Karen Kiernan | CEO

One Family’s CEO Karen Kiernan has been leading the organisation since 2001. As CEO, Karen is One Family’s spokesperson and represents issues affecting one-parent families and those experiencing crisis pregnancies in national media, to Government Committees, in written policy submissions and in a wide range of advocacy meetings, conferences and other fora.

For media interview: Karen Kiernan, CEO on 01 662 9212 / 086 850 9191



Bernadette Donlon | Finance Manager

Our Finance Manager Bernadette Donlon leads the financial, governance and reporting requirements of One Family.

Office Manager

Joanne Chee | Office Manager



Niamh Reynolds | Receptionist

Louise O’Neill | Receptionist


Geraldine Kelly | Director of Children and Parenting Services

Geraldine Kelly leads One Family’s Children and Parenting Services; she qualified with a BA in Early Childhood Care & Education in 2001. Prior to this, she qualified in Preschool Care and Applied Social Studies. She is a qualified Parent Mentor, having a level 6 award in Parent Mentoring and in Effective Communications, and a Mediator with recognition as a practicing international mediator specialising in parenting and family transitions. 

Aisling Kelly | Parent Support Coach

Mary Pierce | Family Support Worker

Lorraine Ryan | Assisting Parenting Administrator

Andrea Napier | Family Support Worker


Marguerite McCarthy | Counselling Manager

Marguerite joined One Family in 2005 and now leads One Family’s counselling service. Marguerite is an experienced accredited professional counsellor and has an extensive knowledge of Unplanned Pregnancy Counselling.    

Jenny Corrigan | Counsellor

Pauline Dobbs | Counsellor

Barbara Doyle| Counsellor

Lisa Maguire | Counselling Support Worker

Mary Burns | Creative Therapist

Roisín Sarsfield | Creative Therapist



Valerie Maher | Helpline Manager

Valerie has worked in One Family since 2007 and leads the Helpline & Information Service which incorporates the askonefamily helpline, email support, website information hub and social media information provision.

Ciara Ní Bhroin | Helpline Worker

Siobhan Nugent | Helpline Worker


Early Years Service

Ciara Cox | Early Years Support Worker




Valerie Maher | Programmes Manager

Valerie Maher has worked with One Family since 2013. She has held roles across a number of our services including welfare to work, the askonefamily helpline, professional development and our children and parenting services. She now leads the Policy and Programmes function of One Family.

Antoinette Guiney | New Futures Key Worker

Aideen Da Roche | New Futures Key Worker

Cindy Hughes | New Futures Programme Tutor

Niamh Wynne | New Futures Project Co-ordinator


Communications and Events

Noel Sweeney | Communications & Events Manager

Noel Sweeney leads One Family’s communication service with 17 years experience managing communications and public relations functions in large corporations in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Noel has a Master’s degree in Public Relations, Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Philosophy. Noel is a member of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland

For media enquiries: 01 662 9212/ 085 724 1294



Niamh Kelly | Policy Manager