Meet Our Staff

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Emily Norton Asinhurst

Executive Director

Emily has dedicated her career to the nonprofit world working for missions she treasures on a personal level. From helping children achieve their potential, to aiding women on the brink of homelessness, to consulting with nonprofits on strategies for organizational growth and success, Emily feels fortunate to have made a difference in profound ways. She has more than 20 years of nonprofit experience in operations, development, marketing, and programming and has managed budgets from small to large. Emily’s family spent summers in County Kildare and is proud to be working with an organization that connects her Irish roots with her passion for the nonprofit world.

Emily lives in Havertown with her husband, Kyle, her daughter, Maggie, and their dog, Hermione. In her downtime, she loves photography, horses, and cooking for her family.


Nicola Bell

Community Programs and Communications Director

Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, Nicola, works hard to develop our Community Programs. As well as providing invaluable technical support around the office, she also puts her marketing experience to great use to create our newsletters, social media and website. Nicola holds a BA in Communications, a Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising and Marketing and speaks Brazilian Portuguese. Prior to working with the Immigration Center, Nicola held posts at a tech design and strategy agency in Sydney, Australia , and the Guinness brand in Dublin, Ireland. Nicola also has an artsy side and has a business in art and antique dealing.



Ciarán Porter

Youth Development Director

Ciarán Porter is a youth development professional at the Irish Immigration Center an organization that serves the needs of the Irish immigrant community and their families in the Delaware Valley. In partnership with several Irish youth organizations like the Gaelic Athletic Association and Foróige, Ciarán delivers a programs that introduces Irish culture and heritage to the young people in the Philadelphia area. Previously, Ciarán worked in Education in the Philadelphia area and Liverpool, UK. He graduated with honors from Liverpool John Moores University, England before completing his Master’s in Education Leadership at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia. Ciarán continues to study and is currently nearing the end of his MBA at Saint Joseph’s University.