Board of Trustees Officers

Terry Hill, President           

Chief Executive Officer North America, Barentz, Avon, OH

Mr. Hill began his career with Univar in 1985 and held a variety of sales and management positions during his tenure with the company, including President of Univar USA and Executive Vice President – Industry Relations. He founded Apex Distribution Consulting and served as its President before becoming CEO of Maroon Group, and subsequently Barentz North America. Mr. Hill is a member of the American Chemical Society.

Robert Moser, Jr., Vice President           

Vice President of Corporate Relations and Government Affairs, Brenntag North America, Inc., Reading, PA

Mr. Moser joined Brenntag in 1978 in Pittsburgh, PA. He served in a variety of positions including commercial management, supplier development and procurement, and regional management before taking on his current role as Brenntag’s Senior Vice President of Global Accounts. Mr. Moser also acts as Brenntag’s Director of Government Affairs for North America. Mr. Moser received a BS in Biology from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from the Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. He also graduated with advanced training in International Leadership from Ashridge College in the U.K.

Megan E. Bohan, Esq., Treasurer

Owner and CEO, TRInternational, Inc., Seattle, WA

Ms. Bohan is the Owner and CEO of TRInternational, Inc., a national chemical distributor headquartered in Seattle, WA. She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day affairs of the Company’s business, as well as providing the leadership and creative vision for the Company’s future. Her background as an attorney makes her a pragmatic and effective leader.

Ms. Bohan is the Board Treasurer for both CEF and the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD).  She has served the industry in a variety of roles as a former NACD Director at Large, as well as in a variety of committee positions.

Ms. Bohan received her BA from the University of Minnesota, and her JD from the University of St. Thomas School of Law- both in Minneapolis, MN. She is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington.

Dwayne Sattler, Secretary

Executive Director, Chemical Educational Foundation, Arlington, VA

Mr. Sattler joined CEF as Executive Director in April 2017. He leads the industry-focused nonprofit’s efforts to inspire today’s students to become tomorrow’s STEM workforce.

Prior to joining CEF, Mr. Sattler served as the Associate Vice President for Policy at The Ohio State University, Office of Research. In that role, he directed corporate and public-sector partnerships for the Ohio Technology Consortium securing funding for research and STEM education programming.

Mr. Sattler previously led industry economic competitiveness, workforce talent, and community social responsibility efforts through his own consulting firm, Network Government Relations, LLC, and the development of national workforce policy as the Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Training.

Mr. Sattler earned his Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University and Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Bowling Green State University.

 

Board of Trustees Members

Rob Benedict

Senior Director, Petrochemicals, Transportation, and Infrastructure, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, Washington, DC

Mr. Benedict is Senior Director of Petrochemicals, Transportation, and Infrastructure at American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), the trade association that represents the makers of the fuels that keep our country and the world moving and the petrochemicals that are the building blocks for modern life. In this role, he develops association policy on Congressional legislation and regulatory matters and advocates for AFPM member companies by communicating their key role in the supply chain and their efforts to improve the safe and efficient transportation of essential products. Mr. Benedict co-leads AFPM’s sustainability program which promotes the Fuel and Petrochemical Industries’ commitment to being part of a sustainable future.

Prior to joining AFPM, Mr. Benedict served as the Chief of the Risk, Data, and Program Management and Senior Regulations Officer at the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Here he provided integrated planning and evaluation of programmatic activities and was responsible for the development of national standards and policies to promote a safe and secure transportation system.

Mr. Benedict received a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology, from Wake Forest University where he was a Sullivan’s Scholar.

Edward Boss

CEO/President, Riteks, Inc., Houston, TX

Mr. Boss began his career in 1982 with Union Carbide (now Dow Chemical) and then Air Products and Chemicals with a focus on various sales and marketing responsibilities of specialty chemicals. In 1989 he founded Riteks, Inc., which specializes in manufacturing and distributing specialty chemicals into multiple different markets.

For over 25 years, Mr. Boss has held multiple positions with the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) and is currently the Vice-Chairman of NACD. Mr. Boss received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of Texas.

