KEVIN C. CANNON, Professor of Chemistry, Penn State Abington College

Education:  BA Chemistry, Temple University, 1982; PhD Chemistry, Princeton University, 1987; Post-doctoral fellow, University of Texas, Austin, 1987-89.

Professional Positions:  Leatex Chemical Company, Philadelphia, 1976-77; The Dow Chemical Company, Freeport, TX, 1989-92; Brazosport Junior College, Lake Jackson, TX, 1990-92; Alvin Community College, Alvin, TX, 1990-92; ATOFINA Chemicals, Inc./Arkema, King of Prussia, 1992-2003; Temple University, 1993-present; Penn State Abington College, 2003-present; Wagner Free Institute, 2015-present.

Honors and Professional Societies:  Philadelphia Organic Chemist Club; Alpha Epsilon Delta (Pre-Health Professional Honor Society); Sigma Xi; Friends of the Priestley House; Penn State Abington Faculty Scholar Award, 2009; Penn State Lion Heart Award for University Service, 2006; Penn State Abington Outstanding Teacher Award, 2006; Industrial Research Institute Pre-College Education Award for ATOFINA’s Science Teacher Program, 1999; Dow Chemical Texas Division Award for Mentoring Minorities in Science, 1990, 1991.

ACS Membership: 1981-1989, 2004-present; Philadelphia Section: 2004

Statement:  I am honored to have the opportunity to run for a Director position for the Philadelphia ACS section, and I intend to apply my industrial and academic experience to benefit our local members.  As a Director, I will promote both the recruitment of undergraduate and graduate students and their retention in the ACS once they transition into professional careers.  Recruitment at local campuses and student-oriented events should be coupled with understanding the needs of young professionals, employing existing, and if necessary, new programs that meet these needs, and raising awareness of these programs’ availability.  How would this be best addressed?  Through our current members, who are the section’s best resource for recruitment and mentorship.  I would therefore also promote measures that encourage our current members to engage in programs and activities that further recruitment and retention.  Finally, as Director, I would be attentive to the needs and concerns of our members, and I will work closely with other Board members to implement actions that meet the needs of our section. 


DAVID J. CICHOWICZ, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Director of Institutional Research, La Salle University.

Education: B.S. Chemistry, Saint Joseph’s University, 1978; Ph.D. Biochemistry, Johns Hopkins University, 1984.

Honors and Professional Societies: Philadelphia Section Outreach Volunteer of the Year for 2018.

ACS Membership: 1978; Phila. Section: 1984.

Local Section Participation: Chair, 2007; Chair-Elect, 2006; Treasurer, 1997-02, 2010-present; Board of Directors, 1994, 1996, 2004-05, 2009-10; Teller’s Committee, Chair, 1988-2001; MARM Session Presider, 1989, Program Booklet Editor, 1996; National Chemistry Week Committee, Education Sub-Committee, 1989, 91, 93 National Chemistry Week Poster Contest, 1989-2003, Co-Chair, 1989-91; Education Committee, 1991-present, Co-Chair, 1992; Graduate School Night, 1992-96; Section Awards Committee, 1993-95.

Statement: After serving the Section as Treasurer for the past 10 years, I have decided to pass that torch on to another Section member. However, I would like to continue my involvement with the Section and help to plan its future by serving on the Board of Directors. Once again, I promise to continue to work hard to serve its members if elected.  Thank you for your support!


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MELISSA BETZ CICHOWICZ, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, West Chester University of PA, West Chester PA.

Education: B.S. Chemistry, Saint Joseph’s College, 1978; Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, University of Maryland-College Park, 1984.

Honors and Professional Societies: ACS; Fellow, American Institute of Chemists (AIC); Iota Sigma Pi; Phi Sigma Pi (Honorary); The Abbe Society (Honorary); Academy of Teaching Excellence, VA Polytechnic Institute and State Univ., 1979; Chancellor’s Teaching Award, Univ. of MD.-College Park, 1984; Meritorious Service Award, Philadelphia Section ACS, 1994; Glenn Ullyot Service Award, Philadelphia Section ACS, 1997; WCU Faculty/Administrator of the Year, 2003.

