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 14 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 Your 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’s team in 2016, bringing her passion for health and social issues to the obesity landscape. With a strong interest in the non-profit sector, she is devoted to upholding and sharing the powerful vision of the OAC. Mckinzie is responsible for managing all Community-based communication and educational content aimed to ensure the growth and sustainability of the OAC’s membership. As such, she works to create ongoing activation among the OAC’s Community-base and cultivate a strong sense of connectivity. Additionally, Mckinzie manages the OAC’s Your Weight Matters Campaign Blog, coordinates various Community-based programming, and edits the OAC’s Community-based publication Your Weight Matters Magazine. After studying at the University of South Florida, she holds a B.A. in English with a concentration in Professional Writing, Rhetoric and Technology. To contact Mckinzie Step, 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].
Elicia Hinson originally joined the OAC team in 2015 on the administrative side and transitioned into a greater role in 2017 as Program Coordinator. In this role, Elicia is primarily responsible for coordinating and assisting with Association programming and community outreach activities. Included with this is a focus in assisting in the development of new and emerging programs specific to OAC’s Community of Members and support services, along with fulfilling public inquiries for resources and support information. Elicia graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree, and minor in Maternal and Child Health. Elicia is motivated by the work of the OAC and finds great reward in working with the diverse individuals the OAC serves. To contact Elicia, please email [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].
Ben Wagner joined the OAC team in 2018 as the Development Associate and is responsible for the creation and execution of the OAC’s community-based fundraising and development initiatives. With over a decade of marketing and relationship management experience, Ben focuses primarily on emerging revenue generation opportunities aimed to expand the community-based annual giving programs. He is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College and holds a B.A. in English. To contact Ben, please email [email protected].
Public Outreach Associate
Katie joined the OAC in 2018 following many years of non-profit and volunteer committee chair work in the field of food safety and nutrition both in Washington, DC, and Montreal, QC. Her passion for outreach and communication blend well with her OAC responsibilities in the development of educational materials and public awareness efforts as well as her involvement in public relations and the Your Weight Matters Magazine. Katie also coordinates registration and materials for the OAC Community Health Outreach Day which takes place each year during the Your Weight Matters National Convention. She holds a cum laude Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University. To contact Katie, please email [email protected]
With close to 20 years of experience in content marketing, media and advertising, Mae joined the OAC in 2018, primarily responsible in developing creative marketing strategies for the non-profit organization. She leverages more than 7 years of experience in association management in the spa, health and wellness space, which fits well into the needs of the OAC as an organization that serves a health-driven community. Formerly served as senior editor for an international spa/wellness magazine, she uses her background in media and storytelling to develop the design direction and content for the web, print and e-newsletters of OAC’s marketing initiatives, including the Your Weight Matters Campaign. Born and raised in the Philippines, she earned her magna cum laude honors after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. To contact Mae, please e-mail [email protected].