President/Chief Executive Officer
Joseph Nadglowski is President & CEO of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) – a non-profit organization formed in 2005 dedicated to elevating and empowering those affected by obesity through education, advocacy and support. A frequent speaker and author on the importance of obesity awareness, Mr. Nadglowski has more than 25 years of experience working in patient advocacy, public policy and education and is a graduate of the University of Florida. As a patient advocate who has publicly shared his own personal experience with obesity as well as those of OAC’s members on many boards, taskforces, workgroups and public testimony, Mr. Nadglowski was recipient of the 2012 Society for the Study of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) Public Service Award. As part of his advocacy work, he has dedicated a significant part of his work toward the recognition of weight bias, its impact on those with obesity and our nation’s efforts to combat it. He has been a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House to discuss childhood obesity and has testified before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the importance of increasing treatment options for individuals affected by obesity. To contact Joseph Nadglowski, please email [email protected].
Vice President Programs and Operations
Kristy Kuna is one of the founding staff members of the OAC and has worked in the non profit patient advocacy sector for more than 15 years, with a previous background in programming for a patient advocacy organization in kidney disease/nephrology. As VP of Programs and Operations, Kristy oversees the operations-side of the organization, in addition to the creation and development of emerging Association programs. In this role, she directs the OAC’s successful Your Weight Matters National Convention and regional events, in addition to the creation and development of OAC’s membership structure which ensures the growth of the OAC’s voice. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a degree in Organizational Communication. To contact Kristy, please email [email protected].
Vice President of Marketing and Communications
James Zervios is one of the founding staff members of the OAC and has worked in the non profit patient advocacy sector for more than 15 years. James is responsible for overseeing all organizational marketing and communication initiatives. He works closely with the OAC’s Education and Weight Bias Committees on developing organizational educational materials. As OAC spokesman, James has participated in hundreds of media interviews with publications and broadcast networks ensuring that the OAC’s mission and vision are accurately represented at all times. James has also written extensively on the topic of obesity and weight bias and co-authored a textbook chapter for Harvard Medical School on the topic of “Obesity and Access to Care.” He is the senior editor of Weight Matters Magazine and guides the Marketing and Communications Department in various areas, such as the Your Weight Matters Campaign, Web site development and more. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a degree in Mass Communications. To contact James Zervios, please email [email protected].
Senior Program Manager
Melissa Woolley joined the OAC team in 2017 as the Program Manager and is responsible for managing and executing Association programming, specifically the successful Your Weight Matters National Convention (OAC’s Annual patient meeting) and current and emerging Community-based Membership efforts. In addition, Melissa assists in the development of OAC’s support-service programs designed to better connect individuals with ongoing care and support. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech and holds a B.S. in Event Management. With vast experience in event planning, meeting coordination and program development, Melissa has spent the past seven years of her career focused in association events and brings a valuable talent to the OAC team in her ability to effectively manage and organize a broad scope of projects of all scales. To contact Melissa, please email [email protected].
Community Outreach Engagement Specialist
Mckinzie joined the OAC in 2016, bringing her passion for health, social issues and non-profit work to the cause of obesity. She is responsible for managing all Community-based communication and educational content aimed to ensure the growth and sustainability of the OAC’s membership. She works to create ongoing activation among the OAC’s Community-base and cultivate a strong sense of connectivity among its members. Additionally, Mckinzie manages the OAC’s Your Weight Matters Campaign Blog, coordinates various Community-based programming, and manages the OAC’s Community-based publication Weight Matters Magazine. After studying at the University of South Florida, she holds a B.A. in Professional Writing, Rhetoric and Technology. To contact Mckinzie, please email [email protected].
Program Services Administrator
Lisa Gresco-White has been with the OAC for more than 10 years. Her passion for helping people and commitment to excellent customer service continues to be her main focus as the OAC’s Program Services Administrator. Lisa is responsible for managing the administrative components for OAC’s programs and related operations including, the Your Weight Matters National Convention, the RECOVER Program and various OAC Membership programs and partnerships. In addition, Lisa manages the coordination of all Association data processing and database administration needs. She works primarily with the Programs and Operations Department, but also works with other departments as necessary. To contact Lisa Gresco-White, please e-mail [email protected].
Web Development Manager
Chris joined the OAC in 2018 as the Web Development Manager, and is responsible for the development, maintenance, and security of the organization’s websites. He spent more than 10 years working with small businesses, helping them take advantage of current web technologies to drive growth before working with non-profit organizations. Chris went to Broward College and the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. To contact Chris, please email [email protected].
Kelly joined the OAC team in 2018 as the Marketing Manager. She is responsible for the creation and execution of OAC’s marketing initiatives, which includes general organizational promotional activities, as well as event and campaign promotions. She is passionate about marketing and brings a diverse set of skills to our team. Her commitment to her career and goals have pushed her to study in different countries and become multilingual. She enjoys using her creativity and knowledge to help others and has dedicated more than five years to working with different organizations and industries to support different causes. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a B.B.A. in Marketing and International Business with a Minor in Italian. To contact Kelly, please email [email protected]
Public Outreach Associate
Maddie joined the OAC in 2020 as the Public Outreach Associate, and is responsible for coordinating the production and publication of organizational public education resources and organizational publications. Maddie recently graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Editing, Writing, and Media. She is passionate about helping others and hopes that her skills in communications can do just that. To contact Maddie, please email [email protected].
Administrative and Program Assistant
Colleen joined the OAC’s team in 2019 and serves as the Administrative and Program Assistant. Ms. Karcher is responsible for ensuring the smooth and effective administration of the OAC, in addition to assisting in OAC’s programming efforts. Ms. Karcher has an extensive background in working with companies of all sizes in an administrative capacity for the past 30 years. She has a passion for helping and serving others, which is demonstrated in her numerous volunteer roles and organizations in which she is involved. To contact Colleen, please email [email protected].
Melanie joined the OAC team in early 2020 as the Development Associate, and focuses her efforts on facilitating philanthropic gifts, grants and programming to advance the mission of the OAC and its goals and initiatives. Prior to coming to the OAC, she worked on the Institutional Advancement team at Haverford College and led the Giving Program at Legacy Youth Tennis and Education in Philadelphia. Ms. Hittinger is passionate about work in the nonprofit sector and connecting donors to the causes they care about. She attended West Chester University and holds a B.A. in English. To contact Melanie, please email [email protected].