CATHERINE M. BENTZLEY, Assistant/Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia PA 1997-present; Assistant Chair, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry 2013-present

Education:  BA, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, 1992; PhD, University of Delaware/DuPont Fellowship 1997

Honors and Professional Societies:  Delaware Valley Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group Chair 2000-2002, Chair Elect 1999-2000, Secretary 1997-1999; Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society Board of Directors 2001-2006; Delaware Valley Science Council Board of Directors 1998-2008; Recipient of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Outward Bound Scholarship for Leadership Enhancement for Teachers, 2003; USciences Alpha Lambda Delta Outstanding Freshman Professor of the Year, 1999

ACS Membership:  1992; Analytical Division: 1992; Philadelphia Section: 1997

National Participation:  American Chemical Society Student Affiliate Chapter Reports Reviewer 2016-present; Attended ACS COMPASS “Career And Occupational Mentoring for the Professional Advancement of Science Students” Spring 2021 Workshop; Co-published with students The ACS Student Chapter at University of the Sciences 2006: Developing A Successful Spark Behind the Science” Building and Maintaining Award Winning ACS Student Member Chapters Volume

Local Section Participation:  Philadelphia Section Board of Directors 2001-2006; Philadelphia Section Career Services Committee January 2021-present

Statement:  I am excited to be nominated for the positions of Director and Councilor of the Philadelphia Section. I have been involved with the Philadelphia Section early in my academic career (Board of Directors 2001-2006) and I welcome the opportunity to return with renewed energy.

For the last decade I have spearheaded the professional development curriculum at USciences. I am currently a member of the Philadelphia Career Services Committee and I recently attended an ACS-COMPASS workshop.  Therefore, I am looking to expand the programs I’ve piloted at USciences to a regional/national level with the help of the Career Committee. My ideas include regional, Zoom mock interviews, resume clinics, and elevator speech contests.

In addition, I have been the co-advisor to the USciences ACS student affiliate, an Outstandingly ranked chapter, which in 2012 co-pioneered the Annual Philadelphia Intercollegiate Chemistry Olympics and in 2016 contributed to an ACS volume series on How to Build a Successful ACS Student Affiliate Chapter.

By combining my strong interest in career services with my excitement to connect with all University students I aspire to promote the Philadelphia area for excellence in undergraduate, professional development!

Please allow me the opportunity to serve and thank you for your time and consideration.


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; Temple University Part-Time Faculty Excellence in Teaching & Instruction Award, 2019-2020, Penn State Abington Faculty Scholar Award, 2009; Penn State Lion Heart Award for University Service, 2006; Penn State Abington Outstanding Teacher Award, 2006 & 2021; 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 which I have held since April 2021.  My intention is to Brazos port apply my industrial and academic experience to benefit our local members and 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.  I feel this would be best addressed through our current members, who are the section’s best resource for recruitment and mentorship.  Continued promotion of measures that encourage our current members to engage in programs and activities that further recruitment and retention will be a priority.  Finally, 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.


DEBORAH H. COOK, Education Consultant, Adjunct Faculty Rider 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; N.J. Pres. Award for Excellence in Science Teaching; NJSSA Presidential Award; Section Service Award; Ullyot Award, Alumni Award (USP 2000), ACS Fellow 2020

ACS Membership:  1972; Philadelphia. Section:  1972

Local Section Participation:  Secretary, Chemical Education Group, 1979; Secretary, Education Committee, 1980; Chairman, Chemical Education Group, 1981, 1986-87, Section Secretary, 1990-91; Alternate Councilor, 1991; Board of Directors, 1992-95, 1997, 1999-03, 2007-15; Chair-Elect 2004; Chair, 2005; Immediate Past Chair, 2006; Chair-Elect; 2016, Chair, 2017; Immediate pat Chair 2018; Councilor 2006-08, 20011-19; Alternate Councilor 2009-10

Statement:  I have been an active member of the ACS since the late 1970’s.  During that time, I have held a variety of offices and have served on various committees including the three-year succession of Chair-Elect, Chair and Immediate Past Chair twice.  I was appointed to two one-year terms, 2008 and 2009, on the Society Committee on Education (SOCED).  I have been appointed as a member of SOCED (2010-2012, 2013-2015, 2016-18) and twice Chaired the SOCED Task Force to revise the ACS Guidelines and Recommendations for the Teaching of High School Chemistry which were published by ACS in spring 2012 and again in 2018. I chaired SOCED Sub Committee A (Pre-college committee) from 2016-18. I currently am an Associate Member of CCPA (2019-21).

