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Mr. Anthony "Tony" Noce, Chair and Member (2018)

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Anthony (Tony) Noce has more than 27 years of experience in environmental chemistry and consulting, with a focus on global environment health and safety compliance and due diligence and integration services.  Mr. Noce is currently a Principal Consultant with Haley & Aldrich, Inc., where he is responsible for building the Operations Risk & Compliance practice.  He leads and coordinates the EHS compliance contracts for a variety of clients, and is responsible for coordinating a team of scientists and engineers providing global environment, health and safety compliance, due diligence, product stewardship, and sustainability management services.  As such, he is responsible for delivering “best talent” and ensuring the consistent delivery of value-added services on time and on budget.

Mr. Noce has been an active member of the Society since 1994.   He currently serves as Chair of the Northeast Region of the ACS (NERACS) and as an Alternate Councilor for the Eastern New York Section.  He has served in a variety of local, regional and national positions within the Society, including Chair of NERM ’97 and NERM ’03, Program Chair for the Environmental Division, and as a member of CEI (1999 to 2006 and 2011 to present).

Mr. Noce holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the State University of New York College at Potsdam.


Dr. Chris Avery, Member (2017)

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Chris Avery, Ph.D., is a Senior Advisor for Stakeholder Engagement for the U.S. Department of Energy. Chris works with DOE’s clean energy technology division to facilitate engagement with state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, renewable energy industries, and the Department of Energy’s National Labs. He advises high-level Administration officials and external stakeholders on strategy, policy, and public engagement opportunities. In this role, he has worked on a broad array of issues facing the scientific workforce, helping shape DOE’s and the Obama Administration’s strategy and response.

Prior to his current position, he was ACS Congressional Fellow working for Senator Chris Coons on the Senator’s energy and environment legislative team, with additional involvement in federal procurement and scientific integrity issues. Chris has also been a Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academies, and worked for the Board on Science, Technology & Economic Policy. He participated in multiple projects related to intellectual property, energy technology, greenhouse gases, tax codes, standards setting and water rights.

Chris earned a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry and a second degree in science policy from the University of Michigan.


Dr. Jerry Bell, Associate (2016)

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Jerry is a Faculty Associate in the Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison where he works with the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy (WISL). He taught at the University of California-Riverside (1962-67) and Simmons College (1967-93; awarded Emeritus status 2010), before joining the American Association for the Advancement of Science as Director for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Programs in the Education and Human Resources Directorate (1992-99) and then the American Chemical Society (ACS) as Senior Scientist in the Education Division (1999-2009). During 1984-86 he served as Director of the Division of Teacher Preparation and Enhancement in the Directorate for Science and Engineering Education at the National Science Foundation.

For several decades, his major professional interest has been science (chemical) education at all levels, especially the use of hands-on approaches to teaching and learning. He has been on the instructional staff and/or directed workshops and institutes for science teachers at all levels and continues to enjoy these activities. He was Chief Editor for the ACS textbook, Chemistry and he Chaired the ACS Presidential Climate Science Working Group that developed the ACS Climate Science Toolkit, www.acs.org/climatescience.

Jerry received his A.B. degree from Harvard College in 1958 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1962, working with George Kistiakowsky on gas-phase, free radical reactions. He did postdoctoral study on fast photochemical reactions in solution with Henry Linschitz.


Dr. Marie Bourgeois, Associate (2016)

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Dr. Marie Bourgeois is a Research Professor and Toxicologist at the University Of South Florida College Of Public Health. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Chemistry from USF and an MPH and Ph.D. in Toxicology and Risk Assessment from the Environmental and Occupational Health Department at USF COPH in 2010.  Her research includes lactational transfer of pesticides, cocktail effects of pesticides in SW/DW, and the effects of PARP inhibition on pharmacologically mediated hepatotoxicity.

Dr. Bourgeois is a Councilor (2014 – 2018) for the Tampa Bay ACS Chapter. She is currently serving as interim Secretary and has been an active member of ACS since 2006. She holds leadership positions in SOT at a regional and national level. She also is a member of the SETAC Human Health Risk Assessment Advisory Group and is an active promoter of K12 science education outreach.


Dr. George P. Cobb III,  Member (2018)

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Dr. George P. Cobb is a Professor at Baylor University, where he serves as Chair of the Department of Environmental Science. Prof. Cobb received a BS in Chemistry from the College of Charleston (1982) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from The University of South Florida (1989). Thereafter, Prof. Cobb was a charter member of two Departments of Environmental Toxicology.  Throughout his career, Prof. Cobb has used novel sampling and analysis techniques to evaluate toxicant transport, transformation, and biological exposure processes. He has applied these techniques to the rapid and cost effective assessment of risks at hazardous waste sites, in industrial settings, within agricultural monocultures, and near concentrated animal feeding operations. He has published over 115 peered reviewed journal articles and numerous book chapters. Prof. Cobb has graduated 35 Masters and Ph.D. students with degrees that encompass mathematics, engineering, chemistry and environmental toxicology.  These alumni have established impactful careers in academic, industry and government settings.

