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Voting for 2020 Officer Candidates


First Vice-Chair / Chair-Elect

Dr. Susan Sonchik Marine is willing to serve as Cincinnati’s Chair-Elect for 2020. Susan worked as an analytical chemist specializing in gas chromatography after earning her B.S. in Chemistry (magna cum laude) from John Carroll University. She earned her M.S. in Analytical Chemistry and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Marine worked in industry for 21 years and managed an environmental laboratory at Versar Inc, designed a dual oven gas chromatograph at IBM Instruments Inc, demonstrated successful use of electron beam proximity printing for IBM DRAM chip manufacturing, and directed a validation study for microlithographic (x-ray) mask development at IBM. After participating in IBM’s Faculty Loan program to Heritage College, Dr. Marine entered academia, teaching first at Centre College and then joining Miami University Middletown to direct their Chemical Technology Program in 1998. She is now a full professor, has served as dept chair on the regional campuses, and will retire in May.

Susan has been active in local and national professional societies including ACS (since 1974), ASTM (1984-2001), and Iota Sigma Pi (since 1976). She has been National Chemistry Week coordinator for Vermont, the Yakima Valley (WA), central/eastern Kentucky, and Dayton for a total of 14 years. She was also chair-elect, chair, and past chair for the Green Mountain Section (1989-1992). In Cincinnati she has been the Analytical Discussion Group leader and section auditor. On the national level, Susan chaired the Committee for Technician Affairs (member 10 yrs), was Education Chair for TECH, served 2 yrs as associate member on the Committee on Community Activities and on the Committee on Nomenclature, Terminology, and Symbols. For ASTM Susan was the national Vice Chair of ASTM Committee E-19 from 1986-1999 and chaired the GC subcommittee. For Iota Sigma Pi (the national honor society for women chemists) Dr. Marine has served as National VP, President, Past-president, and National Historian, as well as president of Fluorine Chapter in Cleveland and Financial Manager for the Members-at-Large.

Susan’s research has resulted in 54 publications, 95 technical presentations, and 6 invention disclosures. Her NCW activities received Phoenix Awards from the American Chemical Society in 1994 and in 1997. She received the 2008 Centennial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from Iota Sigma Pi and a Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award from SOCHE in 2013. Her research has earned two IBM awards and an award from the 10th International Congress of Essential Oils, Flavors, and Fragrances. She has been listed in Marquis' Who's Who in the World since 1986 and received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.


Second Vice-Chair

Leo Oquendo is currently a Scientist at Procter & Gamble. He has a Ph.D. Degree in Organic Chemistry with minor in Analytical Chemistry & Material Sciences from University of Arizona, Tucson AZ. He obtained a B.S. Degree in Chemistry from University of Puerto, Rio Piedras. Following his Ph.D. degree in 2014, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Assistant at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN in Polymer Chemistry research. He joined the Procter & Gamble Company Research and Development role in 2017 in Feminine Care. Leo has been involved in recruiting of Ph.D. candidates and mentoring for P&G. He has been involved in STEM activities such as Market Fair, Elementary School chemistry demonstrations and student Science Fairs preparation. He serves as judge for the annual Science Fair poster session for National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Chemist and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). This year, he has the honor to be the National Chemistry Week Coordinator.



Allison Edwards is currently a Scientist at Procter & Gamble. She has a Ph.D. Degree in Physical Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati and a B.S./M.S. Degree in Chemistry from Southeast Missouri State University. After completing her Master’s Degree in 2002, she joined the Procter & Gamble Company in the Pharmaceutical Division and now is within Corporate Functions Analytical Group.



Chief, Chemical and Biological Monitoring Branch, Supervisory Research Physical Scientist, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH. BS in Chemistry, Ohio State University (1990); MS in Health Physics, University of Cincinnati; PhD in Analytical and Radioanalytical Chemistry, Washington State University (1998). Wide background of experience ranging from academia (Washington State University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Cincinnati), National Laboratory (Mound and LANL), and government service (NIOSH). Numerous publications on radiochemical methods and applications. Member: American Chemical Society (since 1995); Cincinnati ACS Treasurer 2017-2019; and Health Physics Society (since 1992). American Nuclear Society: Member since 1998. Executive Committee Member, BMD and IRD; Chair and Secretary, BMD; Secretary, IRD; Chaired several special sessions; Program Chair for the International Conference on Methods and Applications of Radioanalytical Chemistry (MARC) series (MARC VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI and XII).



