Like so many others, we, the members of the board of directors of the Microscopic Colitis Foundation have microscopic colitis. By following the guidelines presented here, we and many, many, others have been able to successfully control our symptoms. We are committed to not only make the world aware of microscopic colitis, but to change the ways that the disease is treated, so that no one will have to suffer needlessly.
Wayne Persky, Founder and President of the Microscopic Colitis Foundation
Wayne's formal education is in mechanical engineering, mathematics, and computer science. He has experience in teaching, agriculture, and agribusiness. He has served as the site administrator for a microscopic colitis discussion and support forum for over 17 years. He has written a number of books on various medical issues that the healthcare system fails to adequately address. Wayne lives on a farm in Central Texas.
Rosalyn Upson, Ph.D, Secretary of the board of directors
Rosalyn brings to the Board her scientific background as a biologist involved in research at several universities and biotech companies.
Jessica Woodward, Treasurer of the board of directors
Jessica joined the Microscopic Colitis Foundation during its initial formation in 2015. Along with her duties as Treasurer, Jessica assists with various other aspects of the foundation.
"It's been a frustrating long haul with this disease. After being diagnosed in 2012, I was given little information about microscopic colitis from my doctor and could find nothing about the disease on the internet. Luckily, I stumbled on the online support forum early on. There's been a lot of progress since then, but we have a long way to go."
Gabrielle "Gabes" Ryan, Member of the board of directors
Gabes has 20 years of office manager/contract/logistics experience in a myriad of industries. After years of research in functional whole body wellness, and spending 3 years recovering from chronic illness, she now works as a Chiropractor's Assistant for a functional chiropractic team helping others achieve optimal health. In her spare time Gabes does nature photography in and she is a keen classic car/classic race car enthusiast.