2015 Local Section Outreach Volunteers of the Year

Congratulations to the 2015 Outreach Volunteers of the Year!

For more information about Local Section Outreach Volunteers of the Year, contact outreach@acs.org.

Last Name

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Read awardees' individual profiles below, alphabetized by last name.

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Katharine D. Atkinson

Illinois-Iowa Local Section

Katherine teaches chemistry (and various other science classes) at Prince of Peace High School in Clinton, IA. She has been a very active member or our local section, and regularly brings students with her to the section meetings and events. In the past she has received several grants from the section for projects that she has done with her students. Last year in honor of Earth Day, Katherine and her students collected local creek water samples to analyze the phosphate and nitrate levels. Additionally, Katherine's students regularly participate in the local section's Chemistry Olympiad.

Katharine D. Atkinson

Thomas R. Beattie

San Diego Local Section

Tom has been the lead organizer of a partnership with Mad Science of San Diego. The San Diego Section of ACS sponsors interactive stage demonstrations for 4th and 5th graders that make science fun for kids. Last year, the program was viewed by over 8,000 students, primarily in low income areas and military families. Tom has also been the lead organizer of a long-standing partnership with UC San Diego to produce the Annual San Diego Medchem Symposium. For 17 consecutive years, this program has brought together researchers from industry and academia to celebrate the scientific excellence in San Diego.

Thomas R. Beattie

Clarita C. Bhat

Puget Sound Local Section

Clarita has worked tirelessly for over 20 years as the chair of the education committee to develop and implement student scholarships and grants to high school teachers. In addition, Clarita administers the Olympiad in our section, also was able to expand the Olympiad significantly in 2014 by reaching out to more schools.While Clarita had been very effective reaching out to many teachers and colleges in the community, in 2014 her outreach work expanded, resulting in more members getting involved with the Ed committee activities.

Clarita C. Bhat

Sandra J. Bonetti

Colorado Local Section

Sandra is a perennial hero among our members active in education and outreach. She has served as chair of the National ACS SEED program for the past three years. She mentors undergraduates from all backgrounds, and has served on the Colorado leadership committee for many years. She manages and sends all local section announcements through its list-serve. Her warm personality, sincerity and work ethic endear her to all. She is an asset to education in Colorado—a true ambassador for the ACS.

Sandra J. Bonetti

M. Kevin Brown

Southern Indiana Local Section

Kevin led efforts to design, develop and install a chemistry themed museum exhibit at WonderLab, a local children’s science museum in Bloomington, IN. This exhibit offers children the ability to relate their sense of smell with less familiar concepts, including atoms, molecules and chemical structure. In addition to his work on the permanent exhibit, Kevin has developed and led classroom activities for summer camps. Kevin, as 2013 chair of the local section, has also organized several Chemistry of Everyday life Seminars, social events and led efforts to bring ACS On Campus to IU.

M. Kevin Brown

Theodore J. Burkey

Memphis Local Section

Dr. Burkey is one of the most giving individuals in our Memphis community. He is extremely supportive of our undergraduate students. He works very hard to provide a great experience for the disadvantaged high school students that qualify for project SEED. He gracefully volunteers a lot of his time for the sake of teaching chemistry, and is extremely deserving of this recognition.

Theodore J. Burkey

Norman E. Byrne

Brazosport Local Section

Norm is enthusiastic, dedicated, and creative in promoting science interest among youth in our wide geographic community! Norm’s big ideas include an exciting introduction to polymers that uses a urethane synthesis to create a sculpture and a giant gyroscope that rotates kids on a turntable. He demonstrates for the Math and Science Camp at church. Norm has also been an enthusiastic supporter of Take Your Child to Work Day. He is fundamental in the sponsorship and leadership of the Dow Freeport STEM Ambassadors. Under Norm’s leadership, the STEM Ambassadors are gathering support and volunteers from a variety of professional organizations.

Norman E. Byrne

Nadia Carmosini

LaCrosse-Winona Local Section

Dr. Carmosini stepped up to the plate a couple of years ago to help organize the student program for the Great Lakes Regional Meeting. All this time, she has been an advisor to the Chem Club, and it is in this capacity she has contributed greatly to the La Crosse-Winona area chemistry outreach; through activities with other organizations, schools and the like. We do not have a Chair at this time, but have continued activities such as the sort demonstrated by Dr. Carmosini.

