Our Team

Our Founders

Gillian/Jonks Kearns (she/they)

Jonks is a multiply neurodivergent person and parent to two wonderfully neurodivergent children. They live in Waterford. Her interests flit but at the moment, they are autism, child development and attachment parenting, politics and democratic learning. Early childhood educator with an interest in supporting ND children. Passionate about sharing resources and research that may help make things a bit better for our neurokin coming after.

Mx Cír Doyle (they/them)

Cír lives in Dublin. Cír has multiple Neurodivergencies. They are not formally diagnosed with some of these due to several systematic barriers. Cír is a disabled, trans, queer person who has too many labels to name in a quick bio. After years of therapy and self-care, and discovering they are a BPDer, Cír is very passionate about mental health. Other topics that Cír throws themself into include the queer community, polyam community and general activism. Cír is the project coordinator of Bi+ Ireland, as well as the creator of Rainbow Autistics Ireland and Book Club for Autistics Ireland.

Nem Kearns (they/them)

Nem is a reproductive rights, LGBTQIA+ and disability justice advocate who serves as Board Secretary for Disabled Women Ireland. Nem is also involved in a number of cross-neurodivergent community initiatives and believes there is untold potential for progress in building an strengthening links across Civil Society Organisations and communities.

Nem works as a disability policy advisor to elected officials and civil society organisers and firmly believes that intersectionality is fundamental to achieving meaningful equality, seeking to apply the maxim Nothing About Us, Without Us in all their work.

Joana Hermann (INACTIVE)

Joana is one of the founders of Neuro Pride Ireland. She created the website and most visuals (logo and other graphics). She was also heavily involved in developing the vision & mission of Neuro Pride, planning and hosting events, as well as managing social media, newsletters, and the blog until December 2022.

Nowadays, she works for Ausome Training as Community Engagement Officer. As an Autistic ADHDer, she has mostly worked in adult education and digital marketing, with side hustles in academia, childcare, journalism, translation, and office administration.

She is passionate about creating community, writing for educational purposes, intercultural communication, and everyday design. Oh, and birds. Joana LOVES birds.

Our Volunteers

Evie Nevin (she/her)

Evie is a disability and political activist from West Cork. She sits on the National Executive of the Social Democrats, on the board of Employability West Cork and founded and ran Disabled People for Choice.

In addition to being Autistic and Dyspraxic, Evie also suffers from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome which she educates people on as The Zebra Mom. She identifies as Bisexual.

Jacob Moylan (he/him)

Jacob is a writer based in Kilkenny. Neurodivergent, he constantly aspires to write stories and poems that shine a light on mental health, differences (both neurological and physical) and how these differences do not impact similarities we all have. Beyond writing, he has finished studying and hopes to work as a health care assistant for Disabled people.

Kate Ann Rowan (she/her)

Kate Ann is an Autistic and Disabled advocate from Co. Longford. She has her own YouTube channel called “not so typical kate” where she creates content about being disabled. She recently graduated from UCD with a masters in drama and performance studies. She loves horses, reading and documentaries.

Leanne Lewis (she/her)

Leanne is an autistic self-advocate with three autistic children. She started the Autism Stone Challenge, a positive embracing autism campaign, to help dispel myths, spread positive messages, and encourage a more positive dialogue about autism. She is passionate about neurodiversity and creating a society that supports and embraces Neurodivergent people; enabling them to flourish, and live happy and fulfilled lives.

Marja-Kristina Akinsha (she/her)

Marja-Kristina lives just outside of Dublin with her husband, daughter and two cats. Her interests are too many to count, and include studying languages, crafts, genealogy, K-dramas, world travel, and historical costuming. She is passionate about politics, diversity and inclusion, and volunteering.

Sarah Murray (they/them)

Sarah is a multiply neurodivergent & queer content creator from Galway. Their content primarily focuses on disability, queerness & the intersections of them. In their spare time, you will likely find them playing animal crossing, getting distracted by plants in shops or getting loads of cuddles from their cat!

Zoe McCormack (she/her)

 Lives in Dublin, trainee peer support worker in mental health and neurodiversity. Founder of the Autistic Art Club. Passionate about creating safe and creative spaces in the Neurodivergent community.

If you are a Neuro Pride volunteer and want to claim your space on our page, please do send us an image and a short text about yourself. There is no pressure to be included here and we absolutely understand that not everybody wants to be open about their Neurodivergence in public.