Alysia Diffendal

Director, Formulation & Packaging Operations, Corteva Agriscience, Indianapolis, IN

Ms. Diffendal has twenty years of chemical manufacturing & supply experience with Dow Chemical and Corteva Agriscience in multiple locations in US. She has held a variety of global, regional, and cross-functional leadership roles and has direct experience in a startup business and new facility startup. Ms. Diffendal earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University.

Aileen Doyle

Senior Director, Univar Solutions, Charlotte, NC

Ms. Doyle has been with Univar Solutions since 1988 where she had held a variety of sales and management roles.  She leads Univar Solution’s community partnership with Shadowbriar Elementary, Houston, TX to promote hands-on chemistry through grades 3-5. Ms. Doyle further promotes STEM education by volunteering as an Organizer for the You Be The Chemist Challenge, regionally and nationally.

Calvin Emanuel, Ph.D.

Vice President of Strategy Primary Resources Sector, Nalco Water/An Ecolab Company, Houston, TX

Dr. Emanuel is the Vice President of Strategy for Nalco Water, an Ecolab Company. He leads the strategic direction setting for the primary resources sector. Dr. Emanuel has had a varied career in the chemical industry and has worked for BASF and Shell Chemical in numerous areas including R&D, manufacturing, commercial, and business development. He supports STEM education with CEF, by volunteering with You Be The Chemist local, state, and national Challenges, and by expanding the Essential Elements program in Texas. Dr. Emanuel earned his Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry in 1999.

Kurt Hettinga

President, Superior Solvents & Chemicals; Indianapolis, IN 

Mr. Hettinga joined Superior as a Sales Representative for Northern Indiana in 1996.  Since then, he has held positions as G.M. of Ohio, Regional Sales Manager, and VP of Sales. He currently serves as President of this 100% employee-owned regional chemical products and services provider.

Jennifer Jewson

Vice President, Global Procurement, Strategic Materials and Sustainable Solutions, Lyondellbasell, Houston, TX

Ms. Jewson is responsible for Raw Material and Utilities procurement globally, expansion of Lyondellbasell’s Sustainability program including renewable energy, strategic supplier relationship management and product value optimization. She has been with Lyondellbasell and predecessor companies for 25+ years performing roles in R&D, Commercial, Supply Chain and Mergers & Acquisitions. Ms. Jewson holds a B.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry and an MBA in Finance.

Bruce Schechinger

President, Precision Aerial Drones, Salt Lake City, UT

Mr. Schechinger began his career with Stauffer Chemical in 1979 as a Sales Representative. He continued his career with Texasgulf and the LCI Chemicals in various sales and marketing positions. In 1998, Mr. Schechinger purchased REP Chemical and established BHS Marketing LLC (independent), a full-line distributor with sales throughout North America and also into international markets.

Raj Sengupta

Mergers & Acquisitions Manager, Shell Plc, Houston, TX

Mr. Sengupta is currently an M&A Manager at Shell. He leads acquisition, divestment, and joint venture deals focusing on the Chemicals and Renewable businesses. He has spent his career primarily in Chemicals for Shell across commercial, strategy, manufacturing, business development, and leadership roles.  Mr. Sengupta earned his Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he also serves as Campus Executive for recruiting on behalf of Shell. In this capacity, he closely partners with the University on social investment funding to promote STEM activities both at the College and K-12 levels.

Rene Whigham

Vice President, Global Chlor Alkali, Olin, Cleveland, Tennessee

Ms. Whigham joined Olin in 1989 as an R&D Engineer then moved into manufacturing where she held a variety of operations and engineering management roles at multiple North American facilities. In 2006, Ms. Whigham transitioned into the commercial organization leading the “order-to-cash” Business Process Integration of an acquired company and later moved into Business Leadership roles across multiple chloralkali products.  Ms. Whigham actively promotes STEM in the local school system through a variety of volunteer activities.

Ms. Whigham received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the West Virginia Institute of Technology and her M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia.  Ms. Whigham also completed the Executive Leadership Program at the Darden School of Business.

Colie Whitaker

President, Whitaker Oil Company, Atlanta, GA

Mr. Whitaker is President of Whitaker Oil Company, a 4th generation family-owned business headquartered in Atlanta. Whitaker is a chemical distributor and manufacturer that handles a variety of services from railcar delivery of hydrocarbons to specialty blends and formulations packaged into 22 oz. bottles.