Nadia Carmosini

Benny C. Chan

Trenton Local Section

Dr. Chan has been an active member for many years in the Trenton ACS. He revitalized the Trenton section and made it more active. He has organized a number events including the scholarship program for the section, outreach to the public, serving as a co-advisor for the student affliate section, serving on the National ACS on the committee of minority affairs, and acting as chair and councilor of the local section. Dr. Chan also actively mentors and provides support and mechanisms for underrepresented groups to succeed in STEM fields.

Benny C. Chan

Nita Chhay

San Joaquin Valley Local Section

Nita Chhay has been active and selfless in supporting our local section and the Fresno State CHEM Club, a recognized ACS student affiliate. For 2 1/2 years, Nita has worked to adapt a small-scale general chemistry service learning projects into higher level outreach activities for those outside the Fresno State community. These activities have been used by the Fresno State Chem Club and the Chemistry Department, as well as the ACS-SJV local section to share with local community groups of up to 250. Nita also serves as a role model to many students at her high school alma mater.

Nita Chhay

Betty Jo Chitester

Erie Local Section

Dr. Chitester inspires outreach in our Local Section. Last Halloween, she encouraged first-year college students to carve pumpkins with element symbols and together, they engineered a huge Periodic Table of Pumpkins that delighted passersby! To celebrate Mole Day this year, Betty Jo gathered student helpers and stirred up liquid nitrogen ice cream, sharing treats with people passing through the science building. She performed demonstrations at the Sisters of Saint Joseph Neighborhood Network and Roosevelt Middle School, bringing the joy of science to underprivileged children. Her ability to inspire young people in our community truly makes her deserving of this award.

Betty Jo Chitester

Gregory D. Claycomb

Kansas City Local Section

As Chair of the Education Committee, Dr. Claycomb organized the 2014 USNCO event as well as outreach activities at local schools and other public venues. In his role as Chair of the Awards Committee, he solicited student and teacher awards and evaluated the submissions to select award winners. Dr. Claycomb also organized the annual awards banquet to honor all of the KC-ACS local section awards. As Chair of the KC Section, he helped monthly events at public locations.

Gregory D. Claycomb

James A. Coglianese

Joliet Local Section

Over the last two decades, Jim has been committed to serving the many needs of our local section, from chair to secretary. He is currently serving as our treasurer with extreme efficiency, accuracy, and fiscal viability. What distinguishes Jim from many others is his dediation to the section and his leadership qualities. He is forever trying to improve our outreach program in the community as well as mentoring our volunteer program, coordinating NCW, etc. Jim is an asset to our local section and to ACS vision and mission.

James A. Coglianese

Wendy Cory

South Carolina Local Section

Dr. Cory has been an advocate for science outreach to precollege students, K-12, particularly to underrepresented minorities, being both an innovator and a collaborator on many initiatives enhancing students’ understanding and appreciation of chemistry and the environment. Her activities have included two College of Charleston Literacy Outreach Initiatives: “The Frog Scientist” and “The Hive Detectives” where students in multiple grade levels participate in hands-on activities related to the chemistry and environmental concerns. She has championed NCW events, a summer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) institute, as well as other activities.

Wendy Cory

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Rachel Eason

Mississippi Local Section

Ms. Eason is a student recruiter at Belhaven University. She graduated with a BS in Chemistry from Belhaven in 2012. Rachel started Belhaven's ACS chapter as an undergraduate and currently works as a co-sponsor of that same organization, which recently won honorable mention in its 3rd year of existence. Rachel is also the Mississippi Local Section webmaster and is currently working to increase the visibility of the organization through social media networks, which were non-existent before she took on this role. She plans to attend law school to pursue a career in science policy and administration.

Rachel Eason

Mary K. Engelman

Northeast Tennessee Local Section

Mary Engelman is very involved in the activities in the ACS community. She has served as the local section member at large and chair succession. She is passionate in mentoring the next generation of the technician community to advance their careers. She sponsored college students to attend ACS local and regional meetings. She is also a judge for local and regional science fairs; and has assisted with National Chemistry Week for the past 22 years, having raised over $20K for NCW. She is a member of the Tennessee Government Affairs committee and gives talks at local schools on the importance of STEM education.

