Team & Board

Senior management

Colleen Kelly

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Kelly brings to Concern Worldwide U.S. more than three decades of experience and distinct achievement as a leader, innovator, and strategist.

Most recently, she served as Managing Director of SET Creative, helping establish a rapidly growing New York practice for the leading, Portland-based global brand experience agency. Prior to that, she was for five years a partner and Managing Director of Triptent, where she was responsible for strengthening the agency’s advertising practice while leveraging its award-winning creative and production capabilities to meet clients’ growing content needs. It was an approach that ultimately drove 200% growth over just two years, winning key accounts such as Unilever and PetSmart.

Concurrently, from 2008 — 2013, she served as Managing Director of Product of the Year USA, engineering the North American launch of the world’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation, which had been founded in France more than two decades earlier. Product of the Year’s mission is guide consumers to the best products in their market and reward manufacturers for quality and innovation, and under Ms. Kelly’s leadership, the organization achieved its standing as a now widely accepted seal of approval. She served as lead sales and marketing strategist, forging media partnerships and winning the participation of leading consumer brands; and as public ambassador, representing the cause at conferences and in television appearances.

Earlier, Ms. Kelly spent more than a decade as a founding partner, Media Director, and ultimately Director of Business Development for the advertising agency Deutsch LA. The fourth employee hired, she was part of a dynamic team that drove the agency’s exponential growth from start-up to major industry force. Among her many achievements: building a 60-person media planning team from the ground up; generating more than $1 billion in new business billing; opening the agency’s Toronto office to manage growing Canadian business; and guiding the agency’s positioning, philosophy, and marketing strategies, ultimately establishing Deutsch as one of the boldest, most innovative voices in advertising.

Before joining Deutsch LA, and after graduating from Boston University’s School of Management, Ms. Kelly spent a decade working in media planning and direction at Vic Olesen & Partners and Dailey & Associates.

She is the former President of the Los Angeles Association of Advertising Agencies, as well as the former Executive Vice President and an originating board member of ThinkLA, a non-profit organization established to build awareness of the Los Angeles creative community, provide education and training, and create social and philanthropic events, with a focus on innovation, diversity, and multi-cultural representation.

Ms. Kelly is also a member of the Kelly Gang, a charitable organization that brings together prominent figures in the areas of media, publishing, business, sports, and politics, who all happen to share the surname ‘Kelly.’ In honor of early member Michael Kelly, the longtime editor of Atlantic Monthly, who died in 2003 covering the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the Kelly Gang holds an annual benefit, which has to date generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthy causes.

A native of Pinehurst North Carolina, Ms. Kelly now makes her home in New York City.

Áine Fay

President

A 30-year veteran of international aid and development work, Áine Fay is the President of Concern Worldwide U.S., serving as the day-to-day leader overseeing the operations of a growing team of more than 50 people engaged in programs, development, communications, advocacy, development education, finance, and administration.  She is also the organization’s lead strategist, guiding it along a path of steady growth toward increased awareness and income.

Trained as a nurse, Áine joined Concern in January 1983, and what started as a 2-year volunteer contract in Bangladesh has turned into a 30-year long commitment. Áine has lived and worked in some of the world’s most difficult environments, including Ethiopia, Uganda, South Sudan, Haiti and Afghanistan.

Most recently, as Vice President of Programs, she led the expansion of U.S. government-funded initiatives, a portfolio that topped $18 million in 2014, and represented Concern at key U.S. government and United Nations meetings. Before joining Concern U.S., she served as Country Director in Pakistan, where she oversaw $40 million in programming, including Concern’s RAPID portfolio, a $29 million emergency response fund channeled through national and international NGOs. She also led the organization’s emergency response to the devastating floods in 2010, which affected more than 20 million people, and the subsequent flooding in 2011 and 2012.

She chaired humanitarian forums in Pakistan and Ethiopia, both of which sought to ensure effective service delivery through effective coordination of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with the government and United Nations.

In addition to long-term field assignments, Áine also worked in Concern’s headquarters in Dublin and is part of the organization’s Emergency Response Team, which deploys within 24 hours of the onset of disasters. As part of the team, Áine spearheaded Concern’s emergency response programs in Indonesia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010.

Pam Bolton

Vice President for Innovations and Strategy

Pam brings to Concern 20+ years of global health field and HQ experience with organizations such as EngenderHealth and Family Care International. Most recently she was Partnerships VP with CMMB, a faith-based global health organization, reaching out to pharmaceutical and health companies to develop mutually rewarding collaborations for mothers and children.

