Get to know Karin Oceguera
How long have you worked for the NTA? What is your role?
I have worked for the NTA since October 2018 and am the Chief Financial Officer. This is a great role because I get to see how the entire company functions and I can interact with everyone because everyone needs finance for something.
What attracted you to work at the NTA?
I have always valued substance of work very highly. My daughter is a teacher and one day came home very frustrated because she was having a hard time. I asked her to keep in mind that she is doing such important work. At the time, I was working some place that did not have much substance and told her that if the place I was working shut down it would be sad because a lot of people would lose their jobs, but the world would not cease to spin. If teachers stopped teaching, the world would be much worse off, and she is part of that impact. It was then that I never felt more deeply that I also needed to work for a place that makes a difference. After much searching and “interviewing” potential workplaces, I came across the NTA and never looked back. I now know I am working every single day with purpose and what we do matters. Working with people and an organization that impacts the world in such a meaningful way is such a privilege.
What do you love about working for the NTA?
I love the people with whom I work and the community we are reaching. Because every day is different, there is always something new coming up which makes the work very rich and rewarding. I am proud of where I work and what I do which makes going to work more than just showing up and doing a job.
What are you most proud about accomplishing in your time at the NTA to date?
That is a hard question because it’s not about me accomplishing things, but more about the team. I am most proud of the work the whole team has done with collaboration. Sometimes communication across multiple states is hard for companies, but the NTA recognized the potential difficulties and makes every effort to ensure all voices are heard, everyone is valued, and that we have the tools necessary for great collaboration. I love being part of a community where we all have a voice.
Describe the NTA in three words?
Passionate, Revolutionary, Doers
Describe yourself in three words
Motherly, Intelligent, Peaceful
What do you love the most about our community?
This is one loud bunch! I have never come across such caring individuals before. The community cares about the NTA and the people we are reaching every day. They care about the past, present, and future NTPs and NTCs. I absolutely love the level of commitment each member of this community has. It truly is amazing!
What is your favorite fat?
Avocado. It can be on toast, on eggs, on sandwiches, on salad, with meat, all by itself, you name it!
What is your least favorite food?
Brussel sprouts and raw kale. I just can’t do it. Sorry, Lisa.
What’s your most used cook book or recipe blog and why?
I don’t have a most used cookbook or recipe blog. Most of my cooking is made up of what looks and smells like they should go together. Sometimes I will Google how to make something and look through the results until I find a recipe I can agree with, but that’s usually only when I have tried it on my own and failed miserably.
What are you reading (or listening to) right now?
I used to have time for reading 😉
In your mind, what are the biggest challenges the holistic health community faces?
One of the challenges I see facing the holistic health community is growth in a world of lies and misled consumers. When major corporations feel the pinch from well-informed and nutritionally conscious consumers, they ramp up advertising, lower costs to entice buyers, tout their products as healthy to consumers who do not know otherwise and use their resources to block opponents. The challenge here is fighting the deceptive advertising with knowledge and proven scientific research. This can be done but is an uphill battle for sure.
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