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.
Dr. Lisa O'Rourke Scott
Dr. Lisa O'Rourke Scott joined the board of Limerick Mental Health Association as Chair in July 2020. Lisa is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. She currently works as a Lecturer and researcher at Limerick Institute of Technology as well as an Associate Lecturer with the Open University. Her teaching interests centre on the varied ways in which psychology can be understood and applied. She has a particular interest in the changing and multiple ways in which mental health and distress can be interpreted and is keen to highlight the varied and varying experiences that people have of mental health and distress as well as to promote mental health advocacy.
Lisa has previously worked in the voluntary and community sector as a counsellor, employment coach and facilitator of groups and workshops. She has extensive experience of governance and of steering committees and groups. Most recently she chaired the LIT standing committee on research ethics and was an elected member of Academic Council at LIT and the Board of Studies at the Open University.
She is Principal investigator of the Genders and Sexualities research group (GSRG) at LIT, where she supervises postgraduate students and engages in commissioned research projects.
When she is not working in Limerick, she spends time in her home in Dingle, Co Kerry, where she enjoys music, good company, sea swimming and wonderful food.
Elizabeth Stundon has taken up the position of Secretary for the Limerick Mental Health Association (LMHA) joining in May 2019. Elizabeth is a highly qualified administrator and has worked within the medical and health sectors throughout her working career. Her current role of Senior Administrator is with the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick. Elizabeth has a Business Degree and a Masters in Marketing and Management Strategies.
Elizabeth enjoys sport and she has played and coached girl’s hockey and camogie under aged teams. Elizabeth’s passion is sailing, and she has completed a transatlantic voyage. Elizabeth was the Athletics Manager for the Special Olympic National Games held at the University of Limerick.
Charles joined the board of LMHA in September 2019. He is a Chartered Accountant and currently works with Marsden & Co in Limerick. He has an MBA from Heriott Watt University, BA (Hons) in Business & Financial Studies from Waterford Insititute of Technology and a B.D. from St. Patrick's College, Maynooth.
Charles has served on a number of voluntary boards over the last 20 years and currently serves as Treasurer of the LMHA Board of Directors. Charles' interests include reading, travel and music and he also has 2 Shih Tzu's who keep him busy in his spare time.
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.
Dr. Virginia Minogue
Dr. Virginia Minogue is an independent consultant, coach and mentor. She previously worked in research management for NHS England and also for a number of NHS Trusts. She is an experienced Senior Manager, in the public and third sector, working at national, regional and local level, leading on commissioning, research policy, strategy and governance. She has a history of involving service users, patients and carers in all aspects of commissioning and research. Virginia also has wide university teaching experience. She has a first degree in Behavioural Sciences, a Diploma in Social Work, a Masters in Policy Studies and a PhD in Politics and Public Administration.
Virginia has worked for a number of charities; she served two terms of office as chair of a large mental health charity in the UK and was a trustee for 15 years. The charity offered day services, housing support, health living, and services for black and minority ethnic groups. She was also an ambassador for a hospice talking to groups, speaking at fund raising events and raising funds for the organisation.
Virginia’s interest in making a difference in mental health began some years ago when she was working in the probation service, and in prisons, and met many people with mental health issues. She became conscious of the stigma people experienced and difficulties they had in getting support and became involved in various projects to try to make a difference. She is very proud of the work her charity did with people who were often shut out from other services.
Virginia joined the LMHA Board in November 2019 and hopes to work with the project manager and the Board to demonstrate how the work we are doing is making a difference to