The Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences 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 IAFNS 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 28-member Board of Trustees is comprised of 14 public sector, 1 government and 13 industry scientists.

Staff

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 IAFNS’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 focuses on mobilizing knowledge on food safety, nutrition and sustainable packaging topics. 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. Steve earned his M.S. in environmental science policy from The Johns Hopkins University.

Amanda Haight, MBA
Director of Operations
Amanda manages IAFNS’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 recently completed her 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 provides counsel and advisory support for Board initiatives and technical committee activities. With over 30 years leading global nutrition, food, and health programs, she has broad experience in research design, technology innovation, nutrition policies, food regulatory sciences, global consumer insights, and identifying convergence in science. 

Alison Kretser, MS, RDN
Senior Science Advisor
Alison serves as the Project Director for the Public-Private Partnership with the USDA on the Global Branded Food Products Database. She previously served in leadership roles for the organization.

Brienna Larrick, PhD, PMP
Scientific Program Manager
Brienna manages the Food Microbiology and Caffeine Committees, as well as IAFNS's Assembly on Scientific Integrity. She oversees efforts to ensure that projects supported by IAFNS are conducted in accordance with our Guiding Principles and the Center for Open Science’s Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines.

Marie Latulippe, MS, RDN
Director of Science Programs
Marie works with several Nutrition Committees, manages the Board Program Committee and the Scientific Leadership Council. She also supports the Emerging Science process. Marie has held a variety of positions within science-based organizations, in the US and in Europe. Additionally, she served as Study Director at the National Academies of Sciences Food and Nutrition Board.

Barbara Lyle, PhD
Consulting Senior Nutrition Advisor
As a Consulting 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. In this capacity, she works directly with the Executive Director and senior staff, as well as committee chairs.

Ahmed Musa, MS
IT & Scientific Program Assistant
Ahmed works closely with all staff to support committee programs and events. He also supports the Annual Meeting. Moreover, he helps with IT related issues to ensure our members are able to fully engage with us.

Neal Saab, PhD
Senior Scientific Program Manager
Neal brings over 30 years of experience in research, risk assessment, advocacy and regulation of biotechnology and emerging technologies. His multi-sector experiences in regulatory agency engagement, science leadership, project management and capacity building make him uniquely qualified to lead the Food and Chemical Safety Committee and the Food Packaging Safety and Sustainability efforts.

Abby Steketee, MPH, PhD
Research Fellow
Abby has a versatile skill set developed through her scientific training in implementation science and her professional experience as an award-winning intercollegiate swimming and diving coach. She contributes to a variety of projects under the direction of the Executive Director and senior staff. Abby is also an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Tech in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise.