(01) 536 7330 info@sageadvocacy.ie

People

Sage has a core of paid staff who are supported by trained volunteers. Our key task is to develop regional teams of people capable of tackling everything from the most simple support tasks to the most complex advocacy challenges in every care setting. We collaborate where possible and challenge where necessary.

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Mervyn Taylor

Executive Director

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(01) 536 7337 - (086) 822 7998

mervyn.taylor@sageadvocacy.ie

Mervyn Taylor

Executive Director

Prior to joining Sage, Mervyn was Director of M.S. Ireland, CEO of the MS Care Foundation, Manager of Planning & Organisation with the National Social Service Board (now Citizens Information Board), and European Development Manager for a consortium of IT companies.  

From 2006 - 2012, Mervyn was Manager of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) Programme and from 2009 was Project Manager for the Forum on End of Life and of its flagship project 'Think Ahead'. He also managed the pilot project for the HFH Programme at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, from 2004-2006, which won a Taoiseach's Public Service Excellence Award.

He is currently a member of the Council of the Forum on End of Life and a Director of the Fourth Age Trust. Mervyn holds a BA and MSc (Community Health) from Trinity College Dublin, has studied Creativity & Innovation with the Open University and Leadership with Cranfield University School of Management.

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Mary Warren

Administrator

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(01) 536 7330 – (086) 174 5130

mary.warren@sageadvocacy.ie

Mary Warren

Administrator

As service administrator Mary is responsible for overseeing administrative systems for Sage. Prior to joining the organisation, Mary worked for Lisney in Property Management and Fixed Charge Receivership. She was also the Executive Assistant to the Managing Director.

Mary previously worked in financial services and has several years’ customer service and administration experience. She has participated in a number of mentor programmes and in research of the use of precision teaching in schools.

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Lara Gallagher

Information and Compliance Coordinator

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(01) 536 7343 – (086) 1427897

lara.gallagher@sageadvocacy.ie

Lara Gallagher

Information and Compliance Coordinator

Lara is the Data Protection Officer with Sage and provides information on the General Data Protection Regulation and guidance to staff and volunteers on the processing and storage of data.  Her role also involves the support of volunteers, ICT management & Administration, and support in Research & Development. 

Previous to this, Lara worked in the voluntary and community sector for almost 20 years as a Project Worker with Tallaght Intercultural Action, Dublin AIDS Alliance and then the SAOL Project.  Her work focused on social inclusion, improving access to services, advocacy and support, and community development. Becoming an accredited psychotherapist in 2013, Lara held a Clinical Coordinator position in Living Life Counselling Centre where she carried out clinical assessments with clients and managed volunteer counsellors. 

Lara holds a BA (Hons) Psychology from UCD, HDip Community & Youth Work from NUI Maynooth and MSc Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy from DCU.

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Mary Condell

Legal Advisor

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(01) 536 7333 – (086) 130 2322

mary.condell@sageadvocacy.ie

Mary Condell

Legal Advisor

Mary is a practicing solicitor and mediator with a particular interest in legal and other issues concerning older and vulnerable adults. She is a member and former chair of the Irish branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and co-founder and chair of Solicitors for the Elderly in Ireland. She is a member of the Law Society’s Task Force on Mental Capacity which was established to review and make submissions on new capacity legislation and of the National Financial Abuse of Older People Working Group.

Mary teaches at MA level in NUI Maynooth on capacity issues, elder mediation and the role of advocates and support persons in mediation and is also a regular lecturer for the Law Society and other professional bodies on capacity, legal issues and mediation skills.

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Renee Summers

Case Manager

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(01) 536 7335 – (086) 042 1953

renee.summers@sageadvocacy.ie

Renee Summers

Case Manager

As Case Manager, Renee is responsible for monitoring and auditing the quality and standard of practice within Sage’s national caseload as well as supporting the ongoing development of policy and practice within Sage, in our work with vulnerable adults and older people across Ireland.  She is also a Regional Coordinator for Dublin Southeast and Wicklow and manages a small caseload in this area. 

