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Dr. Raymond E. Forslund, Chair (Member, 2017-2019)

Ray has over 11 years experience in the Pharmaceutical industry working for both pharmaceutical and Contract Manufacturing Organization / Contract Research Organization companies and now leads Syner-G’s business development and project management efforts. Previously, Ray was part of the Senior Leadership team at Laurus Synthesis Inc. (LSI), a Boston based CRO/CMO where he lead the Project Management group. Prior to LSI he began his career as a process chemist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals then moved on to Ironwood Pharmaceuticals holding several scientific positions of increasing responsibility leaving as a Senior Manager of Operations. He earned an MBA from Babson College and a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois. His undergraduate work was completed at Hamilton College.

Dr. Jane V. Aldrich Associate (2017)

Jane Aldrich is a professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Florida. She joined the faculty there in 2015 after 14 years as professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on the design and synthesis of peptides and peptidomimetics, especially analogs of opioid peptides, with the goal of identifying compounds that could lead to treatments for drug abuse, pain and cancer. Her research funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse has included an Independent Scientist Award (1998-2009).

Jane has been active in ACS, particularly in the Medicinal Chemistry Division. She has served as Vice Chair (1999), Chair (2000) and Past Chair (2001) and is currently a Councilor for the Division (2014-2019). Prior to being appointed to CCPA Jane was an Associate on the Divisional Activities Committee (DAC) in 2015. She has also served on the editorial board of several journals, including the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2000-2004 and 2016-2018).

Jane has served the chemistry community in other organizations as well. Currently she is a member of National Institutes of Health Drug Discovery for the Nervous System study section (2015-2019). She also has been active in the American Peptides Society (Councilor 2001-2007, President Elect 2003-2005, President 2005-2007 and Past President 2007-2009) and served as Co-vice Chair (2002) and Co-chair (2004) of the Gordon Research Conference on the Chemistry and Biology of Peptides.

Jane received a B.S. in biochemistry from Michigan State University and her Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Michigan. She was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota where she began her research on opioid peptides.

Dr. Susan Butts Member (2017-2019)

Susan Butts is an active member of the science and technology policy community following her 31-year career in the chemical industry and related organizations.  Most recently she served as the president of the Council for Chemical Research (CCR). Before joining CCR, she worked for The Dow Chemical Company for three decades in various positions in the Research and Development (R&D) organization.  From 2001-2009, she served as Director of External Technology and later as Senior Director of External Science & Technology Programs.  In that capacity she was responsible for Dow’s sponsored research programs at over 150 universities, institutes, and national laboratories worldwide and to Dow’s contract research activities with U.S. and European government agencies.  She also had responsibility for U.S. recruiting and hiring for R&D.  She worked on issues related to science policy and government funding for R&D from Dow’s office in Washington, D.C.  She is past president of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership, which was part of the National Academies at the time. She is also a member of the Council of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable in the National Academies and a member of the board of directors of the Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America.  She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Chemical Society, Sigma Xi, and the Association of Women in Science.

Susan holds a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern University.  Before joining the External Technology group, Dr. Butts held several other positions at Dow including Senior Resource Leader for Atomic Spectroscopy and Inorganic Analysis within the Analytical Sciences Laboratory, Manager of Ph.D. Hiring and Placement, Safety and Regulatory Affairs Manager for Central Research, and Principal Investigator on various catalysis research projects in Central Research.

Dr. Eun-Woo Chang Associate (2017)

Eun-Woo Chang was appointed as Provost at Ashland University in the spring of 2016. Prior to his appointment at AU, Chang served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Mercer County Community College in NJ; Dean of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics at Montgomery College in Maryland from 2011-2014; and as program director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation from 2008-2011. He also served as a chemistry professor at Truckee Meadows Community College in Nevada for 17 years, where he was chair of the Physical Science Department, Faculty Senate chair, and a member of several college-wide and statewide leadership committees.

In 2004, Chang spent a year at the College of Southern Nevada as a member of the 2004-2005 class of ACE Fellows, a prestigious leadership cohort selected by the American Council on Education. In addition, he served as Interim Dean of Mathematics and Sciences during the 2005-2006 academic year.

Chang earned a B.S. in chemistry in South Korea, an M.A. in chemistry from Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles. After receiving his doctorate, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Chemistry at Harvard University. In 2010, he was named an American Chemical Society Fellow.