Mary K. Engelman

Abby Eveler

Hampton Roads Local Section

Abby has revitalized our science cafe program this year. She has also taken responsibility in arranging speakers and event venues that work in academia and industry in the Hampton Roads area. Currently she does this while also attending graduate school full-time at Christopher Newport University. Abby seeks to bring science into the community by selecting individuals who are experts in their field and can share their knowledge with a wider audience. Our Section has experienced growth and interest as a result of her efforts.

Abby Eveler

Michelle A. Faust

Sacramento Local Section

Michelle Faust has served as our Secretary this year and in addition to her duties performed in that role she has made numerous other contributions such as: applied and awarded for an IPG grant from ACS for the Chemistry of Chocolate and Wine event; obtained a CCA Mini-grant proposal in conjunction with the UC Davis chemistry club for a Chemists Celebrate Earth Day; set up Travel grant awards to the ACS for undergrad and grad students; secured a speaker for our celebration of 50 & 60 year members; and set up Poster and Easel for our organization.

Michelle A. Faust

Mark A. Griep

Nebraska Local Section

The Nebraska Section Executive Board nominates 2014 Chair Mark Griep for this award based on his outstanding contribution in securing National Historic Chemical Landmark (NHCL) status honoring Dr. Rachel Lloyd, the first US woman chemistry professor. Mark researched the life and accomplishments of this early woman pioneer in chemistry enabling the ACS, along with his new book on her life, to help share Dr. Lloyd’s remarkable accomplishments and legacy. Mark also organized a very successful and inspiring “Women in Science” symposium to accompany the NHCL event; almost 500 undergraduate chemistry students and 31 middle school students participated.

Mark A. Griep

Miriam Gulotta

North Jersey Local Section

Miriam Gulotta is a Chemistry Ambassador from the North Jersey Section who has brought science education to sick children confined to hospital rooms, exposed disadvantaged children to STEM opportunities that had previously been obscured, and reignited an aptitude for the sciences in older students who long ago were told that they simply weren’t smart enough to follow that path. Miriam is coordinator with Liberty Science Center’s Community Nights. She represents NJACS at Local Street Fairs. As a member of the 2014 NJ Chemistry Olympics Steering Committee, she organized hands-on activities for over 25 teams of students.

Miriam Gulotta

Ilia A. Guzei

Wisconsin Local Section

Dr. Ilia Guzei is a superb candidate for an ACS Local Section Outreach Volunteer of the Year award for his leadership in organizing the 2014 High School Crystal Growing Competition in Wisconsin. Ilia conceived the idea of a crystal-growing contest as part of the International Year of Crystallography. He planned a state-wide event, raised funds to support it, set up contest rules, contacted schools throughout the state, publicized the event, set up a comprehensive Web site that covers diverse topics concerning crystallography, and organized an award ceremony. The contest was a brilliant outreach event for high school students and teachers.

Ilia A. Guzei

Wayne F. Haag

Minnesota Local Section

Wayne F. Haag retired from Century College in 2011, having taught previously at Cretin High School. He graduated from the College of St. Thomas and received an M.S. from North Carolina A&T. He was chosen in 2014 by the Minnesota ACS Section as the inaugural recipient of the Janet Tarino Volunteer Award. For 20 years, he has been one of the most active volunteers in the monthly Chemists in the Library group, along with over 25 years of an annual Holiday Season Chemical Magic/Demo presentation. He continues his decades-long volunteer work in the student resource center at Century College.

Wayne F. Haag

Katie J. Heroux

Savannah River Local Section

Dr. Katie Heroux has led the Savannah River local section YCC chapter for the past two years. She has planned and organized several community outreach events including: chemistry demonstrations at a local children's hospital and the Salvation Army, Chemists Celebrate Earth Day events, ACS Webinars at local universities, and local charity drives. She has also organized several YCC social events that have helped to increase volunteer participation at our YCC and local chapter outreach events.

