Mary Pippen, Director, POPS Forum Administrator, External Development Committee, Research Development Committee

Mary Pippen was diagnosed with POP at the age of 50 in 2014. She joined the POPS Facebook Support Forum where she immediately benefited from the support of the women on the forum. After two surgeries, Mary became a voice of support for other women in the forum, and gained a passion for the mission of APOPS. In November of 2015 Mary joined the POPS Administration team, APOPS Facebook based online support forum, providing support to women from around the world with POP, and a structured, and guiding the structured, safe, secure forum environment.  Mary additionally engages at a significant level in the development of APOPS vision, projects, and activities, including APOPS annual Stigma Stride walkathon and APOPS annual Women’s Pelvic Health Conference. Mary participated as a patient on the POP Patient Panel at APOPS 2016 Women’s Pelvic Health Congress and APOPS 2017 IUGA workshop patient panel.

Mary is a Recreational Therapist at the VA Medical Center for 16 of the previous 24 years, and is currently a VA Volunteer Service Specialist.  

Anna Neder, Director, External Development Committee

Anna Neder is a 2016 graduate of Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, with a bachelor’s degree in public health and biochemistry. She started working with APOPS in 2016 as an intern during her final year at Carroll University, and participated in several APOPS projects, including StigmaStride and the APOPS 2016 Women’s Health Congress, prior to joining the board in March 2017. Anna currently works as a certified nursing assistant on the Health and Rehabilitation Unit at Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge in Madison, Wisconsin.

Prior to engaging in APOPS energy, Anna worked with the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin to design and implement an educational outreach program for college students on kidney health and chronic kidney disease at Carroll University. As a member of the Pre-Health Professionals Organization at Carroll University, Anna served on the executive board as Publicity Chair and as Vice-President, and organized several blood drives on campus, while leading informative events on first aid, sleep health, and stress management. Anna has worked with Projects Abroad to build and repair schools, classrooms, and latrines following the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal. She also volunteered at the Nepal Youth Foundation’s Kathmandu Nutritional Rehabilitation Home for children. Anna has a broad range of public health interests; her primary focus includes women’s health, health policy, global health, and infectious disease. Anna is especially interested in the intersect between the patient and how health policy impacts care given at the bedside in both the short and long term settings.

Brynn Cruz, POPS Forum Administrator, External Development Committee

Prior to being diagnosed with POP at the age of 48, Brynn Cruz was a Police and Fire Emergency Dispatcher, and now remains at home, caring for her autistic grandchild. Brynn became a member of APOPS 'POPS' Facebook Support Forum soon after diagnosis, and had POP surgery at the age of 50. Through the support, guidance, and knowledge she gained in the Forum, Brynn was able to make educated choices about finding the appropriate clinician and surgical treatment. Brynn felt compelled to “pay it forward", and joined the POPS Administrative team in May of 2016. She is passionate about helping women who are newly diagnosed navigate the overwhelming first days of symptoms, and continues to assist the APOPS efforts behind the scenes in structure and project development.