The OAC Welcomes New Members to the National Board of Directors

With the start of a brand new year, the OAC is looking forward to all of the new opportunities for us to continue to improve the lives of individuals affected by obesity! This new chapter brings with it plans for the OAC’s 6th Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention in New Orleans this August, brand new advocacy opportunities for access to care, and many ambitious plans encompassing all areas of our mission — from obesity awareness and visibility to education, support, ending weight bias and more.

As we welcome 2017 with open arms, we also welcome four new members to the OAC National Board of Directors:

Scott KahanScott Kahan, MD, MPH is the director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness and a faculty member at The George Washington University’s School of Public Health & Health Services. As the 2015 OAC Healthcare Provider Advocate of the Year, Dr. Kahan is a leading voice in the fight for access to care and a tireless advocate for patients, the OAC and the cause of obesity.

Nikki Massie

Nikkie Massie, MA is a professional writer and communications strategist based in Baltimore. Ms. Massie underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery in 2008, and is well-known for her blog, Bariatric Foodie. The 2016 OAC Member of the Year, Nikki has been an avid supporter and advocate for the OAC since she first joined the organization. Most recently, Ms. Massie held a successful membership drive through which she joined 236 new members to the OAC in four weeks.

Patty NecePatty Nece, JD is the Counsel for Regulations and Legislation in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor’s Division of Black Lung and Longshore Legal Services. The recipient of the 2015 Barbara Thompson Award for Advocacy, Ms. Nece is a tireless advocate for the OAC and has testified many times before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, advocating for the approval of new obesity treatments.

Rob PortingaRob Portinga is a gastric bypass patient who has transformed nearly every aspect of his life in the six years since his surgery. Mr. Portinga currently works for a company that offers support services to a variety of obesity treatment-related companies, and continues to blog about healthy living, obesity bias and weight-loss from a “dude’s” perspective. Mr. Portinga was the recipient of the Barbara Thompson Award for Advocacy in 2014 and the OAC Member of the Year Award in 2015.

The National Board of Directors is the driving force of the OAC, as they are responsible for directing the organization and its activities, setting long-term goals and ensuring that all programs and initiatives are in the best interest of individuals affected by obesity. We are beyond pleased to welcome each of these long-time members and supporters to this high level of involvement with the OAC, and we look forward to seeing where their respective talents, experiences, stories and knowledge take us!

To help you get to know these new and amazing individuals joining the Board even further, however, we’ve asked them to share more about themselves with our valued OAC supporters. They’ve chosen to open up about their connection to the cause of obesity, what drives them to seek such high involvement with the OAC, and why they believe such an organization is so important for representing the 93 million Americans affected by obesity.

Over the next couple of days, we invite you to listen-in and hear their stories and passions as our new Board members begin their leadership serving the OAC.  They are excited to introduce themselves to you – just as they are excited to have begun their journey with the OAC as a Board Member and change-maker!

And, most importantly, please join us in welcoming these individuals to the OAC National Board of Directors because we’re looking forward to seeing what new opportunities and successes lie ahead of us as an organization – TOGETHER!



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