ANTHONY W. (TONY) ADDISON, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Drexel University

Education:  BSc (Hons.), Applied Chemistry, University of New South Wales, 1968; PhD Inorganic Chemistry, University of Kent at Canterbury, 1971; postdoctoral fellow, Northwestern University, 1970-72

Professional Positions: Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, 1972-78; Associate Professor, Drexel University, 1978-91; Professor 1991-2017; Associate Department Head, 1987-99; Department Head, 2000-03

Honors and Professional Societies:  Elected ACS Fellow, 2012; Member, Royal Society of Chemistry (1969-present, elected a Fellow, 2008, Member, Dalton Division, Inorganic Biochemistry, Electron Spin Resonance, & Macrocycles Subject Groups); Member, Chemical Institute of Canada/Canadian Society for Chemistry (1974–present); Member, Royal Australian Chemical Institute (elected a Fellow, 2016); International EPR/ESR Society (2002–present); The ACS Philadelphia Section Award, 2016; ACS Philadelphia Section Ullyot Award for Meritorious Service, presented at the Section Centennial Gala, April 1999; Le Conférencier, la Convention Intercantonale Romande d’Enseignement du 3e Cycle en Chimie, Switzerland, October 1990; Christian & Mary Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1987; The John van Geuns Fonds Lecturer, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 1985; Elected Honorary Member of Phi Eta Sigma, 1982; Australian Commonwealth Scholar (1964-67); Adjunct Associate Professor, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Memorial Hospital at Camden, 1991-2009

ACS Membership:  1974–present; Philadelphia Local Section: 1978-present; Inorganic Division (1974-present) & Bioinorganic Subdivision

Local Section Participation: Chair, 1989; Publications/Communications Committee (1979-present, Chair 1981-87); Member, Board of Directors, 1987-90; Nominations Committee (1990-91); Chair, ad hoc Committee on Awards for Excellence in Pre-College Teaching, 1991; Alternate Councilor, 1994-97, 2019-2021; Councilor, 2003-2018; Member, Awards Committee, 2006-2008; Liaison to the Mid-Atlantic Region Board, 2013–present

Regional Participation: Program Chair, 30th Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM), Villanova, PA, 1996; Program Co-Chair, 39th MARM, Collegeville, PA, 2007; Member/Associate Mid-Atlantic Region Board 2005–present; Member, Mid-Atlantic Region Awards Committee, 2010, 2013-2015

National Participation: Associate/Member, Committee on Meetings & Expositions, & Regional Meetings Subcommittee, 2008-2015; Member, ACS National Award Committee, 2007-09; Associate & Member, ACS Joint Board/Council Committee on Publications, 2016-2022

Statement: I’m glad to be able to say that I survived the past couple of years, and should be honored to continue to be included in voicing, at the ACS Council meetings, the views of our Section’s members on matters of interest to our Section.  It’s important that you exercise your vote in the election of your local ACS Section’s officers, and that you communicate with them and tell them what you want from your local Section and from the national level, and also tell them what you have to offer in turn.  Since previously serving as a Councilor for a period from the early 2000’s, I have attended nearly all of the ACS National Meetings since then, often in conjunction with a research presentation by myself or by my students.  It’s been my observation, that the ideas and opinions that are voiced at Council really do guide the course of the Society’s activities and development.  As a Member of the Society’s Committee on Meetings & Expositions, I was able to propose successfully that Philadelphia be the site of the 2020 Spring meeting.  I assured my colleagues that we’d have perfect weather for it, which unfortunately I was wrong about, but it didn’t matter anyhow!   I hope that those of you who’ve been associated with our Section for a few years have found my past semiannual “News from Council” articles in the Catalyst to be appropriately reflective of the Philadelphia viewpoint, while offering occasional insight into what’s controversial or significant in the Society that will affect us. Vote!


