Our Staff


Brian Burns

Brian joined ISI way back in 2001 as Marketing Director and became its Managing Director in 2006. Prior to joining ISI, Brian travelled the world teaching English in France, Quebec and Japan. As well as being a qualified English language teacher, Brian has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and French Literature from University College Galway (NUIG) and a Master’s Degree in Theatre Practice from University College Dublin (UCD). Outside ISI he has been involved in theatre, as an actor, a writer and a director. After nearly 25 years in the EFL business, Brian still loves the buzz and excitement of working at ISI with so many wonderful students, staff and teachers. Coco, his dog, loves ISI too, so much so, that she hangs out there every day!


James Dorrian

James joined ISI in 2007 as a Director. He is a graduate of the Institute of Technology Sligo and worked as a Surveyor in the construction and engineering industries for many years before becoming a partner in ISI. He has a keen interest in art and design, which is strongly reflected in the interior design of ISI’s buildings. He believes in creating a study environment which encourages students to be creative and to express themselves. James enjoys painting every week and has recently started to exhibit his work.

School Manager

Marcelo Lopez Anido

Born in Argentina, Marcelo started working at ISI Dublin in 2019, having spent the previous ten years living in New Zealand, Australia and Malta. He is a graduate of Marketing from the  University of Buenos Aires in 1999, and in 2007 he finished his training in Graphic Design and in 2009 became a professional Webmaster. Marcelo also has a diploma in Human Resources, working in that area for more than 7 years before finally turning to his passion, marketing. He likes sports, he loves basketball, a sport that he has played all his life. He loves to travel, visit new places and face new challenges. What he likes about ISI Dublin is being surrounded by an exceptional group of staff, and working to increase awareness of the school, throughout the world. He feels that ISI Dublin is a place of great diversity and cultures.

Admissions Manager

Guilherme Meireles

Guilherme has started his story at ISI in 2017 as a student, after that he used to worked in warehouse companies. He was born in Brazil and is graduated in Logistics and Supply Chain Management in an institution in Dublin. Now he joined ISI as our admissions officer to achieve new goals in his career. Guilherme is passionate for football and has funded a Brazilian team in Ireland to play with his friends. He loves to help students to come to Dublin to have the unique experience of living abroad.

Accommodation Manager

Kathleen Connoly

Before joining ISI Dublin, Kathleen graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in Law with Politics and a Masters in Gender, Politics and International Relations. During her studies, she spent a semester in Italy on Erasmus. She enjoys sport and travelling around Ireland and the world.

Sales Advisor

Deniz Unverdi

Deniz graduated from the department of French teaching in 2009 and completed teaching Turkish to foreigners training in 2017, and also completed her master’s degree in French teaching in 2019. Since then she has been teaching Turkish and French to foreign students. Deniz continues to take on different duties at ISI since 2020. Finally, she joined the lovely marketing team, where there is excellent and harmonious teamwork. As a foreigner living far from her home country, she knows the problems of international students very well and loves to help them. She also loves working with a helpful and sincere team at ISI, where there is an international environment.

Sales Advisor

Ricardo Sarabia Roque

Ricardo started its journey at ISI Dublin as a student back in 2018. He was so captivated by the school and staff that he happily joined the ISI family. He has been working in various roles since he joined the team over 3 years ago. Currently, he is performing the role of Sales Advisor attending the LATAM market. He was born in Mexico and graduated from IPN with a degree in International Business in Mexico City. Currently is attending the CCT College Dublin where he is studying Data Analytics. His previous roles in Mexico involved 5+ years of experience in international trade and consulting. He considers himself a smiley and friendly person. A sports person, he loves playing basketball, practicing boxing and swimming. The best thing about being part of the ISI team is the people he gets the chance to meet, learning from different cultures and enjoying good conversations and stories from people all around the globe.

Receptionist / Administrator

Nicoly Wapenik

Born in Brazil, Nicoly was an exchange student in Ireland in 2014 and during this experience she discovered a passion for traveling, living new experiences and getting to know different cultures. That’s why she decided to work with exchange programs: to help other people find their passions. In 2019 she returned to Ireland to make this country her home. Graduated in Interior Design, loves art and everything related to stationery, she is always ‘needing’ a new pen.