Prof. Cobb's current leadership within the American Chemical Society, includes alternate Councilor and Chair Elect for ENVR.  Prof. Cobb was also part of continued work to strengthen collaboration with the Balkan region.  Prof. Cobb has participated in many United States Environmental Protection Agency panels to evaluate risks of pesticides and genetically modified organisms.


Dr. Alan Elzerman,  Member (2016),  SOCED Liaison

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Alan W. Elzerman is Professor and Chair emeritus in Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Clemson University, where he also served as Director of the School of the Environment.  He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Williams College in 1971 and his Ph.D. in Water Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976.  Elzerman has taught for over 35 years in environmental chemistry, environmental engineering, environmental science and policy, and sustainability.  He was the Clemson leader for a multi-institutional Sustainable Universities Initiative, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors.  Funded research projects have included fate and transformation of pollutants, analytical techniques, sorption/desorption kinetics, hazardous wastes, radionuclide contamination of soils and groundwater, and acid rain geochemistry.

Elzerman served as advisor for many PhD and MS students, authored numerous reviewed publications, book chapters, and reports, and made presentations at many universities and diverse professional societies.  He has served as a consultant and worked with government groups and in professional societies, especially the American Chemical Society.  Positions in the Division of Environmental Chemistry have included being Treasurer, Chairman, and now a Councilor.  Other ACS service has included the Committee on Publications, the National Award Committee, the Graduate Education Advisory Board, and the Committee on Education as a member and Vice-Chair.  He now serves on the Committee for Environmental Improvement and on the Advisory Board for Environmental Science and Technology. He was appointed a Fellow of the American Chemical Society in 2013.


Dr. Jurgen Exner, Consultant (2016)

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From 1993 to the present, Jurgen H. Exner has been principal and president of JHE Technology Systems, Inc., a consulting company specializing in waste management, technology commercialization and application, and legal support services. He was chair of the East Tennessee Section of ACS in 1981, has been on the executive committee of the Division of Environmental Chemistry since 1985, was the Division Treasurer from 1990-1993, chair-elect 1994-1995, and chair from 1996-1997.  He was chair-elect from 2006-2007, chair from 2008-2009. He was American Chemical Society Tour Speaker in 1992, 1986, and 1985 on “The Role of Technology in Hazardous Waste Remediation.”  He has been a Division councilor since 1999, an associate and member of the ACS Board Committee for Environmental Improvement from 1999-2009, and a consultant from 2010-2012.  He was CEI’s chair from 2003-2005. ACS Fellow (2011). Associate member of the IAC (2013).

He has been involved in assessing, developing solutions, and cleaning up many contaminated sites in the US, Europe, and Asia, and has special expertise in treatment of POP’s, persistent organic pollutants such as dioxins, PCB, and halogenated pesticides and in waste formation during chemical processing. He obtained a Ph. D. in physical organic chemistry from the University of Washington in 1968 and a B. S. with highest distinction from the University of Minnesota in 1963.  From 1984 to 1993, he was Senior Vice President, Technical Development, OHM Corporation, and Vice President, Technology, International Technology Corporation.


Dr. Rick Fehir, Associate (2016)

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Dr. Rick Fehir is an inorganic chemist at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics.  He is an expert in the regulation of new and existing chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  Current projects include the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards, physical-chemical characterization of nanomaterials, and the environmental chemistry of perfluorinated compounds.

Rick received his PhD in physical-inorganic chemistry from Michigan State University in 2009.  His doctoral research investigated the magnetic interactions of transition metal compounds with coordinated organic radicals using both experimental and theoretical techniques.  His work enabled better understanding of how to predictably control the electron interactions that are crucial to the development of new magnetic materials and catalysts.


Dr. John "Jack" Fowle, Member (2018)

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Dr. John R. “Jack” Fowle III is the principal of Science to Inform, LLC, an independent consultant advising clients about the use of science to inform decisions regarding environmental risk and in the development and use of alternatives for animal testing.

Prior to 2012 he was the Deputy Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Health Effects Division in the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) in Washington, DC and was responsible for directing the health risk assessment activities supporting the re-registration of existing pesticides. He helped manage the integration of new toxicological approaches into OPP’s human health risk assessments.  Before OPP, he was Director of EPA’s Neurotoxicology Division, as well as Assistant Laboratory Director, at the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Lab (NHEERL) in Research Triangle Park, NC, helping to develop alternatives to animal approaches and to establish the Agency’s computational toxicology program. He has served as Deputy Director of EPA’s Science Advisory Board and as the Science Advisor to U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

Since retiring from EPA he serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of In Vitro Sciences in Gaithersburg, MD, is elected President of the Board of Trustees for the Evidence Based Toxicology Consortium and is an AltTox Editor.  He is Councilor for the American Society for Cellular and Computational Toxicology and  President for the Society of Toxicology’s In Vitro and Alternative Methods Specialty section. He received his baccalaureate and doctoral degrees in genetics from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.