DEBORAH H. COOK, Retired Rutgers, the State University of NJ, Adjunct Faculty Temple University

Education: BS Chemistry, USP, 1971; EdM Science Ed., Temple University, 1974; EdD Science Ed., Temple University, 1984

Honors and Professional Societies: ACS; NSTA; Assoc. for Supervision and Curriculum Development; Phi Delta Kappa; Fulbright Exchange Teacher (U.K. 1984-85), N.J. Pres. Award for Excellence in Science Teaching (1985); NJSSA Presidential Award (1991,2002); Section Service Award (1992); Ullyot Award (1998), Alumni Award (USP 2000), ACS Fellow (2020)

ACS Membership: 1972; Philadelphia Local Section (1972-present)

Local Section Participation: Secretary, Chemical Education Group (1979); Secretary, Education Committee (1980); Chair, Chemical Education Group (1981, 1986-87), Section Secretary (1990-91); Alternate Councilor (1991, 2009-10); Board of Directors (1992-95, 1997, 1999-2003, 2007-15, 2019-24); Chair-Elect (2004); Chair (2005); Immediate Past Chair (2006); Chair-elect (2016), Chair (2017), Immediate Past-Chair (2018), Councilor (2006-08, 2011-22)

Statement: I have been an active member of the ACS since the late 1970’s and most recently served as Section Chair Succession 2016-18.  As noted above, I have held a variety of offices and have served on various committees. As a member of Council, I have become active in ACS at the national level. I was appointed an affiliate member for two one-year terms on the Society Committee on Education (SOCED), 2008 and 2009.  Subsequently, I was appointed as a full member of SOCED (2010-2012, 2013-2015, 2016-18) and Chaired the SOCED Task Force to revise the ACS Guidelines and Recommendations for the Teaching of High School Chemistry which was published by ACS in spring 2012. I have served on several additional SOCED Task Forces, and chaired (2016-18) the SOCED Sub Committee A (Pre-college committee), and also chaired the SOCED Task Force to re-revise the ACS Guidelines and Recommendations for the Teaching of Middle and High School Chemistry, completed in 2017-18. I termed off SOCED and was appointed as an affiliate to the Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs (CCPA), 2019-21, and as a full member, 2022-24. I currently chair a joint CCPA-CEI Task Force to establish a new ChemLuminary Award for Outstanding Promotion of the Society’s Sustainability Position Statements.

If re-elected to Council, I will represent Philadelphia Local Section by attending Council meetings with the greatest enthusiasm, integrity, and determination. As a Councilor representing Philadelphia Local Section, I will continue to be active by serving on National Committees to which I bring many years of experience and knowledge. I was recently asked to run for the Council Policy Committee (CPC) for a 3-year term, 2023-25.  Being a Councilor is a requirement for membership on this Committee. The election will take place on at the Council meeting on August 24, 2022. I respectfully and humbly ask for your vote to represent you and the Section on Council.


JASON P. CROSS; bio not provided.


RICK EWING, VP, Head of Drug Discovery, Barer Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Education: BS Chemistry, West Chester University, West Chester, PA, 1983; PhD, Organic Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, 1988

Professional Positions: Barer Institute 2021-present; Bristol Myers Squibb, Princeton NJ (2000- 2021); Rhone Poulenc Rorer (now Sanofi) 1989 to 2000

Honors and Professional Societies: ACS Fellow, 2022; RSC Horizon “Robert Robinson Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry’, Ondetti Cushman Award 2018

ACS Membership: 1986; ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry, ACS Division of Organic Chemistry, Philadelphia Local Section

National Participation: Chair (2020-present) Committee on Meetings and Expositions; Chair (2015-2017) Committee on Professional and Economic Affairs (CEPA); ACS Corporate Associates (CA) Representative (2006-2021 Co-Chair (2019-2021) Presidential task force on Redesigning the American Chemical Society’s National and Regional Meetings; ACS Presidential task force on chemistry jobs (2015-2016); ACS Presidential task force on Supply and Demand : STEM education and employment outlook in the US (2013-2014)

Local Section Participation: Chair – Philadelphia Local Section (2012 and 2016), Board of Directors Philadelphia Local Section (2010 to 2020, 2021-present)

