Board of Directors

Governing Bodies of the American Chemical Society

The ACS Board of Directors, the Society's chief governing body, is chartered to "have, hold, and administer all the property, funds, and affairs of the Society."  The Board meets quarterly and at such other meetings as may be necessary or duly called. The regular quarterly meetings of the Board are held within the first seven days in June and December, and at each spring national meeting and at each annual (fall) meeting of the Society.  The Board is made up of 16 members:

  • Six District Directors, elected by the membership of the region from which they are to serve;
  • Six Directors-at-Large, elected by Councilors;
  • The ACS President, President-Elect and Immediate Past President;
  • The Executive Director of the Society

 

Judith C. Giordan, President

Judith C. Giordan
President

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    Judith C. Giordan is the co-founder of the Chemical Angels Network, Managing Director of ecosVC, Inc., venture founder, former Fortune 100 executive and ACS President 2023.  She serves as board member, co-founder, advisor and investor in seed and early-stage start-ups.  She has a B.S. in environmental science and votech ag from Rutgers University; Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Maryland; and was an Alexander von Humboldt post-doctoral fellow at the University of Frankfurt, Germany.  She has been a member of ACS since 1976.  

Mary K. Carroll, President-Elect

Mary K. Carroll
President-Elect

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    Mary K. Carroll is the Dwane W. Crichton Professor of Chemistry at Union College (Schenectady, New York). She earned a B.S. in chemistry from Union College, a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington, and performed postdoctoral research at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She co-directs the Union College Aerogel Lab, and co-founded SunThru LLC to commercialize aerogel technology developed at Union. She has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1986.

Angela K. Wilson, Immediate Past President

Angela K. Wilson
Immediate Past President

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    Angela K. Wilson is a John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, and Director of the Center for Quantum Computing, Science, and Engineering (MSU-Q) at Michigan State University.  She earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry at Eastern Washington University and her Ph.D. in chemical physics from the University of Minnesota.  She was a postdoctoral fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  From 2016-2018, she led the Division of Chemistry at the National Science Foundation.  She has been a member of ACS since 1989.

Paul W. Jagodzinski, Chair of the Board of Directors, and Director, District VI

Paul W. Jagodzinski
Chair of the Board of Directors, and Director, District VI

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    Paul W. Jagodzinski is Professor of Chemistry at, Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.  He earned a Bachelor's degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1973 and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 1979.  He has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1976 and a member of the ACS Board of Directors since 2015.

Albert G. Horvath, Chief Executive Officer

Albert G. Horvath
Chief Executive Officer

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    Al Horvath became the Chief Executive Officer of the American Chemical Society on January 1, 2023.  He served as the ACS Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer since February 2019.  Prior to joining ACS, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Under Secretary for Finance and Administration at the Smithsonian Institution. In that role, he was responsible for financial, business and administrative activities of the largest museum, research and educational complex in the world. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Mr. Horvath spent more than two decades working in senior administrative roles for some of the leading research universities in the country including Penn State, Columbia University, California Institute of Technology, New York University, and Carnegie Mellon University. He began his career at Mellon Bank in his hometown of Pittsburgh before moving into higher education. Mr. Horvath earned his master's degree in business administration at Duquesne University and his bachelor's degree in accounting at Penn State.

Katherine L. Lee, Director, District I

Katherine L. Lee
Director, District I

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    Katherine L. Lee is the Executive Director and Head of Scientific Planning and Operations in the Inflammation and Immunology Research Unit at Pfizer, Inc.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, with Distinction in Chemistry, from Yale University in 1991 and her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996. Katherine was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin before joining Mitotix, Inc. (now Agennix) in medicinal chemistry. She moved to Wyeth (now Pfizer) in 2000 and joined Pfizer in 2009. She has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1991.

Kimberly Agnew-Heard, Director, District II

Kimberly Agnew-Heard
Director, District II

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    Kimberly Agnew-Heard is Director of Regulatory Affairs at Altria Client Services. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Georgia State University, Master of Science degree in analytical chemistry from Louisiana State University, and Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Georgia State University. Kimberly previously worked at the FDA as a Senior Chemistry Reviewer and Boston Scientific as a Senior Chemist. She has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1995.

Teri Quinn Gray, Director, District III

Teri Quinn Gray
Director, District III

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    Teri Quinn Gray is Vice President Sustainability & Quality for Provivi, Inc. She is co-chair of the Delaware STEM Council, serves on executive committee of the Delaware Foundation for Science & Math Education and the board of 50CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now. Teri holds a B.S. in chemistry from Jackson State University in Mississippi and doctorate in analytical chemistry from University of Maryland, College Park.  She has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1989.

Lisa Houston, District IV

Lisa Houston
District IV

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    Lisa Houston retired in 2022 as Vice President of the Process Analytics segment after 23 years with PAC, LP. She received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of North Texas in 1986. Lisa has been an active American Chemical Society volunteer at all levels including Local Section, Division, Regional Meeting and National since becoming a member in 1990.

Lisa M. Balbes, Director, District V

Lisa M. Balbes
Director, District V

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    Lisa M. Balbes is Balbes Consultants LLC.  She earned her bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and psychology from Washington University in St Louis and her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She has been a freelance technical writer and editor since 1992, and a member of ACS since 1986.

Malika Jeffries-El, Director-At-Large

Malika Jeffries-EL
Director-At-Large

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    Malika Jeffries-EL is a Professor of Chemistry and the Associate Dean of the Graduate School in Arts and Sciences Boston University. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Wellesley College, Master of Science degree and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the George Washington University. She is a fellow of the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry, an advocate for diversity, and dedicated volunteer that has served in several activities within the American Chemical Society. She has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1996.

Wayne E. Jones Jr., Director-At-Large

Wayne E. Jones Jr.
Director-At-Large

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    Wayne E. Jones Jr. is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of New Hampshire.  He earned his B.S. from St. Michael’s College in 1987 and his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991. He has been a member of the ACS since 1989.

Natalie A. LaFranzo, Director-At-Large

Natalie A. LaFranzo
Director-At-Large

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    Natalie A. LaFranzo is the Director of Marketing Communication at Personalis. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Bradley University in 2007 and her Ph.D. in chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. She has held numerous commercial roles in biotech, with a focus on genomics and precision medicine. Most recently, she was Vice President of Market Development at Cofactor Genomics, an RNA diagnostics company. She has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 2007.

Lee H. Latimer, Director-At-Large

Lee H. Latimer
Director-At-Large

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    Lee H. Latimer is a Consultant in drug development with LHLatimer Consulting, formerly with Elan Pharmaceuticals.  He earned his B.S. degree in chemistry at Tulane University in 1971, and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976.  He has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1972.

Will E. Lynch, Director-At-Large

Will E. Lynch
Director-At-Large

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    Will Lynch is Interim Dean for the College of Science and Mathematics at Georgia Southern University.  He earned his B.A. from Kalamazoo College in 1986 and his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Wayne State University in 1991. He has been a member of the ACS since 1986.

Carolyn Ribes, Director-At-Large

Carolyn Ribes
Director-At-Large

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    Carolyn Ribes is the Business Analytical Leader for Industrial Intermediates & Infrastructure at Dow Chemical.  She received her B.S. in chemistry in 1983 from University at Buffalo, SUNY, and her Ph.D. in chemistry in 1989 from State University of New York at Buffalo.  She joined Dow in 1989 and has worked in Louisiana, Texas, and Argentina and is currently located in Terneuzen, Netherlands.  She has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1982.

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The Board’s mailing address is:
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1155 16th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036