ACS Membership: 1978; Phila. Section: 1984

Local Section Participation: Secretary 1996-97; Teller’s Committee, 1988-2001, 2004-2008; MARM Technical Program Committee, Organic Program Organizer, 1989 and 1996; National Chemistry Week Committee, Education Sub-Committee, 1989; Membership Committee, Chair, 1990-92; Continuing Education Committee, 1991-92; National Chemistry Day speaker, 1987; Delaware Valley Chemistry Week Poster Contest, Chair, 1990; National Chemistry Week Planning Committee, Poster Contest Committee, Co-Chair, 1991-92, member 1992-present; Board of Directors, 1990-present; Younger Chemists Committee, 1991-96; Councilor, 1992-94; Local Section Graduate Student Research Poster Day Co-Chair, 2001 and 2002; Expand Your Horizons activity presenter, 2001-2005; Chemist in the Classroom presenter, 2000-2005; Chair-Elect 2003; Chair, Awards Committee, 2003; Philadelphia Local Section Chair, 2004; Immediate Past-Chair, 2005; Chair, Nominations Committee, 2005; Section Awards Committee, 2007-2008, 2010-present.

Statement: (Chair-Elect 2001) I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the positions of both Director and Councilor of the Philadelphia Section; having been involved with ACS for over 30 years, I feel my experience and training have prepared me well for these important positions. I have previously served as Secretary in 1996-97 and Section Chair in 2004 (as part of the 3-year rotation of Chair-Elect, Chair and Immediate Past-Chair), and am currently completing my most recent term as Councilor, so I remain familiar with the workings of our Local Section and the needs of our membership at both the Local Section and National levels.

In my previous two terms as Councilor, I served on CEPA (Committee on Economic & Professional Activities) and gained important experience regarding the workings of Career Services at the National level. This year I have been appointed to MAC (Membership Affair Committee) and have been learning about the various ways in which membership packages can be structured and priced. I would very much like to continue my service on this new Committee to broaden my experience at the National level.

In my recent term as a Local Section Director, I have been asked to lead an academic liaison group, and have worked with the Chair-Elect to determine ways in which I can interface with other academic departments to improve & increase involvement of students and faculty in Local Section activities. If re-elected as Director, I will continue to work on that initiative and try to bring innovative ideas into how shared programming can benefit those at academic institutions across our region, an especially important concept in today’s circumstances.

In the future, I would like to see our Society pay more attention to activities that will promote the public image of science, and that will serve the diverse needs of our membership. We need to expand our efforts in the area of public outreach,  and work with school-age children through diverse and innovative programs. We as chemical professionals also need to be willing to serve as a resource to community organizations and school teachers at all levels.

Responsiveness to the needs of our members should also incorporate the cultivation of new members, and the retention of existing members. Targeted events or activities could be directed toward groups with special needs such as chemists recently transferred into our region due to corporate realignment, those new to the profession because they are recent B.S., M.S.  or Ph.D. graduates, or those who have experienced a career change. All should be welcomed into the Section as a source of new ideas and fresh talents.

Our Society has tremendous potential to be a force in promoting scientific literacy and we in the Philadelphia Section can be leaders in that effort through activities such as the Philadelphia Science Festival, PAGES and participation in science fairs. In addition, we should continue to work with other professional organizations to achieve that goal. If elected, I pledge to work with those groups mentioned above, in addition to the dedicated group with whom I am already familiar, to make our Section even better than it already is.


Graham E. Dobereiner, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Temple University

Education: B.S., Chemistry, Brandeis University, 2007; Ph.D., Yale University, 2011; Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012-2014

ACS Membership: 2014-present (Division: Inorganic)

Honors and Professional Societies: William Caldwell Memorial Distinguished Teaching Award, Temple University, 2019; Member, Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC), 2019-present

Local Section Participation: Inorganic Topical Group (Philadelphia Inorganic Colloquium), 2015-present; Organizer, ACS Workshop “Preparing for Life After Graduate School,” 2015; Awards Committee, 2019-present

National Participation: N/A

Statement: I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society. The Section supports many worthwhile efforts in our community, and I am committed to working with Section leadership to enhance existing programs and widen participation in Section activities. I am eager to find new ways to strengthen communications between members of the Section beyond periodic meetings, since every member has the potential to be a resource for others. Since our Section is uniquely positioned to develop scientific literacy in our region, I am also interested in exploring innovative approaches to communicate chemistry broadly, and ensure our discipline is inclusive and welcoming to people of all backgrounds. 


SHARON L. HAYNIE, independent consultant.

Education: BA Biochemistry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1976; PhD Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981

Professional Positions: AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, 1981 – 1984, member of technical staff; DuPont Central Research, Wilmington, DE (retired) 1984 – 2016, principal investigator; Hypatia Technology Works, LLC, 2017-present, consultant.

