Philadelphia Local Section

American Chemical Society - Philadelphia Local Section



ERIN R. FRUCHEY, Advanced Researcher, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering

Education:  BS Chemistry, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 2011; PhD, Organic Chemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 2016

Honors and Professional Societies:  Indiana University Provost Award for Women in Science (Research award to present at a major conference), 2013; Jack K. Crandall Award (Outstanding contributions to professional activities and research), 2015; Indiana University Chester Davis Fellowship (Overall excellence in research, course work, and teaching), 2015-2016

National Participation:  246th ACS National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN (Sept. 2013) – attendee/presenter; 250th ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA (Sept 2015) - attendee
Statement:  Although I am new to the Philadelphia area, I first became involved with the American Chemical Society in graduate school at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. At IU I took a special interest in promoting career development opportunities for chemistry graduate students. This interest came from the observation that the typical graduate experience seemed to lack professional development opportunities outside of the scientific work itself. To address this issue I helped coordinate with our local ACS section to bring ACS On-Campus to IU. The event was a great success and lead to our graduate student organization developing an annual career development symposium. As a part of the ACS Philadelphia Section one of my goals would be to continue to bring young scientist in contact with more experienced members of the scientific community from diverse backgrounds.  If elected for a Director or Councilor position I look forward to working with the ACS Philadelphia Section to continue to inspire scientist and develop professional networks. I would also diligently work to ensure that the ideas, opinions, and concerns of the Section are heard and fairly represented. Thank you for your consideration. 


DOUGLAS R. GISEWHITE, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University

Education:  BS, Chemistry, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 2011; MA, Chemistry, Bryn Mawr College, 2014; PhD (ABD), Chemistry (Bioinorganic), Bryn Mawr College, 2017

Honors and Professional Societies:  American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Member, 2015-Present

ACS Membership:  2011; Central PA Section:  2011-2013; Philadelphia Section:  2014

Local Section Participation:  Philadelphia Young Chemists Committee (YCC), 2016-Present
National Participation:  ACS Insight Lab, Participant, 2015-Present

Statement:  The ACS has four core values upon which it is built: passion for chemistry, safety and professionalism, a member focus, and diversity and inclusion. I believe a passion for chemistry is easily found in the Philadelphia region through strong research in industry and academia which support the need for investments in education, training, and innovation. Intertwined in this passion is an understanding of the need for safety and professionalism as we support the responsible and sustainable practice of chemistry. The latter two core values, a member focus and diversity and inclusion, are places where my background could aid continued development of the society and of the section. As an alumnus of Bryn Mawr College and Upward Bound, I believe in the creation of opportunities for the diverse population which makes up the ACS. The first step is to improve access to tools and information provided by the society through targeted advertising and programming. Programs such as SEED and PAGES have had great impacts on underrepresented groups in science and deserve expansion. The second step is to seek out, and act upon, the voices heard from within, and around, the society as we work together to improve collaboration. It is my honor to have been nominated for a Board of Directors position, and if elected, I look forward to advocating for you and for the society.



MICHAEL VOGEL, Developmental Chemist, Inolex Chemical Company

Education:  BA Biology (Minor in Chemistry), Widener University, 2011

Honors and Professional Societies:  Member, Toastmasters International in Valley Forge, PA, 2016-present; Sergeant-at-Arms, Toastmasters International in Valley Forge, PA, 2016-2017; Vice President, Membership, Toastmasters International in Valley Forge, PA, 2017-present; Leader and Government Representative for Alternative Spring Break, 2006-2011; Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, 2006 – 2011; Omicron Delta Kappa, The National Leadership Honor Society, 2008 - 2011; Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society, 2010-2011

ACS Membership:  2015; Philadelphia Section:  2015

Local Section Participation: Philadelphia YCC poster session planning committee volunteer, 2015-2016; Philadelphia YCC event volunteer and leader, 2015-present

National Participation: August 2016 ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia volunteer
Statement:  As a passionate and enthusiastic member of ACS, both nationally and locally, I am honored to have been nominated for a position to serve the Philadelphia local section as a director. After joining ACS two years ago, I immediately jumped right in at opportunities to serve the organization. Throughout my service work volunteering and leading, and talking with individuals about desires to improve the organization, I came up with ideas on how to continue to add value while filling a need. The most common trend I have heard from individuals in ACS, both young and those more tenured, is the need for leadership development. With that, I would like to establish a leadership development initiative to serve our local Philadelphia section with the goal of meeting regularly throughout the year. Specifically, I plan to run regular leadership development courses, bring leaders in the chemical industry to ACS members to help demonstrate how members can bridge the gap between where they are and where they want to be professionally, and to run regular leadership development and networking mixers. My leadership and service experiences in organizations such as ACS and Toastmasters tied with my passion make me a qualified candidate for this position. Given the opportunity, I look forward to executing my plans for ACS.


