Everyone who works at The Obesity Society (TOS) is dedicated to helping you, our members. In fact, that is our mission. Whether you want information regarding the Society, memberships, collaborations, awards or grants, our journal Obesity or our annual meeting at ObesityWeek®, we are here to assist you.
TOS staff includes:
Anthony Comuzzie, PhD, FTOS
Chief Executive Officer
Primary role: Executive Leadership and Governance, Strategic Direction
Anthony “Tony” Comuzzie, PhD, FTOS, provides overall strategic direction and executive leadership at The Obesity Society’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. Tony is a world-renowned obesity researcher and scientist, having served on the faculty in the Department of Genetics at Texas Biomedical Research Institute. He has spent nearly 25 years researching the genetics of obesity, including work on numerous genetic epidemiological studies, and authored more than 250 journal articles.
Christe A Turner
Director of Finance and Operations
Primary role: Oversees Accounting, Financial Management, Contracts, and Operations; Supports CEO
Christe is a seasoned accounting and operations professional and has more than 20 years of experience by working with small and worldwide businesses such as federal government contractors and private, for-profit firms. Because of her multi-faceted background in full-cycle accounting, financial management, human resources, and facilities management, Christe has varied responsibilities at TOS which include supporting the CEO with developing strategic goals, managing the finances, managing contracts, developing banking and vendor relationships, and administering employee benefits. Christe holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Information Systems and Marketing from Mount Vernon College in Washington, DC, a Legal Assistant Certificate from Georgetown University, is a Virginia Notary Public, and recently earned a Certificate of Accountancy from Northern Virginia Community College.
Director of Governance and Administration
Primary role: Governance, Administration, Grants and Awards
Regina has more than 20 years of non-profit experience, having previously worked at Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), Inc., in Washington, DC. She is the staff liaison to the Council for the Society. Regina works closely with the chief operating officer in the areas of human resources, office administration and information technology. She also manages the Society’s awards and grants programs.
Anita Wiler, CMP
Senior Director of Education and Meetings
Primary role: ObesityWeek, Continuing Medical Education (CME)
Anita is a 20+ year veteran medical/scientific conference planner, having previously worked at the American Nurses Association. She has coordinated national and international conferences with up to 10,000 attendees. Anita has extensive experience in logistics, abstract management, contracting, and conference marketing. She coordinates all aspects of the Society’s annual meeting at ObesityWeek. Anita is the staff liaison to the Annual Program Committee and Continuing Medical Education Oversight Committee.
Darnella Parks, CMP
Manager of Scientific Meetings
Primary role: TOS Review Course, Abstracts, ObesityWeek®
Darnella brings nearly 10 years of non-profit meeting and event planning experience to TOS after working at the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs and the International Dyslexia Association. Darnella oversees the TOS Review Course for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) Certification Exam. She coordinates the abstract management process for ObesityWeek®. Darnella also supports the senior director of education and meetings in all aspects of the logistical planning for the Society’s annual meeting at ObesityWeek®.
Director of Communications
Primary role: Communications Management, Media and Public Relations, TOS Website
Kristin is a 25-year communications professional, having worked for non-profits including the Endocrine Society and the National Science Teachers Association. Kristin handles media and public relations for TOS. She is also the point of contact for communications and marketing efforts with peer organizations, and the staff liaison to the Advocacy Committee. She also manages the organization’s website. Kristin obtained her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Mary Baldwin University and holds a graduate certificate in Leadership and Management from the University of Maryland University College.
Primary role: Digital Marketing, Social Media, E-Newsletters, Media Relations
Robyn manages multiple activities focused on communications, digital marketing, and social media. She designs e-blast campaigns, coordinates e-newsletters, and handles the Society’s social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Robyn has experience writing press releases. Robyn earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Managing Editor, Obesity
Primary role: Journal Management and Production
Allison has been an editor and publications coordinator for more than 20 years. As the managing editor of the Society’s flagship journal, Obesity, Allison oversees all aspects of the submission, peer review, and publications processes, including coordination between TOS staff, the Publications Board, journal editors, authors, and our publisher Wiley. Allison also develops and implements strategies for obtaining high-quality research, improves author guidelines and procedures, and facilitates member engagement. Allison is based at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Senior Manager, Membership and Sections
Primary role: Memberships, Staff Liaison to Sections, Special Interest Groups, and Committees
Shameeka has more than 12 years of experience working in customer service, meetings and conferences, and other areas of association management. She is the key contact person for memberships and our Association Management System (AMS) MemberSuite. She also serves as the staff liaison to Sections for the Society. Shameeka is also the liaison to the Diversity, Membership, and Early Career Committees.