About Our TeamThe staff that makes Frontline work
Stuart has worked in health care and social enterprises as a Nurse and Manager for the last 25 years in Scotland, England and now Ireland. His experience includes working in the NHS, voluntary sector, trading and service delivery social enterprises all in the drug treatment sector. He currently joined the organisation as the new Director of Inchicore and Bluebell Community Addiction Team in November 2014. Stuart has a First Class Honours Masters Degree in Management Community and Voluntary Sector and his Master’s thesis investigated developing a green social enterprise. He also sat on Mentor Iontach which was the advisory group for the Msc in Social Enterprise run by DCU Ryan Academy. He also has a passion for music and has been seen fronting a dodgy Dr Feelgood tribute band in Dublin. His other passion is old vintage VW campervans and has been seen at many a motorway service station with his van waiting for the AA
Senior Addiction Practitioner
Tom has been working in Frontline since Jan 2013, he is the Senior Addiction/Progression & Aftercare Practitioner in Kavanagh House; Tom’s current role involves supporting clients towards self-actualization, the realization/fulfilment of their talents and potentialities; His educational background is in counselling/psychotherapy and addiction; He is trained in auricular acupuncture and certified in restorative practises, smart recovery and cognitive behavioural therapy.
Michael is an Addiction Practitioner and is based in the Bluebell Project where he works full time engaging with the substance misuse needs of clients in the Bluebell area. Michael had experience of working in the hospitality and construction sectors before embarking on a career in the addiction sector. Along with key-working Michael works with older members of the community around alcohol misuse and co-facilitates our Cannabis Peer Support Group. He represents IBCAT on the subcommittee for the Canal Communities Local Drugs Task Force Drugs Awareness Week. Michael has a Diploma in Addiction Studies from Trinity College Dublin.
Sabrina has been working in Frontline since January 2018, starting on a student placement for three months and then as a full-time staff. Her role involves key-working an average of 20 clients. She is responsible for facilitating the pre “Frontline Connection” group. Sabrina has a degree in Social Care, a Diploma in Childcare and a FETAC level 5 in Nursing Studies. Sabrina has experience of working in the community with vulnerable adults and children in many different settings.
Grainne has been working with Frontline since March 2016. Her current role involves key-working with an average of 20 clients. She has responsibility for our drop-in space which is a non-judgemental daily service operated on a harm minimisation basis. Grainne is our representative on the CAN2 forum whereby local community project come together to identify training needs and have them provided. Grainne is also responsible for our Benzo Support Group. She has a background in International and Community Development Studies and is an accredited CRA practitioner.
Project Innovation Officer
Jenny has been working with the organisation since 2009. She has been responsible for the design and implementation of the ICARUS client management system and in more recent times the implementation of the eCass system which uses Salesforce platform. Other recent projects include the implementation of a HR System and a redesign and development of our website and promotional material. She is also part of our Health & Safety Subcommittee. Apart from project development, Jenny has responsibility for our IT Support, grant applications, preparation of reports to relevant funders and provision of information to the National Drug Treatment Research Board. Jenny has a background in Marketing and Business Development with an MBS from Michael Smurfit Business School
Addiction Operations Manager
Greg is the Addiction Operations Manager in Frontline. Greg has worked in a range of roles in the Community Sector since the 1990’s including high support childcare; family work; homelessness and addiction. He joined the Frontline Team in May 2014. Greg is an accredited counsellor and holds a master’s degree in Social Justice & Public Policy, other relevant academic study to the role includes, Housing Law & Policy; Addiction Studies; Group Work Theory & Practice; Support & Supervision; Mental Health and Community Development. He also lectures on a part-time basis with Urrús; University College Dublin and the University of Glyndwr Wales on their diploma and degree programmes.
Community Childcare Worker
Michelle has been working in the Children’s Project the past 10 years. Her background is Montessori, Childcare and Addiction Studies. Michelle’s role is to work with children that come from families with addiction. She works with the morning and afternoon group and provides a child centred and developmental programme to each child. She key works and implements individual care plans for each child in the afternoon group. Michelle is responsible for our yearly residential holiday and summer camp with the afternoon group children. Part of Michelle’s role is to support and advocate on behalf of young people in the area who live with the impact of family and community addiction. Michelle is part of annual community Christmas Tree event which involves working with local agencies in the area.