Dr. Elise Fox, Member (2016)

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Dr. Elise B. Fox is the Solar Energy Program Manager and Principal Engineer at Savannah River National Laboratory.  Dr. Fox’s research specialty is materials chemistry with an emphasis in materials for energy production.  Current projects include the reduction of soft costs of photovoltaics in the Southeastern US,  development of nanoparticle-enhanced ionic liquid heat transfer fluids for more efficient solar energy production, and the radiation stability of polymers.  

She is a Councilor for the ACS Division on Energy and Fuels (2015-2017) and previous Chair (2014).  She is also an Alternate Councilor for Savannah River Local Section, served in the three year chair succession (Chair in 2009) and was the NCW coordinator and WCC Chair.  Dr. Fox  served on the Younger Chemist Committee prior to joining CEI [Member (2013-2014), Associate (2011-2012)] and has been a member of ACS since 1997.  Dr. Fox is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Biomass Council.

She received her B.S in Chemistry from the College of Charleston in 2001 and has graduate degrees from The Pennsylvania State University (M.S (2004) and Ph.D. (2006) in Materials with a minor in Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering).  Her graduate work, under Professor Chunshan Song, involved catalytic hydrogen purification and production by the oxygen-assisted water-gas shift reaction and the absorptive desulfurization of fuels.


Mr. Robert Giraud, Associate (2016)

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Mr. Robert Giraud is the Principal Consultant, Environmental Engineering at The Chemours Company. He is a versatile environmental engineering consultant with 25+ years' experience developing innovative, integrated solutions that meet environmental, community, and business needs in the chemical manufacturing sector. Recognized for fostering collaborations with government agencies, universities, research institutions, not-for-profit organizations, and trade associations to craft protective yet cost-effective, interdisciplinary approaches across a wide range of air, water, and waste challenges. Consistent track record of defining and creatively solving problems faced by businesses in North America, Asia, and Europe. Focused on advancing sustainability through mentoring and holistic application of Green Chemistry and Green Engineering in manufacturing and higher education.

  • Guided chemists through environmental evaluation of synthesis routes to develop greener commercial process for key intermediate to new insecticide (R&D 100 Award) with >$1B sales in 2013.
  • Teamed with R&D staff on bench to full-scale studies to enable pollution prevention projects that cut unintentional trace contaminant generation by >90%. (2006 & 2009 EPA National Partnership for Environmental Priorities Achievement Awards).
  • Evaluated multimedia environmental fate of functionalized nanomaterials used in novel separation process for recovery from dilute aqueous stream as part of €11M EU-sponsored industry-university research project.
  • Led 25+ scientists across 1 university, 2 consulting firms, and 4 analytical laboratories as project manager for 4-year lab-scale incineration testing program sponsored by 5 multinational companies to generate GLP data used by EPA to assess policy options for products at end of life.
  • Prepared and delivered lectures for senior-level courses in Environmental and Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware.
  • Led development of successful $500K ACS/AIChE proposal for funding technology roadmap toward reducing the energy intensity of fluid separations.


Dr. Emily R. Grumbling, Associate (2016)

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Emily Grumbling is a Program Officer with the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board at the National Research Council of the U.S. National Academies, where she coordinates projects addressing the societal impacts of emerging information and communication technologies.

Emily served as an ACS Congressional Fellow in the office of U.S. Representative Diana DeGette from 2011-2012, working on hydraulic fracturing and toxic substances policy. She went on to serve as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation from 2012-2014, with a focus on cyberinfrastructure for foundational science and engineering, data science, and cybersecurity.

Emily received her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Arizona in 2010. Her doctoral research in negative-ion photoelectron imaging spectroscopy, for which she was awarded the Department of Chemistry’s 2008 Marvel Fellowship, experimentally elucidated chemical structure and interactions at the electronic level. Her work helped lead to new approaches for modeling photoelectron angular distributions for hybrid parent orbitals. As an undergraduate at Bard College, Emily double-majored in chemistry and film, completing two theses: a study on the stability of aqueous arenediazonium ions, and a hand-processed, 16-mm moving-image film of landscapes. She is driven by curiosity and an appreciation for the natural world.


Dr. Carol J. Henry, Member (2017)

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Carol J. Henry is an adviser and consultant to public and private organizations, focusing on issues in toxicology, public and environmental health, risk assessment and risk management, research-management strategies, green chemistry and engineering technology and sustainable practices. She serves as the Environmental Health Advisor to Cummins, Inc., where she monitors developments in environmental health sciences and toxicology that relate to air pollution, focusing on topics which may have an impact on heavy-duty engine emission regulations.

Dr. Henry holds an appointment as professorial lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) of the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology, certified in general toxicology, a past President of the American College of Toxicology and the Chemical Society of Washington.

Dr. Henry received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute, Tübingen, Germany; Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; and Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, New York City, NY.