From 2008-2014 with GBCHealth Pam advised companies in the health care, mining, energy and professional services sectors on their corporate citizenship, shared value and social investment strategies. GBCHealth is an alliance of Fortune 500 companies committed to investing their resources to make a healthier world and meet global health goals. Pam has also worked in management consulting with inVentiv Health, a specialty practice in pharma and biotech, and in corporate responsibility at Pfizer, where she helped drive initiatives such as Mobilize Against Malaria, Pfizer’s program to fight malaria in Kenya, Ghana and Senegal. She volunteers as a mentor with the Global Health Corps, serves on the board of Kids for World Health and has been a guest lecturer for the Sustainable Business program of University College London and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Pam holds an MBA in International Business Strategy (Zicklin School of Business), MHS in Maternal & Child Health (Johns Hopkins University) and BA (Wesleyan University). She has lived in Brazil, Haiti, Kenya, and Sudan, and worked to improve health in 12 other countries of Africa and Latin America. Pam is fluent in French and proficient in Spanish, with conversational Portuguese.

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Colleen Kelly

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Kelly brings to Concern Worldwide U.S. more than three decades of experience and distinct achievement as a leader, innovator, and strategist.

Most recently, she served as Managing Director of SET Creative, helping establish a rapidly growing New York practice for the leading, Portland-based global brand experience agency. Prior to that, she was for five years a partner and Managing Director of Triptent, where she was responsible for strengthening the agency’s advertising practice while leveraging its award-winning creative and production capabilities to meet clients’ growing content needs. It was an approach that ultimately drove 200% growth over just two years, winning key accounts such as Unilever and PetSmart.

Concurrently, from 2008 — 2013, she served as Managing Director of Product of the Year USA, engineering the North American launch of the world’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation, which had been founded in France more than two decades earlier. Product of the Year’s mission is guide consumers to the best products in their market and reward manufacturers for quality and innovation, and under Ms. Kelly’s leadership, the organization achieved its standing as a now widely accepted seal of approval. She served as lead sales and marketing strategist, forging media partnerships and winning the participation of leading consumer brands; and as public ambassador, representing the cause at conferences and in television appearances.

Earlier, Ms. Kelly spent more than a decade as a founding partner, Media Director, and ultimately Director of Business Development for the advertising agency Deutsch LA. The fourth employee hired, she was part of a dynamic team that drove the agency’s exponential growth from start-up to major industry force. Among her many achievements: building a 60-person media planning team from the ground up; generating more than $1 billion in new business billing; opening the agency’s Toronto office to manage growing Canadian business; and guiding the agency’s positioning, philosophy, and marketing strategies, ultimately establishing Deutsch as one of the boldest, most innovative voices in advertising.

Before joining Deutsch LA, and after graduating from Boston University’s School of Management, Ms. Kelly spent a decade working in media planning and direction at Vic Olesen & Partners and Dailey & Associates.

She is the former President of the Los Angeles Association of Advertising Agencies, as well as the former Executive Vice President and an originating board member of ThinkLA, a non-profit organization established to build awareness of the Los Angeles creative community, provide education and training, and create social and philanthropic events, with a focus on innovation, diversity, and multi-cultural representation.

Ms. Kelly is also a member of the Kelly Gang, a charitable organization that brings together prominent figures in the areas of media, publishing, business, sports, and politics, who all happen to share the surname ‘Kelly.’ In honor of early member Michael Kelly, the longtime editor of Atlantic Monthly, who died in 2003 covering the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the Kelly Gang holds an annual benefit, which has to date generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthy causes.

A native of Pinehurst North Carolina, Ms. Kelly now makes her home in New York City.

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Áine Fay

President

A 30-year veteran of international aid and development work, Áine Fay is the President of Concern Worldwide U.S., serving as the day-to-day leader overseeing the operations of a growing team of more than 50 people engaged in programs, development, communications, advocacy, development education, finance, and administration.  She is also the organization’s lead strategist, guiding it along a path of steady growth toward increased awareness and income.

Trained as a nurse, Áine joined Concern in January 1983, and what started as a 2-year volunteer contract in Bangladesh has turned into a 30-year long commitment. Áine has lived and worked in some of the world’s most difficult environments, including Ethiopia, Uganda, South Sudan, Haiti and Afghanistan.