Dr. A. Jay Dias Member (2017-2019)

Anthony "Jay" Dias received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Kean College in 1982, and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in 1986. Since then he has worked for the ExxonMobil Chemical Company holding a number of positions in both research and management. Jay currently holds the position of Chief Scientist. His research has focused on polymer blends, networks, simulation, nanocomposites, polymer surfaces and interfaces, the control of polymer topology, and the application of this research to develop new polymer products. His research has resulted in over 20 publications and 40 US patents.

Jay has been a member of ACS since 1982 and an active member in three divisions including PMSE, POLY and RUBBER where he often organized and chaired symposia. He has served the PMSE division in several capacities; ranging from Technical Program Committee in 1998 through division Chair in 2004.  Since that time Jay has served as the Chair of Symposium Funding and is currently an Alternate Councilor.

Jay first participated in ACS government affairs activities back in 2004. He participated in a number of Congressional Visit Days, Local District Days and ACS-sponsored ‘fly-ins’ to encourage then-Congressman Tom Delay (R-TX) to support our goal to invest in America’s future by funding science.  Since that time, Jay has remained an advocate for increased federal funding for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Dr. John Gavenonis Associate (2017)

John Gavenonis is the Vice President and General Manager of the Chemistries Division of the CrossLab Group, part of Agilent Technologies. Prior to joining Agilent, John was the Business and Technical Manager for the Corporate Center for Analytical Sciences (CCAS) in DuPont’s corporately-funded research and development organization.  In that position, he led a customer-facing science organization that delivered high value, innovative solutions to enable business growth throughout the value chain, through capabilities that are strategic and highly leveraged across DuPont globally.

John started at DuPont in 2003 as a research and development chemist in the new business development group at DuPont Titanium Technologies.  From here, John moved into the DuPont Performance Polymers (DPP) business, joining the technical service group with responsibility for nylon thermoplastic products.  While in DPP, John took on increasing responsibilities, first in marketing roles expanding applications of DPP products into non-automotive transportation and health care market segments, and then in a technology role leading the global R&D program to develop new polymers derived from bio-based feedstocks.  Prior to leading CCAS,  John was the Global Manufacturing Technology Manager for DuPontTM Kalrez® and Vespel®, where he led a team of process engineers at eight global plant sites, driving strategic technology programs, new product introductions, and continuous improvement.

John received an S.B. degree in chemistry from MIT in 1998, where he conducted undergraduate research with 2005 Nobel Laureate Professor Richard R. Schrock.  He earned his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry in 2003 from the University of California, Berkeley under the direction of Professor T. Don Tilley. John is an active member of the American Chemical Society, where he currently is Councilor and Government Affairs Committee Chair for the Delaware Section.  He is a former member of the MIT Alumni Association Board of Directors, where he developed and launched a public policy advocacy program for MIT alumni.  John is originally from Larksville, Pennsylvania.  He and his wife, Sara, live in Wilmington, Delaware with their two sons, John and James.

Dr. Janan Hayes Member (2017-2019)

Janan (Jan) Hayes retired in 2005, after 35 years in the California Community College system.  Having lived in Sacramento, CA since 1971, Jan is now doing the activities she always wanted to do, including having the opportunity to travel in search of Chemical History and Family History investigations and opportunities to visit friends and other places of interest.  In other words she is working to fulfill a large “bucket list” of experiences.

Jan earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Science Education from Oregon State University, and a Ph.D. in inorganic-analytical chemistry from Brigham Young University in 1971. She began her academic career as a high school chemistry teacher in Northern California and later became a faculty member at American River College in Sacramento, CA.  She began a 12-year tour as an administrator at Cosumnes River College, and later served as Dean of Instruction and Vice President of Instruction of Merced College. In 2005, she retired as a Professor Emeritus from Merced College.

The later part of Jan’s academic career was also devoted to chemical history and the development of Project Inclusion, an effort to enhance student interest and success in their classes by including information on the application of chemistry - and science in general - from a variety of peoples, places and times. This project has allowed Jan to do a large amount of traveling, from Russia to Peru to Israel to Iceland.

Jan has also been active with ACS since graduate school.  She served on council for 40 years: 37 as councilor from the Sacramento CA Local section and three years on the Board of Directors as a director-at-large.  She has served on all three elected council committees, and has had leadership positions in Meetings and Expositions, Council Policy Committee, the Division of the History of Chemistry, and the Sacramento Local Section.

