NCP Staff

Laura Kersulyte Laura Kersulyte

Finance and HR Manager

Laura Kersulyte is the office, finance and HR coordinator for NCP. As one of NCP's longest-serving staff members – she has worked with New Communities Communities Partnership since 2008 – Laura has been instrumental in shaping and developing the growth of the organisation. As well as serving on various committees and steering groups, she was a founding member for NCP's Women's Forum. 

Laura speaks Lithuanian, English and Russian. 

Diego Castillo, New Communities Partnership Diego Castillo

Research and Policy Officer
Email: diego@newcommunities.ie

Diego joined the New Communities Partnership team in October 2018 as Programmes Officer. In his current role, Diego facilitates the development of programmes within the organisation, including through reporting and data analysis. Furthermore, he takes an active role in the development and implementation of NCP's advocacy and policy strategies.

44346350_343974692844579_1634678936703074304_n Sevak Khachatryan

Youth Project Coordinator
Email: ncpyouth@newcommunities.ie

Sevak, who is originally from Armenia, graduated from Dublin City University where he studied Contemporary Culture and Society. Since May 2014, Sevak has been coordinating NCP Youth, a youth project within NCP. One of the core projects of NCP Youth is the English Homework Club, a programme Sevak developed, which assists migrant students in primary and secondary schools in Dublin. Sevak also coordinates NCP’s collaboration with SIRIUS European Policy Network, which includes representing NCP at European level and also organising EU policy conferences in Ireland.

NCP Logo 2 Rima Kawash

Migrant Family Support Service Coordinator
Email: rima@newcommunities.ie

Rima is the project coordinator for NCP's Migrant Family Support Service (MFSS), a service that assists migrant families undergoing child welfare interventions. She has been working in the community sector in Ireland for many years to date and is highly experienced in cultural advocacy. Rima speaks English, Arabic and Dutch and holds a bachelor's in business studies, a diploma in social studies and a diploma in early childhood care and education. Additionally, Rima has been trained in community development, cultural Interpretation and customer service.

Yemisi Ojo Yemisi Ojo

Migrant Family Support Service Project Worker

Yemisi is one of the founding members of NCP. She currently works with the organisation as a project worker for Migrant Family Support Service (MFSS), which includes assisting migrant families and providing training on best practices for child welfare. She holds a BA in Economics & AAS Business Management from UDC and has participated in various trainings relevant to her work, including European Migration and Cultural Diversity Training and Community Development & Leadership training from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Mariana Dragut, New Communities Partnership Mariana Dragut

Migrant Family Support Service Project Worker

Mariana is a project worker with NCP's Migrant Family Support Service, working with migrant families, caregivers and state bodies on matters surrounding the welfare of migrant children. Mariana holds an honours degree in social care work, where she specialised in child protection law, migrant needs, disability rights and issues, and public health education.

Mariana is a fluent Romanian speaker and is also fluent in English. 

Jennifer O'Sullivan Jennifer O'Sullivan

Migrant Family Support Service Project Worker (NCP Cork)

Jennifer is a Migrant Family Support Services project worker who is based in the NCP Cork office. She holds a level 6 qualification in Community and Health Services and has a level 8 bachelor's degree in Social Work.

Before NCP, Jennifer gained strong experience working with children and adolescents in a youth work capacity. She also has experience working with adults with intellectual disabilities.

Kuda Mushaya -- NCP Migrant Family Support Service MFSS Kuda Mushaya

Migrant Family Support Service Project Worker

Kuda works as a project worker for NCP's Migrant Family Support Service (MFSS). She holds an LLM from UCD in which she specialised in international human rights law, and an LLB in Irish law. She brings unwavering commitment to advocate for the needs of others to her role in NCP. In her role, she advocates and supports migrant families experiencing child protection interventions, with the core aim of promoting the best interests of children. Kuda also gives cultural support to social workers working within child and family services across Dublin.