Katie J. Heroux

Susan A. Hershberger

Cincinnati Local Section

Susan Hershberger devotes her spare time from her professorial responsibilities to help with ACS Section events. For years she has helped with National Chemistry Week and Earth Day activities. She is a “go-to” person for the National Chemistry Week Coordinator. She co-leads “Chem Demo Practice” to teach new volunteers. She is passionate about teaching and creating an interactive experience with the community. Susan is inspiring the next generation of chemistry students at the grade school and University level, but also inspires other members and is most deserving of this award.

Susan A. Hershberger

Christine Jaworek-Lopes

Northeastern Local Section

For several years, Christine Jaworek- Lopes has been the driving force behind the activities for National Chemistry Week in the Northeastern Section, and the main organizer and coordinator of a range of exciting programs. Once again in 2014, the section received an ACS award for the excellence of the National Chemistry Week programs.

Christine Jaworek-Lopes

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A. Bakarr Kanu

Central North Carolina Local Section

For several years, Dr. Kanu has lead our High School Chemistry Olympiad efforts. Each year we see both increased participation from students and an increased number of students who receive scores that allow them to participate in the national competition. Dr. Kanu personally drives these efforts and the Olympiad has become an excellent outreach activity for our section.

A. Bakarr Kanu

John G. Kaup

Western Carolinas Local Section

John Kaup has a passion for outreach and has been a leader in this area for the Western Carolinas Local Section over the past 5+ years. Linking his job as Coordinator of Science Education (Furman University) with his various leadership positions within WCACS, he has led the way in expanding professional development opportunities for teachers. John has linked WCACS with the South Carolina Junior Academy of Science (SCJAS), connecting NCW and CCED Illustrated Poem contests with hundreds of K-12 students and teachers and continuing to seek out new avenues to share his passion for science with the local community.

John G. Kaup

Abigail R. Kennedy

Santa Clara Valley Local Section

Abby Kennedy has been an outstanding volunteer for the Santa Clara Valley Section. She has been Section Chair (2011) and Councilor (since 2006). She has also been the NCW coordinator for the past seven years. She runs an outreach program at the Martin Luther Library in San Jose for NCW which draws several hundred students and their families. Each year, she creates new programs consistent with the NCW theme. Abby has been an exceptional volunteer to our local section!

Abigail R. Kennedy

Meghan K. Knapp

Lexington Local Section

Dr. Knapp has worked on National Chemistry Week outreach events for over the last eight years at Georgetown College. This past year she hosted two separate events, which drew several hundred people, for the Sweet Side of Chemistry theme: one was an evening event for adults and children with a talk and demos; the other event was a Saturday afternoon science/candy event with hands-on activities for students. Over the last eight years, she has helped organize multiple NCW activities and science nights at local schools, libraries, and children's museums. Through Georgetown College's HHMI grant, she has developed an early grades science literacy program, through which science students work with elementary and middle school teachers to develop activities and a science curriculum. She has been Georgetown College's ACS student affiliates advisor for eight years, helping to train students to become volunteers in the community.

Meghan K. Knapp

Diane M. Kneeland

Central Texas Local Section

Diane has been a very active volunteer in the Central Texas section for over ten years. Currently our councilor, she also stepped in as our 2014 treasurer, and to coordinate volunteers for Earth Day and NCW, as we lost a lot of our key volunteers over the last two years. In addition, she also helped a lot with the section planning and operation, together with the chair elect, while the chair was facing health issues.

Diane M. Kneeland

Fran K. Kravitz

Chicago Local Section

Fran Kravitz has been instrumental with the Chicago Section’s Boy Scout Merit Badge and Girl Scout Patch programs in Chemistry, as well as being a leader of the ACS presence at the Illinois State Fair (for which she coordinates contributions from many local sections in and around Illinois). Her leadership has resulted in important learning experiences for over a hundred boy and girl scouts this year. Her contributions organizing and staffing the tent at the Illinois State Fair definitely contributed to two years of record attendance at the ACS exhibit: over 15,000 and 20,000 (2013, 2014, respectively). Kudos to Fran!

Fran K. Kravitz

Mathangi Krishnamurthy

Central Massachusetts Local Section

Professor Mathangi Krishnamurthy has been extremely active in the Section this year. She has organized our Chemists Celebrate Earth Day and National Chemistry Week activities. The CCED Illustrated Poem Contest attracted participation from many different schools, and nearly three hundred illustrated poems were submitted. Because of that tremendous response, Prof. Krishnamurthy worked with Fitchburg State University to have an awards ceremony for the winning students. During NCW, Dr. Krishnamurthy organized events at the Discovery Museum in Acton, MA for the public and at the McKay Arts Academy for eight grade students.

