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O’Neill to Lead American Heart Association in Rhode Island

Kevin R. O’Neill – founder and president of O’Neill Consulting Group – has been named chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association in Rhode Island. O’Neill …

Kevin R. O’Neill – founder and president of O’Neill Consulting Group – has been named chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association in Rhode Island.

O’Neill has served as chair of the Southern New England Heart Ball for the last two years. The event has raised more than $550,000 for the fight against heart disease and stroke under his leadership.

“The American Heart Association works hard to improve the health of Americans by investing in cutting-edge research, prevention programs and advocacy efforts,” O’Neill said. “I am honored to continue the work that Tracey Kennedy has championed in the past years in Rhode Island and look forward to working with friends from the medical and corporate communities to advance the mission of the Heart Association.”

A Rhode Island native, O’Neill graduated from Marietta College in Ohio and worked in investment banking in Philadelphia and New York. He returned to the Ocean State in 1996 to start his own consulting practice. In 2008, O’Neill Consulting Group was ranked number one “Fastest-Growing Private Company” by the Providence Business News. The firm conducts management and executive searches for clients globally.

In addition to his work with the American Heart Association, O’Neill has served on the boards of the YMCA of Greater Providence and South County. He is also a member of the St. Thomas More Parish Council in Narragansett.

“We are very excited that Kevin has accepted the position of chairman of the board,” said Victoria Smith, Executive Director of the American Heart Association in Rhode Island. “He has been an incredible volunteer and an invaluable asset to our team. We have accomplished so much in Rhode Island but still have so much work to do. Kevin will help us achieve our goals.”

O’Neill is the son of the late John C. O’Neill Jr, who passed away of heart disease, and Jean A. O’Neill of Wakefield. He lives in South Kingstown with his wife, Chantel, and their four children.

About the American Heart Association

Founded in 1924, we’re the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases — America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers — we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.

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