Get to Know Us – Kim Zahradnik
10 Questions with Kim Zahradnik, OAC Office Assistant
1. How did you become involved with the OAC?
I became involved with the OAC through Joe. He trains with my boyfriend John for the last several years. About a year and a half ago he asked if I would be interested in a part time position assisting Lisa from the OAC staff. Of course, I was thrilled and the rest is history.
2. Have you personally dealt with obesity, and if so, how has it impacted your life?
I have personally dealt with obesity through my cousin. Until she was a young adult, she was slender. After giving birth to her son, who is now in his early 40’s, she began gradually gaining weight and never lost it. Today she is affected by severe obesity. I have seen the battles she experiences from the smallest everyday tasks to the grand scale health issues and how family and friends are affected as well.
3. What is your favorite part about being a staff member of the OAC?
My favorite part of being an OAC staff member is firstly, working with people who are caring, passionate and amazing in each of their areas. Then when they come together and their efforts overlap MAGIC happens. Secondly, I love being in an environment where I learn something every day. These things are not just a given in the workplace, so I know I am very fortunate.
4. Why is the OAC valuable in advocating for obesity awareness?
The OAC is valuable in advocating for obesity awareness because we are the voice and support against unfairness and bias for those affected with this complicated disease.
5. What is one major goal that you want to accomplish as a staff member?
The one major goal that I would like to accomplish as a staff member is to become more knowledgeable in all areas so that I can be a strong support to the rest of the staff.
6. What is your favorite film?
Simon Birch, I first saw it when I was about 40, and it still is my overall favorite. It is a wonderful, moving story that everyone should see.
7. What is your fondest memory from this past year?
(Personal) My fondest memory of the last year was attending my brother’s retirement party. I know what an amazing person he is, but learning how his staff, co-workers, peers and others viewed him was really touching.
(Work) My fondest memory from work was moving into the new office. It represented the growth that was a result of so much hard work and dedication that took place before I came here and how lucky I am to be part of it going forward.
8. If you could’ve had any career other than your current one, what would it have been?
If I could have chosen another career, it would have been teaching. I actually did teach middle school for a year but didn’t understand the politics of a grown up job, so I left it behind. Now after acquiring life experience, in retrospect that is what I would choose.
9. What is your favorite place to vacation?
My favorite place to vacation is in the Northwest because my mom lives in Oregon, and my brother lives in Washington. When given the opportunity, it will always be to spend time with my family.
10. What is your most prized possession?
I think my most prized possession is a memory box that my mom made for me. It houses some really significant things from my childhood as well as from hers, so it is super-duper special to me.
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