Here you can get to know the team at EFNA. Click on each name to learn more about our Board Members, or scroll down to meet our team of consultant staff.


President - Joke Jaarsma

Vice President - Monika Benson

Secretary-General - Orla Galvin

Treasurer - Klaus Knops

Member at Large - Anne Goodchild

Member at Large - Astri Arnesen

Member at Large - Ivanka Jovanović

Member at Large - Robin Pinkston

Member at Large - Russell Patten

Member at Large - Viorica Cursaru


Executive Director

Donna Walsh

Donna became the Executive Director of EFNA in June 2012. Donna’s training is in Journalism, but she has worked with patient organisations in the neurological sector – in various roles – since leaving university. This included work with the European Migraine and Headache Alliance [EMHA] and the Migraine Association of Ireland [MAI], as well as being a representative to the Neurological Alliance of Ireland.

Tadeusz Hawrot

Senior Advocacy Coordinator

Tadeusz Hawrot

Tadeusz Hawrot joined EFNA as Senior Advocacy Coordinator in 2018. Tadeusz has spent more than a decade working in the EU environment, including nine years at the European Brain Council. His relevant academic background includes a post-graduate degree in Public Relations held at the Warsaw School of Economics.

Elizabeth Cunningham

Communications Manager

Elizabeth Cunningham

Elizabeth joined EFNA as Communications Manager in July 2015.
She previously worked on projects for the Migraine Association of Ireland, the European Headache Alliance and the Brain Mind and Pain MEP Interest Group. She has a personal interest in neurology having lived with migraine since childhood.
Elizabeth holds an MA in Digital Media Technologies and an honours degree in Media Production and Management.