Richard Carson became an ACET care volunteer at the age of 21, subsequently led the Education and Training projects and has been CEO since 2012. He has qualifications in a wide-range of areas including Pharmacology, Education, Management of Community and Voluntary Organisations, Health Promotion and Intercultural Theology. These include a prize-winning Master’s dissertation for Trinity College Dublin on HIV Prevention. Richard has received numerous community awards and nominations for his work with Migrant-Led Churches as well as with the LGBT community and is a member of the HIV Testing Working Group of the National Sexual Health Strategy. He lives in Dublin with his wife and 3 young boys.
Lynn has been administrator for the Dublin Film Festival and Creative Arts Europe and currently runs the ACET office. She has training in Data Protection, Volunteer Management, and many aspects of Social Media. She holds a BA from the University of Victoria and is a freelance writer, leading creative writing workshops internationally. She is a Canadian living in Dublin with her husband and two children.
Hansi was a youth volunteer for ACET in 2007 before joining the staff as Family & Youth Support Coordinator in 2013. Her working background includes volunteering with organisations such as Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Bodywhys, Release Prison Partnership, Alternatives to Violence Project, and the Irish Foster Care Association. Hansi has a variety of qualifications in areas such as psychology, early childhood education, coaching, keyworking & care planning, drugs counselling, restorative practice and is currently working towards qualifying as a psychotherapist through IICP. Originally from Colorado, USA, she lives in Wicklow with her husband.
Terrie Colman-Black is one of the founder members of ACET: she approached ACET during its inception in the UK proposing the service for Dublin. Terrie is driven by passion and a firm belief in empowering those around her. Her role in ACET developed over the years, especially in care. She has run the quilt group for the past 24 years and provides supervision to care staff. Her other passions include the arts, especially music. She is married and has two daughters.
Part of the ACET team since 2009, Olivia’s role encompasses a client-centered approach and empowering individuals through care planning and key working. A graduate in Social Policy and Sociology from Trinity College Dublin, her studies focused on areas of social injustice, inequality and public and social policy. Olivia’s background is comprised of a variety of community-based work with organisations including the Canal Communities Intercultural Centre, AkiDwA, Ruhama, Suas Educational Development and Foroige. She is a trained counsellor and psychotherapist, working toward accreditation with the Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
Ifedinma Dimbo, Researcher
Ifedinma joined the ACET team as researcher in 2018, asking the question “How can we overcome barriers to HIV testing for African migrants in Ireland?” She will be drawing from her work on migrant experiences of our health system and her expertise as a PhD candidate in UCC, where she is exploring how knowledge impacts migrant behavior crossing the Irish healthcare system’s boundary to outsource high-strength pharmaceutical products to solve their illness concerns.
Vivienne Morrow-Murtagh, Co-founder and Counsellor
Vivienne is a counsellor, psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor with over 20 years of experience working on health issues among vulnerable populations. She is accredited with the Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and is also a trained Imago therapist and a certified trauma therapist. She founded ACET’s Education & Training work and currently provides counselling and supervision support to clients and staff.
Prof. Samuel McConkey (chair) leads the clinical infectious disease services at Beaumont hospital and at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda, and is the clinical lead for the sexual health services in Monaghan, Dundalk and Drogheda. He is head of the department of Tropical Medicine and International Health at RCSI.
Tony MacCarthaigh led the Rialto Community Drug Team for many years and was chair of the local community Drugs Task Force. He is now retired but is still active within his community.
Richard Phillips is a former ACET CEO, and is currently Programme Development Manager at the Tivoli Training Centre in Dun Laoghaire.
Daniel Ramamoorthy is a changemaker actively contributing locally and internationally as a serial entrepreneur, investor, government and startup advisor, business lecturer, and speaker. He is a graduate of Yale University and Trinity College and has worked with the UN and World Vision bringing a unique blend of non-profit and for-profit experience to his role on the ACET board.
The Reverend Abigail Sines, originally from Hampton, Virginia, completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies in international relations and Chinese language, following which she took a course in theological studies in Belfast: her dissertation focused on the place of interfaith dialogue in Christian spirituality. In Dublin, Abigail was appointed as curate to the Christ Church Cathedral Group of Parishes in 2015; in 2016 she moved into the role of Dean’s Vicar.
Karen Thompson grew up in Northern Ireland and has been living in Dublin for over 20 years, apart from spending 18 months living in Bolivia with her husband where they were served with the mission agency Latin Link. She now mainly spends her time looking after their three boys and has recently returned to work part time as a solicitor.
Partnerships & Collaborations
As well as the activities of our Core Staff Team and volunteers, ACET operates a range of partnerships and collaborations across Dublin with statutory and community bodies which further our vision and mission:
Acts of Compassion Projects, led by Bishop Amos Ngugi, deliver a range of supports to marginalised members of New Communities from their base in the North East Inner City of Dublin. ACET has had the privilege of partnering with Acts of Compassion on our work with asylum seekers and church leaders over the past seven years. We currently partner with Bishop Ngugi in his one-to-one supports of vulnerable migrants which improve mental health and provide a referral pathway for those who have fallen through the gap of other more mainstream services. This partnership is being further developed with the support of HSE – Social Inclusion.
Suaimhneas is a recovery house in Dublin which provides residential Stage 4/5 support for women in addiction recovery. This house run by Depaul Ireland in partnership with ACET Ireland is funded by the HSE Addiction Services and the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive.
The Talbot Centre is the longest established drug prevention and education service for children, young people and their families in Ireland. Operating in the North Inner City of Dublin, this HSE initiative offers support, advocacy, brief interventions, family work, substance/drug education, prison visits, family therapy, recreational activities and counselling. ACET administers the Education Worker post which builds the capacity of local schools, Youth Reach centres and community workers to deliver Drug Education.
ACET Ireland’s story began in 1992 out of relationship with ACET Northern Ireland. We are delighted to continue this special relationship through the Parent/Teen Communication course delivered by the ACET NI staff to leaders in Migrant-Led churches. This Level 2 Open College Network course addresses a range of topics including understanding teenage development, empathetic listening and talking to your child about relationships and sex. It is the first of its kind to be tailored and targeted for parents whose own experience of their teenagers years took place in a very different cultural context to that of their children.