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Kent State Stark Welcomes Two New Advisory Board Members

Posted Mar. 23, 2012

Kent State University at Stark is proud to announce two new members on the campus Advisory Board. Rick L. Haines, president and CEO of AultCare, and Dr. Adrienne O’Neill, president of the Stark Education Partnership, recently joined the 14-member board, which assists in the development of resources that are necessary for the campus to carry out its educational mission, among other objectives.
Haines, a Kent State University alumnus, with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration, has extensive experience as an administrator in the health care industry. He has been employed by Aultman Hospital since 1981, moving up the ranks from a personnel coordinator to associate VP of finance. In 1985, the Aultman Health Foundation launched AultCare and named Haines as vice president. He is currently the organization’s president and CEO, largely responsible for the nearly $800 million operation and its 500,000 covered lives.
In addition to Kent State Stark, Haines also serves on the board of directors for America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare, both of which are based in Washington, D.C. Locally, he is on the board of directors for the Stark Development Board and the Wilderness Center. Haines is also the senior vice chairman of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.
O’Neill has more than 40 years of experience in the education field, ranging from high school social studies teacher to school system superintendent to university professor. As Canton City Schools’ chief education officer, she initiated and oversaw the implementation of pre-K-12, post-secondary and adult education reform for 20,000 students. In 2001, O’Neill accepted her current position as president of the Stark Education Partnership. She manages communications, publications, grant writing and fundraising for school reform projects, in collaboration with county school districts, various foundations and educational agencies.
She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social studies education from Syracuse University and a doctorate of education from the State University of New York at Albany. The author of numerous publications, O’Neill has received several awards and citations for her positive impact on education. She serves on the education committee for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, the advisory board for Stark State College and is a member of the Stark County Manufacturing Advisory Council.

In addition to the appointments of Haines and O’Neill, the board officers were named, including Dick Maggiore, the president and CEO of Innis Maggiore, who was named as chairperson of the Kent State Stark Advisory Board. Hortense Bobbitt was named as vice-chairperson and Robert Hankins was named as secretary.
For more information about Kent State Stark’s Advisory Board, visit