 

Doris Abuchi Ogbonda Doris Abuchi Ogbonda

Project Coordinator (Migrant Access Programme)
Email: map@newcommunities.ie

Doris joined NCP in 2015 and has worked in different projects and various capacities within the organisation. Presently, Doris is the national coordinator of the Migrant Access Programme (MAP), a service designed to strengthen employment prospects for migrants, which is delivered nationwide. With experience working as a diversity and inclusion worker, an intercultural advocate, a national facilitator, a community activist, and volunteering roles, Doris works now to empower and support migrants to improve their chances of employability and be included.

Previously, she coordinated NCP's Social Inclusion and Community Activation project (SICAP) and worked as a project worker in the Migrant Family Support Support Service (MFSS), where she supported migrant families experiencing child protection interventions.

Raymond Muwaniri, NCP Social Inclusion Coordinator Raymond Muwaniri

Social Inclusion Coordinator

Raymond is the coordinator for the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP). Born and raised in Mutare, Zimbabwe, Raymond moved to Ireland in 2000 where he completed a BA Honours Degree in Sustainable Development and an MA in International Politics from University College of Cork. Raymond has also done several trainings in global issues, project management, SafeTalk and intercultural training, among others. Raymond has also worked with community groups in Ireland, Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa, on various issues.

Raymond’s passion includes migrant rights, social inclusion, empowerment of communities, environmental management and the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Raymond speaks English and Shona fluently. His hobbies include travelling and learning about different cultures, and watching and playing sports.

Frank Odei Tettey Frank Odei Tettey

Information Officer (Citizenship Application Support Service)

Frank is an information officer with NCP's Citizenship Application Support Service (CASS). He has several years of experience working in the CASS service and of providing excellent customer service while dealing with clients' queries, while at all times maintaining kindness and proficiency toward clients. In his role of information officer, he has been able to assist the countless migrants he has worked with by providing information and guiding them through the naturalisation process and immigration-related issues.

He acts as an anchor for CASS, coordinating and managing staff, interns and volunteers. His work has included the provision of inclusion training for the team.  

NCP_029 Ludmila Gorbaczewska

Information Officer (Citizenship Application Support Service)

Ludmila is an information officer working in NCP's Citizenship Application Support Service (CASS). She graduated Gdansk University with a master's degree in Polish Literature and has a Fetac level 5 in Travel and Tourism and Fetac Level 6 in Administration and Project Management. She previously worked Poland as a personal assistant in a building company for 5 years, during which she built strong organisational and customer service skills.

She began her career in NCP as a volunteer in 2016 before progressing to her current role. She brings her professionalism to her work in CASS, helping people with their citizenship applications. She speaks three languages: Russian, Polish and English.

 

Jeannett Taku -- NCP Cork -- cropped Jeannett Taku

Programme Coordinator (NCP Cork)

Jeannett holds a master's degree in Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies (CMDS) and a bachelor's degree in Applied Social Studies (Social Work) from University College Cork (UCC). Jeannett completed her Master’s thesis on Migrant women experience of Domestic violence. She is particularly interested in the area of Migration, human rights and international law. Jeannett also holds a diploma in Leadership and Management.

Jeannett is currently programme coordinator of NCP Cork. She joined NCP in 2012 as a volunteer and was later employed as a Migrant Family Support Service (MFSS) project worker, supporting migrant families experiencing child protection intervention. Jeannett is a board member and chairperson of African Community Ireland and Cameroon Career Women’s Award organisation. She is the founder of a lot of projects within the community and the CEO of Miss Bronze and Gold Ireland, Voice of Immigrant Women in Cork and Jeannett Refuge Foundation.

Alexandru Leahu, New Communities Partnership Alexandru Leahu

Receptionist

Alexandru, who is one of NCP's two receptionists, has 10 years’ experience in various roles, with strong numerical and IT skills. He holds a certificate in fund accounting from Dublin Business School (DBS). Alex speaks three languages: English (excellent), Romanian (his native language), and Russian (good).