Mathangi Krishnamurthy

Stephen Krogsrud

Richland Local Section

Dr. Stephen Krogsrud started his outreach activities with the local section in the mid-1990s. Upon becoming the Section Chair in 2000, he organized a program to place Section members in high school chemistry classes during NCW. From 2002-2011, Dr. Krogsrud edited the Richland Section newsletter, and from 2011-present, he has served on the Public Relations Committee. Since 2003, Dr. Krogsrud has organized a two-day chemistry workshop for local youth, based on the requirements of the Boy Scout chemistry merit badge. Through this program, several hundred local boys and girls have been exposed to the excitement of chemistry.

Stephen Krogsrud

Elmer B. Ledesma

Greater Houston Local Section

Dr. Elmer B. Ledesma is recognized for his service as a mentor to the ACS undergraduate student membership. Dr. Ledesma serves as an assistant professor at the University of St. Thomas in the Department of Chemistry and Physics. Dr. Ledesma has also served as a Project SEED mentor. In his role as faculty advisor for the ACS Student Chapter, students have remained active attending national meetings and supporting local community activities year round. The chapter was recently honored with the Outstanding Chapter and the Green Chemistry Student Chapter Awards. Elmer’s key to success is: Do more than what is necessary.

Elmer B. Ledesma

Bommanna G. Loganathan

Kentucky Lake Local Section

Dr. Bommanna Loganathan coordinated the CCED Illustrated Poem Contest and demos on the Wonders of Water to regional schools. Tennessee State Senator Mr. Lowe Finney awarded the prizes to the poem contest winners. Two winners from our local section won second-place awards at the national level. With support from the ACS Global Innovation Grant, Dr. Loganathan organized and successfully completed the first Joint Poster Symposium between the Indian Chemical Society and the Kentucky Lake Section using an interactive website. He reached out to over 600 students and 50 professional chemists from several colleges and universities in India and the USA.

Bommanna G. Loganathan

Kenneth S. Lyle

North Carolina Local Section

Dr. Ken Lyle has excelled in bringing chemistry to the masses through his extensive outreach volunteer work. This includes chemistry demonstration presentations at museums, libraries, schools and schools, assisted living centers, and the state fair. He has exceeded the impact of any single volunteer by cultivating a culture of community service among science students through his Chemistry Outreach Service Learning course at Duke University. Dr. Lyle and his troop of student volunteers have performed chemistry demonstrations at nearly 150 events, capturing the minds of more than 13,000 elementary, middle, and high school students throughout our local section’s region.

Kenneth S. Lyle

Linda Marquez

Georgia Local Section

Linda has and continues to reach out to the Fulton County (includes City of Atlanta) Georgia schools by serving as a judge at the annual Science & Engineering Fair. In addition, Linda serves on the meeting committee. In that capacity, she contacts prospective speakers, thereby engaging them in the ongoing efforts of the section.

Linda Marquez

Christine McInnis

Philadelphia Local Section

Christine has been the spark for the Younger Chemists Committee in the Philadelphia Section for the past three years. Her leadership is evident in all that the YCC does. They have been involved in the annual Philadelphia Science Fair, an annual Philadelphia Section poster session, quarterly Quizzo gatherings, and regular social activities. Christine has helped all of these events happen.

Christine McInnis

Meghann N. Murray

Detroit Local Section

Meghann Murray has contributed significantly to the goals and objectives of the Society through her dedication to ongoing outreach programs. She has taken the science café concept and transformed the informal lecture series, “Brewing Chemistry”, into a monthly tradition for over six years. The first program was held on Nov 18, 2008 and has continued to draw a diverse crowd through engaging presentations. Meghann has also been a key coordinator of the SE Michigan Girl Scout Chemistry Day (which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2014) where she hosts the Career Program, complete with speakers, games, prizes and a poster session.

