American Lung Association in Connecticut Welcomes Two New Leadership Board Members

New members reside in Middletown and South Windsor, Connecticut
Today, the American Lung Association in Connecticut announced that two local leaders have been newly elected to the Local Leadership Board of Directors. 

The Lung Association’s Local Leadership Board of Directors in Connecticut, which now has 14 members, helps the organization in its mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The purpose of the Board is to raise the Lung Association’s profile in the community, advocate for lung health, and increase resources to fund local projects and services. Board members work alongside the Lung Association’s Connecticut team to foster diversity, equity and inclusion in our practices, programs, and processes, as well as help to guide the Association’s local initiatives and services, public policy, research, and revenue generation.

“These new board members will be incredible assets to our local work at the Lung Association. Their insight and experience are critical to our work in the community,” said Daniel Bowler, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Connecticut. “Together, our entire Leadership Board is working to help Connecticut residents breathe a little easier.”

The newly elected Leadership Board members include Jeremy McDonald from Middletown, Connecticut and Amir Farid, from South Windsor, Connecticut. 

Jeremy McDonald is a Data Protection, Cyber Recovery Specialist at Dell Technologies. Jeremy began his professional career as a community engagement coordinator for the American Lung Association in Massachusetts in 2016 while in graduate school at Assumption College. After receiving his master of business administration, he began working full-time for the Lung Association in Massachusetts where he worked on signature events such as the Fight For Air Climb Boston and LUNG FORCE Walk Boston before relocating to the Connecticut office.  After nearly five years with the organization, Jeremy left the Lung Association to pursue his career in technology. He now works as a data protection and cyber recovery specialist at Dell Technologies, providing proactive strategies and recovery solutions for his customers to be better prepared against modern cyber threats. Jeremy resides in Middletown, CT with his wife Kendall and cat Kittles.

Jeremey said, “My grandfather passed away from complications due to chronic lung disease and shortly after an opportunity to work at the American Lung Association came across my desk while in grad school. My career led me into the technology space after my time with the Lung Association, and I’m now honored to now volunteer on the local leadership board and continue making an impact with the organization’s mission.”

Amir Farid is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Transformation Officer of Westfield Commercial Lines (WCL) where he serves as “mission control” with direct operational and transformational leadership for all business segments across WCL. Prior to joining Westfield, Amir served as Chief Operating Officer for product and platform, and as the platform lead for Travelers Business Insurance. In his roles, he was responsible for transformational strategies, planning, architecture, data, analytics, logistics, financials and delivery of strategic investments. Amir successfully delivered $800 million strategic investment portfolio across 18 business segments, and simultaneously managed 60 teams to drive successful execution of business strategies. Amir has also served in leadership roles for FTI Global Insurance Consulting, Allstate Insurance, United Airlines among other companies across different industries and also served as a management consultant for clients in United States and Europe. Amir is known as a transformational leader, a DEI champion, and a strategic ally to the executive management teams and board members with a proven track record of leading large organizations with strong performance.

Amir said, “The Lung Association provides a purposeful platform to make an impact at a broader scale and contribute to a noble cause as we work together to fight lung diseases. It presents a unique opportunity to drive the necessary change at local, regional and national levels and improve the lives of many individuals at a time.”

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Solomon
(516) 680-8927
[email protected]

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