Get to Know Us – Lindsay Jones
10 Questions with Lindsay Jones, OAC Marketing Manager
1. How did you become involved with the OAC?
I started working for the OAC in 2007 as their very first intern/admin. At the time, it was just Joe, James and Kristy and they were the ones not only running the entire organization, but packing the boxes of materials for requests, handling administrative duties, and everything in between. Needless to say, the OAC was quickly growing and they needed some extra support, so I came on as an intern one summer when I was home from college – and the rest is history!
Although I had to go back to New York for my fall semester (which is when the lovely Lisa came onto the staff), I never really left; Joe kept me on hand for small administrative projects since I already knew the membership system and understood the organizational needs. A few years after graduating with my bachelors and a small stint in pharmaceutical advertising, I came on-board full time as the Marketing Manager when they identified a need for a focus in strategic marketing. I was thrilled and couldn’t be happier to be part of the OAC Family!
2. Have you personally dealt with obesity, and if so, how has it impacted your life?
I have not personally dealt with obesity, but it has touched my life in other ways through loved ones. I have, however, dealt with issues with weight in my own way. I think anyone who tells you they haven’t would be lying. I believe we all struggle in some way, shape or form. I have struggled a lot of my life with body image problems. I am adamant that it is so important we never judge ANYONE at ANY size, because you never know what internal battles they face. Stigma is a very real and very serious issue, and it goes every direction of the gamut.
3. What is your favorite part about being a staff member of the OAC?
This is a tough question because there are so many things I love about my job and being part of this incredible staff. I love the sweet, grateful people we serve, and speaking with our members and meeting them in-person always makes me feel invigorated. One of the many components of my role is managing the exhibits and meetings we attend, and I really enjoy going out into the community and telling people who we are and what we do. It’s so rewarding to see their reactions, more often than not asking me, “What’s the catch?” I love that I can respond that there is no catch, the OAC truly exists to help people and that is all.
But my favorite part? I can honestly say that I look forward to coming into work every single day. We may have a running joke in the office about my commute and my propensity to be put in a horrible mood by a needless traffic jam on I-4, but the people I work with make it easy to get over the small stuff and to have fun while I work. We have such an interesting dynamic in our office, and I really respect each of my co-workers, not only because they inspire me with their insane amount of talent, intelligence and dedication, but for their values and overall moral-being.
4. Why is the OAC valuable in advocating for obesity awareness?
There is no other organization that exists to represent the patient. At the heart of it, we have to tackle this issue from the core – and that is the individuals who are affected! Before the OAC, there wasn’t an organization for the patient affected, and now there is. Obesity is a complex disease and is one of the most important health issues in the world today. We, as a country, simply can’t ignore this issue – from a bias stand point, medically, in legislation, etc.
5. What is one major goal that you want to accomplish as a staff member?
I often feel a lot of pressure in my role because “marketing” can mean so many things, and ultimately I want the OAC name to be a well-known public name. I believe we are on our way, and I hope we accomplish this soon. My goal is to be part of that, and to facilitate a change to the public perception of obesity through powerful campaigns.
6. What is your favorite film?
Wedding Crashers. I know almost every line of the movie. Dirty Dancing comes in a close second.
7. What is your fondest memory from this past year?
I got married this past November and it was an amazing day as we were surrounded by our family, friends and closest loved ones. I deeply cherish every single person in my life and it was really moving to have everyone in one room together.
8. If you could’ve had any career other than your current one, what would it have been?
Many people don’t know this, but I am a classically trained ballet dancer and actually danced professionally for many years. I danced ballet, jazz, musical theatre and professional ballroom. I feel lucky that I was able to pursue my dance career throughout college and in my post-grad years, so perhaps I would say I would love to be able to have dance as a SECOND career alongside my career with the OAC. I love singing and dancing, but I also love working in the nonprofit sector.
9. What is your favorite place to vacation?
I have a few. I love the ocean, so really enjoy going on cruises, specifically the Disney Cruise. I also love Maine. My husband is from a small fishing island off the coast of Maine, and we get the immense pleasure of going back to visit at least twice a year. It is a very different way of life than the one we lead in Florida, and a nice break from the fast-paced world we live in on a daily basis. Overall, I love to travel to new places and usually my ideal vacation spot is anywhere on the water.
10. What is your most prized possession?
This was the easiest question of all! My absolutely adorable, loving, sweet furry baby, Oliver! Because how can you not love this face?!?
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