2019 Local Section Elections

The following positions are up for election in 2019

(Term indicated in parentheses)

  • Secretary (2020-2021)
  • Treasurer (2020-2021)
  • Councilor (2020-2022)
  • Alternate Councilor (2 openings): (2020-2022 and 2020)
  • Member-at-Large (3 openings): (2020-2021)

A link for voting will be sent to your email address on file with the ACS.

For detailed information on election rules, please familiarize your self with Bylaw VI. The following sections provide a biography and position statement for all candidates. Incumbents are indicated with an (I).

Secretary (2020-2021)

Kim Chichester (I) Running Unopposed
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Treasurer (2020-2021)

Mark Heitz (I) Running Unopposed

Bio:
Mark is currently Profes¬sor of Chemistry at SUNY Brockport and teaches a variety of courses, with a primary emphasis on Physical and Analytical Chemistry. A native of Rochester, Mark began his training at The King’s College, Briarcliff Manor, NY, earning his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. He did graduate work at Master’s level at Rochester Institute of Technology with Professors Jerry Takacs and Vladimir Vukanovic working on plasma-based surface modifications of polyimide coated silicon substrates, and at the University of Rochester with Professor Jim Farrar. Following these experiences, Mark taught high-school chemistry for three years prior to attending SUNY Buffalo, where in 1995 he earned his Ph.D. under the tutelage of Professor Frank Bright. Mark’s research at UB was focused on studying solute dynamics in reverse micelles formed in liquids and supercritical fluids. From Buffalo, he moved to a post-doctoral position at The Pennsylvania State University with Professor Mark Maroncelli, continuing to work in the area of solute-solvent interactions in supercritical fluids. At Brockport, his research group studies molecule solvation dynamics of small molecules and biomolecules around the general theme of ionic liquids.
Mark has been an active contributor to local section since 2002. In 2016, he was recognized by the Local Section with the 2016 Volunteerism Award and was honored to be selected as an American Chemical Society Fellow, Class of 2019.

Position Statement:
Local section treasurer is position of significant responsibility. Having been actively involved in the local section now for eighteen years, I want to continue serving and supporting the Rochester Local Section membership by working to promote and enhance the Section’s programs. It is easy to simply say ‘I’m too busy…’ but the benefits that are enjoyed by the membership are a direct result of those who take time to serve. I have benefited from the numerous people who have generously donated their time and energy to the ACS Local Section and am motivated to return ‘in-kind’ service by contributing in my strength areas. Serving as Treasurer is but one additional way that I can give back to the Local Section and ACS.
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Councilor (2020-2022)

Richard Cobb (I)
Bio:
Please read the bio for Richard
Cobb here.

Position Statement:
Please read the position statement
for Richard Cobb here.

Alternate Councilor (2020-2022)

Jim Reynolds (I)

Bio:
Jim Reynolds is a retiree of the Eastman Kodak Company, where he was employed for more than 25 years. His roles included chemical technology development, consumer and motion picture film commercialization, inkjet formulation, materials science, and intellectual property generation and monetization. He is an inventor on 31 US patents. Jim received a B.A. in chemistry from Colby College and a Ph.D. in physical-organic chemistry from Yale University. He lives in Brighton with his wife Ginny and his daughter Maya.


Position Statement:
I am delighted to have been asked to continue to serve the Rochester Section as Alternate Councilor. Through my 9 years as Councilor, I am well acquainted with the workings of the National ACS and could easily step in if necessary to add my voice to the Council. I have been an active member of the Rochester Section for over 25 years, and I will continue to be a strong advocate for the Section’s signature events including the Harrison Howe Award, the High School Chemistry Awards, and its educational outreach activities. I will also continue to promote the ACS as a valuable resource for younger chemists, encouraging them to join and make use of its professional development and networking opportunities.
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Alternate Councilor (2020)

Michael Coleman Running Unopposed
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Member-at-Large (2020-2021) – 3 openings

David McCamant (I) Elana Stennett
Bio:
Please read the Bio for David McCamant here.

