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 worked in special education for 10 years prior to becoming a stay-at-home parent. After being diagnosed with microscopic colitis in 2012, she became frustrated with the lack of information and support with the disease and joined the foundation during its formative years. She enjoys hiking, reading and sewing.
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.