Dr. Russell Johnson Member (2017-2019)

Russell Johnson is a Corporate Fellow at Honeywell. He has worked for the company since 1974, mostly in the Specialty Materials and Aerospace businesses.  He currently leads the Honeywell Aerospace Air Management Council, which functions across the company to develop air management products for aircraft, spacecraft, and surface vehicles.  Product areas include cabin air quality, protection against chemical/biological threats, environmental control systems, sensors, and fuel tank inerting. Russ and Honeywell’s six other Corporate Fellows also help the corporation to develop mentoring,innovation strategy, and tools for the company’s 27,000 technical staff.

Russ earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Colorado.  Previous to his current assignment, Russ worked on development of automotive catalytic converters, new fluorine-containing chemicals, and systems for advanced thermal management systems for high-speed aircraft.  Russ has also been recognized for his work in the application of advanced technology for conversion of hazardous and reactive materials.  For example, he served as Chief Scientist for the Parsons-Honeywell team that developed technology for destroying nerve agent and assembled chemical weapons.

Russ’s effort has resulted in 60 U.S. patents, numerous technical papers, and participation in outside professional activities.  He is a 2010 Fellow of the American Chemical Society.  His role in development of demilitarization technology led to an American Chemical Society Heroes of Chemistry Award in 1997.  A councilor from the Chicago Section, he previously served on the ACS Committee on Public Relations and Communications (CPRC).

Dr. Kevin Kuhn Member (2015-2017)

Kevin Kuhn is a Senior Advisor to the Chief Innovation Officer in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development (ORD). He manages ORD’s challenge and prize portfolio and the Pathfinder Innovation Projects—an annual competition for EPA scientists to stretch beyond their existing research and take a chance on their most creative, transformative ideas. Kevin’s interests in innovation management are broad and include green chemistry, diffusing transformational research into practice, and how research organizations encourage, and benefit from, smart risk taking.  

Before starting in his current position, Kevin was a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow hosted by the EPA, and a visiting scientist in the Office of Public Affairs at the American Chemical Society. Kevin earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, where his research centered on green chemistry and process efficiency. Kevin and his wife live in Northern Virginia with their two children and a giant dog. In his spare time, he loves home renovation, drinking coffee, and talking politics.

Dr. Zafra Lerman Member (2015-2017)

Zafra Lerman is a chemist, educator, and humanitarian. She holds a PhD in chemistry from the Weizmann Institute of Science, and conducted research on isotope effects at Cornell and Northwestern Universities in the US, and the ETH, Zurich, Switzerland. She developed an innovative approach of teaching science at all levels using art, music, dance, drama, rap and cultural backgrounds. These methods proved to be extremely successful among underprivileged students around the world and received international recognition.

From 1986 to 2011, she chaired the American Chemical Society's Subcommittee on Scientific Freedom and Human Rights. She worked on human rights cases in the former Soviet Union, Russia, China, Guatemala, Cuba, Peru, South Africa, Iran, and many more, and met with dissidents in most of these countries. After meeting Andrei Sakharov in 1989 and taking his advice, she took a crash course in Russian in order to facilitate her work with dissidents in the former Soviet Union. At great risk to her safety, she succeeded in preventing executions, releasing prisoners of conscience from jail and bringing dissidents to freedom. From 1987 until now, she serves as a Vice Chair for Chemistry of the Board of the Committee of Concerned Scientists (CCS), where she continues to be very active in human rights cases.

Since 2001, she has been using Science as a Bridge to Peace in the Middle East. She is the President of the Malta Conferences Foundation which brings together scientists from 15 Middle East countries (Iran, Israel, Turkey, and Arab countries) with six Nobel Laureates to work for 5 days on solving regional problems, establishing cross-border collaborations, and forging relationships that bridge chasms of distrust and intolerance.

Lerman has received over 40 awards for her work, including the Kilby Laureate Award (1998), the Presidential Award from President Clinton (1999); the World Cultural Council's World Award for Education in Johannesburg, South Africa (2000), the first international award in the new democratic South Africa; the American Institute of Chemists Joseph Hyman Ethics Award (2000); the ACS Parsons Award for outstanding public service to society through chemistry (2003); The Royal Society of Chemistry, England, Nyholm Education Award (2005); the New York Academy of Sciences Pagels Human Rights for Scientists Award (2005); George Brown Award for International Scientific Cooperation from CRDF Global (2007); the ACS Pimentel Award for excellence in chemical education (2010); The International Conference on Chemistry for Mankind (India) Award for Stimulating Collaborations and Ensuring Human Rights (2011); the AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy (2015); the APS Andrei Sakharov Prize for human rights (2016).  In July 2016, she received the prize for Peace and Justice from the UN NOVUS summit. She was honored by the U.S. Congress with speeches about her work in 2002, 2004 and 2013. Her work was featured on many television stations in China, Cuba, South Africa and the US.