MELISSA BETZ CICHOWICZ, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, West Chester University of PA, West Chester PA

Education: BS Chemistry, Saint Joseph's College, 1978; PhD Organic Chemistry, University of Maryland-College Park, 1984

Honors and Professional Societies: ACS; Iota Sigma Pi; Phi Sigma Pi (Honorary); The Abbe Society (Honorary); Academy of Teaching Excellence, VA Polytechnic Institute and State Univ., 1979; Chancellor's Teaching Award, Univ. of MD.-College Park, 1984; Meritorious Service Award, Philadelphia Section ACS, 1994; Glenn Ullyot Service Award, Philadelphia Section ACS, 1997; WCU Faculty/Administrator of the Year, 2003

ACS Membership: 1978; Philadelphia Section: 1984

Local Section Participation: Secretary 1996-1997; Teller's Committee, 1988-2001, 2004-2008; MARM Technical Program Committee, Organic Program Organizer, 1989 and 1996; National Chemistry Week Committee, Education Sub-Committee, 1989; Membership Committee, Chair, 1990-1992; Continuing Education Committee, 1991-1992; National Chemistry Day speaker, 1987; Delaware Valley Chemistry Week Poster Contest, Chair, 1990; National Chemistry Week Planning Committee, Poster Contest Committee, Co-Chair, 1991-1992, member 1992-present; Board of Directors, 1990-present; Younger Chemists Committee, 1991-1996; Councilor, 1992-1994; Local Section Graduate Student Research Poster Day Co-Chair, 2001 and 2002; Expand Your Horizons activity presenter, 2001-2005; Chemist in the Classroom presenter, 2000-2005; Chair-Elect 2003; Chair, Awards Committee, 2003; Philadelphia Local Section Chair, 2004; Immediate Past-Chair, 2005; Chair, Nominations Committee, 2005; Section Awards Committee, 2007-2008, 2010-present.

Statement:  I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the positions of both Director and Councilor of the Philadelphia Section; having been involved with ACS for almost 30 years, I feel my experience and training prepare me for this important position. I have previously served as Secretary in 1996-97 and Section Chair in 2004, and currently completing my most recent term as Councilor, so I remain familiar with the workings of our Local Section and the needs of our membership at both the Local Section and National levels.

In the future, I would like to see our Society pay more attention to activities that will promote the public image of science, and that will serve the diverse needs of our membership. We need to expand our efforts in the area of public outreach, and work with school-age children through diverse and innovative programs. We as chemical professionals also need to be willing to serve as a resource to community organizations and school teachers at all levels.

Responsiveness to the needs of our members should also incorporate the cultivation of new members, and the retention of existing members. Targeted events or activities could be directed toward groups with special needs such as chemists recently transferred into our region due to corporate realignment, those new to the profession because they are recent BS, MS or PhD graduates, or those who have experienced a career change. All should be welcomed into the Section as a source of new ideas and fresh talents. The past 3 years I have been working at the National level on CEPA, the Committee on Economic and Professional Activities, which develops and assesses resources to help chemists advance in their professional careers. I would very much like to be able to continue in those efforts if elected to another 3-year term on Council.

Our Society has tremendous potential to be a force in promoting scientific literacy and we in the Philadelphia Section can be leaders in that effort through activities such as the Philadelphia Science Festival, PAGES and participation in science fairs. In addition, we should continue to work with other professional organizations to achieve that goal. If elected, I pledge to work with those groups mentioned above, in addition to the dedicated group with whom I am already familiar, to make our Section even better than it already is.


