Meet your Candidates for Service to the Division of Professional Relations for 2023!

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 26. Voting will close on November 26, 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: Jarrod Cohen – 1 position available

COHEN, JARROD. Sr. Scientist, Analytical Research and Development, Merck

Education: BS Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, 2015; PhD Organic Chemistry/Polymer Chemistry, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 2020.

Professional Positions: Scientist II, Secant Group, Telford, PA – 2021 – 2022; Sr. Scientist, Analytical Research & Development, West Point, PA – 2022 – Present

Honors and Professional Societies: Deans List – The Pennsylvania State University – 2011 – 2015; American Chemical Society – 2011 – Present; Society for Biomaterials – 2016 – 2020; American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists – 2021 – Present; Rutgers University Society for Biomaterials Student Chapter, 2018-2019 – President of Student Chapter – 2018 – 2019

ACS Membership: 2011; Philadelphia Local Section 2011-Present;  ACS Division of Business Development and Management – 2021 – Present; ACS Division of Professional Relations – 2015 – Present, ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry – 2015 – 2021; ACS Division of Polymer Materials and Science Engineering – 2015 – Present

National Participation: ACS Student Member – 2011-Present; Newsletter Editor and Email Communications, ACS Division of Professional Relations -2015 – 2020; Programming Chair, ACS Division of Professional Relations – 2020 – Present; Treasurer, ACS Division of Professional Relations – 2021 – Present; Associate Member, Committee on Divisional Activities – 2022 – Present.

Local Section Participation: Member, Philadelphia Local Section 2011-Present

For Secretary: Annabelle Lolinco – 1 position available

LOLINCO, ANNABELLE T. Ames Section. Ph.D. Candidate, 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.

Honors: ACS Undergraduate Student Leader Award, 2015; Ronald E. McNair Scholar, 2015 – 2017; Undergraduate Dean’s Medalist, Fresno State, 2017; Sally Casanova California State University Pre-doctoral Fellow, California State University, 2016 – 2017; Frank J. Moore and Thoreen Beth Moore Fellow, Iowa State University, Chemistry, 2020; ACS Younger Chemists Committee Leadership Development Award, 2021.

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 –2022.

Service in ACS National Offices: Division of Professional Relations, Social Media Chair, 2020–2022.

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: National Science Policy Network, 2019 –  Western States Communication Association, 2016-2017; Society for the Advancement of Hispanic/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science, 2020-2021. ACS Member 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 – 2020; National Science Policy Network, Member Engagement Committee (formerly Communications Committee), 2019 – 2022; National Science Policy Network, Public Engagement & Communications Committee (formerly Communications Committee), 2019 – 2022; organizer, Iowa Coalition Science Debate, 2020 – .

For Member at Large (2023-2024) – 2 positions available

Kelly Elkins

ELKINS, KELLY M. Maryland Section. Professor, Towson University, Towson, Maryland.

Academic Record: Keene State College, B.A. in Chemistry, B.S. in Biology, French minor, Secondary Education coursework (Magna cum laude) 1997; Study abroad, French, Université de Rennes, St. Malo, France, 1996; Clark University, M.A. in Chemistry, 2001; Fulbright Scholar, German Course for Advanced Students, Regensburg, Universität Heidelberg and European Media Lab, Heidelberg, Germany, 2001-2002; Clark University, Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2003; Cancer Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT, 2003-2004.

Honors: University & Professional Service Award, Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, Towson University, 2021; Inaugural Awardee of the Forensic Sciences Foundation International Association of Forensic Sciences Travel Scholarship, South Korea, 2014; Graduate Student Participant to Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates, Lindau, Germany, 2002; Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Clark University, 2001; Glorine Tuohey National Scholarship Winner, Steven Bufton Memorial Educational Fund, American Business Women’s Association, 2000; Anthony D. Theoharides Graduate Award in Chemistry, Chemistry Department, Clark University, 2000; American Institute of Chemists Chemistry Award, Keene State College, 1997; Chemistry Faculty Award, Keene State College, 1997; Aubrey Thomas Jr. Award for Excellence in Biology, Keene State College, 1996.

Professional Positions: Professor, Towson University, 2022-present, Associate Professor, 2018-2021, Assistant Professor, 2012-2018; Director of Forensic Science, 2010-2012, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Metropolitan State College (now University) of Denver, 2007-2012; Temporary Assistant Professor, Armstrong Atlantic State University (now Georgia Southern University), 2005-2007; Adjunct Professor, Keene State College, Keene, NH 2005-2007 (summers); Adjunct Professor, Cloud County Community College and Highland Community College, 2005.