Dr. Nick Milanovich Associate (2017)

Nick Milanovich received his BS and MS in chemistry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a PhD in physical chemistry from Iowa State University. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, Nick went into industry and showed that chemistry truly is the central science. He held a variety of product development roles, including oral health formulations for Colgate, clinical dentistry and microbiology for Philips Oral Healthcare/Sonicare, and cellulose chemistry for Weyerhaeuser.  Nick also has a head for sales and marketing, having sold materials modeling software and marketing cellulose fibers to a variety of industries for Weyerhaeuser.

Over the years, Nick has developed a personal interest in the communication of science, having seen its many effects, good and bad.  Nick is the President and founder of Speaking Science, LLC, where he helps scientists and engineers to speak clearly and be understood when money is at stake. He has guided countless scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and organizations develop impactful presentations, investor pitches, and marketing materials when it matters the most. His company has developed a reputation for exceptional results with start-ups, national and internationally recognized companies, and universities.  Clients include SRAM, LLC, Intellectual Ventures Lab, Weyerhaeuser, University of Washington, Seattle University, and Johns Hopkins.

Nick lives with his wife and kids in the Seattle area, where it rains a lot, but he never has to shovel it. When he is not speaking or doing science, Nick enjoys playing and learning to build guitars.

Dr. James Moran Associate (2017)

Jim Moran is originally from upstate New York and received his B.A. (chemistry and geology) from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.  His Ph.D. work (Geosciences, The Pennsylvania State University) was extremely interdisciplinary in nature and laid the framework for continued interest in science at the interface of traditional disciplines.  Jim’s post-doctoral experience (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario) focused on deep subsurface processes and led to some interesting field work up to 10,000 feet below the Earth’s surface in northern Canada.  Jim started his current position at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 2009 and his primary research focus is on the use of light isotope (both stable (2H, 13C, 15N, 18O), and active (3H)) measurements in support of a variety of forensic, environmental, ecological, and microbial ecology applications.  This has enabled him to participate in a wide variety of scientific studies including exploring microbial processes within hydrothermal systems at Yellowstone National park, fingerprinting toxic industrial chemical, evaluating the nutritional status of herring in Prince William Sound, and tracking groundwater contaminant plumes through the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington.  Most recently, Jim is using similar isotope approaches to better understand the spatial controls of biogeochemical processes that regulate nutrient exchange between soil and plants.

Dr. E. Ann Nalley Member (2016-2018)

Ann Nalley has been professor of Chemistry in the Physical Science Department at Cameron University since 1969.  Ann was a visiting scientist or professor in the Chemistry Departments at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas at Dallas, and the Polymer Science Department at the University of Southern Mississippi.  She earned a B.S. at Northeastern Oklahoma State University, an M.S. in analytical chemistry at Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D. in radiation chemistry from Texas Woman's University. Her research includes new product development and solving industrial problems in the area of cosmetic analysis, nanostructural materials, applied research in the petroleum industry, and computer molecular modeling.

Ann served as ACS President in 2006. At the completion of her term in the Presidential succession in 2007, she served a 10-year term on the ACS Board of Directors. She was the first woman to be appointed as a member of the PACIFICHEM Organizing Committee. She also serves as the Deputy Chair of the Malta Conferences and has been a councilor for more than 25 years. In 1996, she was awarded the Division of Professional Relation's Henry Hill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Professionalism and was the first and only woman named the Oklahoma Chemist in 1992. She received the 2005 Professional Excellence Award from the National Iota Sigma Pi Honor Society for Women in Chemistry.  In 2008, she was recognized as one of the top 50 women in the state of Oklahoma by the Journal Record, and in 2009, was inducted as one of the first group of ACS Fellows. She was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2010. In addition, Ann served as President of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society from 1996-1998 and as a member of their Board of Directors for 21 years.