THOMAS P. UMILE, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Gwynedd Mercy University

Education: BS Biochemistry, The University of Scranton (2006); MA Chemistry, The University of Scranton (2006); PhD Chemistry, Princeton University (2012); Postdoc Villanova University, (2012 – 2014)

Honors and Professional Societies:  Phi Lambda Upsilon (Nat’l Chemistry Honors Society), Alpha Sigma Nu (Nat’l Jesuit Honors Society), Sigma Zeta (Nat’l Science & Mathematics Honor Society), 2006 ACS Graduating Senior Award (Susquehanna Valley local section), 2014 ACS Leadership Development Award, American Association of University Professors, International Society of Chemical Ecology

ACS Membership:  2002; Philadelphia Section:  2012 (Technical Divisions:  Organic, Inorganic, and Professional Relations)

Local Section Participation:  Philadelphia Younger Chemists Committee Planning Council (2013 – 2017); Philadelphia YCC Poster Session Judging Rubric coordinator (2014 – 2017); Philadelphia Science Carnival PACS Table (Volunteer, 2015; Co-organizer, 2017), Princeton YCC Chair (2010 – 2012)

National Participation:  [At National Meetings]: ORGN - Biologically-Related Molecules & Processes Session Presider (Fall 2016), Faculty and Postdoc Afternoon Networking Coffee Break Panelist (Fall 2016), Technical Session Presenter (Fall 2016, Fall 2012), YCC Fun Run Organizer (Fall 2016); [For ACS Green Chemistry Institute]: Green Chemistry Education Roadmapping Workshop invited participant (2016), Ciba Student Travel Award in Green Chemistry application reviewer (2015), Green Chemistry & Engineering Student Workshop Faculty Presenter (2015); [Other]: Starting and Sustaining Undergraduate Research Programs Webinar Panelist (2015), ACS Leadership Institute attendee (2014)

Statement:  Since 2002, the American Chemical Society fundamentally shaped my development as an early career chemist, and it would be an honor to give back to an organization that has given me so much. As a new Director, I will continue the tradition of the Philadelphia local section to offer diverse services to its membership: from networking and social events to professional development and career guidance. My dedication to the ACS directly results from the inclusive and welcoming opportunities I experienced as an undergraduate student affiliate and graduate student member. Therefore, I believe it’s crucial to bring the next generation of enthusiastic chemists into closer, regular contact with the professional and disciplinary expertise of our PACS members. Increasing the involvement of student and early career chemists in PACS activities would nurture the region’s chemistry network, grow and sustain our active membership (as students become full members), and ultimately elevate the experience of all. Most importantly, because the ACS meets the diverse needs of an even more diverse membership, as a Director I will be attentive to every member’s input and feedback for maintaining a section focused on what our members need us to be.


PHUMVADEE (BEAU) WANGTRAKULDEE, Senior Associate, Korn Ferry, June 2017-present

Education:  BA Chemistry, Kalamazoo College, 2010, MS Chemistry, Northern Illinois University, 2013, PhD Chemistry, Northern Illinois University, 2015

Professional Position:  Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Pennsylvania, 2015-2017

Honors and Professional Societies:  2016 Young Investigator Award in Enzymology; 2013 ACS-Younger Chemists Committee Leadership development award

ACS Membership:  2011; Philadelphia Section:  2015

National Participation: Associate Member of ACS Board-Council Committee on Younger Chemists 2014-2017

Local Section Offices:  Chair of the Chicago section YCC and Director 2013-2015

Statement:  I am fortunate to have been mentored by many dedicated ACS members. From the beginning, I learned the benefits of the society and how to take advantage of this professional network to impact my local community and the larger public. I am honored to be nominated for the director of the Philadelphia local section. I see this opportunity as my way to “pay it forward,” serving as a mentor for younger chemists and as a contributor of fresh ideas to the Philly section. Although the unemployment rate for chemists is improving, the new generation of chemists still experiences difficulties in finding purposeful careers that properly value their education. I believe that increasing awareness in non-traditional career paths for chemists could mitigate this issue. If selected as a director, I will encourage programs that explore non-traditional career possibilities. In serving as a life sciences consultant to various biotech companies, I have seen first-hand of how innovation can create value and improvements within society. I would like to bring the essence of this entrepreneurship to our section. Partnering with universities and local venture firms, I will lead initiatives to provide necessary information of how to turn chemistry discoveries into business.


