CEF’s Board of Trustees plays an important role in our success as an organization. We are grateful for the dedication and support of our Trustees!

CEF Officers

Bruce Schechinger, President

President & Owner, BHS Marketing LLC, Salt Lake City, UT

Schechinger began his career with Stauffer Chemical in 1979 as a Sales Representative. He continued his career with Texasgulf and the LCI Chemicals in various sales and marketing positions. In 1998, Schechinger purchased REP Chemical and established BHS Marketing LLC (independent), a full line distributor with sales throughout North America and also into international markets.

Rob Vallentine, Vice President

Director, Corporate Citizenship, The Dow Chemical Company

President, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, Midland, MI

Vallentine leads The Dow Chemical Company Foundation. Previously, he served as director of STEM Education for North America. He also managed a team that was responsible for public affairs strategies and programs at The Dow Chemical Company’s 60 sites in North America, and served as Public Affairs director for Michigan Operations, responsible for strategic site communications, and media and community relations.

Kurt Hettinga, Treasurer

President, Superior Solvents & Chemicals, Indianapolis, IN 

Eric Byer, Secretary

President, National Association of Chemical Distributors, Arlington, VA

Byer joined NACD in January 2014. As President, he works closely with the Board members and oversees the execution of their directives. Byer is involved in strategic planning and guiding the Association towards the goals established by its members.


CEF Trustees

Douglas Brown

President & CEO, Brown Chemical Co., Inc., Oakland, NJ

Brown became the President of Brown Chemical Co., Inc. in 1986 and has worked in the chemical industry for over 35 years. Additionally, Brown has been an active member of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) for over 20 years, where he has held various leadership roles. In 2012, Brown received the Lifetime Achievement Award from NACD.

Tom Corcoran

Senior Vice President, Brenntag North America, Inc., Reading, PA

Stephen Cornwall

East Coast Sales Director, ICL Performance Products LP, East Greenwich, RI

Cornwall joined Monsanto Chemical Company in 1992. He has held several sales and marketing management positions within the phosphorus and derivatives business group, continuing with the company through its transition to ICL Performance Products. Cornwall is the past chairman of the NACD’s Supplier Advisory Panel, past president of The Chemical Club of New England, and current board member of The Racemics organization.

William Fidler

Consultant, All In Advisors, LLC, Henderson, KY

Fidler joined Brenntag North America in August 1998 as the Executive Vice-President and served as President from 2006-2013. As a Member of the Management Board for Brenntag AG from 2013-2015, Fidler was responsible for Brenntag’s North and Latin American operations. He began his career as a Purchasing Agent at Kerr Glass Company and then held several positions at Textile Chemical Co. Fidler previously served as a member of the NACD Board of Directors and past Chairperson for Leadership Giving of the United Way of Henderson.

Calvin Emanuel, PhD

Senior Account Manager, HODer N. America, Shell Chemical LP, Houston, TX

Terry Hill

President, Apex Distribution Consulting, Redmond, WA

Hill began his career with Univar in 1985 and held a variety of sales and management positions during his tenure with the company, including President of Univar USA and Executive Vice President – Industry Relations. He recently founded Apex Distribution Consulting and serves as its President. Hill is a member of the American Chemical Society.

F. Barry Lawrence, PhD

Leonard and Valerie Bruce Chair Professor in Industrial Distribution, Program Coordinator, Industrial Distribution Program, Director, Global Supply Chain Laboratory, Director, Thomas and Joan Read Center for Distribution Research and Education, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Robert Moser, Jr.           

Senior Vice President of Global Accounts, Brenntag North America, Inc., Reading, PA

Moser first joined Brenntag in 1978 in Pittsburgh, PA. He served in a variety of positions including commercial management, supplier development and procurement, and regional management before taking on his current role as Brenntag’s Senior Vice President of Global Accounts. Moser also acts as Brenntag’s Director of Government Affairs for North America. Moser received a BS in Biology from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from the Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. He also graduated with advanced training in International Leadership from Ashridge College in the U.K.