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Dr. Catherine “Katie” Hunt, Member (2018)

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Katie Hunt is the former R&D Director of Innovation Sourcing & Sustainable Technologies at The Dow Chemical Company.  Her chemistry degrees include a B.A. from Smith College and a Ph.D. from University of California, Davis. She began her 30-year career in industry at Rohm and Haas (now Dow) after completing an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale in MB&B.  A strong and vocal champion of STEM education, technology collaboration and scientific innovation, Dr. Hunt is a past president of the American Chemical Society and a current ACS Expert.  She serves on numerous advisory boards, including RIT NTID (Rochester Institute of Technology /National Technical Institute for the Deaf) and The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.   Katie is especially proud of her work with the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Board and the RetroFIT PHILLY: Coolest Block Contest.  (www.retrofitphilly.com)


Dr. John Jayne, Member (2016)

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Dr. Jayne is a Principal Research Scientist with over 24 years’ experience in the field of atmospheric chemistry. He works at Aerodyne Research, Inc. (ARI), where he is the Co-Director for the Center for Aerosol and Cloud Chemistry and Vice President of Instrument Systems Development and Production.

Dr. Jayne received his PhD from Boston College in physical chemistry studying heterogeneous chemistry of cloud and fog water droplets with trace gas pollutants. Following his PhD work, he continued his studies in atmospheric chemistry as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at MIT. Dr. Jayne received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Hofstra University.

His research interests and experience include studies of gas phase kinetics, heterogeneous gas-particle kinetics and the chemistry related to atmospheric aerosol formation and processing utilizing mass spectrometric techniques. He is the co-inventor and developer of the Aerodyne Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (AMS) system designed to measure size and composition of submicron particles.  In 2004 he jointly received the Benjamin Liu Award for “Outstanding achievements for aerosol instrumentation and techniques” from the American Association for Aerosol Research. He has been involved in numerous field measurement programs focused on the chemical characterization and emission rates of gas and particulate pollutants.

Today, his work at ARI continues with the further development and application of mass spectrometric techniques for gas and particle measurement relating to the study of atmospheric chemistry with a particular focus on the characterization of organic aerosol composition.


Dr. Michael Matthews, Member (2017)

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Mike Matthews is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Dean in the College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina. He attended Texas A&M University, receiving his PhD in 1986. Professor Matthews began his service to ACS in 1994 as the founding chair of the Green Chemistry & Engineering Subdivision of the Division of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (1999-2004). He served as IEC Division Chair in 2007.  He was named an ACS Fellow in 2011, and became an AIChE Fellow in 2014.

Matthews has published over 65 peer-reviewed journal articles and mentored 11 PhD and 14 MS students, along with approximately 70 undergraduate students. His research has been sponsored by NSF, NIH, EPA, DoD, and several companies. He won the 2008 William H Corcoran Award for Best Paper in Chemical Engineering Education, sponsored by Eastman Chemical and the Chemical Engineering Division of the American Society of Engineering Education.

Professor Matthews’ research is focused on fundamentals and applications of thermodynamics and diffusional mass transfer, with applications in biomedical engineering, green chemistry, and hydrogen energy. He holds four patents, and is co-founder of university-based small business, CarboNix LLC.


Dr. Laura McConnell, Member (2016)

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Dr. Laura McConnell is a Senior Scientist at Bayer in Research Triangle Park, NC where she serves as an environmental fate expert supporting development and registration of agrochemicals.  She was previously a Research Scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland.  At USDA she specialized in the investigation of processes controlling the movement of pesticides, volatile organic compounds and other pollutants from agricultural operations into the atmosphere or surface waters with the ultimate goal of designing more sustainable farming systems that will minimize negative impacts on surrounding ecosystems. She was Lead Scientist on an ARS project entitled, “Discerning the Fate of Atmospheric Agricultural Emissions in the Chesapeake Bay Region”, and she has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed publications.  She received the ARS, Herbert L. Rothbart, Outstanding Early Career Scientist of the Year for her work on the Chesapeake Bay.

Dr. McConnell has provided leadership on a large number of initiatives within the AGRO division. In 2005 she assumed a leadership role when elected Vice Chair, and since then she has served as Program Chair, as Chair, and as Strategic Planning Chair.  She is also Past President of the IUPAC Division of Chemistry and the Environment.  In 2014 she was honored as an ACS Fellow.


Dr. V. Faye McNeill, Associate (2016)

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V. Faye McNeill is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University. She started at Columbia in 2007 and received tenure in 2014.  She received her B.S. in Ch.E. from Caltech in 1999 and in 2005 she received her PhD in Ch.E. from MIT, where she was a NASA Earth System Science Fellow.

From 2005-2007 she was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Washington Department of Atmospheric Sciences. She received the NSF CAREER and the ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator awards in 2009.  She was the recipient of the Kenneth T. Whitby Award of AAAR in 2015. She is an Editor for Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics and has served as a Director of AAAR and the AIChE Environmental Division, and currently is the Chair of the AIChE Environmental Division.  She is an Associate member of the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement.


Dr. Catherine "Cathy" Middlecamp, Member (2018), Program Chair

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Cathy Middlecamp is a professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and an affiliate in the Chemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2015, she was appointed the Interim Co-Director of the Office of Sustainability.