MICHAEL BRIGNONE, Technical Service Chemist, Evonik Corporation

Education:  BS Chemistry, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, 2011; MS Chemistry, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, 2013

Honors and Professional Societies:  Philadelphia Society of Paints and Coatings Technology 2015

ACS Membership:  2011

Local Section Participation:  Younger Chemists Committee of Philadelphia, Board member 2015 

Statement:   I am honored to have the opportunity to run for a Director position for the Philadelphia ACS section. As a chemist under 30, I believe the Younger Chemists Committee and the local section of the ACS have a great responsibility to foster the scientific community of the greater Philadelphia region. This region is home to many outstanding academic institutions and successful chemical companies from a wide range of industries. It is my contention that these academic institutions and chemical companies need to find common ground on the basis of research, funding, and innovation to better assist in the proliferation of scientific knowledge for future scientists. As director, my vision for the local ACS is to facilitate this collaboration through networking events, career fairs, internship opportunities, research symposiums, and technical exchanges. Our advancement of the scientific community will only be measured by successes of future waves of scientists in our region. Supporting them, is the greatest community outreach that we can partake in for the scientific well-being of our region.


CRAIG MCCLURE, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Drexel University

Education: BS Chemistry & BA Biotechnology, University of Northern Iowa, 1997; MS Chemistry, University of Michigan, 1999; PhD Chemistry, University of Michigan, 2004

Honors and Professional Societies: Recipient of the ACS Younger Chemists Committee Leadership Development Award, 2002; Recipient of two ACS Local Section Innovative Project Awards, seed funding for summer chemistry camps for area high school students, 2008 and 2015;  Member, National Science Teachers’ Association; Member, Society for College Science Teachers

ACS Membership:  1994; Philadelphia Section:  2015

National Participation: Member of the ACS Division of Chemical Education, Chair-Elect of the Ethics Subdivision of the Division of Professional Relations, Member of the Division of Professional Relations Executive Committee

Local Section Participation: Philadelphia Section Director, 2017 - present; Member of the Philadelphia Section Education and Outreach Committee, 2016 - present; judge for Chemists Celebrate Earth Day poster contest, 2017; judge for CHEMAGINATION contest, 2017; co-coordinator of the Philadelphia Section US National Chemistry Olympiad, 2016 - present.  Participation in other sections:  ACS Alabama Section Secretary, 2005 - 2009; Co-coordinator of Chemistry Olympiad, ACS Alabama Section, 2008 - 2014; Chair – ACS Alabama Section Chemists Celebrate Earth Day and National Chemistry Week contests, 2008 - 2012

Statement:  The American Chemical Society is an organization which offers many assets to its members, and I have found my own involvement in ACS to be of great benefit.  My interest on the board is in promoting the ACS and helping members to take advantage of available resources and opportunities.  I am especially interested in promoting ACS programs to high school and college students, to increase their involvement and awareness of the ACS and encourage young members with an interest in contributing to the Society.  I have been especially active in outreach activities for K-12 students in the past 15 years.  Philadelphia has an impressive number of opportunities for students to be engaged in science, and I hope to foster partnerships between the ACS section and other entities to promote chemistry and the sciences for these young chemistry students, and help to foster the development of the next generation of scientists.  The ACS Section means different things to different people, and I would also like to help promote professional development, social, and service activities in the Section to involve those members who would like to increase their involvement and get more out of their memberships.


RICK EWING, Head, External Partnerships, Discovery Chemistry and Molecular Technologies, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Education:  BS, West Chester University, 1983, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1988, advisor Professor Madeline Joullie

Honors and Professional Societies:  ACS Philadelphia Section Award for Scholastic Achievement, 1983; University of Pennsylvania Teaching Award, 1984; Phi Lambda Upsilon

ACS Membership:  1988; Philadelphia Section:  1988 (ACS Divisions:  Medicinal and Organic)

National Participation:  Committee on Corporation Associates, 2006-17; Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs, 2014-17, Chair, 2015-17; Council Policy Committee, (Nonvoting), 2015-17

Local Section Participation:  Councilor, 2013-2018; Immediate Past Chair, 2017; Chair, 2016, 2012; Chair-Elect, 2015, 2011

Related Activities: Miranda Wu's Presidential Task Force on STEM Supply and Demand, Member, 2013-2014; Donna Nelson's Presidential Task Force on Employment, Member, 2015-2016.; Co-Chair Ullyot Public Affairs Lectureship 2015 and 2011; ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters – Advisory Board (2014-2016): Discovery Chemistry Lead- Princeton University-BMS Academic Collaboration (2016-present); Discovery Chemistry Lead -Scripps Research Institute-BMS Academic Collaboration (2016-present); BMS Chemistry Awards Committee co-chair (2011-present); Reviewer for J. Med. Chem. (1993-present)

Statement:  It is an honor and privilege to be considered for the position of director for the Philadelphia section of the ACS.  My primary goal in running for this office is to serve the membership, promote the field of chemistry, and to assist the chair in moving the section forward.  As previous chair and director of the section I will provide an experience base to the board to help guide the section in strengthening communication, outreach and member participation.