Maureen Paukert, APR            

Director, Corporate Communications North America, BASF Corporation, Florham Park, NJ

Maureen directs site communications and community relations for BASF Corporation in North America. Her responsibilities, and the team she leads, span stakeholder relations across BASF’s manufacturing platform of approximately 100 facilities in the region. This includes media relations; public relations / community relations; science education programming; and incident response / crisis communications. She also oversees BASF’s charitable giving in the region as the secretary of the BASF Foundation USA.

Greg Roop

Director, Corporate Compliance, Horn

Roop has worked for Horn (formerly E.T. Horn) for the past ten years.  Roop has regulatory, quality and human resources oversight responsibility for all eight of Horn’s divisions.  Prior to Horn, he spent six years with Firmenich in a global sourcing role. Roop’s background is in pharma, fragrance and flavor manufacturing, and his strengths include international strategic sourcing and domestic regulatory programs.  Roop graduated with a B.A. in Business and a minor in International Business from California State, Fullerton.  He has served as a volunteer for CEF’s You Be The Chemist Challenge® program since 2007.

Paul Russo

Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Chemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

After earning his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1981 and serving a two-year postdoctoral appointment at the University of Massachusetts, Russo began his career at Louisiana State University. As the Land Grant (and Sea Grant) university of Louisiana, and one of the most diverse institutions in the United States, LSU is well situated to prepare a wide spectrum of students for careers in all disciplines, including Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. In 2013, Russo joined the Materials Science & Engineering and the Chemistry departments at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he currently serves as a professor.

James Sotirchos

Americas Regional Sales Manager (Fluids), ExxonMobil Chemical Company

Jim has held various positions across multiple business units throughout his career with ExxonMobil Chemical, including manufacturing, marketing and sales. He has been in his current position since 2012, and is responsible for leading sales operations across the Americas for ExxonMobil’s Fluids business.

Tracy Temple

Vice President, Sales & Marketing, PVS-Nolwood Chemicals, Inc.

Temple was born and raised in Kenton, Ohio where he incorporated his first business, Temple Enterprises LLC, at the age of 14, managing commercial, industrial, and residential properties throughout Hardin County. He received a BS in Business Administration with a minor in marketing from Ohio Northern University, and joined PVS Nolwood Chemicals, Inc. in 2003 as a sales representative covering Central and West Central Ohio. He was later promoted to the position of Ohio and Indiana Sales Manager. In 2010, Temple received an MBA from Ohio State University. Since January 2013, he has been responsible for all of PVS-Nolwood’s sales and marketing efforts. Temple is a member of the Michigan Chemistry Council, where he is also a member of the Board of Directors.

Bart Whitaker III

President & CEO, Whitaker Oil Company, Atlanta, GA

Whitaker began working at Whitaker Oil Company in 1975 and has held numerous positions within the company, ranging from loading and driving trucks to managing operations and sales territories. Whitaker has been President of Whitaker Oil Company since 1986.


Education Committee

This group applies their education and science backgrounds in overseeing the educational aspects of CEF’s programs.

Dr. Ann Abraham
Kent State University
Ms. Theresa Comilla
Grosse Pointe Public Schools
Dr. Mike Davis
Truman College
Ms. Michele Flores
Deer Isle Stonington Elementary School
Dr. Brenda Nixon
Louisiana State University
Ms. Nancy Olenchek
The McCallie School
Dr. Paul Russo
Georgia Institute of Technology
Mr. Steven Scappaticci
Cranston Public Schools
Dr. Larry Sernyk
YBTC Coordinator and Certified Instructor
Ms. Janice Trainer
Christina School District

You Be The Chemist Challenge® Organizer Committee

A group of educators and industry professionals who represent over 100 other Challenge Organizers in guiding You Be The Chemist Challenge® activities and program development.

