ILSI North America Welcomes New Executive Director

ILSI North America is pleased to welcome Dr. Clare Thorp as its new Executive Director.

Dr. Thorp brings 25 years of public and private sector experience in agriculture and food policy, research and teaching. Her career embodies ILSI’s multi-sector philosophy, having served in academic positions in the United Kingdom, in government positions in Ireland and in science-based associations in the United States.

Dr. Thorp will join ILSI North America on July 31st, 2018 with the retirement of Dr. Eric Hentges, who has served as the Executive Director for the past 11 years. ILSI North America’s President Frank Sabella comments “We are excited to have Clare on board, and we believe she will be great in continuing the success of ILSI North America’s programs as we meet the challenges of providing science to improve the public health.”


Alison Kretser, MS, RD
Director, Science Programs
Alison joined ILSI North America in August 2011. Alison’s background in food and nutrition and her experience in program management, development and committee work is a valuable asset to her work on scientific integrity.  She also has responsibility for the staff management of the food safety programs at ILSI North America.

Brienna Larrick, PhD
Manager, Scientific Program Communications
Brienna joined ILSI North America in 2018. She is responsible for developing communications strategies that enhance the dissemination of science produced by ILSI North America's Program Committees.

Marie Latulippe, MS, RD
Senior Program Manager
Marie first joined ILSI North America in 2006 followed by two years with ILSI Europe in Brussels from 2012 to 2014 working with nutrition-related committees. She returned to ILSI North America in 2017. Marie currently manages the Sodium, Fortification, Gut Microbiome, and Low-Calorie Sweeteners Committees. In addition, she develops topics identified through the Emerging Science process into programs and leads a team to develop a structure for One ILSI projects.

Barbara Lyle, PhD
Senior Nutrition Advisor
As Senior Nutrition Advisor, Barbara provides strategic advice and service related to scientific, technical, and programmatic priorities, including those specific to  technical committees, subcommittees, and/or project committees within ILSI North America.  In this capacity, she works directly with the ILSI North America Executive Director and Senior Staff, as well as committee chairs.

Heather H. Steele, MPhil
Director, Program Development
Heather first joined ILSI North America in 1993. She manages the Food, Nutrition & Safety Program (FNSP), including the annual meeting scientific program and the emerging issues identification process, the Board Program Assessment and Strategic Collaborations Committee, and the ILSI North America portion of the Annual Meeting. She also manages the Technical Committee on Balancing Food and Activity for Health and ILSI North America’s Canadian Advisory Committee.

Ashleigh Wiggins, MSc
Science Program Associate
Ashleigh joined ILSI North America in 2014. She facilitates outreach and communication opportunities in Canada and is responsible for the exchange of scientific information and development of partnerships with Canadian professional scientific organizations, food industry, and government on food safety and nutrition issues. She also provides support for the Canadian Advisory Committee.

Science Fellow

Chor-San Khoo, PhD
Senior Science Fellow
Chor-San joined ILSI North America in 2012. In this role, she works on nutrition initiatives that identify, define, and translate emerging science and technology trends, issues and opportunities which impact public health. Her responsibilities include advising on nutrition research, design of studies, technology and policy assessments, publication preparation and review.

Support Staff

Amanda Haight, BS
Branch Administrator
Amanda joined ILSI North America in 2011. She works closely with the Executive Director to manage the operations of the Board of Trustees, the Executive Committee and the Board Finance Committee. Additionally, she manages ILSI North America’s budget development process and monitors the financial status of the organization. Amanda also works with ILSI North America’s Canadian activities.

Courtney McComber, BA
Program and Conference Manager
Courtney joined the organization in 2007. She supports Heather Steele, Barbara Lyle, and Marge Leahy while working closely with the Food, Nutrition and Safety Program, Future Leaders Award Program, nutrition-related committees and the ILSI North America Annual Meeting.

Angela Roberts, BA
Scientific Program Assistant
Angela first joined ILSI North America in 2017 to provide support for the 2018 ILSI Annual Meeting and nutrition-related committees. She now serves as a Scientific Program Assistant for ILSI North America. She supports Alison Kretser and works closely with the Scientific Committees on Food and Chemical Safety, Food Microbiology, Food Packaging, Caffeine and Scientific Integrity.