Meghann N. Murray

Russell K. Odland

Tampa Bay Local Section

Dr. Russ Odland recently moved to Tampa Bay and immediately became involved with our section. At his first run for office, he was elected Alternate Councilor. Then, at his first meeting with the Section's executive board, Russ volunteered to go about the work of establishing a Senior Chemist Group. He found a partner in Dr. Fred Metz. Together they organized two meetings of the group: a luncheon and a tour of Port Manatee. Russ also organized the efforts in applying for a Senior Chemists Grant and won it for our section. We look forward to seeing what he'll do next!

Russell K. Odland

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John C. Proetta

Northern New York Local Section

John’s passion for Chemistry and Chemical Education is contagious. He has been a long-time volunteer at the SUNY Potsdam Chemistry department’s outreach events and has magical charms in recruiting, managing and exciting a large number of young students. Besides his normal duties as a chemistry instructional support staff and stockroom manager, John is the founder and event chair of Chemtoberfest, a fall-themed science festival and one of the largest academic events on campus bringing over 1000 participants yearly. His leadership, dedication and consistent rapport with the Potsdam community are outstanding. He is much deserving of this award.

John C. Proetta

Jill K. Rehmann

New York Local Section

Jill has been very active in Section governance, the Student Affiliate Committee (URS event), Chemical Education Committee, and the Brooklyn Subsection. She has coordinated the “High School Poster Session” for 19 years. She was an excellent Chair of the New York Section in 2006. She participated in Student Affiliate, Undergraduate Research Symposium, Chemical Education and as umbrella chair for all the New York Section committees listed under Educational Affairs. In the Brooklyn Subsection, she served as Chair and Treasurer. Jill has coordinated the annual High School Research Poster Session, which has grown to 112 presentations and 125 participants.

Jill K. Rehmann

I. David Reingold

Portland Local Section

Dave hit the ground running when he volunteered to run for Portland Section Chair-Elect. In 2015, as chair of the nominations committee, he diligently recruited more candidates on the ballot; a real challenge for a Section that's historically had only one nominee for each office. He volunteered for the Finance Committee Chair. He is committed to student involvement. To this end, he championed a new activity for the Section: an (annual) Undergraduate Poster Symposium. He secured generous funding both from ACS Corporation Associates and corporate donations. The Poster Symposium, with its scheduling headaches and roadblocks, came off without a hitch.

I. David Reingold

Michelle L. Rivard

Midland Local Section

Michelle has been extensively involved in outreach activities from teacher workshops to demos to hands-on sessions with students, and she has been active for several years. She offers new ideas, helps prepare and order supplies, and leads sessions. Besides helping with almost every outreach event in the last two years, she also instituted automated sign-up procedures to recruit others. In addition, she takes and catalogs many of the photographs we have of various events. Michelle is and has been a Science Coach, was 2014 Chair of our local technician's group, and has now been elected a Director.

Michelle L. Rivard

Patricia A. Schumann

Southern Arizona Local Section

It is a pleasure to recognize Pat's many years of selfless service to our local section. She was instrumental in organizing our highly active Women Chemists Group. She has for many years coordinated local section activities for National Chemistry Week, Earth Day and other community events. And during her ten years as Councilor, she became affectionately known as the section "nag" by continually mentoring all our other volunteers in their many activities. One could call it derivative volunteer efforts. We are all better volunteers for knowing and working with Pat.

Patricia A. Schumann

Sibel Selcuk

Indiana Local Section

Sibel has served the Indiana Section in an excelled capacity for many years. She stepped up and served as Chair for two consecutive terms when another Chair relocated. She lead efforts for our IPG playroom. She helped raise funds and served on the leadership team for our Celebrate Science Event. Sibel has participated in our sections strategic planning and champions two of our long-term goals. She is a continued contributor and continally steps up to help or lead events.

Sibel Selcuk

Margareta F. Sequin

California Local Section

Dr. Sequin has been a very active member of the California Local Section's public outreach efforts for many years. She has developed and operated hands-on demonstrations at our Family Science Nights at local middle schools, as well as our Earth Day, Solano Stroll neighborhood event, and the Bay Area Science Festival at AT&T Park. She continues to be our liaison to the San Francisco State University Chemistry and Biochemistry Departments where she regularly recruits and trains student volunteers to assist with the above mentioned events.

