Executive Management Team
The St. Michael’s House Executive Management Team (EMT) purpose, role and function is to have oversight and monitoring of organisational performance and progress review of implementation of strategic/annual service plan. The team report to the Chief Executive and are accountable to the St. Michael’s House Board.
Executive Management Team
Liz Reynolds Chief ExecutiveMore about Liz
Liz joined St Michael’s House in December 2019. Liz is a leading Board member of the National Federation of Voluntary Service Providers for Disabilities.
Previous to joining, Liz has 16 years of executive management experience in the intellectual disability sector in CHO 3 and CHO 9, and was a lead with the reconfiguration of children’s services in the mid-west as a pilot site for what is now Progressing Disability Services ( PDS ).
Originally Liz graduated as a General Nurse from Thames Valley University in the U.K. and has worked in the cardio thoracic unit in St George’s Hospital in London for several years. She then travelled and worked in various states in America where she ended up working and undertaking post graduate studies in palliative care in order to work in the community. Liz was recruited to Texas to recruit a multidisciplinary team and to help establish a new hospice before returning to Ireland to the Galway Hospice Foundation, first as the Manager of Palliative Care Services and then as interim CEO for two years.
In addition to 32 years of experience in health and social services in a variety of settings, Liz is also a healthcare management graduate from the University of Limerick and holds a post graduate health services diploma from the Institute of Public Administration.
David Dunne Director of OperationsMore about David
David joined St. Michael's House in 2000 having worked in the Health Services Executive for 18 years . David worked in Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Services in the HSE. At the time of joining , David was the Director of Disability Services in the HSE .
David has had various roles in St. Michael's House , including Service Manager and Regional Director and is now the Director of Operations . On two occasions , in 2015 and 2019 , David has been Interim CEO.
David has a BA in Health Management from the Institute of Public Administration ( IPA).
David has served as a Board member for GHEEL , Dara Services , St. Mary’s Hospital , Baldoyle and was a student representative on the Board of the IPA.
Conor Kenny Director of Adult Services (SA1)More about Conor
Conor has over 20 years’ work experience in a wide ranging of areas in health and social care field and he would have had both extensive frontline and managerial experience in all the sectors that he worked in. He began his frontline experience in residential childcare in the Eastern Health board and held managerial positions in high support residential centres in this area for young people with emotional and challenging behaviours.
Conor has worked in the intellectual disability sector since 2001 and was a Social Care Leader in a Dual Diagnosis Centre, supporting individuals with complex and specific support needs. He would have supported clinicians in the delivery of Positive behaviour support training through multi element behavioural support and would have designed courses with a colleague facilitating community inclusion and promoting active lifelong supports for the service users.
Conor has also held the position as Quality and Safety Advisor, ensuring that services were supported in implementing continuous quality improvement and provide advice, training and support on all matters concerning quality, regulatory compliance and risk management.
Conor joined St Michaels House in November 2015 as Service Manager in Service Area 2 and in September 2018 he became Director of Adult Services in Service Area 1. He has a MA in Advanced Social Care Practice, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Social Science, Diploma in Social Policy and Criminology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management of Human Services.
Elaine Teague Director of Adult Services (SA2)More about Elaine
Elaine Teague joined St. Michael's House in 1994 and has worked across a wide range of services including frontline services supporting children and adults with an intellectual disability. Elaine has also worked as a service manager and in the training department. Her work experience includes working in Mental Health services and in Education settings for third level social care students.
Elaine has an honours degree in Social Care, a post-graduate qualification in Training and Education from DCU and a Corporate Governance qualification from DCU Ryan Academy. Elaine also has a qualification in Quality Management and is a recent graduate from Trinity College Dublin with a postgraduate certificate in Implementation Science.
Elaine was previously appointed to the role of Director of Quality Improvement and Safety Development in November 2018. This was a new role and St. Michael’ House now has a well established and integrated Quality and Safety Department.
In August 2022 Elaine commenced in the role of Director of Adult Services for Service Area 2 and brings her operational management experience, strategic management and prioritising skills to this role.
Elaine has a keen interest in providing a Rights Based service to the men and women in St. Michael’s House.
Tracey McKenna Director of Children and Young PersonsMore about Tracey
In February 2017, Tracey was appointed as Director of Children and Young Person's Services.
