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Our Team

iCAN is made possible by the wonderful people who volunteer their time, energy and talents.

iCAN is run 100% by volunteers working for the wider JIA community in Ireland.

Wendy Costello is the Chairperson of iCAN.

Wendy lives in Tipperary. She is married and has two daughters, Caoimhe and Niamh. Niamh has had JIA since the age of three.
“I love meeting JIA families and get great strength from their amazing stories . I man the 24 hr support line. I am also on the BSPAR parent group and also Chairperson on ENCA. Being involved in a larger JIA community beyond Ireland is very important to me . I am very proud to be a founding member of iCAN and think we have a wonderful team who can drive iCAN forward in the coming years.”

Ken Hyland is the Vice Chairperson of iCAN. Ken is based in Dublin and is also the Company secretary.

Susan Bell Flavin is our PRO and is based in Camolin Co Wexford.

Susan Bell Flavin is a director of iCAN and was on the iCAN founding committee. From 2013-2018 Susan served as PRO for the iCAN.
Originally from the USA, Susan has been a resident in Ireland for over 20 years. Susan and her husband Eric, a Waterford native, live in rural County Wexford with their 4 children, including 2 daughters that have Polyarticular JIA. Susan runs her own graphic design company and is a published childrens author.

Declan Smyth ( FCCA) is our treasurer and is based in Shannon Co Clare

My name is Declan Smyth. I am an accountant who qualified with the ACCA and work as Finance Manager for Shannon Airport Authority DAC.

I live in Shannon, Co. Clare and have three daughters. My middle child, Naomi, was diagnosed with Polyarticular JIA in August 2015 when she was seven years old. Myself and my wife Therese learned about iCAN while researching this condition as we waited diagnosis from OLCHC. We were welcomed immediately by everybody and have been supported immensely in the early years of our journey with Naomi. I have been a committee member since early 2017 and perform the duties of treasurer.

Fergus Pearse is a member of our committee and our Limerick parent rep

I am Fergus Pearse, a father of two teenage children Dylan and Tara and married to Teresa  living in Limerick. My daughter has been living with JIA since being diagnosed at age 2 and is now 14. I am a parent rep for the Limerick area and one of my main duties is organising hydrotherapy sessions and trying to raise awareness of the work being done nationwide by iCAN.

Katy Kelly is our  secretary and is  based in Cork

My name is Katy Kelly. I live in County Cork and have three children. My youngest Orla was diagnosed almost five years ago aged 13 with SJIA and MAS. ICAN supported us through the initial diagnosis and I became a parent rep in Cork before joining the committee a year and a half ago. I work in early years education and care and am passionate about children developing their own voice in matters that concern them.


Over one thousand children and teens in Ireland are diagnosed with JIA, with numbers growing daily. iCAN offers help through our online support network, fimly days out and information days.


iCAN helps parernts, children and teens navigate life with JIA by providing information on JIA through our online support network, our patient packs and information days.


iCAN is working to get children in Ireland better access to rheumatological. Currently, Ireland is at the bottom of the EU for paediatric rheumatological care. Our children deserve better.