I have served on the Philadelphia Section Board of Directors as a Section officer or a Director since 1990 with the exception of 1996 and 1998. During that time, I have been an active participant in Section activities as well as at the National level.  For 2017, the year I was chair, the Section together with our event partner, the Princeton Section, was honored at the ACS Fall 2018 National Meeting and Exposition in Boston with a ChemLuminary Award for Outstanding Local Section Career Services program. If re-elected to the Board, I will continue to actively support and participate in the Section activities as well to provide leadership to continue the Section’s viability and visibility in the Philadelphia area.


Jason P. CROSS, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Ursinus College

Education: BSC Environmental and Medicinal Chemistry, Brunel University, London, UK, 1998; PhD Organic Chemistry, University of Surrey, 2003

Professional Positions:  Temple University, 2006-2011; Delaware Valley College, 2011-2014; Drexel University, 2014-2020; Ursinus College, 2020-present

Honors and Professional Societies:  ACS Philadelphia Section Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2013; Most Valuable Professor, Drexel University, 2020

ACS Membership:  Philadelphia Section:  2011-present

Local Section Participation:  Board of Directors 2014-present; Chair of Tellers Committee 2016-present; Awards committee 2016-2020

Statement:  I am honored to run for both councilor and director positions in this upcoming election.  I have been actively involved in the local section in many capacities since 2011; I currently serving on the board of directors as well as being the chair of the Tellers Committee.  Since being involved in the Philadelphia Section, I have encouraged and sought new membership for the section as this is a priority to keep the section strong and involving new membership in section activities.  I also seek to improve the dialogue between the section and membership to promote services and events.  I aim to represent all members of the chemistry community in the Philadelphia section by promoting diversity and inclusion within our section. I am a relatively new in terms of my time on the board of directors.  We need new blood in the section so please vote.


Rick Ewing, Senior Director, Discovery Chemistry, Bristol Myers Squibb

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

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

Honors and Professional Societies:  ACS Fellow, Ondetti Cushman Award 2018

ACS Membership:  National 1986-present; 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) American Chemical Society (ACS) Committee on Professional and Economic Affairs (CEPA); ACS Corporate Associates (CA) Representative (2006-present), 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 (2010-2020)

Statement:  I am excited to run for the position of Councilor for the Philadelphia Section. In my past appointments as Councilor, I have had the honor to represent the Philadelphia Section in several Leadership roles; chairing the Committee on Meetings and Expositions (M&E) and chairing the Committee on Economic and Professional (CEPA) affairs.  I was pleased to be involved with both of these committees during times of change for the society, during Covid 19 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 have worked to provide platforms for Virtual meetings and now are shifting to defining and implementing hybrid meetings to enable the continued sharing of science and innovation among chemists as well as providing new structures for collaboration.  I also co-led the presidential task force on the future of meetings which made recommendations for how the ACS National and Regional meeting will evolve over the next 5-10 years to meet with needs of meeting attendees and allow the ACS to be at the cutting edge in 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.  As I am also running for the Philadelphia Local section board of directors, I bring many years of service to the local section and look forward to guiding the section to meet the needs of its’ many members over a large geographic area.  The section remains vital and current, and is recognized by National as one of the leading sections in the country.


STEVEN A. FLEMING, Professor of Instruction, Department of Chemistry, Temple University

Education:  BS, University of Utah, 1978; PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1984; Post-doctorate Colorado State University, 1984-1986

Honors and Professional Societies:  Sigma Xi (1979-present); Inter-American Photochemical Society (1995-present); POCC (2008-2010); ACS Div: Chemical Education; NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, 1984-86; NSF CCLI/TUES Research Support, 2003-2014; Brigham Young University Maeser Teaching Award, 2001; Temple University Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award, 2011; ACS Fellow, 2015; Lindback Teaching Award, 2016; Outstanding Faculty Service Award, 2017; Philadelphia Section Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2018

ACS Membership:  1977; Philadelphia Section:  2008

National Participation:  Local Sections Activities Committee, 1992-1997; Ad Hoc committee on membership retention, 1995-1996; Meetings and Expositions Committee, 1998-2005; Chair of Meetings and Expositions Committee, 2004-2005; Society Committee on Education (Assoc member), 2011-2014; Chemical Safety Subcommittee, 2011-2015; First Term Organic Chemistry ACS Exams Committee member, 2004-2014; Committee on Professional Training (Assoc member), 2015-2016; Project SEED (Assoc member), 2017-present; Program Committee for Chemical Education Division, 2015-present; Alternate Councilor Chemical Education Division, 2020-present

