Irene O'Neill, Consumer Recovery Specialist, DuPage County Health Department
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Irene Lamb O'Neill

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Consumer Recovery Specialist

Phone: (630) ***-****  HQ Phone
DuPage County Health Department
111 N. County Farm Road
Wheaton , Illinois 60187
United States

Company Description: The DuPage County Health Department promotes physical and emotional health; prevents illness, injury and disability; protects health from environmental risk...   more

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Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • B.S. , Computer Science
    North Central College


  • Community Recovery Support Specialist
    I.A.O.D.A. Professional Certification Association, Inc.


  • Ever since childhood, I wanted to be an artist.  Equally balanced between right and left brains, I had some artistic tendencies, but also did equally well in English and Math.  By virtue of the fact that I landed a job at Bell Labs (now Alcatel-Lucen...
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The Awakenings Project, 4 Oct 2014 [cached]
Robert Lundin and Irene O'Neill
Irene O'Neill, President
The Awakenings Project, 4 Oct 2014 [cached]
Irene O'Neill The Awakenings Project
Irene O'Neill
Irene O'Neill
The Awakenings Project, 3 Oct 2004 [cached]
Artists' Coordinator Irene O'Neill: Give people their space The Awakenings Project
Artists' Coordinator Irene O'Neill: Give people their space
Irene O'Neill talked to Q about the Awakenings Project art studio in Glen Ellyn, which she runs. The studio, open two days a week, provides space for mentally ill artists.
"People can bring their own materials, or we'll provide them," O'Neill said.
O'Neill, 49, of West Chicago is an artist herself. "I do mixed media, which mostly is taking whatever you can grab and putting it together."
O'Neill also sets up shows for the artists. She coordinated "Awakenings," a free exhibit that runs through Friday at Aurora University's Downstairs Dunham Gallery.
The Awakenings Project, 20 Oct 2005 [cached]
Irene O'Neill was involved in the art show. She had first met Robert Lundin, who has a type of schizophrenia, when he visited Lucent Technologies, where she worked, and was impressed with him.
"He spoke so openly about having mental illness," she said.
When Lundin asked O'Neill to get on board with the art show, it was a natural fit.
"I was already involved as a co-owner of a gallery with two other women," O'Neill said.
Lundin asked O'Neill to be his co-director.
"At first we thought we'd get around a dozen artists," O'Neill said. "We had over 50 artists, each with about five pieces."
Showcased was the work of artists all diagnosed with some form of mental illness. O'Neill has bipolar disorder. It was so well received by the public, they were asked to return year after year, and over time, the group has become a popular draw all over the Chicago area. Many of the original artists featured in that first show are still active with The Awakenings Project.
O'Neill, of West Chicago, is now the president of the Awakenings Project, which recently combined with the Lucid Artist Co-op to hold a show at Chicago's Lake Point Tower from late September through October.
Everyone benefits from the art showings, according to O'Neill.
"For an observer, it's eye-opening," she said.
The artist, in turn, feels valued, and gains self-confidence with the appreciation of his or her work.
"It helps improve communication and self-image, especially when we sell a piece," O'Neill said.
The community as a whole also benefits, she because "it demonstrates how much talent and how much positive impact people with mental illness can have."
The Awakenings Project, 18 Oct 2000 [cached]
Lundin's initiative, along with the energy and leadership of Evers and Naperville resident Irene O'Neill has taken The Awakenings Art Show from its initial visual presentation into several regional and statewide events throughout the year.
He knew that I co-owned an art gallery in Naperville and said he needed someone with professional experience in putting on shows," says O'Neill, who also serves as co-director of The Awakenings Project.
"We were only going to do one show and it's taken off ever since. Lundin describes O'Neill as a "super-organizer" for Awakenings, which she manages while simultaneously running an art gallery, serving on two boards of directors of NPOs, holding down a full-time job and dealing with being manic-depressive (I've always leaned more toward mania.
I was voted most energetic in high school," says O'Neill with a wry chuckle).
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