Dr MaryLynn Ireland

Senior Advisor

Throughout her executive career, MaryLynn has held leadership positions with Aetna Foundation, Health New England, and S.T.A.R.T. Inc. In her most recent role as Executive Director of the Aetna Foundation, she has been responsible for overseeing areas including team development, corporate structure, and developing the organization’s signature program, the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge, which works to address the social determinants of health. She has also been instrumental in building partnerships in communities, and engaging local elected officials to be involved in the program, as well as redesigning team structures and online training models for the company. She is also scheduled to be a keynote speaker at this year’s Oncology Nurses Congress. In a prior role as Director of Corporate Responsibility and Government Affairs for Health New England, she played an integral role in serving as a key liaison for the company’s CEO and executive leadership team, as well as implementing strategic outreach strategies, coordinating resources, and managing public relations and philanthropic activities for the organization.

MaryLynn holds a BS in Recreation and Leisure Services, with a concentration in Health Fitness from Springfield College, as well as an MEd in Health Education from Springfield College. She also holds a PhD in Psychology from Capella University, and has completed numerous Executive Education programs from Harvard Business School, John Hopkins University, and Stanford University. She has held board positions with Marfan Foundation, the Institute of Medicine’s Health Literacy Roundtable, a gubernutorial appointment to the Massachusetts Health & Prevention Task Force, as well as various nonprofit boards.