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 if there is an immediate need.

If there is a need, the chair of the committee will contact you to learn more about your interest. Please note that not all committees have openings at this time, so if you don’t hear back immediately please do not be discouraged. The OAC typically looks to add new committee members in January of each year, so we will keep your application on file for future consideration. In the meantime, we hope you will get actively involved in other ways through the OAC’s Community. To visit our Community ENGAGE Platform, click here.

CLICK HERE to download your Committee Interest Application.

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

OAC Committee Descriptions

 

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 – Committee Co-chair
Walter Medlin, MD, FACS – Committee Co-chair
Michelle Vicari – OAC Chairwoman
Amber Huett-Garcia – Immediate-past OAC Chairwoman
Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA – Treasurer
Nina Crowley, PhD, RDN, LD
Pam Davis, RN, BSN, CBN, MBA
Jaime Fivecoat, MBA
Jim Garver
Scott Kahan, MD, MPH
Arghavan Salles, MD, PhD
Ava Zebrick
Chris Gallagher, OAC Policy Consultant
Joe Nadglowski, Staff Liaison
Mckinzie Step, Staff Liaison
Katie Thrasher, Staff Liaison

 

Advancement and Development Committee

The purpose of the Advancement and Development 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
Amber Huett-Garcia, MPA – Committee Chair, Immediate-past Chairwoman
Michelle Vicari – OAC Chairwoman
Jason Krynicki
Tracy Martinez, RN, BSN, CBN
Nikki Massie, MA
Elizabeth Paul
Joe Nadglowski, Staff Liaison
Kristy Kuna, Staff Liaison
Elicia Hinson, Staff Liaison

 

Convention 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
Michelle Vicari – OAC Chairwoman
Tammy Beaumont, BSN, RN, CBN
Jaime Fivecoat, MBA
Debe Gau
Kristal Hartman
Patty Nece, JD
Rob Portinga
Christopher D. Still, DO, FACN, FACP
Ava Zebrick
Melissa Wooley, Staff Liaison

Sub Committees and Ad Hoc Committees

Program Committee
Scott Kahan, MD, MPH – Program Chair
Robert Kushner, MD – Program Co-Chair
Michelle Vicari – OAC Chairwoman
Pam Davis, RN, BSN, CBN, MBA – Convention Committee Chair
Tammy Beaumont, BSN, RN, CBN
Paul Davidson, PhD
Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA
Merrill Littleberry, LCSW, LCDC, CCM, CI-CPT
Christopher D. Still, DO, FACN, FACP
Cassie I. Story, RD
Kristy Kuna, Staff Liaison
Melissa Woolley, Staff Liaison

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

Scholarship Subcommittee

Pam Davis, RN, BSN, CBN, MBA – Committee Chair
Michelle Vicari – OAC Chairwoman
Amber Huett-Garcia, MPA – Immediate-past OAC Chairwoman
Nikki Massie

 

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, Staff Liaison
Katie Thrasher, Staff Liaison
Subject matter experts per project needs

 

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, BSN, CBN, MBA
Joe Nadglowski, Staff Liaison

 

Leadership Circle

The Leadership Circle is an advisory group comprised of former OAC board members tasked with providing input on key OAC issues to the OAC board and committees and serve as a source of institutional memory.

Committee Members
Robin Blackstone, MD, FACS
Jeff Haaga
Jacqueline Jacques, ND
Robert Kushner, MD
Walter Lindstrom, ESQ
Holly Lofton, MD
Georgeann Mallory, RD
Rebecca Puhl, PhD
Lloyd Stegemann, MD
Christopher D. Still, DO
Barbara Thompson, MLS

 

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

 

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 – Committee Co-chair
Nikki Massie, MA – Committee Co-chair
Michelle Vicari – OAC Chairwoman
Amber Huett-Garcia, MPA – Immediate-past Chairwoman
Jaime Fivecoat, MBA
Kristy Kuna, Staff Liaison
Mckinzie Step, Staff Liaison

 

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, BSN, CBN, MBA
Jaime Fivecoat, MBA
Joe Nadglowski, Staff Liaison
Kristy Kuna, Staff Liaison

 

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
Jeanne Blankenship, MS, RDN
Scott Kahan, MD, MPH
Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA
Nikki Massie, MA
James Zervios, Staff Liaison
Mckinzie Step, Staff Liaison

 

Medical Tourism Task Force

Task Force Members
Michelle Vicari – OAC Chairwoman
Nanette Adams, MEd, LPC
Sarah Bramblette, MSHL
Alex Brecher
Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA
Tracy Martinez, RN, BSN, CBN
Samer Mattar, MD, FACS
Walter Medlin, MD, FACS
Lloyd Stegemann, MD
Joe Nadglowski, Staff Liaison
Breanne Delvalle, Staff Liaison

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