Tracey oversaw the establishment of the Children & Young person's services and is responsible for implementing, within SMH, the National Programme 'Progressing Disability Services'. 'Progressing Disability Services' will see significant changes to the way services are accessed and delivered to children and young people with disability across Ireland.
This role also incorporates all respite, community support & Support Services for SMH and is Patron Body for 6 Special National Schools.
Tracey is bringing to this role extensive experience from within the Organisation and from the HSE Children's Services.
Within St Michaels House she has held the roles of Clinic Manager, Head of the Social Work Department & Designated Person for the Organisation. She was previously a Team Leader in the HSE child protection and welfare Services (now TUSLA).
Tracey has a degree in Social Work & Social Studies from Trinity College Dublin. She is a qualified & accredited Psychotherapist after obtaining a Diploma in Psychotherapy from DCU. She also has a Diploma in Legal Studies from DIT.
Caroline Howorth Director of Clinical ServicesMore about Caroline
Sheena Flavin Director of Psychiatry
Debbie Byrne Director of Human ResourcesMore about Debbie
Ms. Debbie Byrne commenced in St Michael’s House on 8th December 2020 and brings over 20 years of Senior Human Resource Management experience, specialising within the health & social care sector in CH08 and CH0 DNCC.
Debbie is passionate about driving the Human Resources Service to make a real difference to people’s lives in the area of Intellectual Disability. She has held various international and national HR roles both within the private and public sector.
Debbie’s most recent appointment was the Director of HR for a service provider within CH08. Debbie served as one of the key drivers in the organisational strategic plan, and held accountability and responsibility for the development and implementation of the HR strategy.
Debbie first joined the health service in 2004 working in Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services for several years, where her role was pivotal in the development and implementation of a strategic workforce planning model. She undertook post graduate studies in Employment Law and holds a post graduate diploma in Human Resource Management with the National College of Ireland with MCIPD membership.
Debbie’s areas of expertise are Leadership Potential, Capability and Talent, Workforce Planning and Intelligence, Employee Relations and Change Management.
Rose Creegan Director of FinanceMore about Rose
Rose is a Chartered Management Accountant with a B Comm and Higher Diploma in Education from UCD.
She held senior financial roles in property, distribution and media sectors in London.
Following her return from UK in 1996 Rose joined LEO Pharma where she worked in several roles until 2018.
In 2019 Rose completed a Diploma in Innovation and Creativity at UCD also held an interim role Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.
Dr Karen Finnerty Director of Open Training College (OTC), Staff Education, Training and Development and Strategic DevelopmentMore about Dr Karen
Karen has worked with St. Michael's House since 1990, commencing as a frontline worker in the area of vocational training and progressing into management roles in day services prior to taking up her current post. In her early career with the Open Training College, Karen was instrumental in the development of management and social care higher education for disability service provision and retains an ongoing commitment to this area.
Prior to employment in St. Michael's House, Karen worked in frontline and managerial positions in Ireland and the USA in the areas of primary & secondary education and adult education. Karen's professional areas of interest include the professionalisation of the social care worker role and adult education & life-long learning. Karen has represented St. Michaels' House and the Open Training College in engagements with a number of national bodies and in a range of roles particularly in the area of third level education. In addition to her Doctorate in Social Science Karen is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University and the Irish Management Institute.
Tara Molloy Director of Support Services
Gráinne Bourke Director of NursingMore about Gráinne
Gráinne is a Registered Intellectual Disability Nurse (RNID) and Registered General Nurse (RGN). She completed a Bachelor of Nursing Degree, a Higher Diploma in Nursing (Palliative Care ) a Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing (RCN), before going on to complete a Masters in Applied Health Care Management n University College Dublin. She has completed a Diploma in Quality and Healthcare in the RCPI and several Diplomas in Social Studies, Gerontology, Communication, Psychology and Industrial Relations and Management in the RCSI, NUI and NCR.
She has over 35 years experience in working in Disability Service Provision in the Voluntary Sector. Her nursing roles include, Clinical Nurse Manager 2, Nurse Practice Development, Service Manager and Quality and Risk Officer before taking up the role as the first Director of Nursing in St Michaels House in 2015. Gráinne has considerable experience in in driving changes in Service Delivery. Her interests are in supporting aging in place for people with an intellectual disability.
Gráinne sits at many National Forum including, Irish Nurse Managers in ID, Shaping the Future for the RNID, Get up, Get Dressed Get Moving to name but a few.