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Alex Gontijo

Administrator

Alexandre was born in Brazil and moved to Ireland to broaden his educational and work experience. His analytical skills are particularly useful in co-ordinating training events, placement administration and supporting the accountancy team, Alex will graduate in Business in 2023.

Alexandre has worked in Brazil with multicultural teams in diverse contexts: an active team member of AIESEC (NGO) in facilitating international students’ exchange. An NGO that develops leadership programs to young people, through cross-cultural experience in global volunteer internship. As part of the program, went abroad to Egypt in 2017, for two months, to promote cultural interchange between the two countries.

Alexandre uses his passion for social & cultural awareness to actively support his co-workers and Origins foster carers in both an enthusiastic but professional manner.

Meet the team

Mieke Ryan
Head of Fostering

Mieke has been working with children in care and their foster carers since 2003. Throughout her working career her

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Eugene Bigley
Operations Manager

Eugene, a professionally qualified social worker, for over 30 years. With experience working both in the public

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Eithne Larkin
Marketing and Recruitment Lead

Eithne and her family have been foster carers for over 20 years and she brings a great insight into the recruitment of foster carers to her work

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Nikki Darcy
Social Work Team Leader

Nikki like all our Social Work team is CORU registered. She has been working as a social worker with children, their families

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Denise Galvin
Administrator

Denise has been working within the private foster care sector as an Administrator since 2014. During this time, she

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Laura Barcellona
Administrator

Laura works as an administrator in Origins foster care. She joined the agency in December 2020. Prior to her role as fostering

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Clare Gleeson
Recruitment & Assessment Team Leader

Clare joined the Origins foster care team in June 2021, having very recently returned from living in the UK

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Alex Gontijo
Administrator

Alexandre was born in Brazil and moved to Ireland to broaden his educational and work experience. With a degree in

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Cíara Farrell
Senior Practitioner, Link Social Worker

Ciara graduated with an honour’s degree in Social Work from Trinity College Dublin and has a National Qualification

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