Honors and Professional Societies: Fellow, American Chemical Society (2016); Carver Award (2013); Percy Julian Award in Pure & Applied Chemistry (2008); EPA Presidential Gren Chemistry Award to DuPont/Genencor Bio-PDO Team (2003); American Chemical Society (ACS); American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCCHE)

ACS Membership: since 1977; Philadelphia Section: since 1984.

National Participation: Local Section Activities Committee (LSAC); Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA); Board Committee on Budget & Finance 2009 – 2017; Board Committee on Audits, 2009 – present, Chair, 2018 – present.

Local Section Participation: Chair, 2002-2004; Board of Directors, 2016-present; Councilor, 1999 – 2001, 2003-2009; ACS Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM) co-chair, 2007.

Statement: It has been a privilege for me to serve on the Philadelphia Section ACS Board as my peers are generous of their time, talent and commitment to our members and the profession. My personal goal is straightforward:  I want to inspire and encourage more individuals to serve in the Section and Society.  This is to reciprocate the opportunities, advice and insights that I’ve received as a member/volunteer in the Section and Society.  I want others to benefit as I did from personal and professional growth afforded by a variety of service and leadership opportunities. 


Zeb Kramer, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, La Salle University

Education:  Washburn University, BS, 2005; University of Colorado – Boulder, PhD, 2013; Cornell University, Postdoc 2013-2015

ACS Membership: 2016; Philadelphia Section: 2016

Local Section Participation: Served on Awards Committee ACS Philadelphia Section 2019, 2020

Statement:  I am delighted to be considered for a Director position in the ACS Philadelphia Local Section.  The great value of the ACS is its ability to foster connections between students, professionals, and academics.  As a director, I will strengthen these connections in the tradition of our robust Philadelphia local section.  As a professor at a primarily undergraduate university, I am particularly committed to tapping into the local section’s potential to support students and early-career chemists by providing increased opportunities to network within the Philadelphia chemistry community.  As a director, I will enhance section outreach to increase the local section membership.  I will work to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within our chemistry community, our local section, and our local section leadership.  I will focus on supporting and expanding local section efforts to recruit students and early-career chemists and increase their investment in section activities and events.  For existing members, I will support more events, meetings, workshops, and opportunities that facilitate interactions between members of Philadelphia’s chemistry community.


Steven M. LaMonaca: Senior Analytical Research Associate, DuPont

Education: Albright College, Reading PA 2008-2012, Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

Professional Positions: Scientist I and II at JRF America 2012-2018, Sr. Analytical Research Associate at DuPont 2018-Present
Honors and Professional Studies: Delaware Valley Mass Spectrometry Forum – Awards Chair  2017-Present ; Alpha Epsilon Delta, Pi Kappa Phi

ACS Membership: 2014-Present Philadelphia Section

National Participation  2014-Present Philadelphia Section, AGRO & Analytical

Local Section Participation: Assistant to the Secretary for Philadelphia Local Section 2019-Present

Statement: I am excited to run for the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Local Section. I have been a Philadelphia area resident my entire life. I am very involved with the Delaware Valley Mass Spectrometry Forum. Additionally, I have been assisting the current Secretary for the Philly section this past year taking meeting notes and sending them to the board. I also had the privilege of working with younger chemists in the YCC (poster session judge) and STEM outreach. I am very active within the local community with promoting STEM. My goal is to spread more awareness of the Philly section to younger chemist, scientific professionals, and students. I will always put my best foot forward and help ACS Philly section run smoothly and efficiently during these trying times.

Salas-de la Cruz

David Salas-de la Cruz, Associate Professor and Director of Chemistry Graduate Program, Department of Chemistry, Rutgers University – Camden

Education: BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez; MS, Chemical Engineering, Villanova University; PhD, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania.

Professional Experiences: Salas-de la Cruz has more than 15 years of industrial and academic research experience. He has worked at Kimberly-Clark, LifeScan (a Johnson and Johnson Company), Rohm and Haas (Dow Chemicals), and Holtec International. In addition, he served as Consultant for Local Motors and Shell Oil Company.

Board of Director Experiences: Vice President of Thermal Analysis Forum of the Delaware Valley (2018-2020); Leap Academy University Charter School Board Member (2013-2014); American Institute of Chemical Engineer Board of Director Members (2004-2009)

ACS Membership: 2013; Philadelphia Section: 2014. Served as ASC SEED Mentor in 2015, 2016, 2017

National Participation: Cellulose Division Poster Judge (Orlando, FL 2019) and Cellulose Session Chair (Washington, 2017).

Honor Societies: Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Dela Kappa

Statement: It is indeed a great pleasure to be nominated for both the Counselor and Board of Director Member, for the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemistry Society. I am excited about this opportunity to represent my colleague and my local scientific community and to be one of the spokesmen to the general public community.

