BOARD PROFILES

Marita O’Brien (Chairperson)

Marita is a social researcher and health policy analyst working mainly in the field of ageing and dementia. She has a PhD in Social Policy and Ageing from Trinity College. Her research work includes ‘Falling Through the Cracks: The Case for Change, Key Developments and Next Steps for Adult Safeguarding in Ireland’, ‘Dementia Needs Analysis Framework to Support Local Service Development’ and ‘Accessibility of Online Services to Older People in Co. Wicklow’.

She is a co-founder of Co-Creation Support CLG, a social enterprise supporting organisations to work collaboratively with clients to design services, supports and education programmes that meet their needs. She is currently project managing an Erasmus + project, Two Moons, focusing on the development of educational resources to make human rights relevant to the day to day lives of older people. She worked for a number of years in Age Action as their Health Policy Officer.

Over the last 10 years, she has been involved in raising awareness of dementia and highlighting the unmet needs of people with dementia and their families providing support, as part of the team that delivered the Wicklow Dementia Friendly programme and developed the Co. Wicklow Dementia Strategy. She also volunteered as an advocate for nursing home residents.

Claire O’Donovan (Secretary)

Claire has previously volunteered as President for the SVP Conference in Greystones, a past Board member of the Greystones Family Resource Centre who believes volunteering allows you to connect to your community and is important as it offers essential help to worthwhile cause, people in need and the wider community. A mother of 3, Claire has worked in administration for international companies and currently works in the family legal practice.

Patte O’Reilly

Volunteering as an AlzPal for Wicklow Dementia Support, Patte gained unique insight into working with those with dementia and their family carers. A full-time mother of four, Patte comes from a background in publishing, public relations, fundraising and the art world. She has worked with charities here in Ireland and back in New York for many years. Patte joins us in the role of Social Media, Press Liaison and all things creative.

Eamon O’Gorman (Treasurer)

  A Finance Professional with over 30 years’ broad experience, including over 27 years’ in a Global Multinational Corporation, gained in Financial Accounting, Reporting, Budgeting, Auditing, Treasury, Cash Management, Compliance and Risk Management.

Joyce Jones

Joyce Jones is a Senior Occupational Therapist who recently took early retirement from St Columcille’s Hospital in Loughlinstown, Co Dublin. Since completing the Dementia Champion module in DCU in 2013, her career has focused on dementia projects both in the hospital and the community. She set up the Memory Rehabilitation and Carer Support Groups in 2013, which continue to operate  under the leadership of the hospital’s Occupational Therapy and Medical Social Work Departments. Joyce was on the Dementia Friendly Hospital Working Group in St Columcille’s from its inception. She also represented the hospital on the Wicklow Dementia Strategy Committee. She has delivered workshops on Person-Centred Dementia Care, Dementia Care in Primary Care and Enabling and Enhancing Quality of Care for the Person with Dementia in the Acute Care Sector. She was involved in setting up the Bray Alzheimer Cafe in 2015, a hospital/community partnership project.

Joyce was also involved in a project shortlisted for the Dementia Elevator Awards in 2015 and was a member of the Dementia Post- Diagnostic Support Project National Steering group  from 2017-2019. Before retiring, Joyce was instrumental in the opening and operation of the Memory Technology Resource Room in St Columcille’s and was a member of a national working group involved in the setting up and support of many other Memory Technology Resource Rooms in the country. She is delighted to be on the Board of Wicklow Dementia Support.

Anita D'Arcy