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Board Members
Jean-Marie Thompson

Jean-Marie is the Deputy Principal at St Mary's Special School, Navan Co. Meath since March 2011 where she has been a member of staff for the past 17 years. Her experience has always been in education, as on graduation from the Mico Teacher's College, Kingston Jamaica in 1981, she started her career at the Hampton High School for girls.
 After obtaining her degree from Illinois State University in 1986 she taught for twelve years in second level in Jamaica until 1999 when she migrated to Ireland.

Jean-Marie has served on Boards of Management and has had other leadership roles in community and church organisations in Jamaica and

Jennifer Sheridan

Jennifer Sheridan is Clinical Director of Education at Hope Montessori. She has over ten years’ experience working with both typical and special needs children and young people in schools, home and residential home settings as a Behaviour Specialist. Jennifer has qualifications and training in Psychology, Behaviour Analysis, Counselling and Psychotherapy, ASSIST suicide prevention, PECS, Early Bird Plus parenting programme, and is a certified trainer in the Management of Physical and Actual Aggression (MAPA).

Michelle Sheridan

Michelle is a Financial Controller in a multi-national construction company. She has 20 years experience in the financial sector including payroll, corporate tax and project management. Michelle is also a Board member of Hope Montessori and experienced in fundraising.

Sherene Powell

Sherene Powell is a qualified Primary School teacher registered with The Teaching Council of Ireland. She has a daughter with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder because of her daughter she opened an Early intervention preschool called HOPE Autism Care Centre that is under the home tuition group scheme with the Department of Education.  She has a degree in Psychology and is currently completing her Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis with Queens University. She is also a certified trainer with the National Autistic Society in United Kingdom to train parents and multidisciplinary team on the Early Bird and EarlyBird Plus three month course.

Dr Ikechukwu Okafor

Dr Ikechukwu Okafor is a Paediatric Consultant and the Head Consultant for the A&E in Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin 1. He is married to Sherene Powell and together they started HOPE Autism Care Centre. He is a director and a member of the Board of Management of HOPE Autism Care Centre. He sits on various board for charity especially the one he is a director of Mannorfields Charity.

Andrew Gelling

Andrew Gelling is a tax consultant with over 20 years’ experience and is principle of his own tax consulting practice.  He is a board of management member of another primary school and is also a trustee/director of a charitable body involved in providing children with special needs, the opportunity to undertake flying in light aircraft and helicopters.  Andrew has four children, three of whom have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and is passionate about Scoil Sinead and its vision for all children to achieve their full potential, including those with ASD and other special needs.

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