MSc in Midwifery, Lactation consultant.

Margot has worked with neonates for 6 years at The Children’s Hospital in Boston, The National Maternity Hospital, Holles St, Dublin, The Coombe Women’s Hospital Dublin and The Rotunda Hospital, Dublin where she was also involved in teaching the neonatal course.

She currently lectures at Dundalk Institute of technology in midwifery and nursing where she teaches a module for second year student midwives on “The Normal Neonate” and for third year student midwives a module on “The Complex Neonate”.

She also provides 4th year midwifery students with an opportunity to complete “The Neonatal Resuscitation Programme” from The American Academy of Paediatrics.

 

GRETCHEN LAWHON
Gretchen is a clinical nurse scientist who has worked in the area of newborn intensive care for 35 years and has 39 years experience as a nurse. She was a cofounder of the NIDCAP program and co-investigator in several of the early research studies supporting an individualized developmentally supportive approach to care of infants and families in the newborn intensive care unit.

She was co-investigator of the NINR funded Stability of Infant Responses to Painful Procedures study (1998-2002) and has extensive experience as a clinical nurse scientist and has authored numerous articles in her areas of expertise. Her most recent role was the liaison to nursing and clinical nurse scientist with program development including consultation with NICU staff and participation in clinical assessment and collaboration in the infant follow-up program.

She was responsible for the clinical implementation of developmentally supportive care in the NICU by provision of NIDCAP observational assessments, APIB evaluations, participation in clinical rounds with an emphasis on the integration of developmentally supportive care, and consultation and collaboration with families in the NICU. As President, NIDCAP Federation International, she is responsible for leadership and direction for the NFI. She was an active member of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Steering Committee and was also certified as a breastfeeding counselor.

 

ELIZABETH LEWIS
Liz is a co-founder and research and education officer in the INHA. She has two children one of whom is an ex-29weeker (born at 980g in 2010). Her background is in clinical diagnostics and she has a PhD in Immunology. Liz’s day job is in the field of Perinatal research and she is based in the Rotunda Hospital Dublin,where she manages two national clinical research networks (Perinatal Ireland and the HRB Ireland Perinatal Clinical Trials Network).

 

NIKK CONNEMAN
Nikk Conneman, MD, is neonatologist on staff at the neonatal intensive care unit of the Erasmus MC-Sophia Children’s Hospital, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He is also a Senior NIDCAP trainer and the Director of the Sophia NIDCAP Training Centre in Rotterdam. He specialises in  brain development, and individualized and family centered care. He is very passionate about architecture, with special interest in NICU design.

 

AMANDA PRIESTLEY
Amanda is a H-Dip Children’s Nurse in Trinity College Dublin and the National Children’s Hospital Tallaght, Dublin. Amanda has 13 years general surgical nursing experience.