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

 

Angela K Wilson

Angela K. Wilson
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.

Angela K Wilson

Judith C. Giordan
President-Elect

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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 PRES-Elect for 2022.  She serves as board member, co-founder, advisor and investor in seed and early-stage start-ups.  She has a BS in Environmental Science and VoTech Ag from Rutgers University; PhD 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.  

ACS President - Elect H.N. Cheng

H.N. Cheng
Immediate Past President

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    H. N. Cheng is a Research Chemist at U.S. Department of Agriculture. Previously he worked for many years at Hercules Incorporated, where he held various R&D and managerial positions. He received his BS (summa cum laude) in Chemistry from UCLA and his PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He did his postdoctoral work at Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ.  He has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1982.

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.

     

Thomas M. Connelly Jr.
Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer

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    Thomas M. Connelly, Jr. is the Executive Director and CEO of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Connelly retired from DuPont in December 2014, where he was Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer. At DuPont, Dr. Connelly led businesses and R&D organizations, while based in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

    Dr. Connelly graduated with highest honors from Princeton University with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Economics. As a Winston Churchill Scholar, he received his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Cambridge. He has served in advisory roles to the U.S. Government and the Republic of Singapore.

Katherine L. Lee
Director, District I

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    Katherine L. Lee is the Senior Director and Head of Project 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 1998. 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.

Christina C. Bodurow
Director, District II

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    Christina (Chris) Bodurow is Vice President of Strategy and Operations in the Data Science, Statistics and Regulatory Division of IQVIA.  She retired as Senior Director of External Sourcing in the Medicines Development Unit after 33 years with Eli Lilly and Company in 2017.  She received her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Kalamazoo College in 1979 and earned her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Princeton University in 1984.  She joined Eli Lilly in 1984 in the Chemical Process Research Division, and held multiple R&D leadership roles during her Career.  She has been a member of the American Chemical Society since. 1980.  

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

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    Lisa Houston is Vice President at PAC, LP, an analytical instrumentation company, where she is responsible for the financial success of the Process Analytics segment. 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

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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 PhD 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.

Director-At-Large Bryan Balazs

Bryan Balazs
Director-At-Large

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    Bryan Balazs is a recent retiree from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he held numerous positions in research and management.  He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1985 from Washington and Lee University, was an ITT-Fulbright Scholar in Germany from 1985 to 1986 at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, and received his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1992 from the California Institute of Technology.  He has been an active member of the ACS since 1987.

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 BS from St. Michael’s College in 1987 and his PhD 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

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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

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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.

Dorothy J. Phillips
Director-At-Large

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    Dorothy J. Phillips retired from Waters Corporation in 2013.  She earned her Bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University in 1967 and her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1974.  She has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1973.

Carolyn Ribes

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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