Bio:
Elana is an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS). Currently in her fourth year as a tenure-track faculty member, she been establishing her research lab while getting involved in her community beyond the classroom by serving as secretary to the Zetas of New York (HWS’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter). Elana holds a BA with ACS certification in Chemistry from The College of Wooster and a Ph.D. in Biophysical Chemistry from Arizona State University.
Elana is a member of the national YCC and WCC as well as the ENVR ACS Division. Also, she serves on the executive committee for NERM 2020 helping to organize the Younger Chemists Committee Events. Since January 2019, she has served as the chair for the Rochester section ACS YCC (January 2019-present). In college, she served as her undergraduate Chemistry Club treasurer and is currently co-advisor to the HWS ACS Student Chemistry Club.

Position Statement:
I am an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Rochester, where I have led an ultrafast laser spectroscopy research group since 2006. Before I obtained my PhD, I worked in several R&D and Quality Control laboratories and so I have some experience in both industry and academic environments. I am currently the Program Chair for the academic technical program at NERM 2020 and chair of the Harrison Howe Award committee. I would like to continue as a Member-at-Large in the Rochester section to maintain and improve coordination between NERM 2020, the local section and the University of Rochester’s chemistry department. By enhancing communication between the local section and the U of R faculty and students, we will be able to build a stronger section that represents the full breadth of local chemists. I look forward to working with the local section for NERM 2020, in outreach events and through research symposia for undergraduates.

Position Statement:
I am excited to run for Member-At-Large for the Rochester local section of the ACS. A relatively recent transplant from the mid-West, I have been looking for ways to get more involved and am excited about the chance to do this while sharing my love of chemistry. Since beginning to participate in local section activities, I think we are at an exciting crossroad. I think we must think about creative ways moving forward to continue to engage our current members by offering resources and opportunities to connect. This can include continuing to bring forth a Younger Chemists Committee (YCC), Women Chemists Committee (WCC), and a Senior Chemists Committee (SCC). Being located in the Rochester area, we are surrounded by lots of industry and academia. As an entity, I believe the local section has a responsibility to help build this community but also, just as crucially, offer chances to engage new individuals. Personally, by helping to build the YCC for the Rochester local section, I think we can engage chemists through new activities such as learning how to network or social events across the Rochester area, working to bridge the Rochester community and chemists.

Colin WrightKarla Sanchez

Bio:
I currently serve as the Chemistry Department Laboratory Coordinator at Nazareth College in charge of freshman chemistry and physics laboratories. Prior to my position at Nazareth, I was a fulltime chemistry professor at San Jacinto Community College in Houston Texas for three years. I earned my PhD working on biodegradable plastics at the University of Akron under Dr. Coleen Pugh.

Bio:
Karla is currently a 22-year old second year chemistry graduate student at the U of R working developing a series of heterobimetallic complexes for the synthesis of ternary metal oxide nanocrystals. Karla is from Morelos, Mexico. In 2018, she earned a BS in Molecular Design from Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos. Her hobbies include painting, hiking, playing guitar, and volleyball. She is fluent in Spanish, English and some French.

Position Statement:
I am currently the Project SEED co-director for the local ACS section. In my role as Member-at-Large I would continue to focus on how to improve and expand Project SEED. Working in a community college I have seen firsthand how just one good experience can have a positive impact on a student’s career. In addition to my role in SEED I would also work to help the chapter meet the needs of our members by listening to what you want and trying to make that happen.

Position Statement:
My set of language skills and curiosity of how diversity works in different fields of knowledge has helped me to build communication strength which is a very important competence to be a good member-at-large. I have attended a few monthly meetings of the section, experiences that helped me to analyze and understand the role and the science culture of the local section society. I want to run for member-at-large to provide new ideas and spread out the important presence of this society in the local universities and the greater community in the Western New York Area. The fact that I am a graduate student and enjoy being involved gives me the ability to be a good liaison between the committee, local ACS members, and the public. I can serve as a potential recruiter for new members as well as an active events planner and coordinator.