Board of Directors 2019-2020

 Western Care Board of Directors

As one of the many returned immigrants from the 90's, I now reside in  Ballinrobe, having married a Mayo Man. 

My background is in midwifery and I work in Mayo University Hospital as a midwife educator.  There I get to witness the miracle and reality of life with the new babies and new parents.

My family have been customers of Western Care for over 18 years for the support of our princess Aoife.  She has four loyal servants who tend to her every need.  Over the years I have dipped in and out of other parent support groups when time has allowed.
I was nominated to the Board of Directors in May 2016 and look forward to supporting the Board and Western Care  in providing the best standards for all their service users and families.
    Frances Burke
A native of Westport I was elected to the Board of Western Care in May 2015.
I qualified as a Primary Teacher 1973 and after a number of years took up a position with the HSE in an administrative capacity in the western region.
Having worked in various locations I retired in June 2013.  My last position was that of Administrator in Aras Attracta, Swinford. 
I have always admired the work of the Western Care Association and hope that as a member of the Board I can assist in some small way in improving services for persons with an intellectual disability in the Mayo area.  I am also involved in a number of voluntary organisations in Westport

Paddy Geraghty
I am the mum of three beautiful children, two of whom have special needs and have been involved with Western Care over the past eleven years through the Early Intervention Team and Respite.  I work in a pharmaceutical company in Westport and live in Castlebar.  I am also a member of the National Council for the Blind (Mayo Branch), Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and Down Syndrome Associations.
I have been on the Western Care Board of Directors since 2011 when I was elected by the Western Region and became Chairperson of the Board in May 2013.  I joined the Board as an appreciation of the support that my family have received over the years that has made a huge difference to me and all my family.

Helen McHugh
I am married to Tony and am the mother of three grown up daughters. I was elected to the Board of Directors in May 2015.  I worked for a number of years in community development before helping to setup and later run the Mayo Volunteer Centre. I now work taking care of the administrative side of the family business. 
I have a special affinity for Western Care as my late father was involved in the foundation of the Crossmolina Branch.
     Marie Munnelly  
Living in Westport I became a member on the Board of Western Care in   2012.  I have been using Western Care services for many years in   particular   the Autism section. 
With all the services and supports that we have used over the past number of years it was my belief that I should in turn give back some of the support through my own knowledge in the work place. 
I am currently employed in Allergan Pharmaceuticals Ireland as the Senior Human  Resources Manager.
Ed Rose

I am a native of Glann, Oughterard, Co. Galway.  I came to work in Mayo in July 1972 after being appointed an Agricultural Officer in the Department of Agriculture.  I retired in February 2012 having served the farming community in many parts of Mayo and Galway for 40 years.  I have lived in Westport since 1972.  I am married to Mary and we have three sons and one daughter.  Our youngest son Ciaran was born with Downs Syndrome and later developed Severe Autism.
We have used the services of Western Care Association since 1992 and when I was nominated to be a parents representative on the Board I was delighted to accept in the recognition of the wonderful support we received in the last 24 years.
I was involved with many voluntary organisations in Westport over the years my children were growing up and taking part in local activities.
I will work with my fellow Directors and Executive Director to continue to develop and improve services for families with a member with special needs.
Kieran Mac Gloin 


I hail from the seaside resort of Kilkee in West Clare.
I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1974 and spent the bulk of my professional career with PWC and Coca Cola.  The last 8 years of my 26 year stint with Coca Cola were served in Eastern Europe, Russia and Nigeria.
My primary focus as an expatriate was on people development.
Due to personal circumstances I took early retirement in January 2005.
In retirement I committed to getting involved in voluntary activities having experienced the great work undertaken by both the Hospice movement and the Resource Centre at the Salesian College in Celbridge.
I was Finance Director of the Acre Project in Celbridge for 8 years resulting in a range of facilities being developed on a green field site for youth on the margin, people with special needs and the community of Celbridge.
On my marriage to Tina in September 2015 I relocated to Westport.


   Michael Leyden    
Company Secretary

I am a business man from Castlebar and a recent appointment to the Board.  I hold a BA from GMIT and an MSc from the University of Limerick.
I am a certified automotive engineer (CAE) a fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry (FIMI) and a member of the Institute of Personnel Development.                                                                                          
Over the years I have served on a number of public and private organisations such as the National Council for the Elderly, Mayo Roscommon Hospice and the Labour Relations Commission.
          Iarla Duffy 
I live in Swinford, I am the father of four children who are beginning to leave college and make their way in life.  I have a background in construction management and work for the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul as a Housing Officer based in Castlebar covering the West Region.  I am also a volunteer member with the Saint Vincent de Paul Conference in Swinford.  I am very aware of the challenges encountered by the more vulnerable members of our communities.  I am delighted to have this opportunity to offer my support to Western Care Association and look forward to making my contribution to the continued success of the Association.
 Michael Prendergast

I am a  Solicitor and I run my own practice in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.  I was appointed to the Board of Directors of Western Care in September 2019.  My husband and I have 2 boys and our youngest son has Autism.  Western Care has been a great help to us and to our son since his diagnosis and I now look forward to providing my assistance to the Board of Western Care.                 

    Marilyn Mc Nicholas
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 Ann Loftus

My Social Care Career began in the early 1980ís working in services for people with learning and associated disabilities. I changed focus into Homeless Services; Drugs & Aids Service; Child Protection Residential Service and currently in Community based Prevention Partnership & Family Support Service. I also take great satisfaction in volunteering on various projects with the Ballina Volunteer Centre.

My current role is Senior Child & Family Support Network Coordinator with responsibility for Child & Family Support Networks and the implementation of Meitheal National Practice Model in a designated area.

My professional qualifications are in Applied Social Studies in Social Care, Health Promotion and I hold a MA in Therapeutic Child Care.

My maternal family hails from Donna, Ballycroy. I was steeped in the culture and community of Erris and Co. Mayo all my life and it is very dear to me, my children, family of origin and extended family.

I am humbled by this appointment and I will endeavour to adhere and support Western Care Association to achieve the goals and objectives as set out in the Mission Statement.

Denise Swanick
I am A Chartered Accountant and fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.  I am a native of Westport and married to Michael with two children.  I am working with Western Care since 2001 in various roles and honoured to take up the role of C.E.O.               
     Tia Crowley          C.E.O.