Meet your Candidates for Service to the Division of Professional Relations for 2022!

The Division of Professional Relations hosts annual elections for a number of positions on our Executive Board.

You will receive an email directly from the Division via Survey Monkey in the coming weeks asking you to cast your ballot on October 22. Voting will close on November 22, so cast your anonymous ballots before then!

Please note – you will receive multiple ballots if you belong to more than one subdivision! 

For Chair Elect: Katie Johnson- 1 position available

JOHNSON, KATHERINE. East Tennessee Section. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Academic Record: The University of Tampa, B.S., 2015; University of Nevada, Reno, Ph.D., 2020. Leadership courses taken: Engaging and Motivating Volunteers (2021), Collaborating Across Boundaries (2021), Engaging Colleagues in Dialogue, 2020.

Honors: Salute to Excellence (ACS), 2018; Jerry and Betty Wilson Graduate Fellowship (UNR), 2015;

Professional Positions: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Knoxville, Postdoctoral Researcher, October 2020 to present; University of Nevada, Reno, Postdoctoral Scholar, May 2020 to October 2020.

Service in ACS National Offices: Younger Chemists Committee, Governance, Interface, and Outreach Subcommittee chair, 2020 to present, Member, 2016 to present.

Service in ACS Offices: Member ACS since 2012. Division of Professional Relations:
Subchair, 2019 to present. Student Affiliates of the ACS, University of Tampa, President, 2014 to 2015.

Member: Alpha Chi Sigma; American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. ACS Divisions: Inorganic Chemistry, Professional Relations, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry.

For Member at Large (2022-2023) – 2 positions available

Annabelle Lolinco

LOLINCO, ANNABELLE T. Ames Section. Graduate Student, Ames, Iowa.

Academic Record:  Fresno State, B.S. in Biochemistry (Honors), B.A. in Communication (Honors), 2016; Iowa State University, M.S. in Physical Chemistry, 2020. Ph.D. in Chemistry – Chemical Education, In Progress.

Honors: ACS Undergraduate Student Leader Award, 2015; ACS ChemLumniary Award for Best Student NCW Event, 2015; Ronald E. McNair Scholar, 2015 – 2017; Undergraduate Dean’s Medalist, Fresno State, 2017; Sally Casanova Pre-doctoral Fellow, California State University, 2016 – 2017.

Professional Positions (for past 10 years): Fresno State, Research Assistant, 2013 – 2016; United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service, Biological Science Aid, 2017; National Science Policy Network, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Chair, 2020 – present.

Service in ACS National Offices: Division of Professional Relations, Social Media Chair, 2020–present.

Service in ACS Offices: ACS Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars Advisory Board (formerly Graduate Education Advisory Board), 2018 –; ACS Bridge Program Advisory Board, 2018–. Ames Section: Younger Chemists Committee representative, 2017 – 2019. San Joaquin Valley Section: Student Representative, 2014 – 2016.

Member: Member ACS since 2013. ACS Divisions: Chemical Education, Physical Chemistry, and Professional Relations.

Related Activities: Fresno State, College of Science and Mathematics Advisory, 2015 – 2016; Cultivating Ensembles, Organizing Committee 2017 – 2019; National Science Policy Network, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Vice Chair, 2019 – Present; National Science Policy Network, Member Engagement Committee (formerly Communications Committee), 2019 – Present; National Science Policy Network, Public Engagement & Communications Committee (formerly Communications Committee), 2019 – Present; organizer, Iowa Coalition Science Debate, 2020.

Ann Nalley

NALLEY, ELIZABETH ANN.  Wichita Falls-Duncan Section. Clarence L. Page Endowed Chair of Mathematics and Science Education, Professor of Chemistry, Cameron University, Lawton, OK

Academic Record: Northeastern Oklahoma State University, B.S., 1965; Oklahoma State University, M.S., 1969; Texas Woman’s University, Ph.D.,1975.

