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Jill O’Neill

Executive Director

Jill O’Neill is Executive Director for the Great Lakes Center for the Arts. Her professional experience, work as a community volunteer, and background as a musician have prepared her to be an outstanding leader, ambassador, and advocate for the Center.

A Saginaw, Michigan native, Ms. O’Neill has more than two decades of financial and operational leadership experience including opening Bay Harbor Yacht Club in 1996, construction of the Bay Harbor Marina District in 1999, and serving as the Chief Financial Officer for Bay Harbor Company from 2003 to 2016.

Ms. O’Neill is a Certified Public Accountant and worked for Arthur Andersen in Chicago as a Senior Financial Consultant prior to moving to Northern Michigan in 1995. Ms. O’Neill holds a Bachelor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance and a Bachelor of Business Administration, both from the University of Michigan.

As an accomplished flutist, Ms. O’Neill played in the Traverse Symphony Orchestra for seven years, performed regionally, and was both a camper and counselor with Interlochen’s Summer Arts Camp. This artistic history introduced Ms. O’Neill to potential collaborators with the Great Lakes Center for the Arts and prepared her to develop outstanding programming for the Center.

Ms. O’Neill served on the Board of Trustees and the Finance Committee for McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital and on the Board of Trustees, Finance Committee and Scholarship Committee for the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation. These experiences have given her a deep understanding of nonprofit management practices.

Ms. O’Neill has a 14-year-old son, Quinn, who attends Petoskey Public Schools. Together they spend time skiing, boating, and riding bikes. She also enjoys traveling adventures and outdoor activities with her partner, Dr. JD Talbott.

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