Sarah Lennon holds a Bachelor of Civil Law and Master of Equality Studies and is currently completing a Professional Diploma in Creativity, Leadership and Innovation. Sarah has over 15 years work experience working for national advocacy organisations working on disability rights, internationalisation through higher education and with adult learners.
Prior to working with Sage Advocacy, Sarah was the Executive Director of the Irish Council for International Students, where she worked to promote the rights of international students in Ireland, including campaigns for immigration reform, standards in international education and introduction of hate crime legislation.
Sarah also worked for Inclusion Ireland, the national association for intellectual disability, for 13 years in various roles, including interim-CEO. There, Sarah spearheaded the campaigns on the introduction of Assisted Decision-Making legislation and the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Before working for Inclusion Ireland, Sarah worked with the Rehab Group, in their training and development organisation the National Learning Network, working with adult learners with disabilities.
Sarah holds board and committee experience, including a term as chairperson of Education Equality a human rights organisation concerned with educational equality and in 2016, she was invited by then Minister for Health, Simon Harris to participate on the Advance Healthcare Decision Multidisciplinary Working Group under the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act.
(086) 183 1428
Since joining Sage in 2014 Michelle has held several roles, and currently is the Service Manager / Asst. Executive Director. Prior to this Michelle worked on Special Projects, including resource and training development relating to the ADM (Capacity) Act 2015 and related legislation, development support, and was involved in issue based research. Michelle was formerly responsible for coordinating the development of the legal and financial resources and competencies within Sage and prior to that held the Education, Training and Support Coordinator role responsible for the recruitment of Sage Representatives and coordinating the delivery of training and support.
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 has worked in the charity sector since 2004. She has worked in the implementation of community development initiatives, the provision of information, advocacy and support services, and delivery of education and training. Michelle holds a BA in Psychology and a LLM in International Human Rights Law from NUI Galway.
(01) 536 7336 – (086) 174 5130
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.
087 173 8762
Francess is an award winning multiplatform journalist and media professional with significant experience of crafting content for online, audio, video, social media sites and newspapers at a national level.
Francess joined the team with Sage Advocacy in May 2020.
01 5367323 / 086 142 7897
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.
01 5367330 / 087 607 2864
Fergal graduated with a B.A (Hons) in Social Care from Waterford Institute of Technology in 2006 and has worked in different areas of social care since then.
Fergal has worked for a variety of organisations including Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Focus Ireland and Caranua in the areas of residential childcare, supporting family carers, adult disability, housing support and institutional abuse.
01 5367330 / 087 351 1421
Lisa’s role as Information and Support Assistant involves providing an information and support service to callers to Sage and to assist in the development and coordination of the support services of Sage Advocacy in relation to both general and patient advocacy.
Prior to joining Sage, Lisa worked for three years for the Dublin based charity Friends of the Elderly, working as their older persons contact coordinator. Lisa has recently completed a MSc in Occupational Therapy in Queen Margaret University Edinburgh. She also holds a BA in History and Human Development from Dublin City University.
01 536 7330 / 086 130 2322
Mary Condell BCL, Solicitor, MA (Mediation and Conflict Intervention), is a practicing solicitor and mediator. Before becoming legal advisor to Sage Advocacy, a support an advocacy service for vulnerable adults older people and healthcare patients she spent many years in private practice advising vulnerable adults.
She is co-founder and former chair of Solicitors for the Elderly in Ireland and a member of the NDA expert group preparing draft Codes for the Decision Support Service. She is also a member of Disability Lawyers Rights Network.
She teaches at MA level in NUI Maynooth, and for Sage and the Law Society on, inter alia, the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 and its practical application for professionals and others dealing with vulnerable adults.
01 536 7330 / 085 2572430
Prior to joining Sage Advocacy Roisin spent seven years working for Patient Focus, a National Patient Advocacy organisation. As a Patient Advocate her role involved assisting people who had issues with the care they received in the Irish Health Care System to get resolution. She also provided advocacy support to a number of groups over the years such as the patients of Michael Neary in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda, the women who underwent Symphysiotomies in Irish Hospitals and more recently the families affected by the issues in Portlaoise Maternity Unit.
Roisin represents patients on a number of different groups and committees. She is a member of the Public Involvement Panel for Implementing the recommendations for the Dr Gabriel Scally Scoping Inquiry into Cervical Check. She was also an Advisory Group Member for HIQA and the Mental Health Commission’s National Standards for the Notification and Management of Patient Safety Incidents.
