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.

As Vice President of Programs, she has led the expansion of U.S. government-funded initiatives, and has 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.

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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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.

As Vice President of Programs, she has led the expansion of U.S. government-funded initiatives, and has 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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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.

Brooke Hirschfelder

Vice President, Human Resources and Administration

Brooke Hirschfelder leads the Human Resources and Administrative functions at Concern Worldwide U.S., with a particular focus on maximizing global resources to enhance Concern U.S.’s approach to recruitment, talent management, employee engagement, and strengthening operational and organizational resilience.

Brooke has nearly two decades of HR experience in both the public and private sectors, including founding her own consulting firm to provide small to mid-size organizations human capital solutions that strengthen operational effectiveness. Prior to launching her company, Brooke was the Director of HR and Administrative Services at American Jewish World Service (AJWS), a global human rights organization. Before joining AJWS, Brooke was a training and development consultant for Corporate Family Network, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and prior to that she held a variety of roles in HR at MetLife, Inc.

Brooke holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Massachusetts. She served as an HR Advisory Council member for InsideNGO between 2006-2010 and currently is an HR Advisory Council member for Humentum.

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.

Peggy O’Neill

Chief Advancement Officer

Peggy brings to Concern Worldwide U.S. over 20 years of experience leading large-scale fund development and communications programs for a variety of high-impact and international organizations. Most recently, Peggy was the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for The Freedom Fund. In this role, she developed a comprehensive 18-month fundraising strategy to raise $10 million to address modern slavery. Prior to the Freedom Fund, Peggy served as the Vice President of Development and Communications at Helen Keller International (HKI) in New York, where she was responsible for the overall management and execution of a diversified fund development and communications strategy encompassing major donors, special events, direct mail, online fundraising/communications campaigns, media outreach, and planned giving. She led three of the most financially successful Spirit of Helen Keller galas at HKI.

Previously, Peggy led fund development efforts at OneWorld Health, Seva Foundation, and the Arthritis Foundation in San Francisco.  She also served as the Director of Corporate Relations and National Events at the Brady Campaign in Washington, DC.

Peggy is passionate about international humanitarian and development efforts and serving the most vulnerable people, especially programs that positively impact women and children. Peggy has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and currently resides in New York City. 

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Brooke Hirschfelder

Vice President, Human Resources and Administration

Brooke Hirschfelder leads the Human Resources and Administrative functions at Concern Worldwide U.S., with a particular focus on maximizing global resources to enhance Concern U.S.’s approach to recruitment, talent management, employee engagement, and strengthening operational and organizational resilience.

Brooke has nearly two decades of HR experience in both the public and private sectors, including founding her own consulting firm to provide small to mid-size organizations human capital solutions that strengthen operational effectiveness. Prior to launching her company, Brooke was the Director of HR and Administrative Services at American Jewish World Service (AJWS), a global human rights organization. Before joining AJWS, Brooke was a training and development consultant for Corporate Family Network, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and prior to that she held a variety of roles in HR at MetLife, Inc.

Brooke holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Massachusetts. She served as an HR Advisory Council member for InsideNGO between 2006-2010 and currently is an HR Advisory Council member for Humentum.

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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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Peggy O’Neill

Chief Advancement Officer

Peggy brings to Concern Worldwide U.S. over 20 years of experience leading large-scale fund development and communications programs for a variety of high-impact and international organizations. Most recently, Peggy was the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for The Freedom Fund. In this role, she developed a comprehensive 18-month fundraising strategy to raise $10 million to address modern slavery. Prior to the Freedom Fund, Peggy served as the Vice President of Development and Communications at Helen Keller International (HKI) in New York, where she was responsible for the overall management and execution of a diversified fund development and communications strategy encompassing major donors, special events, direct mail, online fundraising/communications campaigns, media outreach, and planned giving. She led three of the most financially successful Spirit of Helen Keller galas at HKI.

Previously, Peggy led fund development efforts at OneWorld Health, Seva Foundation, and the Arthritis Foundation in San Francisco.  She also served as the Director of Corporate Relations and National Events at the Brady Campaign in Washington, DC.

Peggy is passionate about international humanitarian and development efforts and serving the most vulnerable people, especially programs that positively impact women and children. Peggy has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and currently resides in New York City. 

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

Joanna Geraghty

Chairperson, Concern Worldwide U.S.
President & Chief Operating Officer, JetBlue Airways

Jim McShane

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

Page Thompson

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

Joan Carroll

Treasurer, Concern Worldwide, U.S.

Colleen A. Kelly

CEO, Concern Worldwide, U.S.

Joseph Cahalan


Dolores T. Connolly

CEO, Sterling Engineering, Inc.

Jumana Culligan

Founder, Paper, Ribbon and Wrap, LLC

Kevin Fortuna

Founder, Lot18

Scott Gutterson

Attorney, The Law Offices of Scott Gutterson

Jack Haire


Edward J.T. Kenney

Special Consultant, Mutual of America

Joe King


Edward R. McCarrick

Executive Vice President, ICON International, Inc.

Thomas J. Moran

Chairman Emeritus, Mutual of America

Shane Naughton

Managing Partner, Artech Holdings

Denis O’Brien

Chairman, Digicel

Deirdre O’Connor

Managing Director, Global Asset Management

Frances O’Keeffe

Volunteer, Concern Worldwide (Ireland)

Stephanie Pappas

Chief Executive Officer, MCS Brands

Brendan Ripp

EVP, Fox Network Group, National Geographic Partners

Madeleine Schachter

Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine

Margaret (Peggy) M. Smyth

Chief Financial Officer, National Grid

Gemma Toner

Founder, Chart One Media

John Treacy

Concern Council (Ireland)

Frank Wall

Senior Vice President, Turner Broadcasting

Kate Waters

Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley