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.

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 temporarily in Derry and is responsible for the Foyle Friends of Ukraine's communication with Ukrainian families.

Susan Thomas

is from Ballougry, a townland of the maiden city. She fulfills and supports the matching work as well as the finances.

Dina Diurba

before the acute phase of the war lived in Kharkiv, and worked as a Latin associate professor at the Medical University. Dina is currently living in Derry and is in charge of project administration at the Foyle Friends of Ukraine.

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.

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.

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.

Ryan McCready


is an elected Councillor for the Derry City & Strabane District Council. He is a member of the Governance & Strategic Planning Committee and the Local Authority’s Armed Forces Veterans Champion. Ryan recently lead the first humanitarian aid effort from the North West into Ukraine under the banner of ‘Foyle Aid’ which has now amalgamated with the Foyle Friends to Ukraine.

Svitlana Pokolodna


lived in Kharkiv and before the full-scale war started 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. She is responsible for supporting Ukrainians before and after their arrival in Derry.