Convention Scholarship Program

The Obesity Action Coalition’s decision to take on the Your Weight Matters Convention to give our members an in-person, top-notch education experience is one of the greatest endeavors I have ever had the pleasure of being involved. It was a few days into my tenure on the National Board...



Get to Know Us

Thank you to all of you who viewed each of our Get to Know Us blog entries. The OAC National Board of Directors and staff greatly enjoyed the chance to give you an inside-look at how we all became involved with the OAC and share some personal moments as...



Get to Know Us – Tracy Martinez, RN, BSN, CBN

1. How did you become involved with the OAC? I learned about the OAC when I was introduced to Joe as the new CEO. I knew he would do great things with the coalition. There is no other society of its kind, and the need for all affected is...



Get to Know Us – Tammy Beaumont, BSN, RN, CBN

1. How did you become involved with the OAC? In 2005, I was just beginning my professional journey into the world of bariatrics. I was at my first meeting of our professional bariatric society, milling through the vendor expo, collecting information from a zillion resources, including the OAC. I...



Get to Know Us – Joe Nadglowski

1. How did you become involved with the OAC? So I’ve had the privilege of being at the OAC since nearly the very beginning. It was the three people (Robin Blackstone, MD; Chris Still, DO; and Georgeann Mallory, RD) who heard a legislator say that a patient advocacy organization...



Get to Know Us – Lloyd Stegemann, MD, FASMBS

1. How did you become involved with the OAC? I became involved with the OAC through my friend and fellow Board Member Dr. Jacqueline Jacques. Dr. Jacques told me about this “fabulous” group she was involved with that was going to “make a real impact” in the obesity arena....



Get to Know Us – Chris Gallagher

1. How did you become involved with the OAC? As the lobbyist for the ASMBS, I came to know OAC President and CEO Joe Nadglowski and learn about all the passionate people who tirelessly work on a daily basis to speak up for those affected by overweight and obesity....



Get to Know Us – Jaime Fivecoat, MBA

1. How did you become involved with the OAC? I joined the OAC at one of the first public meeting presentations given by Joe. We were both presenters at an event in Celebration, Fla. Prior to the event, I had heard that the OAC was attempting to form and...



Get to Know Us – Lisa Gresco-White

1. How did you become involved with the OAC? I found out about the OAC after finding a job post listed on Craigslist. In August 2007, I interviewed with James Zervios and Kristy Kuna, got the job and the rest is history. 2. Have you personally dealt with obesity,...



Get to Know Us – Walter Medlin, MD, FACS

Get to Know Us – Walter Medlin, MD, FACS 1. How did you become involved with the OAC? I became involved through my surgical society, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). We all recognized that all of those with obesity need a common place to have...



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