Statement:  I am excited to run for the position of Councilor for the Philadelphia Local Section. In my past appointments as Councilor, I have had the honor to represent the Philadelphia Local Section in several Leadership roles: As Chair of the Committee on Meetings and Expositions (M&E) and as chair of the Committee on Economic and Professional (CEPA) affairs.  I was pleased to be involved with both committees during times of change for the society, during Covid pandemic for M&E and during a declining job market and shifting sectors for chemistry jobs for CEPA.  Working with the membership of M&E and ACS staff, we identified and implemented platforms for Virtual and Hybrid meeting formats.  Our meeting in San Diego was our first return to normal national conference with over 12,000 attendees, with the additions of virtual and hybrid meeting platforms for attendees. I co-led the presidential task force on the future of meetings which made recommendations for how ACS National and Regional meetings will evolve over the next 5-10 years to meet the needs of meeting attendees and allow the ACS to be at the cutting edge for scientific conferences. While on CEPA, I was honored to be on two presidential task forces analysis future career needs for chemists in a changing employment climate. I would be honored to represent the Philadelphia Local Section at the national level with your support and vote.


MARTA GURON, Managing Director, Center for Sustainable Separations of Metals, University of Pennsylvania

Education: BA Chemistry, Cornell University, 2004; PhD Inorganic Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, 2009

Professional Positions: Adjunct Instructor, Immaculata University (2009 – 2012); Lecturer, Bryn Mawr College (2009-10); Program Coordinator, Robert Noyce Scholarship (2010-11); Chemistry High School Teacher, Archmere Academy, (2011-12); Program Manager, FAME Delaware (2012-13); Adjunct Instructor, Community College of Philadelphia (2012); Assistant Teaching Professor, Villanova University, (2012-2021); Managing Director, Center for Sustainable Separations of Metals, University of Pennsylvania (2021-present)

Honors and Professional Societies: Nomination for University-Wide Teaching Award, Villanova University (2018); Selected as one of 30 faculty to develop Green Chemistry & Systems Thinking Curriculum for ACS (2020-present)

ACS Membership: 2004, Philadelphia Local Section (2004-present)

National Participation: Presenter, ACS National Meetings (2008, 2009, 2016); Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference Presenter (2021, 2022)

Local Section Participation: Participant (2004-present); Alternate Councilor (2021-present)

Statement: I am delighted to run for the position of Councilor for the Philadelphia Local Section, as my background represents a diverse mix of educational and management experiences in the Greater Philadelphia area.  With ties to institutions ranging from high school to smaller community college to research-based institutions and with experience with outreach events, green chemistry and education, as well as public presentations on the important of responsible waste management in plastics and critical metal, I bring a diverse set of experiences to the conversation.

My goal for the section is to use my voice to promote diversity of women, underrepresented ethnic groups, and people with disabilities in professional spaces, as well as to help create a culture of inclusion in the broader chemical community.  Additionally, with the ongoing climate crisis, my hope is to place environmental and broader sustainability concerns at the forefront of not only Green Chemistry efforts but all chemistry efforts, so we can lead by example as a community in taking small steps of accountability for the work we do.  Finally, by finding ways to integrate voices from research, education, and community partnerships, my hope is to create less redundancy in our collective efforts and more support of cross-institutional programming to amplify the work done by each member of the group.


MARGE MATTHEWS, Thomson Reuters (formally ISI® now Clarivate)

Education:  St. Joseph’s University, MS Chemistry, Chestnut Hill College, BS Chemistry

Professional Positions:  Thomson Reuters, Senior Chemical Specialist (2007-2014); University of Pennsylvania, Editorial Assistant for Organic Letters (2005-2007); Senior Quality Assurance Editor, Netbridge Technologies (2003-present); Thomson Reuters (formally ISI® – Institute for Scientific Information®), Senior Software developer for the electronic (Web of ScienceTM) and print (Current Contents®) products (1981-2003); Manager Chemical Documentation (1976-1981) 