Mr. Whitaker started working for Whitaker in Operations at the age of 14, where he loaded trucks, filled drums, and unloaded trucks and railcars. After a 12-year career in the military, he came back to work with Whitaker and has now been back with the company for the last 6 years. He has previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Assistant VP of Operations.

During his time in the military, Mr. Whitaker earned the rank of Major in the US Air Force and flew the U-2 spy plane. While in the Air Force, he was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal, 5 Combat Air Medals, and served as the Director of Operations and Chief of Strategic Plans. He is a combat veteran of both OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.

Mr. Whitaker graduated from Clemson University and is married with 3 sons.

Catherine Wieckowska

President, Responsible Distribution Canada (RDC), Burlington, Ontario

Ms. Wieckowska has been with RDC for over 16 years and has been in the chemical and ingredient industry for more than 20 years. She has managed the You Be The Chemist efforts in Canada since 2006 and was instrumental in developing the Canadian committee, website, bilingual resources, Provincial regional challenges and fundraising efforts. Ms. Wieckowska is thrilled to be part of the CEF’s Board of Trustees and looks forward to continuing our work on enriching chemistry education across North America.

Content Development Team

A volunteer group of professional scientists, educators, and industry members who review CEF’s program content to ensure that it is accurate, educationally effective, and accessible for students.

 

Members of the Content Development Team at CEF's first-ever Content Development Conference in October 2016.
Members of the Content Development Team at CEF’s first-ever Content Development Conference in October 2016.

Dr. Elvin Alemán
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, California State University, Stanislaus
Dr. Lauren Amable
Staff Scientist, National Institutes of Health
Ms. Kathy Biernat
Science Teacher, St. Mary’s Visitation School
Mr. Aidan Blum
Project Engineer, PVS Chemicals, Inc.
Ms. Rosalie Bordett
Student, University of Connecticut
Dr. Christina Boville
Postdoctoral Scholar, Resnick Institute, Caltech
Dr. Angela Carraway
Chemistry Instructor, Meridian Community College
Dr. Michael Danahy
Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Bowdoin College
Mr. Mike Davis
Professor of Chemistry & Education, Truman College
Dr. Dilip Dias
Senior Scientist, BD Technologies
Ms. Rachael Gardner
Teacher, Sioux City Community Schools
Dr. Marcia Gillette
Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, Indiana University Kokomo
Mr. Chuck Wheeler Handlon
Adjunct Professor, Winona State University
Dr. Thomas Holme
Professor, Chemistry Department, Iowa State University
Mr. Steven L. Jacobs
Chief Scientist, Faraday Studios
Dr. Kimberly Jacoby Morris
Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health
Ms. Kathleen Koziski
Retired Chemist, The Dow Chemical Company
Dr. Georgina Little
Instructor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry & Physics, Southeastern Louisiana University
Dr. Renee Love
Teacher, Atlanta Public Schools
Dr. Ajay Mallia
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, School of Science and Technology, Georgia Gwinnett College
Dr. Johanna Mazlo
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Dr. Steve Miller
High School Chemistry Teacher, Pines School
Ms. Ronni Moore
Lead Instructor, The Excel Center-Meadows
Dr. Richard Myers
Director, Kemin Industries
Mr. Douglas A. Nafis
Senior Development Specialist, UOP, LLC/A Honeywell Company
Dr. Brittany Pequegnat
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Dr. Rosalynn Quiñones-Fernández
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Marshall University
Dr. John Rakus
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Marshall University
Mr. Sean Reid
AP Chemistry Teacher, Walt Whitman High School
Dr. Paul Russo
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Thomas Sommerfeld
Associate Professor, Southeastern Louisiana University
Dr. Roxanne Spencer
Chemistry Teacher, Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science
Mr. Shawn Sutton
Science Teacher, Long Valley Middle School
Dr. Yiftah Tal-Gan
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Nevada, Reno
Dr. Quan Yuan
Scientific Editor/Study Abroad Consultant, Bridge Bright Future Consulting LLC
Dr. Xujun Zhang
Graduate, Georgia Institute of Technology