Prior to joining Sage, Renee worked as a Medical Social Worker on the Medicine for the Elderly team in St. Vincent’s University Hospital and worked as an administrator in various medical settings across Dublin.  Originally from Chicago, Renee worked as a Peer Advocate in Roosevelt University Chicago, where she earned her BA in Psychology and worked as an administrator in New York University and the University of Michigan and also taught English as a second language in Seoul, South Korea. 

Renee holds a BA in Psychology from Roosevelt University, a Higher Diploma in Social Policy from University College Dublin and a Masters in Social Work from Trinity College Dublin. 

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Eileen O’Callaghan

Regional Operations Manager

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(01) 536 7338 – (085) 836 2988

eileen.ocallaghan@sageadvocacy.ie

Eileen O’Callaghan

Regional Operations Manager

Prior to joining Sage, Eileen was Senior Programme Coordinator with the Irish Pastoral Centre in Boston. Eileen was responsible for the operation of a large social services outreach programme for Irish and Irish Americans in the greater New England area. In Boston, Eileen was co-founder of Dóchas Mass, a Suicide Prevention Coalition for the prevention of suicide and self-harm in the Irish community in New England.

Eileen has held Social Work posts in a variety of settings; from Children and Family Services (now Túsla) in Donegal, to working with older adults in a variety of community settings, and HIV positive youths in Chicago.

Eileen holds a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from NUI Galway and a BA of Social Science from UCC.

 

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Michelle Rooney

Special Projects

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Michelle Rooney

Special Projects

Michelle is the Education, Training and Support Coordinator with Sage – Support and Advocacy Service for Older People, and is responsible for the provision of training and support for personnel working with the service. In addition Michelle provides development support for the Dublin South East and Wicklow areas.

Michelle has worked in the charity sector since 2004, her work to date has focussed on advancing the rights asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants in Ireland, and promoting the participation and integration of migrant communities in Ireland. She has worked in the implementation of community development initiatives, the provision of information, advocacy and support services, and delivery of education and training.

Prior to joining Sage Michelle worked as an Information and Advocacy Officer with Crosscare Migrant Project. Michelle was the Project Coordinator with Mayo Intercultural Action from 2009 to 2013, and she worked as an Information and Advocacy Officer with the Refugee Information Service from 2004 to 2008.

Michelle holds a BA in Psychology and a LLM in International Human Rights Law from NUI Galway.  She is originally from Galway, and is enjoying the opportunity to explore Dublin.

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Patricia O'Dwyer

Patient Advocacy Services Coordinator

Patricia O'Dwyer

Patient Advocacy Services Coordinator

Prior to joining Sage Patricia was an independent Public Health Nursing Consultant and managed a number of projects ranging from a national review of the public health nursing service to the preparation of fitness to practise reports for the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and medico legal expert reports for the Courts. Patricia previously worked as a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery University College Cork and spent 20 years working as a nurse in a variety of settings in a number of countries overseas.  

Patricia is a registered general nurse, midwife, public health nurse and holds MSc Nurse Education (UCC) and a BCL (UCC).

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Valerie Cox

Public Awareness and Media

Valerie Cox

Public Awareness and Media

Valerie joins us after several decades working in the media where she took a special interest in giving a voice to the most vulnerable in our society. She has written a number of books including the history of ALONE, the search for Ireland's missing people and the Family Courts.

She studied English in Trinity College Dublin and End of Life Healthcare Ethics in University College, Cork.

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Roisin O'Leary

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Orlaith Ferguson

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Martina Durkan

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Martina Durkan

Regional Coordinators - Sage Representatives

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Helen Fitzgerald

Dublin South-East & Wicklow

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(01) 536 7334 – (086) 130 2712

helen.fitzgerald@sageadvocacy.ie

Helen Fitzgerald

Dublin South-East & Wicklow

Prior to being appointed as a Regional Coordinator with Sage, Helen was Recruitment, Information & Compliance Coordinator and Data Protection Officer with Sage; which involved the recruitment and retention of volunteers, ICT management & Administration, and support in Research & Development.   As Data Protection Officer Helen provided information on the General Data Protection Regulation and guidance on the processing of data. Before this time Helen was Administrator with Sage and was responsible for overseeing administrative & ICT systems.

