The Obesity Society Staff

The Obesity Society Staff 2019-08-15T10:34:32+00:00

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.

Laura Tester Meyer, CPA/CGMA

Chief Operating Officer

Primary role: Financial, Management, and Operations Support for TOS, CEO, and Governance

Laura is a financial and operations executive with a long record of transforming industry and non-profit organizations by providing fiscal and management strategies designed to drive mission success. Prior to joining the staff at The Obesity Society as the chief financial officer in June 2017, she held the same position at the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Associated Sulpicians of The United States. Laura obtained her MBA from Loyola University in Baltimore and is an active CPA/CGMA in the state of Maryland.

Regina Williams

Manager 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 on office administration and information technology projects. 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.

Kristin Collins

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.

Robyn Gordon

Communications Manager

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. She handles the registration for and supports media representatives covering the Society’s annual meeting at ObesityWeek. Robyn earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Allison Templet

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.

Shameeka Green

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.