Dr. Amy Ripka, Associate (2017)

Amy Ripka received her B.A. degree in Music at Northwestern University (with a double major in chemistry) and, quickly recovering from this violinistic indiscretion, went on to further chemistry studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with funding from an ACS Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from the MEDI division.  There, she completed her Ph.D. degree with a dual concentration in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry under the guidance of Daniel H. Rich where they published one of the first uses of the Grubbs catalyst on peptide substrates.  She was awarded an NIH Post-Doctoral Fellowship and worked at The Scripps Research Institute with K. Barry Sharpless and M.G. Finn where she developed a unique reaction of 1,3-disubstituted ureas with isocyanides to form formamidine ureas, which was picked up as a C&E News Chemistry Highlight.

Amy joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2000 as a member of the Anti-Infectives Discovery group where she contributed to the efforts of the antiviral team working on HCV protease inhibitors, which resulted in Asunaprevir, and also contributed to the NS5A inhibitor efforts, which culminated in Daclatasvir, both of which have been approved in Japan.

In 2003, Amy joined Infinity Pharmaceuticals, as a project leader for the Anti-Bacterial program where she worked with CSO Burt Christensen to develop new pathway drugs for MRSA.  In 2005, she joined Daiamed working to develop novel inhibitors for FXIa, which have been licensed and are being pursued by Exithera.  After Daiamed, she began consulting for FoldRx, HydraBiosciences and EnVivo Pharmaceuticals working predominately on TRP ion channels, HDACs, phosphodiesterase inhibitors and gamma secretase modulators and leading the outsourcing effort at these companies as well.

In 2007, she joined EnVivo Pharmaceuticals and became Associate Director and head of the chemistry department in 2010.  She led EnVivo’s CNS programs, one of which culminated in a PDE10 inhibitor which entered a Phase 2 trial.  Later in 2012, Amy moved to SAI Life Sciences where she oversaw dozens of programs in multiple therapeutic areas with medium and small biotech clients along with a few academic projects.   Since October 2014 she has been at WuXiAppTec as an Executive Director.  She is completely involved in science and productive discussions with very little time for meetings to discuss agendas for subsequent meetings.

Amy chaired the Medicinal Chemistry Gordon Conference in 2012 and was a member of the Long Range Planning Committee for the MEDI Division of the ACS from 2010-2012.  She has also been involved in the SABs of several national and international meetings.  She also has over 20 issued patents in a wide variety of therapeutic areas.

Dr. Joseph E. Sabol Member (2016-2018)

Joe Sabol is a consultant to the chemical, semiconductor, polymer, and related industries, specializing in technical and business development services. Sabol grew up on an apple farm in Racine County, Wisconsin, and received a B.S. in chemistry from Carroll College (Wisconsin) and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Oklahoma State University (Stillwater). After a postdoc in chemical engineering at University of Minnesota, he taught analytical, physical, and environmental chemistry and contributed to the literature of transport, magnetic, and crystallographic properties of transition metal oxides. Sabol joined ACS in 1976 and currently is Division of Small Chemical Businesses Program Chair (appointed 2008) and Councilor (elected 2016) and previously was Alternate Councilor (2014-2015), Upper Peninsula Local Section Treasurer (2008-present), and Great Lakes Region Board Member (2011-present). In 2003, Sabol was appointed to the Marquette County [MI] Local Emergency Planning Committee, has served as its Secretary, and is currently Vice-Chair. Sabol grows heirloom vine crops and vegetables on his Wisconsin farm-homestead during the summer and enjoys skiing during the winter near his chalet in the Michigan Upper Peninsula.

Dr. Jozef Stec Associate (2017)

Jozef Stec is an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Marshall B. Ketchum University College of Pharmacy. Prior to his current position, Dr. Stec was an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy. He obtained degrees and training in Molecular and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (M.Sc. with Honors, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland); Organic and Organometallic Chemistry (Ph.D., University of Southampton, England, U.K.); and Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry (Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA).

Jozef’s research interests are in the field of widely understood synthetic organic and modern medicinal chemistry. He uses the tools of rational drug design to discover novel classes of inhibitors for various essential enzymes. His research findings were published in several international peer-reviewed journals.

Throughout his academic career, Jozef has taught the principles of organic and medicinal chemistry, and has mentored and advised students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His passion for teaching was recognized by multiple awards and recognitions, including Teacher of the Year Award.