Honors:  Henry Hill Award, ACS Division of Professional Relations, 1996; Oklahoma Chemist Award, 1992; Oklahoma State Teachers Association, Oklahoma Science Teacher of the Year, 1999; Oklahoma Governor’s OCAST Award for Outstanding Contributions to Economic Development, 2001; Southwest Technology Distinguished Research Award, 2001;Cameron University Phi Kappa Phi Promotion of Excellence Award, 1998; Cameron University Faculty Hall of Fame Award 1996, Distinguished Service Award 1995, Cameron Outstanding Professor Award, 1986, Outstanding Advisor Award, 1993; Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Faculty Award, 1978; Phi Kappa Phi Meritorious Service Award, 1981 & 1989; Phi Kappa Phi Alumni Award, 1980. Texas Woman’s University Distinguished Alumnus, 2001; Phi Kappa Phi; Sigma Xi; Sigma Pi Sigma; Iota Sigma Pi; Phi Kappa Delta; Delta Kappa Gamma. Elected as an ACS Fellow-2009; Inducted in to the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame , 2010;  Elected as a AAAS Fellow-2013;  Elected as a DaVinci Institute Fellow-2013:  Elected as one of the top 20 Women Faculty in Oklahoma, 2013; Cameron University 2013 Partner of Choice Award, ACS National Award for Encouraging Women to Careers in the Chemical Sciences, 2015, ACS Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences, 2016; Louis J. Sacco Award presented by The ACS Division of Professional Relations, 2017; Cameron University Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring Student Research, 2019; IUPAC Distinguished Woman in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering; Texas Woman’s University Chancellor’s Awqard, 2020;. Oklahoma Alliance for Excellence in Higher Education Mentoring Award, January 2021.,

Professional Positions(for past ten years): Cameron University Clarence Page Endowed Chair, 2012 to date; Cameron University,  Professor of Chemistry, 1978-to date; and Hard Science Facilitator for Cameron University Research Center, 1988-1992

Service in ACS National Offices: Director District V, 1997-2003, Councilor, ex officio 1997-2021; CCPAExecutive Committee of  the Board, 2002; Board Committee on Planning, 2002; Board Committee on Member and Professional Relations, 1997-2000, Chair 1999-2002; Board Committee on Grants and Awards, 2001-2002;  Board Development Committee, 1998; CCPA, 2009-2018,  Committee on Community 

Activities, Associate, 2019- 2020. Society Committee on Science, Associate 2021; Society Committee on Education, Consultant, 1999-2000; Committee on Chemical Safety,  Committee Associate, 1996-2000; Committee on Membership Affairs, Committee Associate, 1995; Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs, 1994; Consultant, 1999-2000; Committee on Economic Status, 1984-93, Vice-chair, 1989-91; Secretary, 1988, 1985-86;  Committee on Local Section Activities, 1982-83, Secretary, 1983; Joint Task Force on Employment Services, 1984-1991; Task Force on Industrial Sabbaticals Secretary, 1987-1989; Task Force on Certification and Licensing, Chair, 1989-1992; Task Force on Revitalizing Student Affiliate Chapters, 1989; Task Force on Student Affiliate Advisor’s Manual, 1990.

Service in ACS Offices: Member ACS since 1972, ACS President Elect, ACS Board Director District V, 1997-2000, 2001-2003,  Wichita Falls-Duncan Section: Councilor, 1980-83, 1985-to date; Secretary-Treasurer, 1977, Chair-Elect, 1978; Chairman, 1979; Historian, 1980-81; Nominations Committee Chairman, 1980; Education Committee Chairman 1980-81, National Chemistry Week Committee Chairman, 1987-1996; Committees on Professional Relations , Chair 1992;  Public  Relations, 1985-92;  Long Range Planning, 1978-95; Pentasectional Meeting Planning,  1996-97, 1985-86, 1980-81,1996-97, 2001-2002,  Oklahoma Pentasectional Meeting: Program Chair 2001, General Chair 1986, 1981;  Southwest High School Teacher Regional Award, Chair, 1984,  Southwest Regional Program Committee, 1998.  Division of Professional Relations: Chair, 1997; Chair-elect, 1996; Secretary, 1990-1995; Member-at-Large, Executive Committee, 1987-89; Cameron University ACS Student Affiliate Chapter: Sponsor 1982-to date.

Member:   American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Institute of Chemists; American Association of University Women; American Council on Undergraduate Research Higher; Higher Education Council of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Council on Public Affairs.  ACS Divisions:  CHED; ORG: POLY; CHAL and PROF. 

Related Activities: The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi: National Past President, 1998-2001, National President, 1995-98, National President-Elect, 1992-95, National Vice- President, 1989-1992, National Regent, 1980-89, Board of Directors, 1980-2001; Budget Committee, 1989-2001; Foundation Board of Trustees, 1980-2001;  American Institute of Chemists, National Board of Directors, 1992-93; National Poly-Ed Scholar, 1992-93; University of Texas, Dallas, Visiting Scientist, Summers 1987,1986: Oklahoma Collegiate Conference on Chemical Education, Chair-1977; Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Exhibits Committee Chair, 1982;  Chemical Education, Chairman-1977, Listed:  in Who’s Who In America, Who’s Who Among American Women, American Men and Women in Science, Who’s in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the Southwest,  Who’s Who Among International Business and Professional Women,  Who’s Who Among American Teachers; Science Advisor to the Oklahoma Council on Public Affairs. Advisory Board to the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, 2009-present.   Over 150 Scientific papers and publications:  Service on Numerous Cameron University Faculty Groups.