Most recently, as Vice President of Programs, she led the expansion of U.S. government-funded initiatives, a portfolio that topped $18 million in 2014, and represented Concern at key U.S. government and United Nations meetings. Before joining Concern U.S., she served as Country Director in Pakistan, where she oversaw $40 million in programming, including Concern’s RAPID portfolio, a $29 million emergency response fund channeled through national and international NGOs. She also led the organization’s emergency response to the devastating floods in 2010, which affected more than 20 million people, and the subsequent flooding in 2011 and 2012.

She chaired humanitarian forums in Pakistan and Ethiopia, both of which sought to ensure effective service delivery through effective coordination of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with the government and United Nations.

In addition to long-term field assignments, Áine also worked in Concern’s headquarters in Dublin and is part of the organization’s Emergency Response Team, which deploys within 24 hours of the onset of disasters. As part of the team, Áine spearheaded Concern’s emergency response programs in Indonesia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010.

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Pam Bolton

Vice President for Innovations and Strategy

Pam brings to Concern 20+ years of global health field and HQ experience with organizations such as EngenderHealth and Family Care International. Most recently she was Partnerships VP with CMMB, a faith-based global health organization, reaching out to pharmaceutical and health companies to develop mutually rewarding collaborations for mothers and children.

From 2008-2014 with GBCHealth Pam advised companies in the health care, mining, energy and professional services sectors on their corporate citizenship, shared value and social investment strategies. GBCHealth is an alliance of Fortune 500 companies committed to investing their resources to make a healthier world and meet global health goals. Pam has also worked in management consulting with inVentiv Health, a specialty practice in pharma and biotech, and in corporate responsibility at Pfizer, where she helped drive initiatives such as Mobilize Against Malaria, Pfizer’s program to fight malaria in Kenya, Ghana and Senegal. She volunteers as a mentor with the Global Health Corps, serves on the board of Kids for World Health and has been a guest lecturer for the Sustainable Business program of University College London and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Pam holds an MBA in International Business Strategy (Zicklin School of Business), MHS in Maternal & Child Health (Johns Hopkins University) and BA (Wesleyan University). She has lived in Brazil, Haiti, Kenya, and Sudan, and worked to improve health in 12 other countries of Africa and Latin America. Pam is fluent in French and proficient in Spanish, with conversational Portuguese.

Dara Burke

Vice President for Individual Giving & Events

As Vice President for Individual Giving & Events, Dara heads up Concern’s Individual Giving team in New York, which includes major gifts, special events, employee giving, and monthly giving, collectively raising over $4.6 million annually. Dara’s primary focuses are building strong and lasting philanthropic relationships with key stakeholders, as well as growing individual giving revenue more broadly.

Along with more than 10 years of experience in public service, Dara brings a lifelong commitment to preserving and protecting basic human rights and dignity, stemming from her experience growing up in Nairobi, Kenya.

Starting her career at ActionAid International, Dara joined Concern Worldwide in 2006. Her first responsibilities included Office Manager and assisting the Executive Director. A year later, she traveled to N’Djamena, Chad, as Concern’s Liaison Officer, hiring personnel and setting up in-country operations. She then transitioned to fundraising, rising to Development Manager overseeing the strategy and execution of six major annual fundraising events, major gift solicitation, and direct mail. Dara has helped guide and develop strategies to increase donor retention, exceed fundraising revenue goals, and triple event income. Her experience at Concern also includes time as Concern’s Foundation Relationship Manager, where she was responsible for a portfolio of foundation and corporate partners, raising $4 million annually. In early 2016, she was appointed Director of Individual Giving.     

Dara holds a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in French from the University of Vermont, and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University. Born in Geneva, Switzerland with dual Irish and American citizenship, Dara currently lives with her husband on the Upper West Side.

Ed Kenney

Vice President for Communications

Ed Kenney is a communications executive with diverse experience over a two-decade career spanning the private and nonprofit sectors. He started his career at the Boston-based strategic communications firm McDermott Ventures, then a small start-up, and remained on the team for ten years. Over that time, he helped the firm grow into a thriving practice, managing client accounts in commercial real estate, energy, community housing development, and public affairs. He rose to the position of Senior Vice President and led the spin-off of an entertainment management and communications practice.  

During his tenure at McDermott Ventures, he also studied nonprofit management and communications at Suffolk University, where his capstone project was the production of a half-hour documentary that aired as an episode of The Visionaries public television series. It would become one of a number of television projects he helped produce for nonprofit and entertainment clients.

