TONY BURKE – FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT PROACTIVE KIDS FOUNDATION ANTHONY J. BURKE (TONY) IS THE FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF THE PROACTIVE KIDS FOUNDATION. TONY HAS MORE THAN 25 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE HEALTH CARE FIELD AND CURRENTLY SERVES AS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AT THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION (AHA) AND PRESIDENT OF AHA SOLUTIONS, INC. HE ALSO SERVES ON THE ADVISORY BOARDS OF FORWARD DUPAGE AND ACTION FOR HEALTH KIDS.
AS A CHILD, TONY STRUGGLED WITH UNHEALTHY WEIGHT ISSUES, WHICH AFFECTED HIM PHYSICALLY, SOCIALLY AND EMOTIONALLY. HE SUCCESSFULLY OVERCAME THE PHYSICAL ASPECTS OF UNHEALTHY WEIGHT THROUGH SPORTS, BUT HAD LITTLE UNDERSTANDING OF HOW TO ADDRESS THE EMOTIONAL AND SOCIAL DAMAGES.
TONY FOUNDED PROACTIVE KIDS ON THE PREMISE THAT CHILDHOOD OBESITY IS A FAMILY AND SOCIETAL ISSUE…KIDS ALONE CAN’T TURN THEIR LIVES AROUND. HE HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL AT DRAWING UPON HIS DEEP PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AS WELL AS HIS KNOWLEDGE OF HEALTH CARE AND BUSINESS BACKGROUND TO CREATE A PERSONAL, LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE FOR KIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
NICKI KLINKHAMER – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PROACTIVE KIDS FOUNDATION NICKI WORKED IN MARKETING AND EVENTS FOR TEN YEARS AT THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION BEFORE JOINING PAK AS THE VOLUNTEER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO FOCUS ON MARKETING AND OPERATIONS.
SHE HAS WORKED DILIGENTLY TO GROW THE FOUNDATION THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS, GRANTS, AND VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT. SHE CURRENTLY RUNS THE FOUNDATION FOCUSING ON SITE MANAGEMENT, HUMAN RESOURCES, MARKETING, PARTNERSHIPS, HEALTH INNOVATION, AND MANAGING OPERATIONS INCLUDING DATA MANAGEMENT AND FINANCE.
IN HER FREE TIME, NICKI LOVES TO ATTEND PAK SESSIONS AND INTERACT WITH THE KIDS AND FAMILIES TO LEARN NEW WAYS TO BETTER SERVE AND SUPPORT THEM THROUGH PROGRAMMING.
“I HAVE BEEN TRULY TOUCHED BY THE KIDS AND FAMILIES AT PAK. THEIR ABILITY TO SHARE PERSONAL FEARS AND ISSUES AS WELL AS LEARN TOGETHER INSPIRE ME TO WORK HARDER TO EXPAND THE PROGRAM TO SERVE MORE KIDS.”
DR. JANE JUNG – LEAD BEHAVIORAL SPECIALIST MEIER CLINICS, WHEATON, IL JANE ENJOYS WORKING WITH WOMEN, CHILDREN, AND COUPLES. JANE’S STYLE IS RELATIONAL, CLIENT-CENTERED, AND INSIGHT-ORIENTED.
SHE ENJOYS BEING ABLE TO INTEGRATE FAITH INTO COUNSELING WITH THOSE WHO REQUEST/PREFER THAT. SHE ALSO WORKS WITH FAMILY BRIDGES, A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT AIMS TO PROMOTE HEALTHY MARRIAGES IN THE CHICAGOLAND AREA.
“PAK GIVES ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO REACH AND TEACH FAMILIES HOW TO LIVE HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER LIVES. THERE’S NOTHING MORE SATISFYING THAN TO HEAR STORIES OF FAMILIES REACHING THEIR PERSONAL GOALS FOR HEALTH AND BALANCE.”
KELLY SWATZELL – LEAD BEHAVIORAL SPECIALIST, PSYD, PSYCHOLOGIST MEIER CLINICS, WHEATON, IL KELLY HAS WORKED WITH A VARIETY OF CHILDREN, TEENS, AND ADULTS WHO STRUGGLE WITH LIFE CHANGES, EMOTIONAL STRUGGLES, AND RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGES. SHE FOCUSES ON WORKING WITH INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES AFFECTED BY EATING DISORDERS SINCE 2008.
ONE OF HER MANY PASSIONS IS TO EQUIP KIDS AND FAMILIES WITH THE TOOLS AND SKILLS TO LIVE HEALTHY AND WHOLE LIVES.
“I AM EXCITED TO PARTNER WITH PAK TO HELP PROVIDE A COMMUNITY-BASED AND PREVENTIVE INTERVENTION TO GROW PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY, AND RELATIONALLY HEALTHIER FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS.”
ALLISON BALOCCA, MPH, RD, LDN – LEAD DIETITIAN CYNTHIA CHOW AND ASSOCIATES, LLC, CHICAGO, IL ALLISON IS A REGISTERED DIETITIAN WHO HOLDS A MASTER’S DEGREE IN PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKS A CLINICAL CONSULTANT DIETITIAN. ALLISON IS THE SECRETARY OF THE WEST SUBURBAN DIETETIC ASSOCIATION. HER PASSION FOR NUTRITION EDUCATION, IN PARTICULAR CHILDHOOD OBESITY, STEMS FROM HER COMMITMENT TO HEALTHY LIVING AS WELL AS HER OWN PERSONAL STRUGGLES WITH WEIGHT MANAGEMENT AT VARIOUS STAGES OF HER LIFE. ALLISON’S ENTHUSIASM IS INFECTIOUS AS SHE LEADS PAK NUTRITION, SHARING PRACTICAL WAYS TO MAKE HEALTHY EATING A LIFELONG HABIT FOR FAMILIES.
monica is all things fitness. she teaches countless classes at two fitness centers including spinning, running, strength, bootcamp, barre, cardio weights, and more. MONICA IS ALSO THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR FOR THE MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON TRAINING PROGRAMS AT THE NAPERVILLE RUNNING COMPANY. SHE HAS COMPLETED 26 MARATHONS, COUNTLESS HALF MARATHONS AND TRIATHLONS.
in 2008, she was presented with the opportunity of running a new program called proactive kids. monica spent countless volunteer hours seeking donations, coordinating coaches, talking with parents, and putting together supplies and binders. her hard work paid off and this program took off! monica was the perfect fit for helping start proactive kids, With her own personal struggle with weight as a child and young adult, and all the negative emotions that comes along with it. she knew that being able to share and relate her own story with the PAK children and families would change lives, and hopefully these kids would not have to struggle the way she struggled. the presti award, the biggest award a child can win at pak, was named after monica and given to the child who exemplifies hard work, dedication and perseverance, just like she did to help start pak, complete countless races and coach marathon runners!
in monica's own words, "The whole person is what ProActive Kids is all about. Fitness, nutrition and emotional. The three components of PAK is what made me fall in love with the program. Knowing that you can't focus on just one, without understanding the others, is what makes each of us strong, healthy and confident."