Her scholarship focuses on designing, teaching, and assessing courses that connect chemistry to real-world issues such as air quality, climate change, and radioactivity.  For her work, she has received teaching awards at the local, state, and national levels.

Middlecamp is the editor-in-chief for the 7th and 8th editions of Chemistry in Context, a project of the American Chemical Society.  This undergraduate textbook engages students in learning chemistry in the context of real-world issues. She has served as the lead author for the chapters on air quality, acid rain, ozone depletion, nuclear energy, and sustainability. Cathy also has served as a senior scholar for SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities).  In 2011, she received the William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science from SENCER.

She is a fellow of the Association for Women in Science (2003), AAAS (2004), and the American Chemical Society (2009). Cathy did her undergraduate studies at Cornell University (1968-72), graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She was awarded a Danforth Fellowship for graduate study and earned her doctorate in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976.


Dr. Eileen Nottoli, Member (2017)

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Eileen M. Nottoli is Of Counsel at Allen Matkin's San Francisco office and practices in the area of environmental law with a focus on advising clients on compliance and transactions.  Ms. Nottoli has extensive expertise in state and federal regulatory programs governing exposures to toxins including Proposition 65, and managing hazardous materials (including emergency release reporting), hazardous wastes, toxic air emissions, mold, wastewater, storm water, asbestos, lead, wastewater recycling, and worker exposure.  She has managed numerous environmental investigations and remediations for site contamination and mold and indoor air quality of buildings.  She has managed corporate and real estate environmental due diligence in purchases, mergers, and acquisitions for developers, sellers, buyers and lenders.  In addition, Ms. Nottoli has prepared environmental compliance handbooks and compliance programs for clients.  She has also managed human health risk assessments and developed compliance strategies.  Representative clients include heavy industry, high tech industry, food producers, ice cream manufacturers, mines, consumer product manufacturers, commercial office building owners and managers, sellers and purchasers of real property, developers, lenders, retailers, and landfill owners.

Prior to obtaining her law degree, she was a research chemist with Chevron Chemical and Chevron Research Companies where she managed the commercialization, fuel and lubricating oil additives, developed a commercial steam and gas turbine oil and formulated diesel fuel additives.


Dr. Sherine O. Obare, Associate (2016)

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Dr. Sherine Obare is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Western Michigan University. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from West Virginia State University, obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina, and thereafter, was appointed as a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Postdoctoral fellow at The Johns Hopkins University.

In 2004, Dr. Obare joined the faculty at Western Michigan University. She has served as Graduate Advisor and as the Department Associate Chair since 2011. Her research interests lie in the area of designing nanoscale materials for drug delivery, environmental remediation, improved healthcare, and alternative energy. Dr. Obare’s research program has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Army Research Office, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Education, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. She has served as Director of the NIH-sponsored Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program at Western Michigan University, a program that recruits underrepresented minority students from community colleges in Michigan and supports them to pursue advanced degrees in biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Dr. Obare is the recipient of the 2009 George Washington Carver Teaching Excellence Award, the 2009 International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Young Observer Award, the National Science Foundation CAREER award, and the 2010 NSF Division of Materials Research American Competitiveness and Innovation (ACI) Fellowship. In 2013, Obare was named as one of the top 25 Women Professors in Michigan. Her research work has been published widely in scientific journals and in books. She has mentored a large number of graduate, undergraduate and high school students in research. She has been highly active promoting science to elementary and middle school students in the locally and nationally. She is the co-Editor of ‘Green Technologies for the Environment’. Dr. Obare serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Nanomaterials.


Dr. Melissa Pasquinelli, Member (2018)

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Dr. Pasquinelli works as an Associate Professor at North Carolina State University in the Fiber and Polymer Science and Textile Engineering Programs. Her research expertise is in the design and application of computational approaches that predict and modulate the properties of systems at the nanoscale, including polymers, proteins, fibers, and nanoparticles. Particular research emphasis areas are environmental sustainability and toxicology.  She also incorporates environmental topics into the courses that she teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels, such as computer modeling, engineering thermodynamics, and the sustainability of soft materials.  Through the NC-ACS Project SEED and EnvironMentors programs, she has also mentored research projects for over 10 high school students who have won awards on this work in numerous science competitions.

Prior to joining NC State, she completed two postdoctoral positions; she worked for two years as a Computational Chemist with the Office of Research and Development at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the National Center for Computational Toxicology, and she also worked as a Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University. She received her Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University in 2002, and her B.S. in Chemistry with honors in 1996 from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA.  She is also actively involved in the North Carolina Section of the ACS, where she is currently serving as Past Chair and Councilor.  She also served as Secretary from 2007-2011, and Alternate Councilor 2011-2013.


Dr. Keith E. Peterman, Member (2016)

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Keith Peterman is a Professor of Chemistry at York College of Pennsylvania.  He received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Idaho (1975) and both the M.Ed. (1972) and B.S. (1969) in chemistry from Shippensburg University.  He has served the ACS as a Chair of the local SEPSACS section and as a Program Chair of the Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting.

