Carmel O Halloran – Finance Manager
Carmel joined the team in the CAA in August of 2016 as Finance Manager. Under this title Carmel has full responsibility for the finance function within the Association as well as ensuring the highest standards of financial governance are continuously being met. She is a proficient accountant/Finance Manager with over 20 years’ experience in both the Private and not for profit sector. Previous Roles include: Finance Manager Cheshire Ireland Southern Regional, within this role Carmel was a fundamental driver in the setup of the Southern Region Finance Structure for 6 centres within Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Limerick and Carlow. Carmel also has vast experience within the hospitality sector, holding the position of Finance Manager for a number of Hotels in the past.
Sarah O’Donovan – Social Care Leader Crobally
Sarah is the Social Care Leader for a residential unit in our Crobally Campus based in Mogeely. Sarah’s qualifications include a diploma in applied social studies from the Cork Institute of Technology. Throughout this training Sarah attended various mandatory placement’s which gave her a great insight into the sector and best practice when working with disabilities. Since beginning with the CAA in 2005 Sarah has continuously brought this experience to the forefront of our services. Since joining the team at the CAA Sarah has worked across the various services offered by the Association. Including; Residential Care, Respite Supports and Day Services. Sarah is passionate about the work she does and her ultimate aim is to help the adults in the care of the CAA to reach their full potential in whatever shape or form that may take.
Majella McKeown – Day Services Manager
Majella commenced her employment with the CAA back in 2003 as Care Assistant, and then progressed to a social care worker in 2005. Then in 2007 Majella took the role of Social Care Leader in the Greenville Campus in Carrigtwohill, where she remained until November of 2016 when she began a new role as Day Service’s Manager. Under this role Majella is responsible for overseeing the management of the Five Day Service Locations at the Cork Association for Autism. There are 40 Service Users who avail of the Day Service Facility at the CAA and 19 these centres are staffed by 19 trained employees. Majella is also an Instructor for the Management of Actual or Potential Aggression and this training is given to all staff within the Cork Association for Autism. Additionally, Majella was recently nominated as the Designated Safeguarding Officer for the Day Services.
Carol Walsh – Fundraising Coordinator
Carol has been working with the CAA Fundraising Office since June of 2015. She has a degree in Marketing (Hons) and has a specific interest in the not for profit sector. Within the role of Fundraising Coordinator Carol is responsible for the organization and execution of a busy calendar of fundraising events throughout the year as well as the promotion of Autism Awareness through the same. Carol is also responsible for ensuring the highest levels of supporter and volunteer care are met as well as the maintenance of Social Media and the execution of public supporter communications. Carol is passionate about the importance of fundraising and the work of the CAA and continuously ensures that the highest standards of fundraising best practice are adhered to.
Sarah Jane Lee – Office Administrator
Sarah Jane is the Office Administrator at the Cork Association for Autism’s Main Office which is based in Barryscourt, Carrigtwohill. Sarah Jane joined the Association in December of 2015 and has since proven herself a very valuable member of the organization. Sarah Jane has exceptional administrative and organizational skills and is an asset to the team at the Barryscourt Office. Sarah Jane can be contacted in the Barryscourt Office and is always happy to assist with any queries you may have.
Michael O’Regan – Facilities Manager
Michael began his career qualifying as a stained glass specialist in an architectural company in Cologne, Germany. He then returned to Ireland and was Managing Director of East Cork Glass & Glazing for 3 years before completing a diploma in disability studies & entering a new career in the disability sector. Michael then worked for 4 years as a care assistant & key worker at the CAA before taking on the position of Facilities Manager with the added role of Health & Safety Officer. Michael has held this position within the organization since 2014.
Emma Hutchinson – Horticulture Coordinator
Emma holds a degree in Landscape Horticulture as well as having trained specifically in the area of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture. Emma has been a member of the CAA team for the past 7 years. Prior to taking her post with the CAA Emma worked with a number of Dublin local authorities in park management and design. The role of the Horticulture Coordinator is a varied one and involves coordinating the horticultural team as well as managing, maintaining and developing the horticultural facilities within the CAA. The Horticulture team are responsible for delivering a horticultural therapy programme to clients on a one to one basis. The Horticulture Team place a great emphasis on a establishing a nature-based program that provides hands-on activities to stimulate sensory, motor, cognitive and communications skills of the people who avail of the services at the CAA.