If elected, I will seek to:

  • Encourage the participation of more chemical professionals by supporting career growth and networking. With more than 20 colleges and universities in the region we can easily provide an avenue to connect them with career training, continued education and networking.
  • Encourage the participation of more local K-12 Chemistry teachers. Teachers are the first voice of our field. The more excited they are, the more students will apply to our programs. I will try to help increase their participation in our organization, in grant and events.
  • Provide support for minority students, scientists and professions. As a minority, I know the struggles one faces with language and cultural barriers. I hope to help in creating the network of professionals that could assist with writing and communication skills.
  • Represent our local organization at the ACS National Conferences

Increasing the participation of chemical professional and teachers and by increasing the network with faculty members, we will close the loop by providing a continue path from cradle to professional life.


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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 (ISC), 1996-2017.

ACS Membership: 1973; Phila. Section: 1979.

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

Statement: (Director 1996) I would be honored to serve as a Director to the Philadelphia Section. I would do my best to help the Section meet the needs of its members and fulfull my duties with an enthusiasm and vigor that have characterized my past professional achievements.

As an educator I am most interested in promoting greater interaction between industrial chemists and students. Greater involvement of local student affiliate chapters in the Section’s activities could accomplish this goal.  Section meetings dealing with topical issues of a general nature may attract greater interest and participation of the Section’s membership. The Section needs to involve more of its membership in its governance and activities and can do this by offering diverse programs at various locations throughout the greater Philadelphia region.

As a Director of the Philadelphia Section I would work hard to insure the continued success of our Section.

Van Bramer

SCOTT VAN BRAMER, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Widener University

Education:  BA The Colorado College, 1987; PhD. University of Colorado – Boulder, 1992.

Honors and Professional Societies:  ACS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Philadelphia Section, 2017; Faculty Institutional Leadership Award, Widener University, 2016; Distinguished University Professor, Widener University, 2014-2017; Fitz Dixon Innovation in Teaching Award, Widener University, 2014

ACS Membership: 1992

National Participation: ACS Committee on Computers in Chemical Education; 1997-2013, Chair 2005-2010; Moderator for online discussion for CCCE Newsletter; 2004-2009; ACS Exams Institute; Laboratory Exam Committee – 2008-2012

Local Section Participation:  Awards Committee 2019-2020.

Statement: I recently moved into Philadelphia and I am very interested in becoming involved in the local section.  I have been involved in several committees at the national and local level over the years and I have been very involved in faculty governance at Widener.  I have an abundance of experience with committee work and I have been an active and engaged citizen on the campus; leading new initiatives, working across boundaries, and mentoring both students and faculty.  I would like to put some of this experience to work for the local ACS section.


Michael Vogel , Product Development Chemist.

Education : BA, Biology (Minor in Chemistry), Widener University, 2011.

Honors and Professional Societies : Recipient, YCC Leadership Development Award, 2019; Member, Toastmasters International in Valley Forge, PA, 2016-present; Treasurer, Toastmasters International in Valley Forge, PA, 2020-present; Vice President Membership, Toastmasters International in Valley Forge, PA, 2017-2018; Sergeant-at-Arms, Toastmasters International in Valley Forge, PA, 2016-2017; Leader and Government Representative for Alternative Spring Break, 2006-2011; Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, 2006 – 2011; Omicron Delta Kappa, The National Leadership Honor Society, 2008 – 2011; Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society, 2010-2011.

ACS Membership : 2015; Philadelphia Section : 2015.

Local Section Participation : Philadelphia ACS Local Section Director, Board of Directors, 2018-present. Chair, Industrial Relations Committee, Philadelphia ACS Local Section, 2020-present. Philadelphia YCC event volunteer and leader, 2015-present.

National Participation : August 2016 ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia volunteer.

Statement: Much has changed over the past year for individuals and organizations, and the Philadelphia ACS Local Section is not withstanding. Because of this rapid change, our local section has had to adapt just as quickly. We have done this in many ways and I would like to provide a personal example of this pivot.

One of the ways in which I will help the section keep up the pace is by being chair of the newly formed Industrial Relations Committee (IRC). The IRC will serve the industry members within the local and surrounding sections, as well as the industries at large. I will do this by forming a committee of members that represent the large and small businesses in the area. The committee will seek to provide connections, insights, and opportunities for working professionals. One example of how this will be done is by organizing an award luncheon for June 2021. This event will be an opportunity for employers to nominate an employee of their choice to be honored.

Networking will also be built into the event so valuable connections can be made.

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