Meet the Board of Directors,
NASA Liaison with CME, STEM Program Resources, Event Co-Chairs, Volunteers


Board of Directors

Meet the Board members dedicated to advancing science and industry

Steve Barnett

CME Co-Chair

Connell Foley LLP

Ksenia Takhistova

CME Co-Chair

Technology and IP Attorney

Owen Jappen

CME Secretary

American Chemistry Council

Robert Nolan

CME Treasurer

CUNY Doctoral Faculty

Brian Orkin

CME Board Member

Arsenal Capital

"CME initiatives on STEM programs encourage students to accelerate sustainable innovation are essential in solving the challenges facing humanity...”
Seifi Ghasemi, Air Products Chairman

Karin Bartels

CME Board Member


Steve D’Incelli

CME Board Member

SK Capital

Austin Evans

CME Board Member

Columbia University

Marios Hatzikyriakou

CME Board Member


Shah Karim

CME Board Member



NASA Liaison & Other STEM Program Resources

Tara Ruttley

NASA Assoc. Chief Scientist

NASA Liaison with CME

Michael Meador

National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

Former Director of NNCO

George Rodriguez

ACS Fellow

CME STEM Program

Barbra Lawson


Administrative Assistant


Partial List of CME Signature Event Co-Chairs

Visionary STEM leaders who support diverse STEM professionals

Peter Coors

Molson Coors

Board Chair

Seifi Ghasemi

Air Products

Chairman, President and CEO

Bob Patel



Jim Fitterling


Chairman and CEO

Mathai Mammen

Johnson & Johnson

Global Head of Janssen R&D

"Thank you for supporting CME and all of the good work that it does to support STEM education. The future of our industry really depends on these rising stars that you see around you ...”
Jim Fitterling, Dow Chairman & CEO


STEM Volunteers

Meet the present and past volunteers who propel STEM programs

Cicely Shillingford

Formulation Scientist

Pamela Penawou

Student Volunteer

Paloma Beraldo

STEM Volunteer

"Congratulations to CME on great leadership and fantastic work in organizing such a successful Leadership Awards event!" Paloma N. Beraldo, VP at EY-Parthenon, former CME student volunteer.

Debra Rooker

STEM Volunteer

Anna Powers

STEM Volunteer

Anahit Stepanyan

Student Volunteer

Xiao Zhong

STEM Volunteer

David Ferber

STEM Volunteer


Past Board Chairs

2018 - 2019

Adam Closson

2015 - 2017

Charles Brumlik

2009 - 2015

George Rodriguez

2006 - 2009

Regis W. Schultis, Jr.

2000 - 2005

Joseph M. Marasco

1992 - 1999

Joseph Pilaro


Donald Spangler


Robert Vaughn


Les Cline

1987 - 1988

Robert Manley


Robert Titus


David Deutsch


Bill Kopulsky

1954 - 1957

Carl Sears