Subdivision Chair Elect Positions – 1 position available for EACH subdivision

Dr. Sarah Kennedy holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Westminster College (PA) and a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She taught at Westminster College from 2009-2016 moving through the ranks as a Visiting Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor, and Associate professor. In 2016, she joined the faculty at Radford University in Southwest Virginia and now works there as an Associate Professor of Chemistry. Most recently, Sarah spends much of her work time as Project Director for Radford’s REALISE (REALising Inclusive Science Excellence) program that is funded by the HHMI Inclusive Excellence grant. In this role, she organizes and leads faculty development focused on inclusive pedagogy and works with undergraduate peer mentors. Dedicated to improving STEM retention for PEERs (persons excluded due to ethnicity or race), Sarah promotes efforts to transform STEM education and focuses on student success. Sarah has been involved with the Division of Professional Relations for several terms as Treasurer and is happy to be nominated to run for Chair of the Ethics Subdivision.

Jessica Lamb

LAMB, JESSICA. Minnesota Section. Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Academic Record: Cornell University, M.S. (2014) PhD (2017); University of North Dakota (2012)

Honors: MIT: NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow (2018–2020); Cornell University: Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) Scholars Award (2016); NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2013–2017); Bayer Teaching Excellence Award.

Professional Positions: Assistant Professor: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (July 2020–present)

Candidate Statement: I have a long history of serving underrepresented populations in STEM. As a graduate student, I was the Finance Chair (second-in-command) of the Expanding Your Horizons outreach program that brought 500 middle school girls to campus for a day of hands-on workshops to spark their interest in STEM fields. Since becoming a faculty member, I co-wrote an editorial with other Assistant Professors on how to increase diversity in organic chemistry (; this article led to invitations to lead panel discussions on the topic at the University of Delaware, Kenyon College, and the Empowering Women in Organic Chemistry (EWOC) conference. I am also the Vice Chair of the newly founded Midwest chapter of EWOC, a mentor for the Chemistry Women Mentorship Network, and the PI of a diverse lab of chemists.

Sambuddha Banerjee

BANERJEE, SAMBUDDHA, Eastern NC Chapter. Teaching Assistant Professor, East Carolina University

Academic Record:  University of Calcutta, B. S. in Chemistry (Honors), 2003, University of Calcutta; Presidency College, M. S. in Inorganic Chemistry, 2005; Jadavpur University, Ph. D. in Science, 2010; Duke University, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013; University of Calgary, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015.

 Honors:  Chancellor’s Horizon Award for Service, 2021; East Carolina University, Leadership Development Academy, Spring 2021; East Carolina Alumni Association Teaching Award, Fall 2020 (Nominated); East Carolina University Diversity Award, Spring 2020 (Nominated); Who Inspires you at ECU, Mentorship Breakfast, Women and Gender Office, East Carolina University (Nominated and selected), Spring 2019; Honored Instructor Award, Campus Living, East Carolina University, Fall 2018, Spring 2019; East Carolina University, Creed Award (nominated), Spring 2019; Data Blitz in Gordon Research Seminar, held at Ventura, California from 3rd to 6th February, 2011; Young Scientist Award presented by Indian Chemical Society, 2008; The poster presented at International Conference on Structure and Dynamics: From Micro to Macro, (Dec. 14-16, 2006), organized by the Department of Chemistry, University of Calcutta, was ranked among “Best Five posters”; Calgary Outlink, Volunteer Appreciation Award, Calgary, Canada, 2015; Outstanding contribution award, Women’s Resource Center, University of Calgary, Canada, 2015.

Professional Positions (for past ten years):  Teaching Assistant Professor, East Carolina University, Department of Chemistry, 2017-present; Assistant Professor, Amity University, Kolkata, Department of Chemistry, 2016 January-2016 December; Postdoctoral fellow, University of Calgary, 2013-2015; Postdoctoral fellow, Duke University, 2010-2013.

Member: American Chemical Society, Out in STEM, American Association for Advancement of Science, American Association for University Professors. ACS subdivision: GTCA

Related Activities:  Coordinator and facilitator for Beyond Border Program, A group for queer refugee claimants, Calgary Outlink; Facilitator for a queer men’s group (Between Men), Calgary Outlink; Co-chair, University of North Carolina API Coccus; Vice-chair, East Carolina University Faculty Senate DEI Committee, Found Chair, Out in STEM Professionals at ECU and Greenville, Faculty Advisor, Out in STEM student organization, East Carolina University Provost Search committee, 2021; Coordinator for Department of Chemistry, ECU, Study Abroad Program; Chair, department of Chemistry, ECU, Faculty Development Committee.

