American Lung Association Names Stephen R. O’Kane to National Board of Directors

Washington, D.C. (July 2, 2012)

The American Lung Association has named longtime American Lung Association volunteer and San Diego resident Stephen R. O’Kane to its National Board of Directors. In this role, he will help lead the Lung Association’s work to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. 

“Steve O’Kane has been integral to our fight for air for many years,” said Ross P. Lanzafame, Chair of the Board of the American Lung Association. “He is a community leader and committed volunteer whose healthcare business acumen and passion for public health will be a welcome addition to our National Board.”

O’Kane is the CEO of the Council of Community Clinics, a non-profit organization that represents and supports 16 community clinics and health centers in San Diego, Riverside and Imperial Counties in their efforts to provide access to quality healthcare services for the diverse communities they serve with an emphasis on low-income and uninsured populations. 

He has been an active volunteer with the American Lung Association for more than 35 years, serving on many boards and committees in California and on the national level.

In addition to his work with the American Lung Association, O’Kane is a board member of his local YMCA. He served as chair of the Board of Rancho Family YMCA in 2002-2004 and is serving as chair for a second term in 2011-2012. He also serves as the Board Chair for the Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP).

O’Kane is a member of the American College of HealthCare Executives. He earned his MBA degree from California State, Fresno.


About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases.  For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: