Meet our Board Members

As volunteers, we dedicate our free time to the Limerick Mental Health Association and we are all passionate about helping others to remain well and maintain positive mental health.

Jennifer McMahon
Dr. Jennifer McMahon is Chairperson of the Limerick Mental Health Association (LMHA) and is a lecturer in Psychology of Education at University of Limerick. She has worked in the area of mental health for over a decade and has been instrumental in advancing the recovery approach to mental health across the Mid-West. She has been a lead partner in the Recovery and Reconnect (RnR) project which brought WRAP (Wellness, Recovery Action Plan) and peer advocacy training to Limerick, a steering committee member of the Mid-West Advancing Recovery in Ireland (ARI) which developed a blueprint for transformation of the mental health services and has taken a lead role in the development of a Recovery College in the Mid-West, funded by the Genio trust.

She has a particular interest in youth mental health and worked as a researcher for Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health and then as a project manager responsible for bringing the Jigsaw service to Limerick. She is also very interested in schools as sites of mental health promotion and in particular the pivotal role of school staff as supportive adults to young people.

Jennifer is passionate about empowering young people and adults to take control of their mental health and to play a central role in the development and implementation of mental health services and mental health promotion.
Deborah O'Kane

Deborah O'Kane is Secretary of Limerick Mental Health Association and has been on the Board since March 2016.

She is an Associate Director in the compliance and reporting group at Ernst and Young (EY) and has been with the firm since 2014, Deborah acts as a corporate governance subject matter expert for EY and has a particular interest in non-profit governance.
She has held Company Secretary and Compliance Advisor roles at various international law and consultancy firms in Bermuda, South Africa and Ireland.

Deborah holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Patrick Fitzgerald
Board Member

Patrick Fitzgerald joined the board of LMHA in November 2015. He is active in the mental health scene and has just finished his Ba(Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Patrick is a passionate and active member of the community in Limerick and brings enthusiasm and determination to his numerous projects to date which include working with Schools, Gardaí, Family Resource Centres, Colleges and other mental health organisations running mental health events.

Patrick firmly believes that the knowledge base of mental health as well as what different organisations do needs to be increased both locally and on a national level. Currently undertaking a research masters around the areas of suicide and rural isolation. Patrick hopes that through the work of Limerick Mental Health Association a vision of a brighter future can be achieved.

Michelle O'Connor
Board member

Michelle O'Connor joined the board of LMHA in January 2016. Mental health has been a passion of Michelle's for many years since completing her degree in Applied Social Studies in Social Care and a Masters by research in Loss and Grief in LIT. Michelle feels it is important to acknowledge and discuss the difficulties that all people go through across the spectrum of mental health.

Michelle is from Limerick and is very proud of the city and the collaborative space Limerick holds for all.

Nicola Le Gear
Board Member

Nicola joined the board in January 2017. She has over 10 years expertise in online user experience. Her aim is to make Limerick Mental Health's digital presence as easy to use and accessible as possible. She serves as a trusted advisor to the board on all matters relating to Digital.

Nicola started volunteering with Limerick Mental Health Association in June 2016. She was responsible for the design, development and launch of in September 2016.

Nicola wanted to give to a charity that meant something to her. She wanted to use her vast professional experience to help those coping with mental health. As we all know mental health touches everyone, it is Nicola's goal to make Limerick Mental Health Association accessible to those that need it when they need it.

Tina Storey
Board Member

Tina has lived experience of mental ill health and represents the users of LMHA’s services on the Board of Directors. She co-facilitates the Members' Forum: a safe space for members to speak openly, honestly and constructively about their experiences and opinions on Le Chéile / LMHA and to get involved in organising activities themselves. 

Sitting on the board of Directors has given her the confidence to take on new challenges in her life. She is passionate about the journey of recovery to wellness and the active participation of peers in mental health services. 

Tony Sheridan
Board Member

Tony Sheridan joined the board in April 2018. Tony is the Social Media and Digital Content Officer for the University of Limerick Marketing and Communications Division.

He is also a Mental Health Campaigner who has undertaken fundraising initiatives, blogged, delivered talks and lectures on Mental Health to a variety of audiences over the last 5 years.

Using his marketing and communications expertise he has worked with Amnesty International, Pieta House, Darkness Into Light, Pay It Forward Limerick and Limerick Mental Health Association to harness the power of social media for social good.

Shane Thornton
Community Engagement Director

Shane joined the board of Limerick Mental Health Association in January 2018 as director of community engagement. He is a Garda based in Henry Street Garda Station in Limerick City.

He is responsible for engaging and collaborating with community based groups and partner mental health organisations within Limerick. His role fosters a collective vision and a joined-up approach to wellbeing for all the people of Limerick.

Shane has a particular passion for Mental Health and promoting the work and services available to communities within Limerick. Through his job as a Garda, he sees first hand the challenges that people face in their day to day lives. He is committed to bringing forward a positive community led response to supporting the people of Limerick.