Cafe & Facilities Manager

Maija Gobja

Since 2006 Maija has been part of the ISI Dublin team, but it was in 2015 when the ISI Cafes first opened, that Maija became a Cafe and Facility manager. Born in Latvia and a graduate from the College of Commercial Merchandise, she also speaks three languages – Latvian, Russian and English. It was back in 2002 when Maija left Latvia to visit Dublin, Ireland – a country over 2000km away! Since then, Maija has fallen in love with the city and its people. The best thing about being part of the ISI team is being part of a friendly and supportive team and she loves meeting people from all over the world.

Summer Camp - Social programme Coordinator

Eva Reilly

Eva is studying History & Religious Education in Dublin City University & completed a Certificate in Culture and Heritage from Dublinia Museum in 2019. After completing her leaving certificate Eva spent several years travelling & teaching English in Asia & Europe. Before joining ISI, she worked in the heritage sector as a tour guide and enjoys sharing her passion for history with others. In her free time, she loves exploring new places and sea swimming.

Marketing Assistant

Emilio Mercado

He started his adventure in the Republic of Ireland in 2019 as an English language student and since April 2022 he is part of the ISI Dublin team. In addition to English, he is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Originally from Paraguay but considered a “citizen of the world” Emilio has lived in 6 different countries (so far). He has a degree in International Relations and has worked in places such as: the UN (in one of its offices) and in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of his country.


Joanna Galligan

Joanna started working for ISI in April 2022 as a receptionist. Before joining ISI, she had worked in event planning, administration, and bartending. She studied art history and visual culture in college, and loves doing creative things. In her free time, she enjoys painting, visiting art galleries, and vintage clothes shopping. From her years of working in the hospitality industry, Joanna has a great love and appreciation for Dublin’s lively social scene. She has taken part in planning events to modernise Ireland’s nightlife and create a safe environment in bars and nightclubs in Dublin. She loves working with people and helping them out however possible.


High School Programme Manager

Sarah McGovern

Sarah has worked on the High School Programme at ISI since 2016. Before that, she graduated from Dublin City University with a degree in Applied Languages and Translation Studies. As part of her studies, Sarah spent an Erasmus year in the south of France where she attended university. After her studies at DCU, Sarah returned to France for an academic year where she taught English to high school students. She then spent two years living in Vancouver, Canada. She loves working with the team at ISI and having the opportunity to welcome amazing teenagers to the High School Programme each year.

High School Programme Coordinator

Manlio Reina

Manlio has been in the FL industry since 1993, having worked both as an English and as an Italian language teacher until December 2021 before joining us in ISI in his new role of High School Student Welfare Officer.

Originally from Italy, Manlio’s university background is in English Language and Applied Linguistics. He is a qualified language teacher from International House London and in 2020 he received his initial Teacher Trainer qualification from Nile. He is currently on Master’s course in Professional Development for Language Education from Nile in the UK.

Away from work, Manlio enjoys family and social life. He loves the performing arts and especially street and pub photography. He loves old film cameras and he develops his now negatives at home

High School Programme Coordinator

Melissa Wiazowska

Melissa is finishing her degree in English, Writing and Philosophy at NUIG. She loves to read and exercise. She lives in the wild west of Ireland in the countryside. I have a yellow Lab that I take for a walk in the bog. She loves to play basketball, she used to play basketball for the Irish team. Now she trains and plays for a local club.

High School Programme Coordinator

Michelle Barry Cashman

Michelle joined ISI in 2021 as a High School Coordinator, her background is in people management, training, coaching and mentoring. She has worked in various roles over the years and in 2012 set up a community based resource centre for parents and children , it was hugely successful until it became a casualty of covid in 2020.She has travelled extensively and understands the challenges facing young students when they arrive into a new country for the first time.Her aim is to ensure that they have the best all round experience during their time in Ireland and at ISI.

High School Programme Coordinator

Maebh Cotter

She graduated from Dublin City University with a bachelor’s degree in Education and Training, and also has a diploma in HR from Dublin Business School. She had been working in real estate for over 8 years, but prior to that had worked as an SNA in a secondary school. Her biggest passion is travel and football, and loves to hike and cycle!