2020 Local Section Elections

The following positions are up for election in 2020

(Term indicated in parentheses)

  • Chair (2021-2022)
  • Vice Chair (2021-2022)
  • Councilor (2021-2023)
  • Member-at-Large (3 openings): (2021-2022)

In addition to the candidates, voters are being asked to vote on updates to the Local Section Bylaws. Please learn more about those changes below.

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 and our Local Section Elections page. The following sections provide a biography and position statement for all candidates. Incumbents are indicated with an (I).

Chair (2021-2022)

Colin WrightRunning Unopposed
PhD Polymer Science from The University of Akron.
Professional Positions:
Laboratory Technician Quality Assurance ThermoFisher (2020-current).
Laboratory Coordinator, Nazareth College (2019-2020).
Chemistry Professor, San Jacinto Community College (2016- 2019) .
ACS Local Section:
Project SEED director (current), Co-director (2019).
Member: ACS Division: Polymer Chemistry
Position Statement:

I believe in our mission to connect and empower our members through innovative chemistry programs and outreach. To say that this past year, and the years ahead will be difficult is an understatement. I think that the Local Section has done an admirable job in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like most organizations we were forced to adapt to a world where wen could no longer meet in person seemingly on the fly.  Cleary in this difficult time as we adjust to the new way of life now is the time to innovate.
I would like to keep the section going strong and continue to make our events as open and accessible as possible. This will include keeping a virtual attendance option even when we can meet in person again. In addition, we will continue to keep everything open to our members via a shared online drive.

Read full Position Statement here.

Vice Chair (2021-2022)

Elana Stennett Running Unopposed
I am an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS). Starting my fifth year as a tenure-track faculty member, I have been busy getting my lab set-up where they investigate interactions that lead to membrane fouling during water purification. I believe strongly in serving my community beyond the classroom and serve on a number of different faculty advisory committees as well as the secretary to the Zetas of New York (HWS’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter). I hold a BA with ACS certification in Chemistry from The College of Wooster and a Ph.D. in Biophysical Chemistry from Arizona State University.

I am currently a Member-at-Large on the Executive Committee and co-chair of the newly revived Rochester section Younger Chemists Committee (ROC ACS YCC, 2019 – present). I am also a member of the NERM 2022 organization committee in charge of organizing YCC events. During my senior year of college I was the treasurer of my undergraduate ACS Chemistry Club. Now I serve as the adviser for the HWS ACS Student Chemistry Club.

Position Statement:
As Vice Chair, I look forward to working with the Chair and the rest of the executive committee to continue this trajectory forward. Seeking out new people, learning what our members need and want from us, and working together to find ways to achieve our goals are important to the continued growth and life of this section. As Vice Chair, and lead for the section’s Strategic Plan, I think we can find new ways to bring in younger chemists, such as reaching out more to the colleges and universities as well as high school teachers, while also increasing the involvement of our retired chemists. Working to develop mentor programs is one way that we can accomplish many of our goals. I look forward to having the opportunity to share more thoughts if elected to this position.

Read full Position Statement here.

Councilor (2020-2023)

Amber CharleboisRunning Unopposed
Assistant Professor Nazareth College
INSTITUTION: University of Buffalo
Emmet Reid Award (excellence in chemistry teaching) (2010), ACS Fellow (2015)
Rochester Local Section:
Vice-Chair (2016), Chair (2017-2018), Vice-Chair (2019-2020)
North Jersey Local Section:
Chair (2012), Councilor (2012-2014), Alternate Councilor (2006-2011), Co-Chair Metro Women Chemists Committee (2008-2012), and National Chemistry Week (2002-2014), Project SEED Mentor (2002-2006), and Undergraduate Chemical Education Program Chair for MARM (2005)
Vice-Chair of the Regional Board 2020-present and Chair NERM 2022
Women Chemists Committee (Member 2006-2013 and Chair 2014-2016), Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board (Member 2014-2019), ACS Committee on Public Relations and Communications (Member 2017-2018 and Chair 2019-present)

Position Statement:
I am excited about the possibility to represent YOU, the members of the ROCACS as your Academic Counselor. After having served as Chair and Vice Chair of the section for the last four years and as I continue to lead the NERM 2020 – now 2022 effort, I am ready and excited to serve the section in this new and important role. If elected, I will make it a point to attend all national ACS council meetings and represent the ROCACS in all my decisions and votes and then to report back to you any important news coming from National. From the bottom of my heart, thank you very much for your consideration.