Dr. Lee Hoffman is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Chemistry Department at Drexel University.  He heavily involved with the general chemistry course sequence for both chemistry and non-chemistry science majors, including students from the honors school as well as coordination and instruction of CHEM 425 (inorganic chem lab for graduating chemistry majors). He has also taught CHEM 241 (intro to organic chemistry) and CHEM 244 (organic chem lab).  Prior to joining faculty at Drexel University, Dr. Hoffman was on the faculty at South Dakota State University, where he participated in the instruction of chemistry for non-science, medical profession, and nursing majors

In addition to his involvement with education, Dr. Hoffman advocates for diversity and inclusion. To that end, he serves on a committee promoting inclusion of chemists with disabilities (CWD), which reports to the Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society (ACS). As part of this committee, he acts as a liaison between CWD and the the ACS committee on Ethics and committee on Meetings and Expositions. Dr. Hoffman has also served as chair of the CWD subcommittee for the Division of Professional Relations (PROF), during which time he chaired the symposia “Building Opportunities in the Chemical Profession: Exploiting the Power of Diversity and Inclusion” at the 252nd ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, along with organization and chairing symposia at the 254th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, “The Bond Between Science and Disability, Forging New Capabilities for Inclusion” and at the 255th ACS National Meeting in Boston, “Exploring the Nano: Leveraging Unique Abilities”. Dr. Hoffman is the chair-elect for the International Chemists subdivision of PROF. At the local Level, Dr. Hoffman chairs the Communications Committee and Committee on Chemists with Disabilities for the Philadelphia ACS Section, along with serving on the Board of Directors, is an Alternate Councilor, serves on the local section Committee on Minority Affairs,  and has assisted with the Education and Outreach Committee focusing on Project SEED.

Dr. Hoffman holds a BS in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, an MS in chemistry from Michigan State University, and a PhD from Flinders University, South Australia, where his research focused on development of dendrimer-encapsulated gold nanoparticle nano composites for medical applications such as cancer treatment.

No Biography or Statement Provided.

MILLER, Christopher J. San Diego Section.  University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California

Academic Record:  Colorado State University, B.S. Chemistry (2016) University of California San Diego, PhD (expected 2022)

Honors:  Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship (UCSD). ACS Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry (CSU).

Professional Positions:  Graduate Researcher, University of California San Diego, 2016-present

Service in ACS National Offices:  Younger Chemists Committee, Member 2019-present, Associate 2017-2018. San Diego Local Section, Member 2017-present, Colorado Local Section, Member 2013-2016

Service in ACS Offices:  Member ACS since 2013.

Member:  ACS Divisions: Inorganic Chemistry, History of Chemistry

Candidate Statement: I am running for the Younger Chemists subdivision chair to continue and expand on the great work the Division of Profession Relations has done to support early-career chemists. As a younger chemist, I have personally benefitted from the programing this division has developed in helping early-career chemists, such as attending the “Mental Health in Graduate School” webinar and “How to get your first industrial job”. In addition, I plan to bring my experience as the Awards lead for the Younger Chemists Committee to help facilitate current and new programs to recognize the great work of the younger members. My experience in that role has shown me both how important recognition and funding can be for early-career chemists but also how few opportunities there are for this type of recognition. If elected, I am looking forward to work with the Division to grow the new PROF Leadership Development Award and provide new opportunities to early-career chemists.

IRIARTE-GROSS, JUDITH M.  Nashville Section. Middle Tennessee State University,

Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Academic Record: University of Maryland, B.S., 1981, M.S., 1984; University of South Carolina,

Ph.D., 1990; Southern Methodist University, Postdoctoral Research Associate, 1991.

