Kelly and Susan Curry
Founders and Directors
General Manager & Director of Outreach - An Tobar Nua
Originally from Belfast, Mike came to An Tobar Nua in 2001 after several years in the medical manufacturing industry. With nearly two decades of experience in charity work and his business expertise, he oversees our daily operations. He also leads our Youth Outreach initiatives which works with students (secondary school) across the country. He is an avid fan of full-contact sports and trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. When not at An Tobar Nua, Mike can be found pursuing his passion for kayaking with his family.
Executive Director - An Tobar Nua
Jimmy has spent more than 19 years traveling the world in charity management. Originally from Houston, Texas, he joined the An Tobar Nua team in 2013 and manages the cafe as well as the staff and Mission Experience Volunteers team. Jimmy also serves as our Human Resources manager for the growing team. With stamps in his passport for over twenty countries, he is always looking for a new adventure. When not at An Tobar Nua, Jimmy can be found repurposing old broken collectables or exploring life with his family.
Executive Director - Foundation In Christ Ministries
Having grown up in Galway, Natalie has found various ways over the years to be involved at An Tobar Nua in Galway, initially serving as a Mission Experience Volunteer for several terms. Although now located stateside, she joined the Foundation In Christ Ministries team in 2015 to assist with its operations in the US. Natalie is a graduate of Asbury University and is a licensed CPA in Kentucky. Natalie is passionate about FICM’s mission and views each interaction as an opportunity to continue spreading the Gospel into the world. She and her husband have three young boys, and they often spend their family time at Costco eating free samples, playing games, or building with LEGOs.
Head Counselor – An Tobar Nua
Thomas joined the An Tobar Nua staff in 2002. As an MIACP certified Irish counselor, he has a BSc in Counseling & Psychotherapy and is fully accredited by the Irish Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy and the Irish Association of Christian Counselors. As our Head Counselor, Thomas has been a vital part of developing our confidential and non-judgmental counseling service. Thomas has a heart to accompany individuals as they journey towards healing and wholeness.
Licensure & Accreditations: M.I.A.C.P., BSc (with Honors) in Counseling & Psychotherapy, Diploma in Christian Counseling & Psychotherapy, Certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Post-Graduate Diploma in Child & Adolescent Counseling
Counselor; Staff Chaplain – An Tobar Nua
Megan joined the An Tobar Nua team in 2004. She plays an active role in staff leadership and pastoral care. Megan has a BSc in Counseling & Psychotherapy and is fully accredited by the Irish Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy. She has a heart to support and assist people in overcoming life’s challenges as they move towards healing and positive change.
Licensure & Accreditations: M.I.A.C.P., BSc (with Honors) in Counseling & Psychotherapy, Diploma in Christian Counseling & Psychotherapy, Certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Post-Graduate Certificate in Family Therapeutic Skills
Manager of Outreach; Retreat Leader - Connaught
A native Galwegian, Andrew came to An Tobar Nua in 2014 after working for two years prior with a local church in Galway City. He graduated with a degree in Highway Engineering and was a former student of IBI (Irish Bible Institute) College. A talented singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Andrew often leads worship in different venues in Galway City and for student ministries associated with the café. He enjoys writing music, kickboxing and spending time with his wife and children.
Manager of Retreats; Retreat Leader - Leinster
From County Laois, Michelle joined the An Tobar Nua team in October 2017. She has a colorful background, having initially pursued acting and performance education, whilst living in Los Angeles. Following her time in LA, she decided to return to Ireland and to embark on a new road that led her to study Theology and English at Maynooth University. She became a secondary school teacher; teaching in Crumlin for a number of years, before returning to the States, only this time finding herself in New York City. It was in NYC that she became actively involved in working with youth, which sparked her journey leading teen retreats. In her spare time, she enjoys the simple things in life such as theatre, film, arts and crafts making, hiking and discovering new places.
Manager – Bothar Emmaus Bookshop
After many years in the retail industry with one of Ireland’s most successful brands, Deirdre joined the team in 2006. Her love for knowledge and her heart to help others find scriptural answers to life’s problems made the bookshop the perfect fit. She is originally from Cavan but has been a Galwegian since 1991. When not at An Tobar Nua, Deirdre can be found volunteering in her local parish or spending time with her daughter and granddaughter.
Emmaus Scripture School Instructor
Originally from Poland, Tomasz joined the An Tobar Nua team in 2014, driven by his passion for great coffee and student ministry. Tomasz holds two Master’s degrees: one in Philosophy from Jagiellonian University in Krakow and the other in Theology from Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Theology through Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tomasz has a heart to walk alongside his students as they grow in their knowledge of Christ. When not at An Tobar Nua, Tomasz can be found playing strategy games or exploring the West of Ireland with his wife and three kids.