Margareta F. Sequin

Kathy Shade

Ozark Local Section

Kathy organized the Chemistry Olympiad event for the Ozark Local Section. She invited all area high schools and nearly 200 students attended the event. She put forth an extraordinary amount of effort into making this a successful and enjoyable experience for all of the students and teachers involved.

Kathy Shade

C. Frank Shaw III

Illinois Heartland Local Section

Frank Shaw has been extremely active in outreach activities in our Section with an emphasis on promoting awareness of global climate change. He organized and conducted five separate workshops for teachers, naturalists and volunteers over the past two years. Participants leave these workshops with an arsenal of information as well as examples of ways to incorporate climate science into school curricula. Every participant receives two DVDs (that Frank created) overflowing with relevant material to use in educational programs. Frank regularly engages the public directly with climate science demonstrations at events at various locations throughout Illinois and Wisconsin.

C. Frank Shaw III

Alexsa Silva

Binghamton Local Section

Dr. Alexsa Silva is the Director of Instruction and Outreach in the Chemistry Department at Binghamton University. In this function, Dr. Silva coordinates outreach activities and organizes events in the greater Binghamton area. To highlight some of her recent activities: she has directed the Southern Tier Science Olympiad for several years; organized many science demonstration events, including "Making Stuff" events with the Materials Research Society; and organized the Science Cafe. Dr. Silva is extremely active in organizing these activities; the local science community would not be the same without her involvement and engagement.

Alexsa Silva

John Straw

Northern Oklahoma Local Section

John Straw has served our Section for over four years preparing National Chemistry Week (NCW) kits for volunteers to take to local schools. Northern Oklahoma’s NCW is held over two weeks and John annually commits a month of volunteer time. His preparations of solutions, materials, and equipment allow volunteers to pick up kits and conduct hands on experiments with 4th and 5th grade classes. This year, a total of 1,405 students at 15 schools participated requiring over 350 kits. John’s help was critical in preparing, sorting, and organizing these kits.

John Straw

Sanda P. Sun

Orange County Local Section

Sanda has been the go-to person in our Education Committee. She has assisted the Committee Chair, Carol Grimes, brought her students to every NCW event that we've had for at least ten years and helps organize our outreach events. She also runs the first year exam program, involving about 300 students from 40 high schools who take the exam to qualify for prizes and recognition. When we had the International Year of Chemistry, she organized a group of students to run an hands-on event at a local library. She has also helped with our awards committee process.

Sanda P. Sun

Nevart N. Tahmazian

Chemical Society of Washington Local Section

Prof. Tahmazian has been involved in outreach activities for over twenty years, including NCW activities at schools and with Girl Scout troops. Nevart helped found Rockville Science Day and is the event’s liaison for the Chemistry Department (partnering with CSW). Nevart encourages students towards chemistry careers as MC’s STEM ED Community Club co-advisor, through the Frontiers in Science and Medicine Day, and the Sonya Kovalevsky program. In 2012 she was featured in the ACS video production www.BytesizeScience.com for NCW activities. As an ACS Science Coach and Ambassador, she assisted St. Mary's School and coordinated lesson plans and activities with the teacher.

Nevart N. Tahmazian

Douglas R. Walker

Idaho Local Section

As an ISU ChemClub President, Mr. Douglas Walker has done more than he was required to reach out to our community. ISU ChemClub has always been active in local outreach, but this year has been one of the most impressive years, even for us. He has been in several leadership positions in ISU ChemClub all four years at ISU. Under his leadership, ISU ChemClub has impacted more than 1,000 local K-12 kids and community members through classroom visits with demonstrations and large chemistry magic shows.

Douglas R. Walker

James R. Zubricky III

Toledo Local Section

Jim has brought new life and energy to Toledo ACS. Serving as Treasurer for the last couple of years, he has also been involved in outreach activities in the Toledo community, including The Blade Corporate & Community Spelling Bee benefiting Read for Literacy, Toledo MetroParks, and our Sam Kean 2014 event in partnership with the Toledo Lucas County Library. Jim has been instrumental in getting Bowling Green State University to be active again, coordinating several events, and re-establishing their student chapter. Jim has also reached out to establish a connection with the Adrian College Student Chapter.

James R. Zubricky III