Honors:  Women In Higher Education-Tennessee (WHET) Woman of Achievement, 2020; Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Award, Nashville Technology Council, 2020; MTSU Career Achievement Award, 2018; ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences, 2017; ACS Fellow 2016; E. Ann Nalley Southeast Region Award for Volunteer Service to the ACS, 2015; Nashville Local Section, ACS, Outreach Volunteer of the Year, 2014; ACS Southeast Region, Stanley C. Israel Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences, 2008; ACS ChemLuminary Award for Outstanding Outreach to Girls or Young Women, 2008; ChemLuminary Award for Most Innovative Recognition of Women in the Chemical Sciences, Nashville Section, ACS, 2001; William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science, National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, 2016; AAAS Fellow, 2016; Science Educator of the Year for Higher Education, Tennessee Science Teachers Association, 2015; Omicron Delta Kappa MTSU Chapter (National Leadership Honor Society), 2015; Woman of Influence, Inspiration/Mentor Category, Nashville Business Journal, February 2015; First Athena International Leadership Award, Rutherford CABLE, Murfreesboro TN, 2014; Middle Tennessee Women of Character, Courage and Commitment in STEM, MTSU NWHM Committee, 2014; Represented GRITS Collaborative Project at the White House celebration and recognition of girls and women in STEM, 2011; Named 2010 TRIO (Upward Bound) Achiever for Washington D. C., 2010;  2009 AWIS Fellow; 2008 Leadership Fellow, SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibilities); Sigma Xi Diversity Award, 2001-02.  Middle Tennessee State University: President’s Silver Column Award, 2013; Named to Honors College Council, 2013-16; King-Hampton Award for Outstanding Service to Women on Campus, 2008; Ayne Cantrell Award for Outstanding Service, Women’s Studies, 2003; Foundation, Outstanding Public Service Award, 2000; Chapter of Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 2000; Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Love Outstanding Community Service Award, 1999.

Professional Positions: (for past ten years): Middle Tennessee State University, Professor of

Chemistry, 2007 to date; Director, Women In STEM Center, 2009 to date.

Service in ACS National Offices: Committee on Committees,2019, Membership Affairs Committee,

2017-18; Committee on Minority Affairs, 2016, Committee Associate, 2016; Women Chemists

Committee, 2007-15, Committee Associate, 2003-06; National Awards Selection Committee, 2013-

15; Leadership Advisory Board, 2016 -2019, Committee Associate 2014-15.

Service in ACS Offices: Nashville Section: Councilor, 2012-present; Alternate Councilor, 2008-11;

Chair, 2005; Chair-Elect, 2004; Women Chemists Committee, Chair, 2003-17; Board Member, 2003-

17; Division of Professional Relations: Chair, 2018, Chair-Elect, 2017, PROF Women Chemists

subcommittee chair, 2020-present

Member: Member ACS since 1984.  American Association of University Women; Association for

Women in Science; Middle Tennessee State University: Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Sigma Xi

Scientific Research Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society. National

Science Teachers Association; Iota Sigma Pi: National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry,

Association for Women in Science, Co-President TN Chapter,  MTSU Women and Gender Studies

Council, MTSU President’s Committee on the Status of Women.  ACS Divisions: Chemical

Education; and Professional Relations.

Related Activities: MTSU, Honors College Faculty; MTSU SENCER Team Leader (engages

 students in service, experiential learning, and collaborative activities); Women In STEM (WISTEM)

 Center Director; collaborates with the community to increase STEM capacity for girls and women

in Tennessee and across the South; Faculty Advisor to WISE Student Organization and WISE

Living and Learning Residential Community, Assist WISTEM’s Advisory Board with strategic

planning for current and future events; Mentored 10 Project SEED Scholars.

Leyte L. Winfield serves an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Spelman College where she serves as Division Chair for the Natural Sciences and Mathematics. A medicinal chemist, she has designed and synthesized compounds intended to address problems posed by existing cancer therapies. She has received six patents for compositions of mater covering more than 800 unique structural entities. Complementing her lab-based success, Dr. Winfield is leading NSF funds research related to the participation and success of underrepresented groups in STEM. Specifically, her work deals with characterizing how students of color demonstrate agency in pursuit of STEM careers and the ecosystems that nuture such agency. For these collaborative efforts, she has received more than $6.9 million. Dr. Winfield is chairing the leadership board for the newly established Center of Excellence for Women of Color in STEM at Spelman College. Funded by the Department of Defense, the Center buildings upon Spelman legacy for preparing women of African descent to excel in STEM careers. She is the lead editor of a book through ACS Publications entitled, Growing Diverse STEM Communities: Methodology, Impact, and Evidence. Dr. Winfield is a coach and facilitator for the AAC&U PKAL STEM Leadership Institute and holds a post-graduate certificate in academic leadership from the Chicago School of Clinical Psychology. In addition, she chair the Minority Chemist Subdivision of the ACS Division of Professional Relations, is a member of the ACS Committee on Professional Training, and serves on the leadership board OrganicERs, a learning community for the development and dissemination of organic chemistry pedagogies and learning resourcesDr. Winfield is a scholar, mentor, and leader currently serving on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Chemical Education.