SHARON L. HAYNIE, Independent Consultant, Hypatia Technology Works LLC, (2017 - present); Principal Investigator, DuPont Central Research; Industrial Biosciences (1984 - 2016); Member of Technical Staff, AT&T Bell Laboratories (1981 - 1984)

Education:  BA Biochemistry, University of Pennsylvania, 1976; PhD Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981

Honors and Professional Societies:  Fellow, the American Chemical Society, 2016; 2013 Carver Award; NOBCChE Percy Julian Pure & Applied Chemistry Award, 2008; ACS Middle Atlantic Region Ann Nalley Volunteer Award, 2007; AAAS

ACS Membership:  1977; Philadelphia Section:  1984

National Participation:  Audit Committee, 2009 - present; Budget & Finance, 2009 - present; Committee on Economic & Professional Affairs (CEPA), 2004 - 2009; CEPA Subcommittee on Ethics & Standards, Chair, 2008; Local Section Activities Committee, Member; Mentor, ACS Project SEED, 1992 – 2015

Local Section Participation:  Chair, 2003; Chair-Elect, 2002; MARM General Co-Chair, 2007; Councilor, 1995 - 2001; 2004 – 2010

Statement:  I find it intriguing that people question the value of professional societies; however, I take it as a personal challenge to find ways to motivate peers of the value of their local professional network— especially, the ACS.  The source of my personal “wealth” is my community of colleagues/friends at work and in the ACS.  It would be an honor for me to share my “wealth” and to serve in behalf of the Philadelphia Section members on the Section’s Board of Directors.


VICTOR J. TORTORELLI, Samuel H. and Anna M. Hess Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Ursinus College

Education:  BS Chemistry, Manhattan College, 1974; MA Organic Chemistry, Princeton University, 1976; PhD Organic Chemistry, Princeton University, 1980

Honors and Professional Societies:  Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Xi; Chemistry Medal - Manhattan College; The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching; NSF Fellowship Summer 1986; NASA-ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow, 1991; Executive Secretary of the Intercollegiate Student Chemists (ISC), 1996-present

ACS Membership:  1973; Philadelphia Section:  1979

Local Section Participation:  Board of Directors, 1993-1999, 2003-present; Chair, 2000; Past-Chair 2001; National Chemistry Week Committee, Chair 2001-2003; Publication Committee, 1988-present, 1989-2002:  Co-chair MARM 2007, Budget and Finance Committee chair 2015 - present

Statement:  I would be honored to serve as a Director to the Philadelphia Section. I would do my best to help the Section meet the needs of its members and fulfill my duties with an enthusiasm and vigor that have characterized my past professional achievements.

As an educator I am most interested in promoting greater interaction between industrial chemists and students. Greater involvement of local student affiliate chapters in the Section's activities could accomplish this goal.  Section meetings dealing with topical issues of a general nature may attract greater interest and participation of the Section's membership. The Section needs to involve more of its membership in its governance and activities and can do this by offering diverse programs at various locations throughout the greater Philadelphia region.

As a Director of the Philadelphia Section I would work hard to insure the continued success of our Section.


JAMES K. MURRAY, Jr., Professor of Chemistry, Immaculata University

Education:  BS Chemistry, Drexel University, 1996; MS Organic Chemistry, Drexel University, 1997, PhD Organic Chemistry, Drexel University, 2003

Honors and Professional Societies:  American Chemical Society, Philadelphia Section, Division of Organic Chemistry, Division of Medicinal Chemistry, Division of Chemical Education, Philadelphia Organic Chemists’ Club (POCC). Philadelphia Section, ACS, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in Chemical Science, 2011

ACS Membership:  1993; Philadelphia Section:  1993

Local Section Participation:  Alternate Councilor, 2008-2010, 2017-2019; Councilor 2014-2016

