Mike Papale is the President & CEO of In A Heartbeat, a Connecticut based nonprofit organization with the mission to prevent death from sudden cardiac arrest. He founded the organization with a passion of saving lives after surviving sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 17. He was given a one in a million chance to survive. He also works at the Manager of Community Relations for Defibtech, a Connecticut based AED manufacturing company.
Mike is professional motivational speaker that has had the opportunity to speak across the country to audiences of all sizes. He is passionate about inspiring people to battle through adversity, live their life to the fullest, and attack their dreams. He also has spoken at conferences to heart disease patients, doctors, and medical professionals about living a long and normal life with heart disease.
Prior to founding In A Heartbeat, Mike spent six years coaching college basketball at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Quinnipiac University, and Southern CT State University. He is currently the Head Basketball Coach at Fairfield College Preparatory School.
In his free time Mike enjoys traveling, eating great food, playing golf, riding his Peloton, hanging out with his family and friends, and staying active! He serves on the Board of Directors for the Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club, the Central CT Coast YMCA, the John Taylor Babbit Foundation, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Wallingford.