The ILSI North America Board of Trustees is responsible for managing the organization’s activities, which are administered by an executive staff, to support and advance nutrition and food safety.

Board of Trustees

The management of ILSI North America is set forth in our Bylaws and requires a Board of Trustees comprised with at least half of its members representing public sector organizations. The 29-member Board of Trustees is comprised of 14 academic, 3 government and 12 industry scientists.


Wendelyn Jones, PhD
Executive Director
Wendelyn has a strong scientific background in the food, agriculture and chemical industries, and brings over 20 years of global experience in industry and government. She works with ILSI North America’s multi-sector scientists, trustees and staff to extend the organization’s contribution to and impact within diverse scientific and health communities.

Alison Kretser, MS, RDN
Deputy Executive Director
Alison joined ILSI North America in 2011. As Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Kretser oversees ILSI North America's scientific programs. She is also responsible for leading ILSI North America’s Assembly on Scientific Integrity, the Consortium on Scientific Integrity and the coordination of standards for scientific integrity across the global network of ILSI branches. Alison is responsible for the food allergen work, the Food Microbiology and Caffeine Committees, and for ensuring ILSI North America's research projects are implemented following the Transparency and Openness Promotion Guidelines. She also serves as the Project Director for the Public-Private Partnership with the USDA on the Branded Food Products Database.

Hrvoje Fabek, PhD
Research Associate and Program Manager
Hrvoje, Research Associate and Program Manager of the Program in Food Safety, Nutrition and Regulatory Affairs (PFSNRA, University of Toronto), joined ILSI North America in 2018. He facilitates outreach and communication, explores research opportunities in Canada and assists with promoting joint programs between the PFSNRA and ILSI North America. He 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. He also provides support for the Canadian Advisory Committee.

Amanda Haight, BS
Director of Operations
Amanda joined ILSI North America in 2011. As Director of Operations, Ms. Haight manages ILSI North America’s budget development process and monitors the financial status of the organization. She also manages the operations of the Board of Trustees, the Executive Committee and the Board Finance Committee. Amanda is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Chor-San Khoo, PhD
Senior Science Fellow
Chor-San joined ILSI North America in 2012 as a Senior Science Fellow. With over 30 years leading global nutrition and health programs, she has broad experience in food and nutrition research, technology and regulation, as well as in health policy and consumer food insights. Her current role includes serving as an advisor to the Executive Director and senior staff on research study design and publication, assessment of new technologies and their policy implications, strategic planning, program experts and speaker identification. She also authors the ILSI North America Science Trend Report on emerging science, technology trends and insights that impact the food, nutrition and public health communities. 

Brienna Larrick, PhD
Manager, Scientific Program Communications
Brienna joined ILSI North America in 2018. She holds a PhD in Nutrition Science with an emphasis in biochemical and molecular nutrition. She is responsible for developing communications strategies that enhance the dissemination of science produced by ILSI North America's Program Committees to stakeholders, collaborators, and the entire research community. She also manages the Board of Trustees Membership and Communications Committee.

Marie Latulippe, MS, RDN
Senior Program Manager
Marie first joined ILSI North America in 2006 and has held positions across the organization, including at ILSI Research Foundation and at ILSI Europe in Brussels. She returned to ILSI North America in 2017 after serving as Study Director for the Review of WIC Food Packages at the National Academies of Sciences Food and Nutrition Board. Marie currently manages the work of several Nutrition Committees and develops nutrition concepts rising from the Emerging Science process into larger-scale programs. Marie was also the lead for development of a process to facilitate cross-branch collaborations for which test projects were initiated in 2018.

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.

Char Myers, BA
Scientific Program Assistant
Char joined ILSI North America in 2019. She works closely with Marie Latulippe, Barbara Lyle and Heather Steele to support the Nutrition and Canadian Advisory Committees. She also supports the ILSI North America Midyear Meeting and the ILSI Annual Meeting.

Imad Neal Saab, PhD
Senior Scientific Program Manager
Imad joined ILSI North America in 2018, bringing over 30 years of experience in research, risk assessment, and regulations for agricultural chemicals, biotechnology and gene editing. His multi-sector experiences in regulatory agency engagement and capacity building make him uniquely qualified to support the scientific work of ILSI North America’s Food Safety programs. Imad manages the Food and Chemical Safety and the Food Packaging Safety Committees.

Heather H. Steele, MPhil
Director, Program Development
Heather first joined ILSI North America in 1993. She oversees the scientific program planning for the Annual and Mid-Year meetings, and works with the Canadian Advisory Committee. She also manages the Food, Nutrition & Safety Program (FNSP) and its Leadership Team, the emerging science identification process and the Board of Trustees Program Assessment and Strategic Collaborations Committee