Meet our team

Our team are committed to advocating for, supporting and providing the highest level of care to those who access our services.

With a vast range of experience, the Anew team embody our values of care and compassion and illustrate all that Anew stands for in the work that they carry out on a daily basis. 

Marian Barnard

Marian has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 20 years, specialising in governance, compliance and strategic development.

Having joined Anew in 2015, Marian was instrumental in the transformation of the organisation from a mainly counselling service to one which addresses the practical and emotional needs of pregnant women experiencing homelessness today. This entailed building a team to address these issues for pregnant women and new mothers who find themselves homeless, often as a direct result of their pregnancy. This resulted in the niche bespoke services in Anew today.

Marian has a masters degree in co-operative and social enterprise and a certificate in Charity Law. Marian supports the Board of her local Credit Union around training and strategy. In addition she shares her experience around governance and risk in the charity sector via Carmichael.

Marian lives in Portarlington with her husband Gary and three teenagers; Grace, Maeve and Joseph. 

Danielle Gannon

Danielle joined the Anew team in December 2020 as our Senior Services Manager, supporting pregnant women at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness as well as new mothers who are or have been homeless. Danielle came to us with extensive experience within the homeless sector fulfilling various roles in case management, child support, housing support and intensive family sustainment in the community. 

Training in the area of complex trauma and psychologically informed environment, Danielle is committed to ongoing education and training and gained a postgraduate diploma in child protection and welfare from Trinity College in 2013. 

Outside of work, Danielle likes to spend time with her partner as well as cooking, reading and walking. 

Genevieve Kelly

Joining us in 2020 as the Housing Case Worker, Genevieve works to support the women we work with who are at risk of homelessness to either move into Cherry Blossom Cottage or find suitable accommodation through the Housing Assistance Scheme (HAP). 

Graduating from NUI Maynooth, Genevieve brings a diploma in Youth and Community  work as well as a degree in Applied Social Studies to the Anew team. She has over eight years experience working with young people and families experiencing homelessness and supporting those coming out of homelessness with the transition to their forever homes. 

Outside of work, Genevieve enjoys meditation, yin yoga and also loves to cook. 

Grainne Bollard

Grainne joined us in 2019 as a social care worker. Grainne works as part of a small time that provides intensive support for the women that we work with, both during and after their pregnancies. With a focus on areas like positive parenting, life skills and practical support, Grainne also provides outreach support and meets with our women and their babies on a regular basis. 

With extensive experience working in residential settings, Grainne brings vast amounts of knowledge and skills in identifying needs, building positive relationships and providing individually tailored care programmes. 

Outside of work, Grainne volunteers with Pieta House and loves to spend time with her husband Dermot and two sons Cathal and Sean. 

Dawn Kenny

Meet Dawn our counsellor who joined the Anew team in 2021. Dawn has experience in working with a wide range of client presentations. Specialised areas of expertise in anxiety, depression, grief and trauma.

Dawn works with our clients to create a safe place where the client can discuss and explore presenting issues.