Roisin holds a BA in History and Sociology from Maynooth University and a Masters in Sociology from UCD.
01 536 7330 / 086 042 1953
As Regional Manager, Renee is responsible for monitoring and auditing the quality and standard of practice within Sage’s caseload in the North of the country, as well as supporting the ongoing development of policy and practice within Sage, in our work with vulnerable adults and older people across Ireland. Renee was previously a Regional Coordinator for Dublin Southeast and Wicklow and managed 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.
01 536 7330 / 086 027 0012
Originally from Romania, Bibiana has lived 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 is a Secretariat member of the Social Inclusion Pillar in South Dublin County Public Participation Network since 2016 and in December 2018 joined the PPN National Advisory Group.
Bibiana is a member of the Irish Hip Fracture Governance Committee in National Office of Clinical Audit as a Public/Patient Representative since December 2017 and is also a member of the UCD PPI Ignite Executive Committee since February 2019.
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.
We would like to thank the volunteers below wholeheartedly for their commitment and work with us in the Dublin South West & Kildare area throughout 2019.
01 536 7335 – 086 130 2712
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 an MSc in Applied Psychology from Dublin Business School, a BA in Psychology from NUI Maynooth, and has qualifications in Information, Advice and Advocacy Practice and Community & Health Services.
We would like to thank the volunteers below wholeheartedly for their commitment and work with us in the Dublin North area throughout 2019.
Brid Leahy/Ni Laochdha
Suzanne Van Rooyen
01 536 7330 / 087 054 5005
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.
We would like to thank the volunteers below wholeheartedly for their commitment and work with us in the North West area throughout 2019.
01 536 7330 / 086 183 1427
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.
We would like to thank the volunteers below wholeheartedly for their commitment and work with us in the North East area throughout 2019.
01 536 7330 / 086 183 1429
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.
We would like to thank the volunteers below wholeheartedly for their commitment and work with us in the Western region throughout 2019.
01 536 7330 / 086 183 6208
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
01 536 7330 / 087 627 5677
Anne joined Sage in October 2018 and is currently undertaking an Advanced Social Studies Course at Sallynoggin College, QQI Level 6 Information, Advice and Advocacy.
Anne has been an advocate in a personal capacity with Huntington’s Disease Association of Ireland (A neurological, hereditary, debilitating condition) for a number of years, being involved at community level, along with in hospital and Hospice settings. Anne has also worked together with the Neurological Alliance of Ireland and Mental Heath Ireland on an ongoing basis. She also worked as a Healthcare support worker in a Nursing Home in Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex in England and more recently on a voluntary basis in St Mary’s Hospital in the Phoenix Park working with vulnerable and older people.
We would like to thank the volunteers below wholeheartedly for their commitment and work with us in the Midlands region throughout 2019.
01 536 7330 / 085 836 2988
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.
01 536 7330 / 087 971 9634
Prior to joining Sage as a Regional Coordinator, Ana Reynolds worked as a Service Coordinator and Transition Coordinator with Cheshire Ireland, overseeing the decongregation of a residential unit and developing the services of individuals living with brain injuries and physical disabilities of moving from residential care to living in local communities.
Before that Ana worked in HSE Older Person services as frontline healthcare staff and was a team lead on an award winning Focus on Dementia project in St. Mary’s Hospital, Phoenix Park.
Ana holds a B.Soc Science degree in Sociology and Social Policy from NUI Maynooth, and is a qualified as a psychotherapist, completing her studies in the Institute of Integrative Counselling and Psychology.
We would like to thank the volunteers below wholeheartedly for their commitment and work with us in the Dublin South East & Wicklow region throughout 2019.
Eabha Harper McKeever
01 536 7330 / 086 818 2405
01 536 7330 / 087 747 9512
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.
We would like to thank the volunteers below wholeheartedly for their commitment and work with us in the Southern region throughout 2019.
01 536 7330 / 087 997 4399
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).
01 536 7330 / 087 988 6738
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.
We would like to thank the volunteers below wholeheartedly for their commitment and work with us in the Midwest region throughout 2019.
01 536 7330 / 085 862 3585
01 536 7330 / 086 172 4444
Caroline began 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.
We would like to thank the volunteers below wholeheartedly for their commitment and work with us in the South East area throughout 2019.