Management Committee

The Management Committee is elected by LASC’s members at the AGM every year. Committee members provide guidance and practical support to staff on the day to day running of the organization and the projects, as well as being responsible for strategic, financial and governance oversight of the organization.

Current members are:

Aisling
Walsh

Aisling Walsh (she/her) is a researcher, writer and translator with 7+ years working in communications, advocacy and activism with international development organisations including the UN and INGOs in Ireland, Guatemala, Mexico, Bolivia and Timor Leste. She holds an LLM in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights from the Irish Centre for Human Rights and is an IRC Doctoral Scholar with the School of Sociology and Political Science at NUI Galway, holding the Andrew Grene Postgraduate Scholarship in Conflict Resolution, researching feminist theory and practice on healing justice in post-conflict Guatemala. 

Úna
McGrath

Úna McGrath has worked in administrative and accounting roles for the past 20 years and is currently bookkeeper & administrator for a Charity. She has over 12 years of experience working in non-profit sector management, as she has managed accounts and Irish Aid reports for 80:20 Educating & Acting for a better World since January 2007. A passionate linguist, she has a BA in Language & Cultural Studies with Spanish from UCC and a Postgraduate Diploma in EFL from UCD. Her interest in Latin America was spurred by her many visits to South America, in particular Brazil, Peru and Argentina. Having a particular interest in youth work, Úna also volunteers at the Youth Café project in Wicklow Town.

Claudia
Gálvez

Claudia is a translator-intepreter, professional actress and holds a Master’s degree in International Studies from Universidad de Chile. She participated in the pro-Palestinian General Union of Palestinian Students board (UGEP Chile) and cofounded
the movement Chile Despertó Dublin in Ireland after the October’s 18th popular uprising in Chile (2019).
She has been part of the LASC management committee since August 2020.

Brian
Hearne

Brian Hearne

Tomás
Lynch

Tomás Lynch was formerly Education Officer at LASC for the academic year 2018-2019, where he was responsible for running a WorldWise Global Schools-funded project to introduce Latin American development and social justice issues into secondary school Spanish classrooms around the country. In 2013-2014 he lived outside San Pedro Sula, in Honduras, where he worked as a teacher. In Ireland, he has been involved with several grassroots housing and migrant justice movements and groups, including the Irish Housing Network and End Deportations Belfast.  In his role on LASC’s Committee, he is responsible for LASC’s Development Education activities. He currently works as a secondary school Spanish teacher. 

Leticia
Scheidt

Leticia is a PhD candidate in Psychology at the University of Limerick. Her research focus is on the social inclusion of non-traditional students in higher education. She has been a Psychologist in the University of Latin American Integration (UNILA) in Brazil for 9 years. UNILA is a higher education institution that aims to develop an environment of diversity and interculturality. It is the result of international academic cooperation in the South-South perspective. The main purpose of the university is to develop educational and cultural integration between the people of Latin America and the Caribbean, where 50% of student offerings are to foreign students. Leticia has also worked on academic cooperation in the University of the Republic (UDELAR) in Montevideo, Uruguay, delivering workshops for undergraduate students, in the context of the Learning Support Program (Programa de Respaldo al Aprendizaje). She further engaged in an Integration research project in the South American region between 4 universities, through the Nucleo de Estudios e Investigaciones de Educacion Superior del Mercosur (NEIES).