He has served as a Fulbright Scholar at Ruhr Universität-Bochum in Germany and at Volgograd State Pedagogical University in Russia.  He has also served as an NAS Research Scholar at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, a Fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, a visiting professor at the Guangxi University for Nationalities in China, and a visiting professor at Christchurch Polytechnic in New Zealand.

His current pedagogical activities, research, and writing focus on issues related to climate change and sustainability.  He teaches interdisciplinary courses as well as courses for chemistry majors.  He takes a student group to Costa Rica each year on a climate change and sustainability field study. 

He participates in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change annual Conference of Parties as a member of the press and as a faculty mentor for an ACS CEI sponsored student-focused climate science literacy project.  He is a member of the Huffington Post blog team and writes a local blog hosted by the York Daily Record/Sunday News.


Dr. Robin D. Rogers, Member (2017)

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Dr. Robin D. Rogers obtained both his B.S. in Chemistry (1978, Summa Cum Laude) and his Ph.D. in Chemistry (1982) at The University of Alabama and currently serves as Canada Excellence Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals at McGill University. He is a Fellow of the ACS, RSC, and AAAS, and is an Honorary Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute for Process Engineering. From 1996-2014 he was Professor of Chemistry at The University of Alabama, including positions as Robert Ramsay Chair of Chemistry, Distinguished Research Professor, and Director of the Center for Green Manufacturing. From 2007-2009 he was also Chair of Green Chemistry and Co-Director of QUILL at The Queen’s University of Belfast.

Rogers is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the American Chemical Society journal Crystal Growth & Design. He is also an editorial board member of Separation Science & Technology, Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange, and Chemistry Letters, as well as a member of the international advisory boards for Green Chemistry, Chemical Communications, and ChemSusChem.

Rogers holds 21 issued patents and has published over 750 papers on a diverse array of topics. His research interests cover the use of ionic liquids and Green Chemistry for sustainable technology through innovation. In 2005, he was awarded the US Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (Academic Division) and in 2011 the ACS Separations Science & Technology award for work related to the use of ionic liquids in sustainable technology.

Rogers has co-organized a variety of meetings and symposia on Industrial Applications of Ionic Liquids and he has started a company (525 Solutions) to enhance the commercial viability of new technologies. The breadth of educational, research, editorial, and service endeavors gives Rogers a broad perspective on science and engineering research, development, and technology transfer.


Dr. M. Barclay Satterfield, Member (2016)

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Barclay Satterfield is a Senior Chemical Engineer for Eastman Chemical Co. There, she supports a multi-year research partnership with NC State University and contributes to Eastman’s life cycle assessment team.

Prior to joining Eastman in 2013, Barclay performed life cycle assessment studies as a consultant and was a Science Policy Fellow in the American Chemical Society’s Office of Public Affairs. During her fellowship, she supported efforts including the congressional briefing series, the www.acs.org/policy website, and CEI and the Society’s discussion of sustainability in the chemical enterprise. 

Barclay earned her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University. As a graduate student, she researched polymer membrane fuel cells, helped run the student organization Greening Princeton, and completed a certificate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy through the Princeton Environmental Institute and Woodrow Wilson School.


Dr. James N. Seiber, Associate (2016)

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James N. Seiber, a native of Missouri, received his degrees in chemistry from Bellarmine College (Louisville, KY), Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ) and Utah State University (Logan, Utah).  He has held positions as a research scientist at Dow Chemical Company (Midland MI and Walnut Creek, CA).  He was a faculty member at the University of California Davis, Department of Environmental Toxicology where he served as Professor and Department Chair, and as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.  He was founding director of the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1992, where he initiated a multidisciplinary program of research and graduate education in Atmospheric Sciences, Hydrology, Conservation Biology, Environmental Health and Environmental Engineering. 

He joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service in 1998 as Director of the Western Regional Research Center (WRRC) in Albany, CA. He oversaw scientists working in eight research units: Exotic and Invasive Weeds, Produce Safety and Health, Bioproduct Chemistry and Engineering, Processed Foods, Crop Improvement and Utilization, Plant Mycotoxins, Genomics and Gene Discovery, and Foodborne Contaminants. He was responsible for the development and implementation of food safety and biobased product initiatives at the WRRC. He also served as Acting Director of the ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center and Southern Regional Research Center, and earlier in his career worked at the International Rice Research Center in the Philippines.

In 2009 he returned to academic life as interim Chair for the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of California, Davis. He continues his affiliation at UC Davis as an emeritus Professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology, teaching and conducting research on contaminants in foods and the environment. 

Dr. Seiber served as Editor of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry for 15 years and is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Functional Foods.  He is also a member of the Technical Advisory Committee to the Almond Board of California, USDA-DOE Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee and Committee on Environmental Improvement of the American Chemical Society and is past member of the USDA Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality and Health and the EPA Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board.

He has published over 250 book chapters and research manuscripts, and supervised dissertation research of approximately 50 Ph.D. and M.S. students.  He teaches chemical food safety courses in China, and is active in establishing collaborations between UC Davis and universities overseas.  He joined the UC Davis Foundation Board of Trustees in 2015.


