WITS is a voluntary organisation and is operated in accordance with the association's rules.Each year at the AGM an executive is elected as per the rules and they are tasked with running the organisation on a day-to-day basis.
Michael D. Higgins
President of Ireland
Chair: Julie Hogan
Vice-Chair: Anne-Marie Flaherty
Treasurer: Lisa Cavern
Secretary: Dr Rebecca O'Neill
EXECUTIVE MEMBERS (see below for details)
Dr Marie Barrett
Andrea Johnson (WorkHuman)
Dr Catherine Mooney
Magaly Mora (Cork)
Sanya Sharma (Galway)
WITS is primarily funded by corporate and individual members subscriptions. Funding has been received from the EU and the Irish Government for specific projects.
Julie Hogan has been elected Chair of WITS for 2018-2019. She studied Electronics Engineering in NIHE Limerick, and has been working in R&D for the past 26 years in Ireland and abroad.
Currently, she runs a small R&D team in Memjet Ireland, Dublin, with a team of 13 scientists and engineers (4 of whom are women) working on digital print engine controller design and MEMS printhead design. Her current role combines technical, project management and management responsibilities, and she has previously worked in all three areas at different times for ARM in Cambridge, ParthusCeva in Dublin, Silicon and Software Systems (S3) in Dublin and AT&T in Bray with secondments to the Netherlands and Australia.
Anne-Marie is a bioanalytical scientist, with an interest in microbiology, immunodiagnostics and infection prevention. She has been a member of the WITS Ireland Executive since 2015. She has a BSc in Bioanalytical Science from ITT Dublin, a BA in International Relations from DCU and has worked in biopharmaceutical and environmental monitoring. She is passionate about science, communication and advocacy. Anne-Marie is an ultra-marathon and mountain-runner, and is an active member of the Irish Mountain Running Association. (Ask her about blenders).
Lisa Cavern is an IT professional and Business Analyst with Version 1, where she helps clients maximise the business benefits of technology projects.
Before moving into the IT sector, Lisa worked in science and maths education, and later in the community sector. Lisa loves learning and sharing the why and how of the world around us and is passionate about promoting equality in the sciences and technology.
Dr Rebecca O'Neill is the Project Coordinator for Wikimedia Community Ireland. A large portion of her work focuses on improving and strengthening the representation of women on Wikipedia. Having worked in the Natural History Museum for a number of years, she has a particular interest in the history of science and technology in Ireland.
She serves on the National Committee for Commemorative Plaques for Science and Technology for WITS, focusing on the representation of women as well as the Committee's online presence
Dr. Marie Barrett completed her PhD in Plant molecular biology in UCC and partly at the University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris. After completing her research Marie held several positions in the biotech/pharma industry as a technical sales specialist focusing in endotoxin texting and more recently as a validation engineer for a large multinational.
Marie is also a qualified Montessori teacher and has volunteered her time introducing the under 5's to maths and science to explore the world around them. She is a WITS Executive member and Treasurer since December 2014.
Sinéad recently completed a BSc. (Hons) in Genetics from UCD and is currently working as a data scientist, primarily focusing on data analytics and machine learning. She hopes to combine the fields of data science and genetics in the future and work in the field of bioinformatics, specifically in rare disease research.
Sinéad is passionate about increasing the female representation in all areas of STEM, particularly in the technology sector. She first joined WITS as a student member in 2015 and is eager to get involved further now that she is a member of the executive.
Magaly V. Mora is a quality professional with experience in manufacturing and validations environments of electronic products and medical devices and a member of the Executive Committee of WITS. She studied Electronics and Communications Engineering and a Master of Science with specialisation in Quality Systems and Productivity in Mexico (ITESM).
Magaly is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and an ISO Internal Auditor. Magaly is interested in volunteering causes related to education. She is a link creator who enjoys meeting new people and working with multidisciplinary teams. She is a WITS member since October 2016 and she is interested to know more STEM women. Magaly tweets @MagalyVarinia
Laura is a PhD student in Trinity College Dublin studying the first stellar explosions and their progenitors as an awardee of the IRC postgraduate research award. Laura is also and a member of the Executive Committee of WITS. A Naughton scholar and graduate of TCD in Physics and Astrophysics, Laura is passionate about her research having completed her final year project studying binary stars, as well as a placement in Nottingham Trent University in Imaging and Sensing for Art Conservation and History.
She has a great interest in outreach and knowledge sharing, having been involved in projects such as City of Physics and volunteering with TCD Physics helproom, in addition to her work with WITS.
Susan Treacy is a Business Consultant specialising in healthcare and owner of Treacy Healthcare Consulting. Since completing her Masters in Medicine (Biomed. Sci.) in 1998 at Queen’s University she has worked in Pathology laboratories in Ireland and Australia. She then moved into the business aspect of diagnostics, holding roles in Application Support, Sales and Marketing, Management and Directorship.
In early 2016 she founded Treacy Healthcare Consulting and provides healthcare businesses and laboratories with a number of services including operational and strategic advice, business development requirements and the establishment of distribution networks specific to life sciences. She has a particular passion for finding solutions through innovation and collaboration, which will ultimately benefit the system and the patient. She works with WITS (Women in Technology and Science) to help encourage and support women to realise the many avenues and opportunities that Science and Engineering can offer. Susan can be followed at Susan Treacy on LinkedIN or Twitter or contacted at email@example.com or at via her website www.thconsulting.ie
Dr Andrea C Johnson is a member of the Executive Committee of WITS. Andrea graduated from University College Cork, with a PhD in Computer Science. She is a passionate advocate of women in technology and was an early adopter of Teenturn. She has a special interest in the mentorship and sponsorship of women in technology, and was a participant in the WNX Wisdom Mentoring Program. Andrea’s research focus is Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging and the application of AI in this space
Dr Johnson is a Senior Director at Workhuman. Workhuman build cultures of gratitude and human connections for leading global brands. Andrea says of Workhuman “We love what we do because we’re shaping the future of work – and the world – through our people and global technology” For more detail see LinkedIn.
Dr Catherine Mooney is an Assistant Professor in the UCD School of Computer Science and a member of the Executive Committee of WITS. Her research is in the area of machine learning based biomedical systems that support clinical decision making.
Nicola is graduate of Kevin St. (Dip. In Electrical Eng.) and D.C.U. ( B.Sc. in Information Technology) She started her career in Silicon Valley working for a Semiconductor multi-national . She then returned to Ireland working various positions in the Semi-Conductor industry . She has much experience and particular interest in developing technical training.
Currently working as a Garda Civilian, Nicola is excited to be on the WITS executive as she is passionate about seeing women prosper in the STEM industry.
Anna Murnaghan is a student at Technological University Dublin (TUD) City Campus. She is currently in her final year of studying Biomedical and Molecular Diagnostics. She first joined WITS as a student member in 2018. She enjoys meeting other women in science and hearing about their career journeys and the different turns each of them took.