Meet Some of Our Team

Founder & Managing Director


Debbie has been working tirelessly in Russia since 1998 with the orphaned and abandoned children of the Bryansk Region and more recently with children in Kaluga, Tula and Moscow Region. Debbie is also the Chairperson of the Russian registered charity To Children With Love in Russia.
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Jenny McGrath has a degree from DCU in Marketing Innovation and Technology. She looks after a myriad of tasks ranging from organising bucket collections to visa applications, travel arrangements, book keeping, correspondence and generally keeping everything going in our office! Read more…

Financial Controller & Guardian Angel

Fergal & Trish

Fergal McGrath has the onerous task of minding our money and overseeing our books. Fergal has been a volunteer with us for 15 years and makes us follow all kinds of very strict rules, watching every penny we spend. Read more…



Grainne signed up to help with a sponsored walk in 2013 and that one step led her to become involved with the charity in so many different ways. She is very proud to be a full time volunteer and now Board Member with us. Read more…

The Rising Tide Project
Project Manager


Julie has previously held several roles in Irish and UK NGOs, including General Manager of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ireland and Irish charity To Russia with Love, and Research Funding Manager of the Tate Galleries in the U.K. She has also undertaken consultancy work for organisations and philanthropic individuals and foundations in the NGO sector. She is currently doing a Masters in Children and Youth Studies in UCD.

The Rising Tide Project
Project Coordinator


B.A. European Studies with Russian TCD, studied at Gorky Literary Institute. Masters European Economic and Public Affairs UCD, my dissertation explored the experience of migrant students in the Irish education system. Final year PhD candidate. My doctoral research focuses on post-school pathways in Ireland using Russian-speakers as a case study.

School Teacher

General Manager Russia


Based in Russia Igor Stepanov has been working by Debbie’s side for 18 years. Igor is a school teacher originally, he has since added a business degree to his list of talents. In Debbie’s own words, he is a control freak, which suits her perfectly as no stone is left unturned. Read more…

Children's Programmes Manager

Children’s Programmes Manager


Olga Stepanova is our beautiful Children’s Programmes Manager. She has been working with our children for over a decade and knows every detail of their lives. Olga’s job involves solving the many daily problems that arise and they are endless.
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Child Attachment Specialist


Joanna Fortune is previous General Manager of To Children With Love. She is a clinical psychotherapist and Child Attachment Specialist with more than 12 years experience working with children, adolescents and families. Read more…

Sponsor Family Coordinator


Noreen was one of the first people to react in 1998 when I came home after my first visit. She baked up a storm and the first funds rolled in, she has been working tirelessly for 15 years with her very efficient assistant. Read more…