Elly is a member of the Management Team of Frontline and has been working in her position of part-time Finance Administrator since November 2015. She has vast experience in accounts and administration and has been working in various community based projects for the past seventeen years. Her responsibilities include dealing with Funders, salary processing, payment processing, actual and projected budgets, management accounts, Audit preparation and all aspects of accounting for the Project. Elly is also a member of the Sub finance and Risk Committee of Frontlnie and attends the Board of Management Meetings.
Nicola has been working with Frontlnie since October 2014. A Childcare Practitioner who works with the morning and afternoon group she provides a child centred and developmental programme to each child. Her role involves key working nine children in the morning group which is made up of 4 months old up to 4 year old children. This entails keeping anecdotal records of the children’s development whereby it is possible to assess their needs and their progression. Nicola’s educational background is QQI Level 5& 6 in early childhood care and education.
Orlagh has been working with the service since August 2018. She works with our morning and afternoon groups and key-works with ten children in the afternoon group. This can entail recording progress and behaviour, helping children with coping skills and working with parents for the best interest of the child. Orlagh has a BA in Early childhood care and Education. She has previously worked in Montessori preschools and as an Applied Behaviour Analysis Tutor in an early intervention preschool for children with Autism.
Stephanie has been working with Frotnline since June 2015. She has recently taken on the role of Childcare Manager with responsibility for the overall running of the Children’s Project. Stephanie introduced The High Scope Approach into the Children’s Project in September 2015, which children learn through choices, plans and active learning play. Stephanie also introduced the 6 steps of conflict resolution to both the morning and afternoon group. Children learn to solve problems for themselves. Her educational background is Social Studies and a BA in Early Childhood Education. Stephanie is accredited in High Scope and Triple P. Triple P – Promoting Positive Parenting involves 10 week individual sessions to support parents to promote their child’s social, emotional and behavioural development. She offers these sessions to parents in the service.
Benedikt has been with Frontline since July 2018. He comes from a background in psychology, holding a master’s degree in Health and Social Psychology as well as a master’s degree in Mindfulness Based Interventions making him a qualified Mindfulness Teacher
He has a particular interest in personal and professional development working on multiple projects as a trainer, facilitator, or programme developer.
At Frontline, he works in the role of the progression and aftercare addiction practitioner, which has him working with clients, who are in recovery looking to build a new life for themselves, as well as oversee the Progression group and the Aftercare group programmes.
Community Prison Links Practitioner
Rachel has been with the organisation since September 2018 as a Community Prison Links Practitioner. She works with people on a one to one basis around their substance misuse and offending behaviour. Rachel’s role also involves supporting prisoners to successfully reintegrate back into their communities. She will also be responsible for facilitating the Restorative Practice Group and Frontline Connections Day Programme. Rachel has a background in visual merchandising and retail management before beginning a career within the addiction field. She has a diploma in addiction studies from Maynooth University.
Alison has been with Frontline since August 2016. Initially as a volunteer she progressed onto relief work and more recently has taken up the role of Addiction Practitioner in Kavanagh House. Her current role involves key-working with an average of 20 clients. She is also responsible for running the ‘Benzo Group’ which enables participants to look at their benzodiazapine use and how to make positive changes around this. Part of Alison’s role is to facilitate the ‘drop in’. This is a non-judgemental informal safe space for clients to come and enjoy a cup of tea in a social setting. It operates on a harm reduction basis where clients are provided with information on services available. Alison has an honours degree in Social Care and a diploma in Addiction Studies.
Shauna, Nichola and Catherine are our CE staff. They provide reception cover and play a vital role welcoming all visitors to Kavanagh House and Bluebell. They also provide administrative support. A kind word, a cup of tea and a welcome in to an environment where you will not be judged and where help and understanding are available. The importance of their work cannot be underestimated.
Catherine Kane McDonagh