Honors and Professional Societies:  ACS Fellow (2022); Philadelphia Local Section Salute to Excellence (2018); Philadelphia Local Section Service Section Award (2006); Division of Chemical Information (CINF) Val Metanomski Meritorious Service Award (2005)

ACS Membership:  1972; Philadelphia Local Section (1972-present)

National Participation:  Divisional Activities Committee, member of Governance sub-committee (2019-2022, 2013), co-chair (2020-2021), Chair (2022), associate member (2018, 2012); CINF: Treasurer (2007-2008, 1995-2004); Awards Committee (2005-present); Member of Membership Committee; Liaison between Membership and Publications Committees; Chemical Information Bulletin (newsletter for CINF), Editor, (1982-1994), assistant to the Editor, (1977-1981).

Local Section Participation:  Councilor (2017-2019, 2011-2013); Alternate Councilor (2014-2016, 2008-2010); Board of Directors (2009-2011); Chair of Communications Committee (2008-2016); Editor-in-Chief of section newsletter, the Catalyst, 2003-2005; proof editor of the Catalyst, (1981-2003, 2005-present).

Statement:  A critical objective for any officer of the local section is to support activities and the local section position on any issues that arise.  It is essential to get young people starting out in their chemical careers to become involved in the local section.  Getting people involved early in their career will ensure continued leadership for the Philadelphia Local Section.  Once people become involved in the local section, they will be exposed to different career opportunities in chemistry and/or the chemical field that have been chosen by other chemistry majors.  It will help them realize there are many opportunities open to them and sometimes making a change is not too difficult and will broaden their horizons.  Focus also needs to be on DEIR to keep aligned with the goals of ACS.


CHRISTINE E. McINNIS, Staff Scientist and Team Lead, Biochemistry and Interfacial Sciences, IFF

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 Local Section:  2011-present

Local Section Participation: YCC Chair (2012-2019); Board of Directors (2016-2019); Councilor (2017-present); Chair Succession (2020-2022); currently Immediate Past Chair

National Participation: National Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) (2010); Local and Regional Affairs working group chairman (2011-2018); Career Consultant, (2016-present); CEPA member (2019-present)

Statement:  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 and improve our Section programming. My goal for the section is to improve cohesiveness within the section. We have made some great progress in this area, but I feel that there is still a lot to be done. 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. Let’s find a way to honor tradition while being dynamic enough to adjust as necessary.

On the National level, I hope to continue serving on Committee for Economic and Professional Affairs also known as CEPA. I currently serve on the subcommittee working to improve the course content of the Career Services Courses, coming up with plans to help our fellow chemists in cases of mass layoffs, and honoring local sections and divisions with ChemLuminaries. I am also chairing a task force to evaluate how to best offer programming to members in the future including evaluating the current mix of in person and virtual programs. I feel passionately about helping all chemists find careers that they enjoy and also love serving as a Career Consultant on a National and Local level.


James K. Murray, Jr. Professor of Organic Chemistry, Immaculata University

Education: BS Chemistry, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, 1996; PhD Organic Chemistry, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 2003

Professional Positions: Immaculata University (2001-present), Rohm & Hass Company, Philadelphia/Bristol, PA, (1992-1993); SmithKline Beecham Company, Upper Merion, PA, (1994-1995)

Honors and Professional Societies: ACS Philadelphia Local Section Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in Chemical Science (2011), ACS Philadelphia Local Section Outreach Volunteer of the Year (VOTY) Award (2021); Philadelphia Organic Chemist Club

ACS Membership: 1993; Philadelphia Local Section, Divisions of Chemical Education (CHED), Organic Chemistry (ORGN), Medicinal Chemistry (MEDI), Small Chemical Businesses (SCHB), and Biological Chemistry (BIOL)

National Participation: ACS Career Consultant (2019-present)

Local Section Participation: Career Services Committee Chair, (2020-present); Local Section Chair (2019), Board of Directors (2017-2022); Councilor (2015-2017)

