Who We Are

Our Team

Denise Roche

Operations Manager

Denise Roche has joined the EOPD.ie team as Operations Manager. In this role, Denise will be supporting members, volunteers, and the Board with day-to-day running of administrative and operational tasks. 

Our Board of Directors

Kieran Fallon

Chairperson

Kieran is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Ireland.  As an electrical engineer, Kieran was responsible for the design of a number of pharmaceutical plants and support infrastructure.  He also prepared Dublin Castle for the EU presidency in 1996 and worked on the design of water infrastructure in the UK.  Kieran was active in the development of IEC standards and co-authored the Irish ATEX (potentially explosive atmospheres) installation standard ET-105.

It is not all doom and gloom for those who share the journey that is Parkinson’s.  All of our members still have a lot of life to live.  Kieran is committed to improving the support for those who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s early in life and to encouraging them to live life to its fullest.  Kieran has joined the Board of EOPD.ie with the intention of contributing to its role in education, support, and research. It is Kieran’s ambition to see a positive change in attitude to Parkinson’s.

Kieran was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2015 and has had the support of his wife and three adult children in coping with the illness.

Fiona Staunton

Director

Fiona lives in Co Clare and she is married with four children she was diagnosed with Parkinson Disease in 2015. She holds a Master’s degree in Education and has lectured and developed modules on living with chronic conditions. As Dementia Adviser​ with The Alzheimer Society she advocates for people living with dementia and their carers and facilitates Support Groups and Cafes. She has served as Chairperson of the Swim Ireland Child Welfare Committee and delivers training on safeguarding vulnerable people for a number of organisations. She is also involved research with University of Limerick School of Allied Health Patient Participant Panel. Fiona has held position of County Commissioner for Clare Scout County, and is currently Chairperson of Ennis Scouts and is a member of Clare Age Friendly Committee. Her work and voluntary experience enables her to advocate for people living with Early Onset Parkinsons whilst collaborating with State Agencies and the wider community. Living with EOPD gives Fiona insight into supports needed for living well with Parkinsons.

Michelle Todman

Director

Michelle is a former VP of Human Resources for two global pharma companies, responsible for delivering the HR strategy by partnering with the business leaders to deliver results in the areas of leadership development, change management, performance management, work-life balance programs, talent management, succession planning, executive compensation, and organization culture surveys and solutions.   

As an HR consultant on her own over the past several years, Michelle has continued to deliver results demonstrating her commitment to personal and professional excellence.  She has worked with her clients on change management, organisation design, and strategy alignment to drive the organisation’s goals.  Michelle is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and focuses on leadership coaching. 

Michelle holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations with a focus on Human Resources Management and Economics from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, USA.

Michelle is passionate in her support and advocacy of those who are diagnosed with neurodegenerative diseases like EOPD and their families to live and thrive in their homes, workplaces, and communities.

Ciaran Bolger

Director

Ciaran is a solicitor and former Chairman of Arthur Cox LLP. He has practiced law for more than 30 years and, for 20 years, as a partner in Arthur Cox. He is a corporate lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions, public company “take private” transactions, initial public offerings, securities law and joint ventures.

He has particular experience advising boards of public and large private companies on corporate law and corporate governance, including in particular directors’ duties.

John Kernan

Treasurer

Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a graduate of the Master’s degree course in Business Administration in Trinity College Dublin. Initially trained and qualified in a Chartered Accountants public practice preparing accounts and conducting audits for a wide range of clients from sole traders to large multinationals. Upon qualification developed a career to date that has spanned different roles from high integrity finance team leader to financial consultant depending on the challenge. Each role has been met with an outgoing and confident manner ensuring in the process to build positive and functional cross organisation relationships to achieve the given strategic goals. Over twenty years’ experience gained in a wide range of roles from entry to Board level gained within a wide array of sectors from banking and financial services to general industry (SME sector), government state agencies and more recently the charity sector.

Joe Condon

Secretary

I was appointed trustee and Company Secretary in 2021.

Joe previously had a successful career in the IT industry, working as an IT Consultant.

Joe has a keen interest in sport. Since then Joe has combined love of sport and community engagement to raise funds and awareness for both local and national charities. Over the past few years he’s thrown himself into walking, run, boxercise and cycling. 

Joe was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013. He’s passionate about exercise, which he finds helps to limit the impact of the condition. He’s also able to use his voice and experience to support increased awareness and action for people living with Parkinson’s, their families and carers.

Professor David Bradley

Director

Professor David Bradley is a consultant neurologist appointed to St James’s Hospital Dublin, where is the clinical lead for neurology services. He was appointed in 2013 having completed the Higher Specialist Training scheme in Neurology, including completion of a PhD in Movement Disorders with TCD. His specialist interests include Parkinson’s Disease and Stroke. He is also appointed to Trinity College Dublin as a Clinical Associated Professor in Clinical Medicine (Neurology). He is engaged in education and teaching at St James’s Hospital, TCD and is also appointed as the joint National Specialty Director for Neurology Specialist Training in Ireland with the Royal College of Physicians. He is engaged in research and audit on an ongoing basis, focused primarily on Parkinson’s Disease and Stroke.