As a member of various committees, Jozef is involved in College- and University-wide service activities. At the national and international level, Jozef is a reviewer of journal manuscripts, symposium and grant proposals. In addition to ACS, Jozef is also an active member of various professional associations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

Dr. Heidi Vollmer-Snarr Associate (2017)

Heidi R. Vollmer-Snarr is a Chemistry Lecturer at Stanford University, where she uses the chemical mechanisms of biological processes to teach, write, and develop organic chemistry curriculum. She also manages the undergraduate organic chemistry laboratories and instrumentation. She has authored organic chemistry resource materials, including a textbook and mechanistic problems and videos to accompany textbooks. Prior to coming to Stanford, Heidi was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Brigham Young University. Her research at BYU involved retinoid chemistry in the development of a targeted and triggered drug delivery system for cancer therapy and mechanistic studies of age-related macular degeneration. She specializes in ocular age pigments, amino-retinoid compounds, and their photochemical oxidation products. To this end, she has served on the Small Business Sensory Technologies and Visual Systems National Institutes of Health Study Sections. Heidi was also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Utah, where she taught organic chemistry in their Master of Science for Secondary School Teachers program. Heidi was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Columbia University and the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute. She completed her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at Oxford University and her B.S. in Chemistry and B.A. in German at the University of Utah, where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies.

Heidi has served on CCPA on the Member Advocacy Subcommittee since 2016. She supports Act4Chemistry and is interested in influencing federal funding and policy decisions in the chemical sciences, research, and education. She also serves as an alternate councilor in the Santa Clara Valley section of the ACS. She is engaged in outreach activities, including chemistry magic shows for the community, schools, and scouting groups. She is passionate about chemistry and strives to find ways to help others recognize the importance of chemistry in their everyday lives.

Dr. Jonathan Wilker Member (2016-2018)

Jonathan is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Purdue University and by courtesy, a Professor in the Purdue University School of Materials Engineering.  He grew up in the Boston area and was often taken to the beach by his parents.  Now at Purdue, his research program focuses on materials produced by marine organisms.  A particular focus is the adhesives and cements produced by mussels and oysters for sticking to rocks.  Ongoing efforts include characterization of these marine biological materials, developing synthetic polymer mimics, and designing applications for these new materials.  Projects are often inspired by what is seen while out scuba diving.

Dr. Matthew Windsor Member (2016-2018)

Matt Windsor is the Senior Manager of Science Communications at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).  He is responsible for activities that help vision researchers communicate their science to anyone who will listen. Matt discovered his passion for science advocacy as a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University when he joined the ACS Tennessee Government Affairs Committee (TNGAC) in 2011.  He earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from U. Wisconsin-Madison in 2010, and a B.A. in chemistry from Boston University in 2005.

Dr. Ruth Ann Woodall Member (2016-2018)

Ruth serves as Associate Vice President for Education and Workforce Development for the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry and is located in Nashville, Tennessee. She currently leads the Tennessee Scholars for the Chamber.

Ruth attended Union University, Jackson, Tennessee, where she received a degree in Chemistry in 1977. She was named Chemistry Alumni of the Year in 2004 at Union. Ruth earned a Master’s degree in Science Education and Curriculum Design in 1984 from the University of Memphis. She is a certified Volunteer Manager and Fund Developer. Her honors include: E. Ann Nalley Volunteer of the year in 2007, ACS Fellow class of 2011, Nashville Section Volunteer of the Year for 2013, and the ACS Helen Free Award for Public Outreach in 2013.

Prior to joining the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Ruth taught chemistry in Metro Nashville Public Schools, in Shelby County Schools, and math in Dyer County Schools. She has led groups of students to study chemistry in Russia and Siberia and Marine Biology and Zoology in New Zealand and Australia through the People to People Youth Science Exchange.

Ruth is currently serving on the Nashville Section of the ACS as councilor, National Chemistry Week (NCW) and Earth Day Chair. She serves as chair of the ACS Tennessee Government Affairs Committee. She served the ACS for 19 years on Committee on Community Activities. She also serves on the Tennessee Science Teachers Board of directors as past president and Exhibits chair, on the State ACT policy council as secretary, on the Women in Science and Industry Champions Board at MTSU, on the Advisory Board of Nashville Singers and Tennessee United Way board. Ruth is an ACS Chemistry Ambassador and spends numerous hours advocating for STEM education.


Mr. Stephen Benn

Stephen Benn is a lifelong fan of the Cincinnati Reds and spent his first birthday in Hyde Park, Cincinnati.  He currently works with the Parliament of the United Kingdom and the Government in London for the Royal Academy of Chemistry on behalf of science.  In this capacity, he has successfully persuaded the United Kingdom’s House of Commons to allow live chemistry experiments in honor of the International Year of Chemistry, 2011.  Mr. Benn also has experience lobbying the United States Congress, and once worked as an assistant to a United States senator.