Before joining Sage, Helen worked as service coordinator with Crosscare services for older people in Dublin North, coordinating the befriending, plate pals, the league, and appointment companion’s services.

Helen holds a BA in Psychology from NUI Maynooth, has qualifications in Information, Advice and Advocacy Practice and Community & Health Services, is certified in data protection & excel, and is trained in CRM management, online writing & volunteer management and is currently studying an MSc in Applied Psychology.

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Bibiana Savin

Dublin South-West & Kildare

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(01) 5367340 - (086) 027 0012

bibiana.savin@sageadvocacy.ie

Bibiana Savin

Dublin South-West & Kildare

Originally from Romania, Bibiana lives in Ireland since 2003 and has worked as a Manager in the health and fitness industry for almost a decade. Prior to joining Sage she engaged in numerous voluntary projects at community level in the South Dublin area, acting in a variety of roles, such as Campaign Assistant, Event Coordinator, Public Relations Officer and Advocate.

Bibiana has obtained qualifications in Social Work & Theology (1998), Business Studies (2006) and Information, Advice & Advocacy Practice (2015). She also holds a BSc (Hons) in Sociology & Political Theory from Al. I. Cuza University (2002) and a Master of Social Science (Human Rights & Social Policy) from Maynooth University (2015).

Bibiana actively supports and promotes an active retirement group in west Dublin since January 2015. She has acted as a liaison person between this organisation, statutory services and wider community groups, seeking to promote and enhance the role of older people at a social and practical level within their own community.

Bibiana is a member of the Irish Gerontological Society and her main areas of interest are Advocacy, Social Gerontology, Community Development and Qualitative Social Research.

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Caroline Hanley

South-East

Caroline Hanley

South-East

Caroline will begin working with Sage in June 2016

Caroline worked for over 10 years in Boston for an Employee Assistance Program where she coordinated drug testing, mental health and substance abuse services for employees of large construction unions and their families. She also has many years’ experience as a home care worker for the elderly, both in private residences and assisted living facilities.

Since returning from Boston in 2014, Caroline worked as a Family Carer Support Officer for Family Carers Ireland in Wexford. While there she established a Volunteer Befriending program, coordinated respite care for the elderly and developed support groups and training for family carers.

Caroline completed a BA in Public and Social Policy and a Higher Diploma in Health Promotion both at NUIG and a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Services at the University of Massachusetts. Caroline became a volunteer SAGE representative in 2015.

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Emer Meighan

South-East

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01) 536 7343 – (086) 183 6208

emer.meighan@sageadvocacy.ie

Emer Meighan

South-East

Prior to joining Sage, Emer worked as a Development Officer with The Irish Hospice Foundation. Emer worked on ‘A Journey of Change’ programme which was designed to improve end-of-life care in nursing homes and residential settings, she worked on the ‘Hospice Friendly Hospitals’ programme which seeks to ensure that end of life, palliative and bereavement care is central to the everyday business of hospitals and the ‘Design & Dignity’ programme which transforms the way hospital spaces are designed for people at the end of life and their families.

Before joining The Irish Hospice Foundation Emer worked for a number of years with adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. She worked as independent creative arts psychotherapist for a number of organisations on a freelance bases and was responsible in supporting people to reflect on their own lives and support them self-advocate.

Emer holds a Masters of Drama-psychotherapy from NUI Maynooth, a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts in Healthcare Settings, Adult and Community Education from NUI Maynooth and a BA of Sociology & Linguistics from UCD

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Michael Cahillane

South

Michael Cahillane

South

Prior to joining Sage, Michael was an Advocate in West Kerry Community Hospital and the Development Officer for the Third Age National Advocacy Programme in Kerry. He was responsible for the planning, development and delivery of the advocacy service to those living in residential care. Michael worked with Nursing Homes, Health Service Executive (HSE), Health Information Authority (HIQA), and other relevant agencies to ensure the successful provision of the service.

