Work experience

Work experience
2009 - 2012

Director of Youth Services

Cafe Hope / Catholic Charities

Cafe Hope is a youth training program that utilizes a fully functioning restaurant as a training vehicle for getting at risk youth into work. As Director of Youth Services for Cafe Hope I am responsible for managing the program staff team and developing and managing the non culinary parts of the program including the following areas;

  • Recruitment & Intake
  • Orientation
  • Life-skills and Education
  • Job Placement and support
  • Mentoring - including Mentor Recruitment, Programming, Tracking and Evaluation

I am also responsible for long term funding strategies for the program including development and delivery of grants.

Other notable achievements

  1. Chair of the New Orleans Kids Partnerships - Mentoring Working Group
  2. Chair of the Archbishops City Wide Mentoring Initiative tackling violence
  3. Member of the New Orleans Kids Partnership Strategic Planning Group
  4. Member of the Community Provider Action Team as part of the Mayor's Strategic Command to reduce Murder
2007 - 2009

Program Director

Youth Mentoring Connection

As Program Manager am responsible for

  • Managing 5 Mentoring Programs including staff, budgets, evaluation and liaison with Corporate partners
  • Coordination and Development of the YMC Leadership Board
  • New Program Development and implementation
  • Managing youth participation in Boarding House Mentors Surf and Snowboard programs
  • Assisting Grant, Fund raising and Corporate Giving
  • Managing and delivering program of Staff and Volunteer Training

During my time at Youth Mentoring Connection I have

  • Represented California at a Child Trends Practitioners Round Table in Washington DC on Recruitment of Selection of Staff for Out Of School Youth Programs
  • Created the Strategic Plan for Urban Oasis - A new Drop In Teen Center for South Central LA
  • Helped found the Los Angeles Peace Collaborative
  • Developed YMC's New Media Campaign on how to utilize Social Networking for Non Profits
2004 - 2006

Unit Manager

As Manager of a 18 bed adolescent female Mental Health Unit I was responsible for

  • Supervision and support of a team 15 Full Time Residential Support Workers
  • Budgetary responsibility for all Unit finances
  • Managing a program of therapeutic groupwork
  • Ensuring a safe and supportive Milieu

During my time at Devereux

  • I reduced the incident of physical restraint in my Unit by 50% within one month of taking over
  • Introduced a new Program wide policy for the support and supervision of staff
2001 - 2003

Community Education Worker

City of Edinburgh Council

As a Community Education Worker for the North West Edinburgh Youth and Children's Work Team I was responsible for

  • Managing a Team of Detached Streetbased Youthworkers
  • Managing the support of Council funded community based youthwork programs
  • Developing a evaluation model to monitor and enhance the delivery of local youth program

During my time with the Community Education Department

  • I represented the Department on the City of Edinburgh Council initiative to improve the quality of all Council programs serving young people
  • I was the transition manager for Granton Youth Center
1995 - 1998

Apprentice Youth Worker

Belfast Education & Library Board

As an Apprentice Youthworker with the South Belfast Area Project

  • I delivered a program of Streetbased youthwork to young people in South Belfast
  • Trained the staff and volunteers of Nubia Youth Center in dealing with difficult behavior
  • Established a leadership training program for young people in South Belfast
During my time with the Belfast Education & Library Board
  • I coordinated the reopening of Donegall Pass Youth Center





Social Media and Marketing

Using Websites, Blogs, Facebook and Twitter to market Non Profits

Board Development

Working with Non Profit Board of Directors to ensure solid management and financial planning as well as developing long term strategic development plans

Training & Strategic Development

Training full & part time staff and volunteers.  Strategic Planning & Implementation

Youth Development and Mentoring Program Management

Managing Staff, Budgets and Programs including Funding and Evaluation.  Special emphasis on reaching the young people that other agencies and young people exclude.


For more than 20 years I have managed direct services for young people from some of the  most fractured yet resilient communities in the world.  I want to support young people to improve their lives through a "gift centered" approach to youth work: an approach where you see young people for what they do right, and what they have to offer to their community, rather than focusing on what they do wrong. I bring a global perspective to youth work and youth mentoring, acquired working with adolescents over the past two decades, across three continents. From para-military gangs in Belfast, to the young people of North Edinburgh, and on the streets of South Central Los Angeles and New Orleans, I've seen the need of young people for support, structure, nurturing, and above all a belief that they have something to offer this world.

I have more than 10 years experience in designing, implementing and evaluating innovative programs for young people.  Through sports, streetbased work, vocational training and other programs I give young people the opportunity to learn and grow in a supportive environment. 


Family, Social Justice, Travel, Community, Rugby, Youth Development, Politics and Technology. 

And always having fun!