Texas Business Leader Brings Extensive Experience to the Organization
Today, the Arthritis Foundation South Central Region announced the recent addition of Chris Nieto, Regional Community Leadership Board Member, to its national board of directors. The announcement was made by Margaret Jackson, Chairman of the Board of the Arthritis Foundation South Central Region. The Arthritis Foundation South Central Region serves those living with arthritis, including 4 million Texans, 820,000 Oklahomans and 372,000 people in New Mexico.
Nieto became involved with the Arthritis Foundation following his daughter’s diagnosis with Juvenile Arthritis at the age of 9 months old. His family credits the Foundation with helping them with vital arthritis resources and connecting them to other families of children with arthritis.
Since joining the South Central Region Board of Directors in 2012, Chris has been an outspoken champion of people living with arthritis and has advocated on their behalf across the region and on Capitol Hill.
As president of Qobe Group, Nietohas provided professional and leadership training experiences throughout the United States for nearly 20 years. His passion is creating interactive and engaging environments for people to discover their natural talents, identify growth opportunities, and amplify their skills to have a greater impact in their personal and professional lives.
Nieto formed Qobe Group, a company that develops platforms to advance human capital within organizations, companies, and communities. His emphasis through Qobe has always been to identify opportunities for growth versus focusing only on problems or challenges. This ensures that training initiatives are designed to make learning and development meaningful.
Since 1996, Nieto has given thousands of presentations on leadership development with a focus on effective communication. A seasoned, professional speaker, Nieto actively engages the audience to create an optimal experience.
Coming from a family history of community involvement, beginning with his grandparents serving as Park Directors in Houston for 25 years and his father’s non-profit, The National Hispanic Institute (NHI), Nieto remains active in his community by serving on numerous community Advisory Councils, including the ACC Hays Campus Advisory Board. Nieto also serves as a National Board Member for the Juvenile Arthritis Alliance Leadership Group, and continues to volunteer with NHI.
“We are honored to welcome Chris as our new board member to the Arthritis Foundation,” said Jackson. He has demonstrated unwavering support for the Arthritis Foundation’s mission, he will provide dynamic leadership for our organization. Chris will also bring a fresh regional perspective to the national board, as well be a voice for children and families with Juvenile Arthritis.
The work of the Arthritis Foundation South Central Region supports the organization’s fight against arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability. Currently, 53 million Americans (one in five) are living with arthritis pain every minute of every day. The Arthritis Foundation leads initiatives to support research to find a cure, provide public health/educational programs for those who have arthritis, and continue its advocacy efforts throughout the South Central Region and across the U.S.
About the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) is the largest and most trusted nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the needs and challenges of those living with arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. Since 1948, the Foundation has remained committed to leading groundbreaking research for better treatments and a cure; fighting for patients’ access to affordable and effective health care; and providing trusted information and resources to the 53 million adults and 300,000 children living with the disease. To learn more about the life-changing and life-saving work of the Arthritis Foundation in Texas, visit www.arthritis.org/Texas or follow the Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.