Our team

Carrie McCafferty

is an experienced business advisor, mentor, trainer and programme manager. She has taken on the role of Project Manager for Foyle Friends of Ukraine, putting her mentoring, guidance, planning and financial management skills forward to help support the team and streamline the processes of supporting displaced and desperate Ukrainians and matching them with the kind and generous host families.

Aaron Donaghey


is from Derry~Londonderry and is currently the CEO of Hypixel Studios. Aaron was one of the first people in Derry to host displaced Ukrainians. He has extensive experience in communicating with people, charities, and financial institutions. In the Foyle Friends of Ukraine, he coordinates these processes.

Maryna Sukhorukova

lived in Kharkiv and worked as a general surgeon in a hospital until the beginning of the full-scale war in Ukraine. Maryna currently lives in Derry and works at Foyle Friends of Ukraine as the Communications Officer. Maryna is responsible for communication with Ukrainian families before their arrival in Derry.

Svitlana Pokolodna


lived in Kharkiv and before the full-scale war worked at an enterprise for producing mineral wool insulation as the head of the quality department. Svitlana is living in Derry now, and working at Foyle Friends of Ukraine as the Communications Officer. She is responsible for supporting Ukrainians after their arrival in Derry.

Dina Diurba

lived in Kharkiv before the full-scale war and worked as an associate professor of Latin at the Kharkiv National Medical University. Dina is currently living in Derry and working at Foyle Friends of Ukraine as the Communications Officer. Dina is in charge of project administration at the Foyle Friends of Ukraine.


Mariia Myndru


lived in Vinnytsia and worked there as an English teacher at school. Now because of the war in Ukraine Mariia is relocated and lives in Derry. She is working at Foyle Friends of Ukraine as a teacher, Mariia helps adult Ukrainians with studying English.

Samantha Monaghan

is from Newtownstewart but currently working in Hypixel Studios in Londonderry. For the Foyle Friends of Ukraine initiative Samantha is the liaison in communication for the people of Derry and surrounding areas offering their rooms and homes to displaced Ukrainians.

Aisling Lanigan

is working in Hypixel Studios and helps to welcome people to the Foyle Friends of Ukraine office which is joined to Hypixel Studios office. She is from Derry and she helps the Foyle Friends of Ukraine to reach the goal and to make the process of relocating to the North West more straightforward for both displaced Ukrainians and for the people of the North West who want to help.