Director, Florida Prepaid College Foundation
Tallahassee, Leon County
Creating and sustaining authentic brands in the arenas of financial services, higher education, and Florida history is the life work of Cindy O’Connell. O’Connell’s most recent assignment included the jump-starting of the 25 year-old Florida Lottery, (2001 – 2015) and moving that organization fast-forward to the second largest lottery in the United States, with a 38 percent increase in revenue in 4.5 years and the second most-efficient. Her volunteer work is highlighted by her role as a 10-year member of the University of Florida, Board of Trustees, (2001 – 2011) an appointment made by Governor Jeb Bush after the death of her husband, Chief Justice Stephen C. O’Connell, also the sixth President of the University of Florida.
In addition, she serves currently on the Board of Florida House, Florida’s Embassy in Washington, D.C., where she was recently the Chair; the UF Foundation Board and the Sebastian Ferrero Board in Gainesville, FL. Memberships and honors include Leadership Florida, Class of XXII and Honorary member of Florida Blue Key, Honorary alumnus of the University of Florida and the Girl Scouts of America, Diamond Award, among others.
O’Connell is remarried to Dan McCarthy, USNA, Cpt., formerly of Ponte Vedra, Florida.