Dr. Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, Consultant (2016)

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Bassam Z. Shakhashiri is the first holder of the William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea at UW-Madison. He is well known internationally for his effective leadership in promoting excellence in science education at all levels, and for his development and use of demonstrations in the teaching of chemistry in classrooms and in less formal settings, such as museums, convention centers, shopping malls and retirement homes. He is a former NSF assistant director and an advocate for effective policies to advance knowledge and to use science and technology for the benefit of Earth and its people. Professor Shakhashiri served as 2012 President of the American Chemical Society, formed the ACS Presidential Commission on Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences, the ACS Climate Science Working Group, and in late 2013 the ACS Global Water Initiative Working Group. He believes that the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement can guide and exhort ACS and its members to make significant contributions in advancing science and communicating science to benefit the human condition and to protect the Planet. Chemists must help sustain Earth and its people in the face of population growth, finite resources, malnutrition, spreading disease, deadly violence, war, climate change, and the denial of basic human rights, especially the right to benefit from scientific and technological progress.

Bassam and his wife June live in Madison. Their daughter Elizabeth is a 2007 alumna of UW-Madison, and a 2010 alumna of the University of Michigan Law School. His website is at www.scifun.org.


Dr. Jennifer Y. Tanir, Associate (2016), MPPG Liaison

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Jennifer Young Tanir is currently a Scientific Program Manager at the ILSI Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI).  In 2011, Jennifer joined HESI, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage scientists from academia, government and industry to identify and resolve global health and environmental issues.  At HESI, Jennifer manages multi-stakeholder collaborative projects on a variety of topics related to chemistry and toxicology. Her projects include developing guidance on chemical alternatives assessment for sustainability, applying advances in exposure science to risk assessment for the 21sts century, and advancing genetic toxicology.

Prior to joining HESI, Jennifer managed technical programs for the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute during 2004-2011.  There her work focused on green chemistry information databases and standard development, awards and grants programs, educational materials, publications, communications, and training.

Jennifer also held an industrial polymer research position at DuPont in the Ink Jet business, 2000-2004, where her research involved synthesizing and studying new waterborne polymeric dispersant and binder technologies for ink jet inks. Jennifer earned a Ph.D. in polymer/organic chemistry in 2000 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by investigating polymerizations in supercritical carbon dioxide under the direction of Dr. Joseph DeSimone. She graduated with a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Richmond in 1995.

She has been active in the Chemical Society of Washington (CSW) of the American Chemical Society for several years, serving as Manager 2010-2011, Councilor 2012-2014, and Secretary 2014-2017.


Dr. Kate Weber, Associate (2016)

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Kate Weber is a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science, Office of Environmental Quality and Transboundary Issues at the U.S. Department of State. Kate works on international chemicals and air quality management issues and trade-related environmental cooperation. Her portfolio covers air quality management, the Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions, and trade-related environmental cooperation projects in Chile.

Dr. Weber came to Washington as the Science Policy Fellow in the ACS Office of Public Affairs, where she covered the federal budget, chemistry activities at federal agencies, and forensic science; served as a liaison to the policy subcommittee of the Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs; and organized two Congressional briefings.

Prior to her science policy career, Kate earned her Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Marshall Scholar and NSF Graduate Fellow, and her B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Richmond.


Dr. Jetty Duffy-Matzner, Committee on Committees

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Dr. Duffy-Matzner is a Professor in the Chemistry Department at Augustana University (1999-present).  Her research expertise is in of heterocyclic organic methodologu and chemical education. She is an author of 9 journal publications, 1 patent, 2 book chapters, 41 published research abstracts, and Editor for ACS Symposium Text (1108).  She has also taught at Binghamton University, State University of New York; State University of New York, Cortland; University of California, Davis; and served as a Research Chemist at GenCorp/Aerojet, Sacramento.  She also worked as a research associate for the State of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Forensic Section and the Boise State University; Department of Idaho, U.S. Fish and Wildlife.  She is a recipient of the Vernon and Mildred Niebuhr Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching, Augustana College, 2011; Salutes to Excellence Award, ACS, 2004; GenCorp/Aero-jet Blue-sky Technical Achievement Award, 1993; University of California, Davis, Chancellor’s Teacher Fellow, 1991-92; American Institute of Chemists Student Research and Recognition Foundation Awardee, 1986.

She has been a member of the ACS since 1992.  She has served on ACS national committees: Committee on Meetings and Expositions, Committee on Local Section Activities (Chair Local Section Assistance and Development Subcommittee), Speaker Advisory Board for Speaker Service, and as Chair of Speaker Service Advisory Board for Speaker Service.  She also has been a member of the Midwest Regional Executive Board and serves as the Awards Coordinator for the Midwest Region.  She has served the Sioux Valley Local Section as NCW & CCED Coordinator, Webmaster, Chair and Councilor.