Local Sections Participation:  Central Utah Section:  Councilor, 1991-2008; Chair, 1989; NCW Committee, 1989-2008. Philadelphia Section: Member, 2008-present; Director, 2012-2014, 2019-present. Chair-elect, 2013; Chair, 2014; Past-chair, 2015; Alternate Councilor, 2017, 2019-2021. Rocky Mountain Region:  Chair, 1996; Secretary, 2003-2004; Secretary-Treasurer, 2005-2008. Joint Rocky Mountain and Northwest Regional Meeting:  Program Co-chair, 1995; Chair, 2008

Statement:  I enjoyed serving as the Chair of the Philadelphia Local Section of the ACS in 2014 and I learned much about the Philadelphia section as a Director for 2 years prior to chairing the section. As a result of those experiences, I have gained an appreciation for the many volunteers in the Section. I am very impressed with the service and leadership skills of those who dedicate their time to the local section and I have learned from working with others. I am willing to continue serving and learning. I am familiar with the responsibilities and expectations of being a councilor because I served as the Councilor of the Central Utah Section for 17 years. It is an honor to serve as a Director of the Philadelphia Section (2019-present) and I am eager to serve another term in that position. If re-elected to serve as a Director of the Philadelphia Section, I would work closely with the other Directors of the local section. I have been an active member of the Career Services Committee and I have worked with the Education Committee. I’ve been a member of the Project SEED Committee at the national level and would like to help strengthen that effort at the section level. I understand the goal of having the representatives of the section work together on issues related to the needs of the Philly section. I have listened to and considered the concerns of section members in my deliberations at the Board meetings. I believe the Board should more actively solicit feedback from section members in order to represent you, the section member, appropriately. If I am not elected, I will continue to attend the Board meetings and serve the Philly community.


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

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

Honors:  Nomination for Junior Faculty Teaching Award, Villanova University (2018), Community Service Award (2008)

ACS Membership:  2004 Philadelphia Section:  2004

National Participation:  ACS Green Chemistry Institute Module Developer for Sustainability in General Chemistry using Systems Thinking, 2021; Presenter in ACS GCI meeting, 2021; Presenter and Participant in several national ACS meetings

Local Section Participation: Participant in Career Services Offerings

Statement:  As a relative novice but quiet participant in the broader ACS environment, I can now see how my skills and interests can work to better serve the ACS Philadelphia Section.  I have served as a Program Director in a non-profit group providing enrichment in STEM for minorities, and I have served as Program Coordinator for a program bringing STEM educators into the K-12 school systems.  I have taught at the high school level, community colleges, liberal arts colleges and in large research universities; these experiences have allowed me to gain diverse experience in the varying environments and differing needs among these groups.

I am running for Councilor to involve myself in ACS leadership to bring the diverse perspectives from my background to the forefront.  My passion for sustainability and commitment to service to the community, particularly as it relates to STEM hands-on activities, will bring that lens into the conversations around policies and programming.  Being a woman in STEM and seeing some of the challenges and opportunities that female chemists face, I see my role as that of promoting inclusion and celebrating differences. These experiences allow me to bring a unique perspective on the intersection of sustainability, inclusion and service.


LEE W. HOFFMAN, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Chemistry, Drexel University

Education:  BS, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, 1992; MS, Michigan State University, 1996; PhD, Flinders University, 2010; Postdoc, South Dakota State University, 2011-2014

Honors and Professional Societies:  recipient of Endeavor International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (EIPRS), Flinders University, 2006; Member, Royal Society of Chemistry 2013-present

ACS Membership:  1991; Philadelphia Section:  2014

National Participation:  Committee on Chemists with Disabilities, Associate member – 2003-2006, Member – 2011-present; Chair – Chemists with Disabilities subdivision to PROF, 2016-2018; symposium co-organizer and session chair – Building Opportunities in the Chemical Profession: Exploiting the Power of Diversity and Inclusion, Philadelphia, 2016; symposium organizer and chair – “The Bond Between Science and Disability, Forging New Capabilities for Inclusion”, New Orleans, 2018.

Local Section Participation:  member – education and Community Outreach Committee, 2016; Alternate Councilor, 2017; Director, 2017; Chair-Project SEED, 2017

Statement:  It has been a great honor to serve this section as a director and alternate-councilor position, and seek your vote to continue in these roles.  I have been involved with the ACS for more than 25 years starting with my undergraduate studies.  Since my BS, I have been involved in educating others at various capacities ranging from high school to university to industry.

Serving on the Chemists with Disabilities committee has increased my knowledge of persons with disabilities, the various types of disability, and (most importantly) that disability should be viewed as a unique ability.  Rather than disability closing doors, I believe (utilizing open mindedness) new doors can be opened. I will be utilizing the experience gained through working with this committee in expanding opportunities for all members of our local section.

