MICHAEL J. CASTALDI, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Widener and Temple Universities, 2018-Present; Lead Science and Math Teacher. C-2 Education, 2018-present
Education: BS Chemistry major, History minor, St. Peters University, 1977, MS Columbia University 2014
Professional Positions: Scientist in Residence and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, St. Peters University 2010-2019; Associate Professor, Immaculata University, 2015-2018; Lehmann College, 2015-2016; Mount St. Vincent University 2014-2015; Pfizer Medicinal and Process Chemist 1986-2010; Medicinal Chemist Sterling Winthrop Research 1978-1986
Honors and Professional Societies: Technical Achieve Award in Organic Chemistry, 2003; Pfizer Global Research award for Scientific Achievement 2007; ECMT excellence award for Synthetic Support of GABA Partial Agonist Hypnotic Agents 1997
ACS Membership: 1977; Organic, Education and Medicinal Chemistry Divisions
National Participation: Executive Committee member MARM planning 2016 regional meeting; Chair of MARM Awards Committee, 2015-2016
Local Participation: Corporate Associates Committee ACS 2004-2010, member of the Education subcommittee; Director 2015-2017; Alternate Councilor of Philadelphia ACS 2015-2017; Older Chemist Mini Grant for Philadelphia ACS Section, 2018; Participation in Speed Networking at both Philadelphia and National ACS meetings

Statement: The American Chemistry society has been an important part of my professional life for over forty years.  I have participated at both the national and local levels since joining in 1977. During my Industrial career I was a member of the Corporate Associates Committee as one of Pfizer’s representatives and a member of the educational subcommittee which proved fortuitous upon my retirement from industry and my second career in academia. I was active in the New York local section, where I served on the 2016 MARM Local ACS meeting as chair of the awards committee. After accepting a full-time position in the Philadelphia area, I joined our section in 2015. Previously, it has been an honor to serve as both a Director and an Alternate Councilor for the Philadelphia ACS Section. I would like to increase my involvement in the section by asking your support for the following positions: Chair elect, Counselor and Director for the Philadelphia ACS Section. I bring a unique perceptive to the positions as I have had two careers as a chemist in both industry and academia. Further, as a member of the ACS since college graduation I am committed to increasing involvement especially with our younger members. Teaching has increased this desire and now as a member of the “experienced” chemists, I would like to increase the mentorship and involvement of our younger members as they are our future.


CHRISTINE E. McINNIS, Principle Investigator, Nutrition and Biosciences, DuPont. Previously with The Dow Chemical Company from 2011-2019
Education: BS Chemistry and Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2006; PhD Organic Chemistry, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2011
ACS Membership: 2006; Wisconsin Local Section Younger Chemists Committee, founder: 2009; Philadelphia Section: 2011
National Participation: National Younger Chemists Committee (YCC): 2010 (Local and Regional Affairs working group chairman, 2011-2018); Career Consultant, 2016-present. Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs, 2019. Chair Elect of Multidisciplinary Programs Planning Group, 2019
Local Section Participation: YCC Chair, 2012-2018; Board of Directors, 2016-2021; Councilor, 2017-2019

Statement: I am excited to run for the position of Chair-Elect for the Philadelphia Local Section. I have come to learn that the Philadelphia Local Section of the ACS is steeped in a rich history and that we are blessed to have many experienced members of the section with us today. I have also had the privilege of working with several very talented younger chemists to develop the YCC leadership council. These younger chemists have planned some amazing events for our section including the yearly student poster session. Additionally, I have had the pleasure of serving as a career consultant and member of the Career Services Committee for our section.
My goal for the section is to improve volunteer opportunities for new members so that contributions from all members of our local section can be valued and incorporated into the section. I look forward to working with many of the section’s committees including the communications committee and the social committee to continue on our journey of becoming a stronger local section that appeals to a wide variety of members, with opportunities to get involved. Let’s find a way to honor tradition while being dynamic enough to adjust as necessary.

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