Service in ACS National Offices: Exams Institute Diagnostic of Undergraduate Chemical Knowledge Exam Committee, 2015-2018; Committee on Ethics, Associate Member, 2016, Member, 2017-2021, Consultant, 2022; Committee on Professional Training, Program Reviewer (invited), 2021; PROF Chair, Ethics Subdivision, 2020; Division of Professional Relations, Secretary, 2018-2022; Committee on Nominations and Elections (elected), 2023.

Service in ACS Offices: Member ACS since 2000. Maryland Section: Councilor, 2020-2022, Vice Chair, 2022, Alternate Councilor, 2014-2019; Rocky Mountain Section: Alternate Councilor, 2010-2012.

Member: Fellow, 2018-present, Member 2013-2017, Associate Member, 2011-2012, Trainee Affiliate, 2008-2010, American Academy of Forensic Sciences; Council of Forensic Science Educations, President, 2012, Member, 2008-present; Association for Women in Science, 2012-2014; Council on Undergraduate Research, 2012-2013, 2020-present; International Humic Substances Society, 2002; Kappa Delta Pi; Pi Delta Phi; Beta Beta Beta. ACS Divisions: Professional Relations.

Related Activities: Military Spouse, 2004-2011; Official, Mountain Hi Swim League, 2009-2012; ACS Project SEED Mentor, 2008-2009; Host Family, Youth For Understanding, 2011-2012; Official, Prince Mont Swim League, 2013-2022; Editor, ACS Symposium Series Book, 2021; Executive Committee, HHMI Inclusive Excellence Grant awarded to Towson University, 2021-2023; Tri-Editor-In-Chief, Journal of Forensic Science Education, 2018-present.

Chris Bannochie

BANNOCHIE, CHRISTOPHER J.  Savannah River Section.  Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, South Carolina.

Academic Record: St. John’s University, B.A. Cum Laude, 1984; Texas A&M University, Ph.D., 1989.

Honors: ACS Fellow, 2009; ACS, Division of Professional Relations Louis J. Sacco Award, 2014; ACS, E. Ann Nalley Southeastern Regional Award for Volunteer Service, 2012; ACS, Savannah River Section Salute to Excellence Award, 2006; ACS, Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Promoting Diversity in the Chemical Sciences, 2005; National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, Walt Westman Award, 2007; George Westinghouse Signature Award, 1992; Sigma Xi; Phi Lambda Upsilon.

Professional Positions (for the past ten years): Savannah River National Laboratory (operated by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC), Senior Fellow, 1991-2020; Training and Procedures Manager, 2019; R&D Execution Manager, Advanced & Energy Materials, 2020 to date.

Service in ACS National Offices: ACS Board of Directors – District IV Director Nominee, 2022; Committee on Nominations & Elections, 2019-21; Committee on Committees, 2013-18; Committee on Science, 2008–13, Committee Associate, 2007; Awards Committee, 2012–14; Diversity & Inclusion [Diversity, Inclusion & Respect] Advisory Board, 2011, ConC Liaison, 2016–18, NOGLSTP Liaison, 2019-21;  ACS Diversity Experts Panel, 2022; Committee on Meetings and Expositions, Consultant, 2008–10, Member 2022-24; Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs, 2001–06, 1996–99.

 Service in ACS Offices: Member ACS since 1984.  Savannah River Section: Councilor, 1996–22, Chair, 1993–94, Chair-Elect, 1993; Archivist, 2001–present; Government Affairs Committee Chair, 2007–09; Newsletter Editor, 1995–98; Public Outreach Officer, 1992.  Southeastern Regional Meeting, Inc: Executive Committee, 2017–19, 2013–15, 2005–10; Chair, 2020-21, 2014, 2009; Chair-Elect, 2019, 2013, 2008. 70th Southeastern Regional Meeting: General Co-Chair, 2017–18; 58th Southeastern Regional Meeting: General Chair, 2005–06.  Division of Professional Relations: Chair, 2011; Chair-Elect, 2010; Secretary, 2009; Treasurer, 2003–08; Program Chair, 2007–08; Member-At-Large, 2013–22, 2002.  PACIFICHEM 2015, 2010, ACS Topical Program Advisor.