Michael has a strong background in the voluntary sector, working with volunteers in a variety of projects. Michael studied Advocacy at the National College of Ireland and at The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Dublin.

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Lorraine Dolan

Mid-West

Lorraine Dolan

Mid-West

Lorraine graduated from Carlow College in 2001 having completed Applied Social Studies in Social Care. Lorraine commenced employment in the disability sector and following this spent many years in the area of High Support Residential Care in the Carlow/Kilkenny area.

Following this, Lorraine established the childcare service of the Amber Women’s Refuge in Kilkenny for Women and children affected by Domestic Violence. Lorraine completed training in a number of areas; Addiction Studies, Parenting facilitation, Auricular Acupuncture, which led to the implementation of alternative therapies in a number of settings within which Lorraine worked.

In 2008 Lorraine went on to establish a Family Support Project in Templemore for Tipperary Regional Youth Services. In 2015 Lorraine established the Youth Justice Project in Southill, Limerick, which still continues to enhance the lives of young people who have come to the attention of the law.

Following this Lorraine worked for a time on a consultancy basis with North Tipperary Community Services in developing and delivering a variety of programmes for both teenagers and parents around challenging issues that were impacting on their lives. Prior to commencing employment with Sage as Regional Coordinator for the Midwest, Lorraine was Family Carer Support Officer for Family Carers Ireland covering North Tipperary and Clare.

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Trish Martyn

West

Trish Martyn

West

Prior to joining Sage, Trish worked with a community project in inner city Galway until 2014. Trish was responsible for the provision of support services to all sections of the local population. Trish previously spent 15 years working with the Lifestart Foundation, a parent-directed child-centred learning programme; supporting parents in home, community and centre based settings.

Trish holds a BA in Community and Family Studies.

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Ann Griffin

North-West

Ann Griffin

North-West

Prior to joining Sage, Ann was actively engaged with the Third Age National Advocacy Programme since 2010. Ann was responsible for hands-on delivery of advocacy services and the management of a team of volunteer advocates in Leitrim, Longford, Roscommon, and Sligo. Ann was office manager of a Care in the Community facility which involved assessing the needs of clients in their own homes to develop and provide appropriate care packages.

Anne also held the post of Welfare Director of a sheltered employment facility providing advocacy and support services to thirty clients with intellectual and physical disability.

Ann has completed a Certificate in Advocacy with the National College of Ireland, Volunteer Management Training Certificate with Volunteer Centres Ireland and a certificate in Management Skills for Managers of Advocacy Services, I.T. Blanchardstown.

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Danielle Monahan

North-East

Danielle Monahan

North-East

Prior to joining Sage, Danielle was a social care team leader with Dara Residential Services Ltd since 2010. This position was based in a residential house for adults with intellectual disabilities in Celbridge, Co. Kildare. Previous to this, Danielle worked for Praxis Care Ltd. She held the position of relief team leader in a residential house for adults with autism and challenging behaviour.

Danielle holds a BA in Psychology and a BA in Applied Management for Human Services with The Open Training College.

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Maureen Finlay

North-East

Maureen Finlay

North-East

Prior to joining Sage, Maureen was a Development Officer with Age Action in Meath. She was responsible for implementing the National Advocacy Programme (later to become the Third Age National Advocacy Programme). Maureen was responsible for managing and providing supervision and support to advocates placed in nursing homes across Meath and Louth. In addition, she developed the first befriending programme for Meath nursing homes, recruiting and training a new team of befrienders.

Prior to this, Maureen worked for nine years for the Citizen’s Information Service, initially as an Information Officer and later as an Advocacy Resource Officer for the North East.

As a trained advocate, Maureen represented clients at Employment Appeals Tribunals, the Labour Court, HSE/Social Welfare and Equality Appeals and the Family Law Court.

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