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
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.
Steve Gibb, MS
Science Communications Manager
Steve Gibb joined ILSI North America as Science Communications Manager in January 2020. Previously he worked as an award-winning environmental science reporter with Bloomberg and with Chemical & Engineering News. Prior to that he worked as a federal contractor supporting USDA, EPA and DOD. In his new role he will focus on mobilizing knowledge on food safety and nutrition topics. Steve earned his M.S. in environmental science policy from Johns Hopkins University.
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, and assessment of emerging technologies.
Alison Kretser, MS, RDN
Senior Science Advisor
Alison joined ILSI North America in 2011 and previously served in leadership roles for the organization. Currently, she oversees the coordination of standards for scientific integrity across the global network of ILSI entities. Additionally, she serves as the Project Director for the Public-Private Partnership with the USDA on the Global Branded Food Products Database.
Brienna Larrick, PhD
Scientific Program Manager
Brienna joined ILSI North America in 2018. She holds a PhD in Nutrition Science with an emphasis in biochemical and molecular nutrition. She manages the Food Microbiology and Caffeine Committees, as well as ILSI North America's Assembly on Scientific Integrity.
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 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 all staff to support committee programs and events. She also supports the ILSI North America Annual 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 lead 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 program planning for the ILSI North America Annual Meeting and ILSI Annual Meeting. She also manages the Scientific Leadership Council (formerly known as the FNSP) and the Board of Trustees Program Assessment & Strategic Collaborations Committee.