His relationship with Concern Worldwide U.S. began in 2004 as a pro bono consultant providing video coverage of their programs in Haiti, as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006. In 2007, he joined the organization as a full-time member of the communications team whose early responsibilities included writing, editing and helping the organization build its in-house capacity in video and field communications. He went on to serve as part of the emergency team responding to the 2010 earthquake, and assumed management of the communications team in 2012.

He has helped guide the organization’s vision for communications growth through two strategic plans, a major national digital marketing campaign, a full-scale web re-development, brand strategy initiatives, team expansion, and ultimately its emergence into a leading content creator in the international NGO sector. He was appointed Vice President in 2016.

His favorite activities are those involving his wife, Allyson, and their precocious toddler daughter, Grace.

Jennifer Klopp

Vice President for Development

Jennifer S. Klopp is Vice President, Development, for Concern Worldwide U.S. In this role, she develops and implements an integrated fundraising strategy to meet revenue goals. She leads two teams, Individual Giving — including Special Events, Major Donors, Direct Marketing, Planned Giving and Employee Giving — and Institutional Giving —including grant-making to government, corporate and private donors — and manages staff in New York and Chicago. Jennifer has 25 years of experience in development and donor communications. Before joining Concern in August 2015, she headed up development at World Lung Foundation; prior to that she was VP of Development and Communications at Helen Keller International.

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Dara Burke

Vice President for Individual Giving & Events

As Vice President for Individual Giving & Events, Dara heads up Concern’s Individual Giving team in New York, which includes major gifts, special events, employee giving, and monthly giving, collectively raising over $4.6 million annually. Dara’s primary focuses are building strong and lasting philanthropic relationships with key stakeholders, as well as growing individual giving revenue more broadly.

Along with more than 10 years of experience in public service, Dara brings a lifelong commitment to preserving and protecting basic human rights and dignity, stemming from her experience growing up in Nairobi, Kenya.

Starting her career at ActionAid International, Dara joined Concern Worldwide in 2006. Her first responsibilities included Office Manager and assisting the Executive Director. A year later, she traveled to N’Djamena, Chad, as Concern’s Liaison Officer, hiring personnel and setting up in-country operations. She then transitioned to fundraising, rising to Development Manager overseeing the strategy and execution of six major annual fundraising events, major gift solicitation, and direct mail. Dara has helped guide and develop strategies to increase donor retention, exceed fundraising revenue goals, and triple event income. Her experience at Concern also includes time as Concern’s Foundation Relationship Manager, where she was responsible for a portfolio of foundation and corporate partners, raising $4 million annually. In early 2016, she was appointed Director of Individual Giving.     

Dara holds a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in French from the University of Vermont, and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University. Born in Geneva, Switzerland with dual Irish and American citizenship, Dara currently lives with her husband on the Upper West Side.

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Ed Kenney

Vice President for Communications

Ed Kenney is a communications executive with diverse experience over a two-decade career spanning the private and nonprofit sectors. He started his career at the Boston-based strategic communications firm McDermott Ventures, then a small start-up, and remained on the team for ten years. Over that time, he helped the firm grow into a thriving practice, managing client accounts in commercial real estate, energy, community housing development, and public affairs. He rose to the position of Senior Vice President and led the spin-off of an entertainment management and communications practice.  

During his tenure at McDermott Ventures, he also studied nonprofit management and communications at Suffolk University, where his capstone project was the production of a half-hour documentary that aired as an episode of The Visionaries public television series. It would become one of a number of television projects he helped produce for nonprofit and entertainment clients.

His relationship with Concern Worldwide U.S. began in 2004 as a pro bono consultant providing video coverage of their programs in Haiti, as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006. In 2007, he joined the organization as a full-time member of the communications team whose early responsibilities included writing, editing and helping the organization build its in-house capacity in video and field communications. He went on to serve as part of the emergency team responding to the 2010 earthquake, and assumed management of the communications team in 2012.

He has helped guide the organization’s vision for communications growth through two strategic plans, a major national digital marketing campaign, a full-scale web re-development, brand strategy initiatives, team expansion, and ultimately its emergence into a leading content creator in the international NGO sector. He was appointed Vice President in 2016.

His favorite activities are those involving his wife, Allyson, and their precocious toddler daughter, Grace.