Dr. Duffy-Matzner has also been a member of the MAPS (Meetings Abstracts Programming Systems) Advisory Group ACS, 2014. Steering Committee for ACS Regional & National Meeting Registration & Planning, 2013-14.  Working Group, ACS Policies Affecting Streaming & Recording of National Meetings 2012-13. Diagnostic Undergraduate Chemical Knowledge. Committee for the Examinations Institute, Division of Chemical Education, 2013 & 2011.  First Term Organic Chemistry Examination Committee for the Examinations Institute, Division of Chemical Education, 2010 & 2006. General Chemistry Examination Committee for the Examinations Institute, Division of Chemical Education, 2006.


Ms. Susan Shih, Society Committee on Education

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Ms. Susan Shih was an Adjunct Instructor (1981-1986), Professor (1986-2008) and Department Coordinator (1992-2008) at the College of DuPage where she received the Divisional Outstanding Faculty award (2002-2003). Previously she was an Instructor at Joliet Junior College (1971-1973), and Roosevelt University (1968-1971). Ms. Shih has been an ACS member since 1964 and is currently a full Member of the Society Committee on Education (2009- 2012 Associate). She chairs the SOCED Task Force on Revising the ACS Guidelines for Two Year Chemistry Programs. An active member of the Chicago Local Section, Ms. Shih has served as Councilor (2007-2017), Alternate Councilor (2004-2006), Chair (2002-2003), and Chair-Elect(2001-2002), resulting in the Distinguished Service Award, Chicago Section, ACS (2009). Additionally, she co-Chaired the 2009 GLRM and serves as the Secretary for the Great Lakes Region Board. In 2015 she received the E. Ann Nalley Volunteer award for the Great Lakes region.


Dr. Helen Gerhard, Committee on Ethics

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Helen Gerhard is an Alternate Councilor for the Colorado section of the American Chemical Society and is a committee member for the ACS Committee on Ethics.  She serves CEI as a liaison from that committee.  Helen received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.  Her first job out of university was with ManTech Environmental working on a project for the Department of Energy to test alternatively fueled vehicles at altitude for a project to predict the results of moving toward an alternative fuel infrastructure.  After this project came to an end, she began working in the Medical Device Industry as a Quality professional.  In this role she has developed QSE integrated management systems and has provided oversight for company laboratories.  While Helen does not work specifically in the environmental field, she has a keen interest in environmental issues and is the committee chair for Environmental Improvement for the Colorado section as well as a long-time member of the ACS Environmental division.  She holds a M.B.A. in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix, a graduate certificate in Government Contracting from Webster University, and is certified through the American Chemical Society as a Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence and as a Quality Auditor.



Mr. Ray Garant, CEI Staff Liaison; ACS Office of Public Affairs, Public Policy

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Ray Garant is assistant director for public policy at the American Chemical Society Office of Public Affairs.  His responsibilities include oversight of the ACS Science & the Congress Project, a program of congressional staff briefings to improve decision maker’s understanding of the relationship between science and public policy, and development of the Society’s public policy positions and messages. Ray was a congressional science fellow in 1993 and a senior legislative assistant in 1994 to former Representative Phil Sharp (D-IN).  He followed environmental, judicial, and health-care issues. 

Ray began his Washington career as a Science Policy Fellow at ACS headquarters in 1990.  Prior to that, he worked as a materials researcher at the Ames Laboratory of the Department of Energy, a student assistant for acoustics and oceanographic sciences at the U.S. Naval Underwater Systems Center, and manager of an Iowa State University project to communicate science to the public.

He has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and an M.S. in Inorganic Chemistry from Iowa State University under the direction of John Verkade.


Ms. Jennifer MacKellar, ACS Green Chemistry Institute, Program Manager

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Jennifer MacKellar joined ACS in early 2013 as the Program Manager in the ACS Green Chemistry Institute. She is responsible for coordinating technical programing for the annual ACS GCI Green Chemistry & Engineering conference, developing project initiatives for the ASC GCI and serving as a resource for the green chemistry stakeholder community.

Jennifer brings over seven years of government experience to ACS. She has worked at NIH as both an intramural research fellow and as a contractor in the NIH Office of Extramural research focusing on science policy and communications.  Additionally, she spent nearly two years at NSF working in the Molecular and Cellular Biosciences division.  Jennifer has a M.Sc. in Molecular and Integrative Physiology from the University of Michigan and B.S. in Molecular Biology (with a minor in Chemistry) from the University of Denver.


Mr. Carl Maxwell, ACS Office of Public Affairs, Environmental Policy

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J. Carl Maxwell is responsible for advocacy on energy and environment policy, both in authorization of government regulation and policy, and the year-to-year funding of government programs of priority interest to ACS members regarding energy and the environment.

Carl served in the office of Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Bob Smith (R-NH), and Congressman Jim Turner (D-TX) where he handled science, energy, telecommunications, judiciary, and social security issues.  He also served as Senior Legislative Assistant to Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), overseeing tax, trade, energy, and science policy.  A native of Austin, Texas, Carl is a political science graduate of Bates College (B.A) in Lewiston, ME.