While at SDSU, I also became involved in Project SEED. I brought that experience with me and I am now involved with the Philly section of Project SEED. ACS membership has been declining over recent years.  While the causes are complex and many, one impact we can have is exposure.  To that end, the greater Philadelphia area has a significantly large population in which Project SEED can serve.  The program brings exposure to higher education and possibilities in fields associated with chemistry.


THOMAS R. SIMPSON, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Director of Pharmaceutical Product Development, Department of Chemistry, West Chester University of PA; Principal Consultant, Therasayer Discovery LLC

Education:  BS Chemistry, Allegheny College, 1989; MS Organic Chemistry, University of Rochester, 1991; PhD Organic Chemistry, University of Rochester, 1995

Professional Positions:  Zeneca Pharmaceuticals (Research Chemist, Senior Research Chemist), Wilmington, DE, 1994-2000; AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (Scientist, Principal Scientist I, Principal Scientist II, Associate Director, Senior Project Leader), Wilmington, DE, 2000-2010; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals (Research Project Leader, Senior Research Fellow), Ridgefield, CT, 2010-2016; West Chester University (Tenure-track Associate Professor, Tenured Associate Professor), West Chester, PA, 2016-present; Principal Consultant, Therasayer Discovery LLC, West Chester, PA, 2017-present.

Honors and Professional Societies:  ACS; Chair of the Medicinal Chemistry Gordon Research Seminar 2021; Chair of Philadelphia Organic Chemists’ Club 2018-2019; Faculty Advisor for Gamma Sigma Epsilon (National Chemistry Honors Fraternity at WCU) 2020-present; Faculty Advisor for Pre‐Dental Society (at WCU) 2017-present; Robert and Marion Deright Graduate Fellowship 1992-1993; Elon Huntington Hooker Graduate Fellowship 1991-1992; Sherman Clarke Fellowship 1990-1993; Alden Scholar Award 1988

ACS Membership:  1990; Philadelphia Section:  2016

National Participation:  Participant at multiple meetings and events

Local Section Participation:  Participant at multiple meetings and events

Statement:  I am thrilled to have been nominated to run for both Director and Councilor positions for our Local ACS Section.  Our Local ACS Section provides a wide range of communication, programming and outreach to our membership and is an important framework for our local chemistry community.  While I have been very active in organizations serving chemists in our area, I have yet to participate in any leadership roles within our Local Section.  If elected to these positions I will work tirelessly to maintain and expand the quality and accessibility of our Local Section supported activities in the following thematic areas:

Expand participation and derived value for students of all ages (from ACES at young ages through to quality scientific presentation opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate student levels at meetings and events).

Expand career services participation and derived value for chemists with a focus on supporting chemists through transition periods (from student to professional and from one job opportunity to another).

Enhance community outreach and public perception of chemistry professionals (engaging the non-science community through social media and fun widely accessible events).


ANN M. VALENTINE, Professor and Chair, Temple University Department of Chemistry

Education:  BS Chemistry with Highest Honors, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1993; PhD Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, 1998; Postdoctoral Fellow, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 1998-2001

Professional Positions:  Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Yale University, New Haven, CT 2001-2007; Associate Professor of Chemistry, Yale University, New Haven, CT 2007-2011; Associate Professor of Chemistry, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 2011-2018; Vice Chair of Department of Chemistry, Temple University, 2015-2021; Professor of Chemistry, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2018-present; Chair of Department of Chemistry, Temple University, 2021-present

Honors and Professional Societies:  Professor of the Year, Temple University Honors Program, 2015 and 2021; Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2021; Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award, 2016, Chemical Pioneer Award, American Institute of Chemists, 2014; Paul Saltman Award, Metals in Biology Gordon Conference, 2009; American Chemical Society PROGRESS/Dreyfus Lectureship Award, 2007; American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award, 2006.

ACS Membership:  1992; Philadelphia Section:  2011

National Participation:  Alternate Councilor, Division of Inorganic Chemistry 2017- 2019

Local Section Participation:  Attendee at local section events

Statement:  I am running for the position of Director in the ACS local Philadelphia section. I have been a limited participant in local section activities since moving to Philadelphia in 2011. With three young children (now 13, 10, and 7), deeper involvement was difficult. But over the years I have enjoyed participating in the Philadelphia Area Girls Enjoying Science (PAGES) program and in other local section activities like the YCC poster session.

Because I haven’t had a leadership role in the local section, my first goal would be to listen and learn about the way the section functions with an eye towards how to make it even stronger. A key priority would be to leverage what has been one of my favorite things about Philadelphia: the fantastic density of both academic and industrial chemistry groups. My goal would be to find new ways to bring these people together – faculty and students from the large research universities and small liberal arts colleges, and chemists in diverse industrial settings – including the people like me who struggle to participate in local section activities given busy scientific and personal lives.

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