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Jennifer Klopp

Vice President for Development

Jennifer S. Klopp is Vice President, Development, for Concern Worldwide U.S. In this role, she develops and implements an integrated fundraising strategy to meet revenue goals. She leads two teams, Individual Giving — including Special Events, Major Donors, Direct Marketing, Planned Giving and Employee Giving — and Institutional Giving —including grant-making to government, corporate and private donors — and manages staff in New York and Chicago. Jennifer has 25 years of experience in development and donor communications. Before joining Concern in August 2015, she headed up development at World Lung Foundation; prior to that she was VP of Development and Communications at Helen Keller International.

Kristen Packett

Vice President for Finance & Operations

Kristen is an experienced executive with a focus on financial and operational management in complex global markets. She is passionate about international humanitarian and development efforts, especially around women’s and children’s issues. Throughout her work on projects throughout the US, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, she has always strived to weave this passion into her life and career goals.

As the VP of Finance & Administration for Concern Worldwide US, Kristen ensures the financial health and integrity of the organization while driving business operations to maximize returns and mitigate risks. She is dedicated to formulating unique solutions and opportunities that will ultimately enhance Concern’s level of maturity, assessed through a financial and operational lens.

She has a multi-functional background operating at both the strategic and operational level in large corporate and NGO environments. Prior to joining Concern, she served as the Finance Lead for global development projects with Lockheed Martin and Pacific Architects & Engineers, and is a graduate of Lockheed Martin’s Financial Leadership Development program. Kristen obtained her BA in Business from The George Washington University, was the recipient of the Lockheed Martin Business Process Solutions President’s Team Award, and is a member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. She has worked in Afghanistan, Djibouti, Dubai, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, and Sierra Leone.

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Kristen Packett

Vice President for Finance & Operations

Kristen is an experienced executive with a focus on financial and operational management in complex global markets. She is passionate about international humanitarian and development efforts, especially around women’s and children’s issues. Throughout her work on projects throughout the US, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, she has always strived to weave this passion into her life and career goals.

As the VP of Finance & Administration for Concern Worldwide US, Kristen ensures the financial health and integrity of the organization while driving business operations to maximize returns and mitigate risks. She is dedicated to formulating unique solutions and opportunities that will ultimately enhance Concern’s level of maturity, assessed through a financial and operational lens.

She has a multi-functional background operating at both the strategic and operational level in large corporate and NGO environments. Prior to joining Concern, she served as the Finance Lead for global development projects with Lockheed Martin and Pacific Architects & Engineers, and is a graduate of Lockheed Martin’s Financial Leadership Development program. Kristen obtained her BA in Business from The George Washington University, was the recipient of the Lockheed Martin Business Process Solutions President’s Team Award, and is a member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. She has worked in Afghanistan, Djibouti, Dubai, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, and Sierra Leone.

Board

Patrick H. Barry

President, Barry Associates

Joseph Cahalan


Joan Carroll

Treasurer, Concern Worldwide, U.S.
Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Dolores T. Connolly

CEO, Sterling Engineering, Inc.

James Delaney

24 Seven Enterprises

Kevin Fortuna

Founder & CEO, Lot18

Joanna Geraghty

Chairperson, Concern Worldwide U.S.
Executive Vice President, Customer Experience, JetBlue Airways Corporation

Scott Gutterson

Attorney

Jack Haire


Eugene Keilin

Founding & Managing Principal, KPS Funds

Edward J.T. Kenney

Special Consultant, Mutual of America

Joe King


Edward R. McCarrick

Executive Vice President, ICON International, Inc.

Jim McShane

Vice-Chair, Concern Worldwide, U.S.
CEO, The McShane Companies

Thomas J. Moran

Chairman, Mutual of America

Shane Naughton

Managing Partner, Inundata Innovations

Denis O’Brien

Chairman, Digicel

Frances O’Keeffe

Volunteer, Concern Worldwide (Ireland)

George Pappas

President, MCS Advertising LTD

Brendan Ripp

Publisher, Sports Illustrated

Madeleine Schachter

Managing Director, Baker & McKenzie

Tom Shipsey

Chairperson, Concern Council (Ireland)

Margaret (Peggy) M. Smyth

Chief Financial Officer, National Grid

Nancy Soderberg


Page Thompson

Vice-Chair, Concern Worldwide, U.S.
CEO, Omnicom Media Group North America

Lynn Tierney

Senior Advisor, Blue Moon Consulting Group

Gemma Toner

Senior Vice President, Cablevision

John Treacy

CEO, The Irish Sports Council

Frank Wall

Senior Vice-President, Turner Broadcasting System