Susan Hershberger is completing her first term as ACS councilor for the Cincinnati Section, and for the past two years has been appointed an associate member of the Committee for Community Activities where she contributed to National Chemistry Week and Chemists Celebrate Earth Week publications and supporting activities. For this national ACS work Susan draws heavily on the outstanding National Chemistry Week and Chemists Celebrate Earth Week activity in the greater Cincinnati area. Susan previously served the Cincinnati Section as Chair Elect and Chair of the Cincinnati Section during 2008-2010, and Trustee from 2011-2013.

Since 2011, Susan is Director of the Center for Chemistry at Miami University (www.ccemu.org ) where she teaches organic chemistry and develops active learning chemistry and science teaching and learning materials. Funded projects include engaging inquiry stories for middle school science, middle and high school chemistry activities on environmental pollutants and food chemicals called Fighting with Food: Battling Chemical Toxicity with Good Nutrition and WE Engage for Health a community based informal health science partnership project in Cincinnati with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati as partners. Educated at Marquette University (BS) and Iowa State University (PhD), she was a teaching and research postdoctoral associate at Indiana University and the University of Minnesota. Prior to becoming Director of the Center for Chemistry Education at Miami University she was involved in contract research at Miami with Goodyear, chemistry and science education outreach projects, and visiting/adjunct assistant professor teaching at Miami University.


Alternate Councilor

Neil Ayres is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati. He received his Ph. D. in chemistry from The University of Warwick in 2003 where he worked with Prof. David Haddleton in the area of controlled radical polymerization. After a post-doc with Charles McCormick at The University of Southern Mississippi he worked with William Brittain at The University of Akron studying stimuli-responsive polymer brushes. From there he spent two years as a post-doc at The University of Utah with Prof. David Grainger before becoming an assistant professor at The University of Cincinnati in 2008 and receiving tenure in 2014. He has presented and multiple ACS National and regional meetings and both organized and presided symposia at national ACS meetings. His current research interests include using controlled radical polymerization methods for new biomaterials synthesis, stimuli responsive hydrogels, and porous silicone materials.



Personal: Born in England, June 1961 into a military family; currently live in rural Indiana; married, John Walser, Daughter, Keelin Walser, 19 attending Indiana University
Education: B.S. Chemistry, University of Arizona, December 1984; undergraduate Research with Professor Q. Fernando, analysis techniques for the separation ZnS and PbS ores; Ph.D. Chemistry, Indiana University, September 1991; graduate advisor Professor R.M. Wightman, in vivo, Fast-scan Voltammetry of Dopamine Neurotransmission in the Rat Brain.

Professional: American Chemical Society – 33 year member (CintACS Earth Day Coordinator 10+ years, and 2016 ACS Volunteer of the Year, Currently 2nd Vice Chair); Tracer Research Corporation, Tucson AZ, January 1985-July 1986; Procter and Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH, November 1991- Present

Passions: Chemical Demonstrations – NCW, Earth Day, Schools, Kids Parties; Essential Oil Formulation; Hiking



Michelle D. Hoffman is the Director of Device Integration at Eccrine Systems, Inc., a privately-held biotech company focused on developing advanced sweat sensing technologies. Shelly earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Xavier University in 2006, and Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Indiana University in 2012. She spent five years teaching at small, primarily undergraduate institutions, first as a Visiting Professor at The College of Wooster, and then as an Assistant Professor at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Drawn by her passion for the development of novel micro- and nanofluidic technologies with high-commercial value, Shelly returned to Cincinnati in 2017 to work for Eccrine, where she now leads a collaborative team of engineers and scientists responsible for the design, development, and testing of Eccrine's integrated, wearable systems.



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