2017 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – BIOGRAPHIES
CHAIR-ELECT 2017 (CHAIR 2018, PAST- CHAIR 2019)
Susan VanderKam is a Lecturer and the Manager of Diversity Initiatives in the Chemistry Department at Princeton University. Since 2008 she has taught a variety of courses ranging from a Freshman Seminar on the History of Chemistry to advanced inorganic courses. Dr. VanderKam graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) in 1994 with a B.S. in Applied Science (Polymer Chemistry) and with a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1999 from Princeton University. During her career, she has served as a chemical information specialist as well as a volunteer STEM workshop host at local schools and scouting events. Her special interests include the history of chemical pedagogy, particularly at Princeton University.
CHAIR 2017 (PAST-CHAIR 2018)
GEORGE THEODORIDIS: Since 2007, he has taught organic chemistry courses as part of the Adjunct faculty at the College of New Jersey. Prior to that appointment, he worked for 27 years as a Team Leader, Research Fellow, and Technical Leader at the FMC Corporation in Princeton, New Jersey. He received his BS and MS in Chemistry and Food Science from the University of Leeds, Leeds, England, and his PhD in Organic Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. His work at FMC resulted in over 55 patents and a commercial product. In 2002, he was the recipient of the New Jersey Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award.
A Princeton resident, he has been a member of American Chemical Society for thirty-five years, attending and presenting his research at national and international meetings. He has been a Princeton American Chemical Society section member since 1980, serving for the past five years as an active volunteer in one of our outreach programs, Chemagination, as a contest judge.
Khalid Mahmood with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry is Manager R&D and Fellow at Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. He leads the Naturals Platform work and is a part of Emerging Sciences group. Khalid currently works from the Skillman campus of Johnson & Johnson; previously Khalid worked from Johnson & Johnson R&D Center in Singapore. Khalid’s current focus of research is discovery and development of sustainable natural materials for various benefits collectively covered within the scope of personal care products, which include cosmetics and over the counter products. Khalid has been a member of ACS since 1988, part of PACS since 2011 and also a member of AOCS for the past several years. Khalid is a member of executive steering committee of H&N division of AOCS as vice-chair and part of PACS executive committee as alt. councilor. Currently Khalid resides in Lawrenceville with his wife and three children.
Randy Weintraub is a research scientist and educator; currently a group leader at JRF America, a contract research organization specializing in analytical methods development, study of environmental fate and metabolism of xenobiotics, and residue analysis in food and environmental samples. He is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology at Rowan College, where he teaches nutritional science. Randy attended SUNY at Stony Brook and University of Florida (UF) for his undergraduate degree, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at UF in Food Science and Human Nutrition/Environmental Chemistry. His graduate research involved the human bioavailability of citrus bioflavonoids, and the environmental fate of the soil fumigant, ethylene dibromide.
ACS member for three decades, Randy presents research at National meetings and has been involved in governance at both technical division and local section levels, including 3 terms on the Executive Committee of the Agrochemicals Division. Randy was the 2011 Chair of the Princeton Local Section and has served as the Section’s Secretary since 2014. He has led judging in the local Chemagination competition, initiated and coordinates PACS Science Cafes, and has organized middle school and high school outreach programs.
David Carrick has a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemist with over forty years experience in the area of Human and Veterinary Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Products, Agricultural Chemicals, Catalysis, BioFuels and consulting. He received his B.S in Chemistry from Lafayette College and his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Lehigh University. Over his career he has held positions of increasing responsibility at American Cyanamid, J&J, Pharmaceutical Formulations Inc, Sun Pharmaceuticals and Lloyd Pharmaceuticals, among others. In conjunction with Libra Labs, Dr. Carrick has provided consulting services in the areas of Analytical and Process Development, Instrument Validation, Quality Systems and Laboratory Training. He has been a section member since 2000 serving as 2009 Section Chair, Treasurer since 2012 and an active volunteer in our outreach programs including Chemagination contest judge.
