Governance

OAC Committees

OAC committees play a vital role in helping the OAC achieve its mission and goals. We are grateful for members who volunteer their time and talents to serve the OAC in key areas. The OAC’s working committees spend countless hours planning, developing and implementing new initiatives and components, all focused to carry out the initiatives of the OAC. Below, you will find a list of all current and active OAC Committees. Please click on the committee name to read more about the function and members of each volunteer group:

How to Submit Your Interest in an OAC Committee

We welcome the interest of our members who would like to serve on one of our working committees. Because each OAC Committee has different needs, capacities and duties/responsibilities, we ask that members first submit their interest using the below online form or downloadable PDF. Once your interest is received, your information will be sent to the respective Committee Chair for review and next steps. Each committee has a separate application process, and the chair or staff liaison for the committee in which you are interested will be in contact to provide you the information to submit a formal application.

Please be advised that not all committees have openings at this time, and you may be put on a waiting list for when an opening may become available. You will receive communication from the Committee Chair regarding the status of your application no more than two weeks after submission.

CLICK HERE to submit your interest downloadable PDF

If you have any questions about the status of your interest or application, or general questions about OAC Committees, please contact Elicia Hinson at (800) 717-3117 or [email protected].

OAC Committee Descriptions

Executive Committee
The responsibilities and operations of the Executive Committee are outlined by the Code of the Regulations of the Association.

Committee Members
Michelle Vicari, OAC Chairwoman
Amber Huett-Garcia, MPA, Immediate-past Chairwoman
Patty Nece, JD, Secretary
Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, Treasurer
Pam Davis, RN, CBN, MBA
Jaime Fivecoat, MBA
Joe Nadglowski

Education Committee
The Education Committee assists in the development of comprehensive and robust educational resources for our members and supporters. The committee focuses its efforts to ensure that materials reflect the diverse nature of our membership and supporters and are made available in multiple formats to best accommodate the needs of our targeted population. The committee also works with various partners on furthering the understanding of weight bias and stigma and how it affects the population at large.

Committee Members
Melinda J. Watman, BSN, MSN, CNM, MBA, Committee Chair
Sunil Daniel, MD, FTOS, Committee Co-Chair
James Zervios
Subject matter experts per project needs

Weight Bias Task Force
The Weight Bias Task Force focuses on identifying weight bias in the general public and engaging the OAC supporter base in combating bias through various OAC-based tactics. The task force coordinates closely with the visibility and education committees on developing, producing and distributing resources on weight bias to educate the general public.

Task Force Members
Patty Nece, JD, Task Force Chair
Pandora Williams, Task Force Co-Chair
Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, Treasurer
Scott Kahan, MD, MPH
Jeff Newell
Pandora Williams
James Zervios


Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee bears two major responsibilities. The first is to prepare a slate of candidates annually for consideration of the Board and Members for the Board of Directors as detailed in the code of regulations. The second is a review of all potential member volunteers that may serve on the OAC’s committees. The Nominating Committee will present such candidates for final approval to the Board of Directors.

Committee Members
Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, Committee Chair, Treasurer
Amber Huett-Garcia, MPA, Immediate-past Chairwoman
Pam Davis, RN, CBN, MBA
Jaime Fivecoat, MBA
Holly F. Lofton, MD
Joe Nadglowski
Kristy Kuna


Convention Planning Committee
The Convention Committee is responsible for developing the Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention. The committee works to develop the Convention, its theme, program agenda and much more. Within the Convention Committee are many other committees and sub committees (outlined below) responsible for various aspects of the Convention.

