The ACS GCI Advisory Board is comprised of members from non-profit organizations, industry, and academia to reflect a broad set of environmental interests and capabilities. The board convenes biannually and assists the Institute in accomplishing its strategic goals.
Advisory Board Members
Dr. Chris Avery, CEI Chair
U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)
Chris Avery is a senior manager for the U.S. Global Change Research Program where he manages the National Climate Assessment. Previously, he was a senior advisor and director of communications for the National Council for Science and the Environment and a senior advisor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s clean energy technology division. Dr. Avery has a doctorate in analytical chemistry and a second degree in science policy from the University of Michigan. He currently serves as the Chair of the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement.
Dr. Kathryn Beers
Group Leader & Program Developer
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Kathryn L. Beers is group leader of the polymers and complex fluids group in the materials science and engineering division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Her research interests include microreactors and microfluidics, macromolecular separations, advances in polymer synthesis and reaction monitoring, integrated and high throughput measurements of polymeric materials, degradable and renewable polymeric materials and sustainable materials. She was awarded the Department of Commerce Silver Medal in 2005 and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2007.
Thomas J. Burns
Staff Scientist, Technical Service
Novozymes North America, Inc.
Tom Burns is a Staff Scientist at Novozymes North America, where he provides technical and formulation support to the company’s customers across the Americas. Burns joined Novozymes in 1992 in technical service, formulating and evaluating the performance of enzymes in detergent products for use in both household and industrial laundry. From 2012-16 he served as co-chair of the ACS GCI Formulators’ Roundtable. Based at the company’s Brazilian office from 1998-2003, he worked as technical and business development manager, covering applications of bio-based products throughout Latin America. Previously, Burns was a formulation chemist at a household-cleaning products company in New York State. Burns began his career as a secondary-school science teacher in Latin America and speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese.
Dr. Mary Kirchhoff, ex officio
Director, ACS Green Chemistry Institute®
American Chemical Society
Dr. Kirchhoff is the Executive Vice President of the Division of Scientific Advancement at ACS and the Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®. Dr. Kirchhoff received a B.A. from Russell Sage College, an M.S. degree from Duquesne University, and a Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire. She spent nine years on the faculty at Trinity College in Washington, D.C., and three years as an AAAS environmental fellow and visiting scientist at the EPA prior to joining the ACS Green Chemistry Institute in 2001. She later served as the Director of the Education Division at ACS. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Mr. Michael Kirschner
Design Chain Associates, LLC
Michael Kirschner is the founder and president of an environmental management consultancy Design Chain Associates, LLC. He is an engineering, environmental compliance and performance expert providing advice and expertise to manufacturers in a variety of industries. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He began his service as a member of the ACS GCI Governing Board in 2014 (now advisory board).
Dr. Audrey Moores
Centre for Green Chemistry and Catalysis
Department of Chemistry
Dr. Audrey Moores is an associate professor and co-lead for the McGill Sustainable Systems Initiative-Materials theme at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. At École Polytechnique, she received a doctorate in chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Pascal Le Floch. Her research topic focuses on the development of catalytic processes based on earth abundant elements and low energy synthesis of materials. Audrey is also an associate editor of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering journal and scientific director for the non-for-profit tech transfer company, GreenCenter Canada.
Dr. Laura Pence
Department of Chemistry
University of Hartford
Dr. Laura Pence is a professor of chemistry at the Unviersity of Hartford. Her training is in the area of synthetic inorganic chemistry, with additional expertise in environmental chemistry. As a Congressional Science Policy Fellow in Washington, DC, Dr. pence gained a unique perspective on the intersection between government and science, which she shares in the classroom as well as in speaking about the importance of science advocacy. She is extremely active in the American Chemical Society: she has programmed for the Division of Chemical Education, chaired the Committee on Environmental Improvement and served on the Board of Directors and the Committee on Education.