Louise Lawter received a B.S. in Chemistry from University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and did graduate work in organic chemistry at Boston College. She has held technical and managerial positions in the flavor and fragrance industry and is currently retired. A member of the Princeton Section since 2003, she served as Chair in 2005. She has represented the section as Councilor since 2008, serving on the ACS Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA) 2008-2014, Chair of the CEPA Public Policy Subcommittee 2010-2013 and served as CEPA Chair in 2014. She currently is a member of the Committee on Local Section Activities (LSAC).
She has chaired or co-chaired several outreach activities of the Princeton Section including Chemagination (2006-2011) and the Trenton & Princeton Sections’ Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Awards (2007-present). She has served as editor of the AliQuotes since 2006. She also chaired or co-chaired the ACS Mid-Atlantic Regional Chemagination (MARM) Competition in 2007 and 2010-present.
ALTERNATE COUNCILOR (2017-2019)
Kathryn “Kitty” Wagner received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and her Ph.D. in Inorganic and General Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She worked as a research chemist in the Textile Fibers Department at DuPont, and she has worked for over 25 years in the Chemistry Department at Princeton University, where she is currently a senior technical staff member who serves as lecture demonstrator and director of outreach. Kathryn has been a member of ACS for 43 years. She has served the PACS as alternate councilor and chair, and she served on the organizing committee for MARM 2003. She is a member of the Division of Chemical Education, and she is active in outreach. She has assisted with PACS National Chemistry Week programs for 20 years. In the past 16 years she has served PACS 14 times as National Chemistry Week coordinator or co-coordinator, including two years when PACS won NCW ChemLuminary awards.
Allen N. Jones, Ph.D. received his B.S. in chemistry from Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA and his Ph.D. from the State University of New York in Buffalo, NY under the guidance of Dr. Wayne K. Anderson, where he synthesized a series of novel heterocycles as potential chemotherapeutics. In his first post-graduate position, he worked for the Veterans Administration in Nuclear Medicine Research to develop novel kidney and cardiac imaging agents. After a brief stint at the University of Connecticut Medical School, he joined Merck and Company in Animal and Exploratory Drug Metabolism (later Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics), where he worked in and managed the Analytical Laboratory for the Isotope Labeling Group. In this position he contributed to the development of experimental drug candidates, a number of which became marketed pharmaceuticals, including Zocor, Mectazin, Cansidas, Fosamax, Vioxx, Crixivan, Singulair, and Januvia. After leaving Merck in 2008 as an Associate Director, he worked with YourEncore as a Network Expert, was an Adjunct Professor at Rowan University, worked at Roche as a Pharmacokinetics Study Manager, and at Alliance Technologies as a Senior Chemist.
Allen has been a member of the ACS for over 35 years. Currently he is Secretary for the North Jersey Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group. In the past he has served as Chair for the North Jersey Drug Metabolism Discussion Group, Awards Chair for the Delaware Valley Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group, a Judge for the Chemistry Olympics at NJIT, and a volunteer with Students to Science. He is still actively involved with the Drug Metabolism group. He is also a volunteer Career Consultant with the ACS. For his contribution to the North Jersey ACS, he was awarded a Salutes to Excellence this past Spring. He is also involved with the Princeton section of the ACS where he helps with the National Chemistry Week activities and the MARM Chemagination.
ALTERNATE COUNCILOR (2015-2017)
BARBARA AMEER is the 2015 chair of the Princeton Local Section. She is a drug development and pharmacology consultant and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) since 2005. Prior to her appointment at RWJMS, she was a Research Associate Professor at Rutgers in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. She earned her undergraduate and professional doctorate degrees in pharmacy at the University of Connecticut and Virginia Commonwealth University, respectively, and an MBA with a concentration in management and business strategy at Rutgers. She is an honorary regent and past treasurer of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology and recipient of its distinguished service award in 2010. Barbara supports educational outreach activity for local middle and high schools and chairs the Princeton and Trenton sections’ Chemagination competition.