My name is Cleo Savala, I grew up in Southern California I am the 6th of 9 children. We never wanted for something to do or someone to help. I’d like to think I’ve continued that desire to help others into my adult life. I was first introduced to bariatric or Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) when my mother’s made the decision to undergo a gastric bypass in 1974, she was a very successful WLS patient. I personally had a gastric band placed in 2010 and in May of 2015 underwent a revision to the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. I am committed to being a successful WLS patient as my
Mother was. My current focus is increasing my physical activity and encouraging others to do the same.
My chosen profession for the past 37 plus years has been Health Insurance, working from small Third Party Administrators to Large Insurance companies, I have seen so many changes over the years. I take great pride in the fact that I have the opportunity to affect change and help others in the process. Whether it was customers or coworkers it’s been a rewarding career for
I live in Jacksonville, Florida with my daughter and her family that includes twin 13 year old granddaughters that keep me on my toes. I am who am today because of my family and am grateful for their influence in my life. I feel very proud to serve on the Board of Directors of the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America. I look forward and contributing whenever and wherever needed. Most importantly I look forward to meeting all of you and working together to make a difference in the lives of future grant recipients and members of the WLSFA community of fellow weight loss surgery patients.