Joint Chair and Co-Founder
Rachel became Joint Chair with June Feeney in 2011, having carried out fundraising over the last 12 years for UK’s ovarian cancer charity Ovacome, following her mother passing away in March 1999. After moving to Ireland and meeting June at an Ovacome fundraiser in 2010, they were both passionate in the belief that Ireland would benefit from an international ovarian cancer charity that could improve diagnosis and education of ovarian cancer, through sharing global research and best practice with other ovarian cancer charities around the world and working closely with our medical panel. OvaCare also wanted to support the dedicated efforts and amazing work that the Emer Casey Foundation has and continues to achieve in Ireland while also providing support and advocacy for patients, family and friends affected by ovarian cancer.
Joint Chair and Co-Founder
June co-founded OvaCare in 2011 following her own diagnosis with ovarian cancer in 2009. She felt there was very little support in Ireland for women and their families affected by the disease, and believes strongly that OvaCare can help give them a voice. Meeting Rachel Ireland in 2010 was the catalyst in getting OvaCare off the ground, and together they jointly chair OvaCare’s board of directors. June is a qualified human resource generalist and lives in Co. Waterford with her husband Michael and daughter Niamh.
Director and Company Secretary
Brian CreminBrian became a Director of OvaCare in 2011 when inspired by June Feeney’s personal story, who together with Rachel Ireland had an inspiring passion for wanting to make a much needed contribution through OvaCare. As an experienced Senior Executive and Company Director, Brian brings a strong business knowledge and background while also being focussed on promoting the core values of OvaCare. Brian is committed to ensuring OvaCare continues to grow and serve the patients and families affected by ovarian cancer.
Sharon O’Toole, PhD
Director and Chair Medical Panel
Sharon O’Toole is a senior scientist in Trinity College Dublin working in the area of ovarian cancer. She qualified with a BSc Hons in UCG in 1994 and then completed an MSc Biotechnology in 1996. Having worked in industry she then returned to research and completed a PhD in Trinity College in 2003. She has gained enormous experience in the area of ovarian cancer and has played a major role in the development of studies in gynaecological cancer. She was instrumental in establishing the DISCOVARY consortium which is a multidisciplinary and trans-institutional consortium dedicated to addressing the problems of ovarian and uterine cancer. She has presented at both national and international conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals.
She was invited by the founders of OvaCare to establish and chair a medical panel for the charity which will ensure that it is kept up to date with the latest developments and to advise on issues relating to ovarian cancer.
Naomi, Rachel’s sister, is one of the founding members of OvaCare. Based on her own personal experience, Naomi wanted to support OvaCare’s efforts. Naomi’s mother was originally from Mulhuddart in Ireland and had lived in England for 30 years until her passing. Naomi, herself based in the UK, wants to help ensure that Ireland has the education and support it requires for ovarian cancer. Naomi is a Deputy Head Teacher and residing in the UK allows OvaCare to have access to ovarian cancer charities, such as Ovacome, helping us to gain knowledge and share best practice.
Ruth HayesRuth, June’s sister, is one of the founding members of OvaCare and lives in Cork with her husband John and three children. Ruth is self-employed with a background in journalism and communications. Ruth is also heavily involved in the arts, so she has found that she has naturally veered towards the PR and marketing side of OvaCare.
Audrey O’ Keefe
Audrey is a founding member of OvaCare. Audrey’s passion for OvaCare stems from losing her Dad to cancer. Audrey is passionate about ensuring that patients and families affected by cancer feel supported, informed and most of all don’t feel alone.
Audrey works in the area of Operation Management and also provides HR consultancy to the Agricultural Industry in Ireland whilst also working part-time in her and her husband’s own farming business.