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.
Deborah Finn is Chairperson of Limerick Mental Health Association (LMHA) and is Company Secretary of Dell Ireland.
She has worked in the area of corporate law and governance for over a decade, at various law and consultancy firms in Ireland, Bermuda and South Africa and has a particular interest in non-profit governance. She has advised various charitable organisations on legal and governance matters and has established and overseen the maintenance of a wide range of legal regulatory and corporate governance systems.
Prior to being appointed as Chairperson, Deborah simultaneously held the positions of both Secretary and Treasurer of LMHA for three years and consequently, has an in-depth knowledge of the organisation’s operations and strategy.
Deborah is passionate about LMHA balancing best practice standards and governance with the recovery and wellness needs of our members. She has a particular interest in the advancement of recovery education and the peer support model in the Mid-West of Ireland.
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 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.
Nicola Le Gear
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 www.limerickmentalhealth.ie 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 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.
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.