Statement: I have chosen to stand as a candidate for the position of councilor for the ACS Philadelphia Local Section in the 2022 election.  Since 2018, in preparation for my year as Local Section chair, I have taken a more active role, both locally and nationally, within ACS.  When the opportunity arose for increased and broadened involvement I moved forward and took the steps to, use my talents and skills, meet new people, and give back to the people and organization that has played such a central role in my career and professional development over the past 29 years.  Through my involvement in the ACS Career Consultant program and the Eastern US YCC Partnership, in addition to the programming and events sponsored by the divisions to which I belong, I have gained knowledge and experience in how ACS operates, nationally, regionally, and locally. The times are changing, new areas are opening, and life is very different than it was two years ago.  We will all need to stand up and step forward, using our talents, skills, and experiences, to shape the world for all.   For me, that time is now, and I want to give back to the people of the ACS Philadelphia Local Section to make those changes happen as the times and life move forward.


ANN ROWLEY, Team Leader, Medicinal Chemistry, GSK

Education: BS Chemistry, Smith College, 1999; PhD Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, 2007

Professional Positions: Scientist, Dupont, Wilmington (1999-2002); Senior Scientist Broad Institute, Cambridge, MA, (2007-2012); Senior Scientist, Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, MA, (2012-2014); Senior Scientist, AbbVie, North Chicago, Il, (2014-2021); Team Leader, GSK, Upper Providence, PA, (2021- present)

Honors and Professional Societies: Philadelphia Organic Chemist Club (2002-2007); Sigma Xi; GRC High Throughput Chemistry and Chemical Biology Vice-Chair (2019) and Chair (2023)

ACS Membership: 1999; Chicago Local Section (2014-2021); Boston Section (2007-2014); Philadelphia Section (2001-2007; 2021-present)

Local Section Participation: Chicago Local Section Career Council (2019-2021)

Research Interests: Drug discovery, High-throughput chemistry and technology, chemical biology, Medicinal chemistry, on-DNA chemistry, Catalysis

Statement: I am pleased to run for the position of Councilor for the Philadelphia Local Section to be able to represent the area in where I not only live and work, but where I went to graduate school. I attended many POCC events during graduate school and I am happy to be back and to be able to get involved in the community once again.

My goal for the section is to represent the interests of this section at the National level. I would like to continue helping with recent graduates and their career interests, as I have enjoyed mentoring over the years.  Our area has many excellent undergraduate and graduate institutions with many diverse scientists, I look forward to getting more of them involved with our events. I am honored to be considered for the position of Councilor and look forward to using this position to engage more students, faculty, and industry colleagues in the Philadelphia section.


VICTOR J. TORTORELLI, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Ursinus College

Education: B.S. Chemistry, Manhattan College, 1974; M.A. Organic Chemistry, Princeton University, 1976; Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, Princeton University, 1980

Honors and Professional Societies: Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Xi; Chemistry Medal – Manhattan College; The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching; NSF Fellowship Summer (1986); NASA-ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow (1991); Executive Secretary of the Intercollegiate Student Chemists (1996-2017)

ACS Membership: 1973; Philadelphia Local Section (1979-present)

National Participation: Associate Member Budget & Finance Committee (2022)

Local Section Participation: Board of Directors (1993-99, 2003-present); Alternate Councilor (2020 – present); Chair (2000); Past-Chair (2001); National Chemistry Week Committee, Chair (2001– 2003); Publication Committee, (1988-present), advertising manager of the catalyst (1989-2002, 2019-present), Co-chair MARM (2007), Budget and Finance Committee Chair (2015-present)

Statement: (Director 1996) I would be honored to serve as a Councilor for the Philadelphia Local Section. I would do my best to represent the Section at the national level and fulfill my duties with an enthusiasm and vigor that have characterized my past professional achievements.

Most of my ACS service work has been at the local Philadelphia Local Section.  Having recently retired I should have more time and my flexible schedule will allow me to participate more fully in the ACS at the national level.  As a Councilor for the Philadelphia Local Section I would work hard to ensure the continued success of our Section.

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