Planning Committee Members
Pam Davis, RN, BSN, CBN, MBA, Committee Chair
Maria Caprigno, Committee Co-Chair
Michelle Vicari, OAC Chairwoman
Tammy Beaumont, BSN, RN, CBN
Jaime Fivecoat, MBA
Holly F. Lofton, MD
Patty Nece, JD
Rob Portinga
Christopher D. Still, DO, FACN, FACP

Sub Committees and Ad Hoc Committees

Program Committee
Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, Committee Chair
Robert Kushner, MD, Committee Co-Chair
Pam Davis, RN, BSN, CBN, MBA, Convention Committee Chair
Michelle Vicari, OAC Chairwoman
Amber Huett-Garcia, MPA, Immediate-past Chairwoman
Tammy Beaumont, BSN, RN, CBN
Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, Treasurer
Merrill Littleberry, LCSW, LCDC, CCM, CI-CPT
Christopher D. Still, DO, FACN, FACP
Cassie I. Story, RD

Welcome Committee
Debe Gau, Committee Chair
Pam Davis, RN, BSN, CBN, MBA, Convention Committee Chair
Michelle Vicari, OAC Chairwoman
Nanette Adams, MEd, LPC
Sarah M. Bramblette, MSHL
Jaime Fivecoat, MBA
Kristal Hartman
Jason Krynicki
Rob Portinga

Scholarship Subcommittee

Pam Davis, RN, BSN, CBN, MBA, Convention Committee Chair
Maria Caprigno, Convention Committee Co-Chair
Michelle Vicari, OAC Chairwoman
Amber Huett-Garcia, MPA, Immediate-Past Chairwoman
Nikki Massie


Membership Committee
The Membership Committee is responsible for overseeing all aspects of OAC Membership. The committee will focus its efforts on membership structure, cost, recruitment, retention and member engagement and activation. The Membership Committee also forms relationships with related groups and organizations to communicate OAC membership efforts and ways to engage others in the OAC and its membership.

Committee Members
Tammy Beaumont, BSN, RN, CBN, and Nikki Massie, MA, Committee Co-chairs
Michelle Vicari, OAC Chairwoman
Amber Huett-Garcia, MPA, Immediate-past Chairwoman
Jaime Fivecoat, MBA
Kristy Kuna
Melissa Woolley


Revenue Generation Committee
The purpose of the Revenue Generation Committee is to ensure the OAC has adequate resources to effectively carry out its mission and programs. The Committee will actively evaluate opportunities for fund raising including grassroots campaigns, direct mail, planned giving, special events, recruitment and engagement of the OAC’s Chairman’s Council, foundation grants and more.

Committee Members
Tracy Martinez, RN, BSN, CBN, Committee Chair
Amber Huett-Garcia, MPA, Immediate-past Chairwoman
Paul Hamzey
Jeff Hughes, CGFM, CFE, CICA, MBA
Melinda J. Watman, BSN, MSN, CNM, MBA
Ava Zebrick


Long-range Planning Committee
The Long-range Planning Committee is responsible for developing and monitoring the long-term strategic goals for the organization, ultimately seeking approval from the OAC National Board of Directors. As part of this strategic planning process, this committee keeps a strong pulse on the progress of the organization, along with the overall climate of the obesity landscape, in order to best develop long-term strategy and direction to fulfill the OAC’s mission of serving individuals affected by obesity.

Committee Members
Jaime Fivecoat, MBA, Committee Chair
Michelle Vicari, OAC Chairwoman
Amber Huett-Garcia, MPA, Immediate-past Chairwoman
Tammy Beaumont, BSN, RN, CBN
Pam Davis, RN, CBN, MBA
Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, Treasurer
Nikki Massie, MA
Walter Medlin, MD, FACS
Rob Portinga
Melinda J. Watman, BSN, MSN, CNM, MBA
Joe Nadglowski
Kristy Kuna


Access to Care Committee
The Access to Care Committee was created to improve access to obesity care and treatment. The Committee is currently focused on reducing barriers that prevent an individual’s access to intensive behavioral treatment, pharmaceutical therapy and bariatric surgery. The Access to Care Committee also strives to not focus on any one area of treatment, but to provide individuals with the opportunity to explore all of the options available to them.

Committee Members
Sarah M. Bramblette, MSHL and Walter Medlin, MD, FACS, Committee Co-chairs
Tammy Beaumont, BSN, RN, CBN
Pam Davis, RN, CBN, MBA
Jim Garver
Arghavan Salles, MD, PhD
Michelle Vicari, OAC Chairwoman
Joe Nadglowski

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