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The Team

Who We Are


Nadine Ferris France

Co-Founder & CEO

​Nadine has spent 25 years working in HIV and global health within United Nations and civil society agencies, as well as in academic institutions in Asia, Africa and her home country, Ireland. Nadine was a co-founder and Executive Director of Health and Development Networks and lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand for many years. She currently works in Dublin part-time as the Executive Director for the Irish Global Health Network (IGHN) and ESTHER Ireland. She is also a Certified Facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie.
She is extremely passionate about self-stigma and self-worth.  Based on her own personal and professional experience, she has worked with a number of amazing people to design an innovative approach to support people living with HIV, survivors of gender-based violence, injecting drug users and other marginalized groups deal with the profound and debilitating disease of self-stigma.  She co-founded Beyond Stigma in 2016 and currently lives in Ireland with her two children. 

Meadhbh Hayden


Professional Intern

Meadhbh is a graduate of Applied Social Sciences from the University of Galway. Deeply interested in how and why people work the way they do, she has experience working with and for young people, including students and at risk children. She strongly believes in the power and necessity of youth-led organisation, particularly movements led by traditionally marginalised communities. Keen to learn more about the Irish NGO sector, Meadhbh is delighted to join Beyond Stigma as Professional Intern and working in the area of self-stigma. She is also a published writer of articles, essays and poetry and enjoys sea-swimming.

Maria Gonzalez

Programmes Officer

Maria Gonzalez has joined Beyond Stigma team this year as Project Officer. Maria holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and a Msc. in Global Health from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland).
She has seven years overall professional experience in the field of Capacity Development and project management in different settings such as Global health, migration, and Global Citizenship Education in the development field.
In her free time, Maria loves to relax, explore self-awareness and meditation techniques.

At Beyond Stigma, Maria is responsible for the areas of Programme support and Communications and works closely with the CEO in the areas of Governance and Fundraising. 


Associate Certified Facilitators

Certified Facilitator Support Team


Amelia Chenoweth


Kathy White


Celeste Gabriele


Patrie Grace


Cindy Smith Ross


Brid Ni Chionaola


Ursula Carlin


Aileen Cheatham

The board


Dr. Steve McDonald


Professor Ronan Conroy


Dr Brendan O'shea


Dr. Elaine Byrne


Fungai Murau


Ursula Carlin


Anne Matthews

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