Matt O'Connell has been an executive in dental industry for more than 20 years and is currently the President of VITA North America located in Orange County, California. He has worked around globe leading businesses dedicated to introducing innovative dental products and services to new markets throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia.
After completing a degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University, Matt joined the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Dominican Republic. For three years heworked on water and sanitation projects in the Haitian communities on the Haitian/Dominican boarder. It was there that he first learned of the exceptional strength and resilience of the Haitian people. After service, he went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara.
After the 2010 earthquake, Matt returned to Haiti for the first time in thirty years. Impacted by the devastation, Matt took a year- long work sabbatical andbegan a collaboration with the JP HRO medical team and leaders in the global dental industry to establish a high quality and safe dental clinic to serve the Delmas 32 community in Port au Prince. The clinic now employees two full time dentists trained at the University of Port au Prince and sees over 6500 patients per year.
After returning to the business world, Matt continues his work with JP HRO with frequent visits to the JP HRO clinic to facilitate training and capacity building programs to help JP HRO staff and doctors achieve their exceptional potential.