Read full Position Statement here.

Alternate Councilor (2020-2023)

No Candidate Running
At present, there is no declared candidate running to fill the open Alternate Councilor seat.

Please contact Jim Reynolds if you are interested in filling this seat.

Member-at-Large (2021-2023) – 3 openings

Maryann Mendel John Pochan
Dr. Maryann Mendel is an active member of the Rochester Section of ACS where she is serving as Member-at-Large. In this role, she chaired our Annual Event and Recognition Dinner. As a member of NERM 2012, she contributed in many areas such as secretary, webmaster chair, publicity chair, and event chair and worked with others to make it a very financially and technically successful event.

Read full Biography and Position Statement here.
Read full Biography here.

Position Statement:

Over the last 2 years, I was recognized for chairing events and improving their success such as our Annual Event and our Recognition Dinner where I also served as Awards Chair. I also contributed to NERM2020, which was postponed in June and rescheduled for 2022 due to Covid-19. I have been able to use the calendars of many outside organizations to post these events such as Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester Business Journal, Kodak Retired Website and Rochester City Newspaper.

If elected, I would continue some of my current duties. At the same time, I would work on developing the next path for the future success of the Rochester Section of the American Chemical Society by working on NERM2022. At this time, I am the awards chair for NERM 2022.

Position Statement:

I view the position of Member at Large of the local section as one of bringing ACS operational experience to the local board to enhance the operations of the board and board programs as well as mentor new Board members. I have served and chaired two national ACS committees (Divisional Activities and Meeting and Expositions). During my tenure at these positons I have developed a network within the hierarchy of the ACS and with ACS personnel at the national office. I hope to continue to use this experience to enhance our local section. In addition, I will continue my activities on NERM. I believe I can continue to help the local section in beneficial ways and solicit your vote in the coming election.
Thank you
James Stair
Outstanding Student in Analytical Chemistry (2019),
Marcus Brewster Scholarship in Chemistry (2019),
Women’s and Gender Studies Outstanding Student (2017, 2018, 2019),
Dorothy Wefel Metthews Scholarship Recipient (2017, Summer 2018)
Academic Resource Center Diversity Training Workshop Leader (2017), Rainbow Connection Training Leader for Professors (2017), Activism 101 Workshop Leader (2017)
Professional Positions:
University of Rochester, Graduate student, Chemistry, July 2019- Now.
ACS Local Section and Division Offices:
Member ACS since 2018. Rochester Section: Younger Chemists Committee Treasurer (2019)
ACS National Service: None so far
ACS Local Section Rochester (2020), Mercer University ACS (2017-2019).

Position Statement:
Currently, I am a member of the ACS Rochester Local Section and have been increasingly involved with the organization’s events. I am a part of the planning committee for the Recognition Dinner for our 50-60-70 year members to celebrate their long-standing commitment and participation in the organization. As a Member at Large, I hope to continue being involved in organization events and to become more familiar with the group’s activities.

I am also serving as the Treasurer of the Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) and helping with the organizing NY Regent’s Exam Answer keys for local high school teachers. This position has helped me to focus more on local outreach to encourage greater participation in chemistry, foster a chemistry identity for more students, and enhance resources available to teachers in the area.

Serving as Member-at-Large would help me to become more familiar with the rules, precedents, and events offered by the local section to better advertise the benefits and resources that the organization brings to new members. I have been fortunate enough to be recruited by another graduate student, and I plan on doing the same for others to help increase membership and participation in the organization.

Read full Position Statement here.