Members of the ISAPP Board of Directors, June 2022, Sitges, Spain

Board of Directors

See here to learn about the ISAPP board of directors.

Mary Ellen Sanders

Executive Science Officer and Executive Director

Mary Ellen has worked in the probiotic field as a consultant for 30 years and with ISAPP since its inception. Her post-graduate degrees are from North Carolina State University in food science with an emphasis in microbiology. She thoroughly enjoys working with the ISAPP community, driving forward ISAPP’s activities and scientific initiatives. She lives near Denver, Colorado (USA) with her husband of 35 years, in close proximity to her two kids and two grandkids.

Joy Yiu

Executive Coordinator

Originally from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Joy graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. Joy has worked collaboratively with many small businesses in support of helping them reach their creative capacity. She does this primarily through logistical support, social media management and web design. Joy takes pride in attention to detail in her work. She loves spending her free time going on adventures with her dog.

Heather McCallin

Travel Coordinator

Originally from Denver, Colorado Heather graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Spanish. Since her internship in the Special Events department at the San Antonio Zoo, Heather has worked for a variety of nonprofits including the University of Colorado – Boulder, Colorado Ballet, Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, and now ISAPP. Heather joined ISAPP in a small capacity back in 2010, and came on board as the Executive Coordinator in 2017 and as Travel Coordinator in 2021. Heather lives in Denver with her husband Conor, and two daughters Felicity and Callahan, and her son, Danny.

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Marion Vinck

Business Manager

Marion has worked with ISAPP since its incorporation in 2002 and handles all financial functions for the organization. She lives in Sacramento, CA, USA.

Kristina Campbell

Consulting Communications Director

Kristina Campbell (M.Sc.) is a science and medical writer and communications consultant who specializes in creating scientific resources on emerging translational aspects of the gut microbiome, probiotics, and prebiotics. She is pleased to lead ISAPP’s communications efforts with the support of the ISAPP science translation committee. She holds degrees from University of Toronto and University of British Columbia, and now lives in Victoria (Canada) where she enjoys exploring the rocky beaches with her two young kids.

ISAPP is currently conducting a search for a new Executive Director, to assume the role in June, 2023. The position description is available here.