Member: National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, Board of Directors, 2009–22, Out to Innovate 2014, Co-Chair;  Leadership Augusta, Class of 2004, Board of Directors, 2005;  Savannah River Site Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Employees and Allies Association, Management Sponsor, 2022-, President, 2009–21, 2003;  American Association for the Advancement of Science.  ACS Divisions: Energy & Fuels; Nuclear Chemistry; and Professional Relations.

Related Activities: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (operated by the University of California), Visiting Scientist, 1998–01; Malta Conference Foundation Board of Directors, 2018–21;  Open Chemistry Collaborative in Diversity Equity (OXIDE) Advisory Board, 2014–21, Board Chair, 2022; ConC Subcommittee on Diversity, Chair, 2015-18; CEPA Subcommittee on Public Policy, Chair, 2001–06, CEPA Subcommittee on Professional Services and Programs, Chair, 1998–99; Washington University, School of Medicine, Research Associate, 1989–91; Morris Museum of Art, Board of Directors, 2010;  Augusta Pride, Inc., Board of Directors, 2010–13.


Subdivision Chair Elect Positions – 1 position available for EACH subdivision

Theresa DeAngelo is the Quality Assurance and Safety Manager for the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division. Since 2015 she has been overseeing the Quality Assurance program for more than 100 employees within the State’s three laboratories and 13 Crime Scene Offices located throughout Maryland. Theresa also runs the safety program for the entire laboratory system. Theresa’s previous positions within the field of forensic science include the Coordinator for the Maryland State Forensic Laboratories Oversight Program and several years of service working for crime laboratories for the Baltimore City Police Department, the Baltimore County Police Department and the New York City Police Department. Her crime lab experience includes crime scene, controlled dangerous substances (seized drugs) and case management. Theresa holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology from University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a Master’s of Science Degree in Forensic Science from Towson University. She is an active Member of AFQAM, a Member of the Mid-Atlantic Association for Forensic Scientists (MAAFS), an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists (AAFS), and is currently the Chair of the Ethics Subcommittee for the Professional Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS-PROF).

 Fanny Frausto

No Candidate Bio provided. 

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.

CUMMINGS, MICHELLE R.  Midland Section.  Senior R&D Leader- Dow, Midland, Michigan.

Academic Record:  Central Michigan University, B.S., 2006;

 Honors: ACS Fellow, 2022; Outstanding service to the ACS- Midland Section, 2021; R&D 100, 2018; Applied Technology Fellow- ACS I&EC Division, 2017.

Professional Positions (for past ten years):  Senior R&D Leader- Dow, 2020-present; Research Scientist- Dow, 2016-2020; Research Technologist/ Scientist- Dow Corning, 2001- 2016; Manufacturing Operations leader, 1998-2001.

Service in ACS National Offices:  Committee on Chemists with Disabilities- Chair, 2020-present; ConC Committee Review Working Group, 2022; Committee on Chemists with Disabilities- Member, 2019; Committee on Chemists with Disabilities- Associate Member, 2017-2018.

Service in ACS Offices:  Member of ACS since 2006. DEIR Advisory Board, 2020; ACS Midland Section BOD- several positions including Chair 2008-2019.

Member: ACS Divisions:  Industrial and Engineering Chemistry; Chemical Health & Safety; Physical Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Polymeric Materials Science & Engineering; Professional Relations.

Related Activities:  ACS WCC Overcoming Challenges- Award Reviewer, 2022; Dow Corning Employees Scholarship Fund- Reviewer, 2015-Present; ACS Scholars- Reviewer, 2014-2018; Dow Corning Foundation- Reviewer, 2013-2015

MILLER, CHRISTOPHER J (CHRIS). 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 (October 2022)

Honors:  Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship (UCSD, 2021); ACS Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry (CSU 2016).

Professional Positions:  

Service in ACS National Offices:  Younger Chemists Committee, Governance Interface and Outreach Subcommittee Chair 2022, Member 2019-present, Associate 2017-2018; PROF Chair-elect of Younger Chemists Subcommittee (2022);

Service in ACS Offices:  Member ACS since 2013.

Member:  ACS Divisions: Inorganic Chemistry, History of Chemistry, PROF; San Diego Local Section, Member 2017-present, Colorado Local Section, Member 2013-2016

Candidate Statement: I am running for reelection as 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. I am looking forward to my continued 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.

No Candidate Bio provided.