Statement:  The ACS Philadelphia section has been a part of my life as a chemist for almost 25 years.  Numerous opportunities for growth have arisen because of the local section. I have hosted such activities as the December chemistry demonstrations for children.  Activities such as these bring the benefits, and joys, of chemistry to the broader public.  The role of elected members is to assist and work with the local section to advance the mission of the organization.  In accepting to be nominated for the position of director I would work to fulfill that mission.  Bringing chemistry to the broader public, and to the members, is key to moving chemistry forward in the 21st century.  The world is dynamic and the chemistry profession is facing challenges, some not thought of only a few years ago. Being a member of a team working to communicate our mission, strengthens, and challenges will allow us to achieve mission success.  Communication, by building bridges and partnerships, will allow for the establishment of active dialogue with the vast and diverse areas within ACS and the larger general public that can stimulate the growth of new ideas and plans to convert challenges into successes.


MICHAEL J. CASTALDI, Associate Faculty of Chemistry Immaculata, University 2015-Present

Education:  BS, St. Peters University, 1977, MS Columbia University 2014

Professional Positions:  Pfizer Medicinal and Process Chemist, 1986-2010; Medicinal Chemist Sterling Winthrop Research, 1978-1986; St. Peters University, 2010-2016; Lehmann College, 2015-2016; Mount St. Vincent University, 2014-2015

Honors and Professional Societies:  Technical Achieve Award in Organic Chemistry, 2003; Pfizer Global Research Award for Scientific Achievement, 2007

ACS Membership:  1977 (Technical Divisions:  Organic, Education, and Medicinal)

National Participation:  Executive Committee member MARM planning 2016 regional meeting; Chair of Awards Committee, 2015-2016; Corporate Associates Committee ACS 2004-2010

Statement:  The American Chemistry society has been an important part of my career for close to forty years.  I have attended many of the national and local meetings of the ACS since joining in 1977.  This organization has served as an excellent professional development tool.  As I was initially from Industry and served on the Corporate Associates Committee as Pfizer’s representative.  I worked on the educational subcommittee which proved fortuitous upon my retirement from industry and my second career in academia. I was active in the New York local section and have moved to the Philadelphia area I would like to serve the local chapter as a Counselor and Director.  As I have taken students to the ACS meetings over the years I feel that I would like to foster closet ties with the area’s colleges and universities and the society.  Finally, I would like to bring the importance of chemistry and science to the non-scientist through the local sections.


LEE W. HOFFMAN, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Chemistry, Drexel University

Education:  BS University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, 1992; MS Michigan State University, 1996; PhD Flinders University, 2010; Postdoc, South Dakota State University, 2011-2014

Honors and Professional Societies:  recipient of Endeavor International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (EIPRS), Flinders University, 2006; Member, Royal Society of Chemistry 2013-present

ACS Membership:  1991; Philadelphia Section:  2014

National Participation:  Committee on Chemists With Disabilities, Associate member – 2003-2006, Member – 2011-present; Chair – Chemists With Disabilities subdivision to PROF, 2016-2018; symposium co-organizer and session chair - Building Opportunities in the Chemical Profession: Exploiting the Power of Diversity and Inclusion, Philadelphia, 2016; symposium organizer and chair – The Bond Between Science and Disability, Forging New Capabilities for Inclusion, New Orleans, 2018

Local Section Participation:  member – education and Community Outreach Committee, 2016; Alternate Councilor, 2017; Director, 2017; Chair-Project SEED, 2017

Statement:  It has been a great honor to serve this section as a director and alternate-councilor position, and seek your vote to continue in these roles.  I have been involved with the ACS for more than 25 years starting with my undergraduate studies.  Since my BS, I have been involved in educating others at various capacities ranging from high school to university to industry.

Serving on the Chemists With Disabilities committee has increased my knowledge of persons with disabilities, the various types of disability, and (most importantly) that disability should be viewed as a unique ability.  Rather than disability closing doors, I believe (utilizing open mindedness) new doors can be opened. I will be utilizing the experience gained through working with this committee in expanding opportunities for all members of our local section.

While at SDSU, I also became involved in Project SEED. I brought that experience with me and I am now involved with the Philly section of Project SEED. ACS membership has been declining over recent years.  While the causes are complex and many, one impact we can have is exposure.  To that end, the greater Philadelphia area has a significantly large population in which Project SEED can serve.  The program brings exposure to higher education and possibilities in fields associated with chemistry

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