Ms. Molly Borst
Science Education Specialist, BASF Corporation
Ms. Barbara Ferri
8th Grade Earth Science Teacher, John Glenn Middle School
Ms. Michelle Gilles
Marketing and Sales, The Dow Chemical Company
Ms. Kim Keith
Office Manager, Brenntag North America, Inc.
Mr. Douglas A. Nafis
Senior Development Specialist, UOP, LLC/A Honeywell Company
Mr. Bryan Page 
Key Account Executive, Brenntag North America, Inc.
Mr. Greg Roop
Director, Corporate Compliance, Horn

Funding & Investment Committee

An experienced team of high-level industry executives who guide the Foundation in its current fundraising and investment activities and explore new funding opportunities.

Mr. Kurt Hettinga
President, Superior Solvents & Chemicals
Mr. Stephen J. Cornwall
East Coast Sales Director, ICL Performance Products LP
Mr. William A. Fidler
Member of the Management Board, Brenntag AG
Mr. Terry Hill
President, APEX Distribution Consulting
Mr. Robert Moser
Senior VP-Global Accounts; Director of Global Affairs, Brenntag AG
Mr. Bruce H. Schechinger
President/CEO, BHS Marketing LLC
Mr. Robert Vallentine
Director, Corporate Citizenship, The Dow Chemical Company & President, The Dow Chemical Compnay Foundation
Ms. Lisa Vienna
Senior Director, Finance & Business Management, National Association of Chemical Distributors
Mr. Bart Whitaker III
President/CEO, Whitaker Oil Company

Content Development Team

This team of volunteers with experience in the sciences, academia, and industry maintains the scientific integrity of CEF’s You Be The Chemist® programs by helping develop and review program content.


Members of the Content Development Team at CEF's first-ever Content Development Conference in October 2016.
Members of the Content Development Team at CEF’s first-ever Content Development Conference in October 2016.

Dr. Elvin Alemán
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, California State University, Stanislaus
Dr. Lauren Amable
Staff Scientist, National Institutes of Health
Ms. Rachael Barrett-Gardner
Teacher, Sioux City Community Schools
Christina Boville
Graduate Student, Department of Biogeochemistry, University of Colorado Boulder
Dr. Michael Danahy
Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Bowdoin College
Mr. Mike Davis
Professor of Chemistry & Education, Truman College
Dr. Dilip Dias
Senior Scientist, BD Technologies
Dr. Marcia Gillette
Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, Indiana University Kokomo
Dr. Thomas Holme
Professor, Chemistry Department, Iowa State University
Mr. Steven L. Jacobs
Chief Scientist, Faraday Studios
Ms. Kathleen Koziski
Retired Chemist, The Dow Chemical Company
Dr. Georgina Little
Instructor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry & Physics, Southeastern Louisiana University
Dr. Renee Love
Teacher, Atlanta Public Schools
Dr. Johanna Mazlo
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Dr. Steve Miller
Assistant Professor in Chemistry, Gustavus Adolphus College
Dr. Mike Murray
Retired Plant Biotechnologist, Dow AgroSciences
Dr. Richard Myers
Director, Kemin Industries
Mr. Douglas A. Nafis
Senior Development Specialist, UOP, LLC/A Honeywell Company
Dr. David Norwood
Associate Professor, Southeastern Louisiana University
Dr. Rishikesh Pandey
Postdoctoral Researcher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Chad Park
Analytical Biophysics Director, University of Arizona
Dr. John Perona
Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Portland State University
Dr. Rosalynn Quiñones-Fernández
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Marshall University
Dr. John Rakus
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Marshall University
Mr. Sean Reid
AP Chemistry Teacher, Walt Whitman High School
Dr. Paul Russo
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Thomas Sommerfeld
Associate Professor, Southeastern Louisiana University
Dr. Conrad Stanitski
Professor of Chemistry, Franklin & Marshall College
Dr. Yiftah Tal-Gan
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Nevada, Reno
Dr. Quan Yuan
Scientific Editor/Study Abroad Consultant, Bridge Bright Future Consulting LLC