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Adam Closson
Charles Brumlik
George Rodriguez
Regis W. Schultis, Jr.
2000 – 2005
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1992 – 1999
Joseph Pilaro


Donald Spangler

Robert Vaughn

Les Cline

Robert Manley

Robert Titus


David Deutsch


Bill Kopulsky



Carl Sears









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Creating STEM leadership for sustainable industry innovation



Board of Directors
Meet the Board members dedicated to advancing science and industry


Steve Barnett, PE, Esq.

Partner, Connell Foley
Roseland, NJ

barnett   Co-Chair

Ksenia Takhistova, Esq.

Technology and IP Attorney
East Brunswick, NJ


Owen Jappen

Sr Mgr, Industry Relations, SOCMA
Washington, DC
Former CME Student Volunteer

owen   Treasurer

Robert P. Nolan, PhD

Doctoral Faculty in Chemistry, CUNY, NYC
Principal, Int'l Env. Research Foundation
Board Member, ACS New York Section


Karin Bartels, PhD

Managing Member of Ipintech LLC
Gillete, NJ

karin   Director

Steve D'Incelli

Managing Director
SK Capital
New York, NY


Marios Hatzikyriakou

Sr Consultant, Energy & Chemicals
Nexant, White Plains, NY
Former CME Student Volunteer

hatzikyriakou   Director

Brian Orkin, JD

Operating Director, Arsenal Capital Partners
New York, NY


Guy Penard

Sr. Vice President, Kiverdi, Inc.
Pleasanton, CA


Other CME Resources and Student Volunteers
Meet the CME resources and volunteers who propel STEM programs

STEM Program Creation

George Rodriguez

CME Program Creation Contractor. Past CME Chair, ACS NASA Symposium Co-Founder

  Administrative Assistant

Barbra Lawson

CME Branchburg Office, NJ

Student Volunteer

Cicely Schillingford

PhD Student of Chemistry, NYU

s   Student Volunteer

Pamela Penawou

BS Student of Chemistry,

Student Volunteer

Paloma Narciso Beraldo

MS Graduate of Technology Management, NYU POLY

a   Student Volunteer

Debra Rooker

PhD Student of Chemistry,


Anna Powers

PhD Graduate Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, NYU

a   Student Volunteer

Anahit Stepanyan

BS Student of Chemistry, NYU


Xiao Zhong

PhD in Chemistry, NYU




Karin Bartels, PhD

BartelsDr. Karin Bartels is Managing Partner at Ipintech LLC. She advises multinational corporations and small companies on IP strategy, IP portfolio management and technology commercialization.  The application areas include nanomaterials, specialty chemicals, chemical and bio-catalysis, and polymers. Her industrial career spans 24 years with the global specialty chemicals company, Degussa (now Evonik Industry) both in Germany and in the US. She specialized in IP and innovation management, external technology and business development. Karin is recognized for her ability to generate new business through her broad external networks, practical approach to open innovation, and commercial assessment of in/out-licensing opportunities. She has extensive experience in pharmaceutical intermediate synthesis, precious metal catalysis, inorganic nanoparticles, peroxide-based chemical oxidations, and polymers. Karin served on the Board of Directors of the Council of Chemical Research, on the IRI's External Directors' Network and on ACS Corporation Associates Committee.  Dr. Bartels earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and a M.S. in chemistry at Technical University Braunschweig, Germany. She is also a registered US patent agent.


Steve Barnett

Mr. Steve Barnett is Partner at Connel Foley LLP in Roseland, NJ. For more than 20 years, Steve Barnett has engaged in a wide-ranging litigation, regulatory, transactional and legislative practice for clients concerned with health, safety and the environment. He represents clients in CERCLA (Superfund) and state environmental remediation matters, asbestos and other toxic substance suits, and regulatory compliance. Steve also advises clients on environmental issues in the sale and transfer of businesses and property, including directing due diligence and negotiating transaction terms. Prior to his legal career, Steve practiced as a licensed Professional Engineer and Certified Industrial Hygienist and obtained a Master of Science in Public Health, Industrial Hygiene Emphasis. He also proudly served as Captain, United States Air Force, Bioenvironmental Engineer.


Marios Hatzikyrikou

Mr. Marios Hatzikyriakou has nearly 9 years of transaction support, techno-economic analysis, strategic planning, business development, design, construction, and operations experience across the value chain of energy and chemicals. He has created significant value combining engineering judgment and financial expertise to advise multi-billion dollar investments from inception until completion in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Americas. 

Marios is a Nexant Senior Consultant performing commercial and technical due diligence into the issues which will drive value from a transaction for: Three project financed $1.5B+ USA natural gas reforming to methanol projects, Project financed $300M+ USA biomass derived chemical manufacturing project, Private equity acquisition of a leading global specialty chemicals producer of organic acid salts, Base olefins complex and pipeline assets in USA, Biomass, waste, solar, and wind power IPO listing on the main board of an Asian stock exchange. Before joining Nexant, he served at Chicago Bridge & Iron. Marios has an MBA from Cornell University, a BS in chemical engineering from Columbia University and is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in New Jersey.. 


Steve D'Incelli

Mr. Steve d’Incelli is a Managing Director at SK Capital, a private investment firm targeting investments in the specialty chemicals, materials and pharmaceuticals sectors, working collaboratively with management to support the realization of their strategic, operational and financial objectives. At SK Capital, Mr. d’Incelli plays an active role in all aspects of the firm’s investment strategy and execution focusing on both the specialty and fine chemicals industries and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Perimeter Solutions, Noramco, Inc. and Tasmanian Alkaloids and Wavelength Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining SK Capital in 2015, Mr. d’Incelli was a Vice President at Sun Capital Partners where he played a significant role in sourcing and executing a variety of acquisitions as well as active board-level responsibilities for several of Sun Capital’s portfolio companies. Before joining Sun Capital, he worked in the Global Leverage Finance group at Lehman Brothers. Mr. d’Incelli earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Psychology from Northwestern University.


Owen Jappen

Mr. Owen P. Jappen is a Sr Manager, Industry Relations & Strategic Partnerships at SOCMA (Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates). Previously, he was Senior Process Engineer with the Process Optimization and Digitization group of Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH in Krefeld, Germany. Formerly, Jappen worked under Innovation Management with Evonik in North Carolina and was an adjunct faculty member at NC Agricultural and Technical University. In 2017 he was named to AIChE’s inaugural “35 Under 35” list. He is a volunteer with organizations interfacing with European Union policy development and organization. As a past CME student volunteer, Owen has distinguished himself as an organizer of innovative global events and an excellent networking facilitator. He holds a Bachelor and Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.


Robert P. Nolan

Dr. Robert Nolan is a Doctoral Faculty of The City University of New York and an international industry consultant. He has been associated with the NY Section of the American Chemical Society in numerous roles since 2002: organized their Analytical Topical Group (2002 to the present), Public Affairs Committee (2005 to present), Chair of the Fellow Nominating Committee (2010 to present) and was the NY Section’s Treasurer (2012-2015). Also, since 2011 Dr. Nolan has been the NY Section’s delegate to its affiliate, the Eastern Analytical Symposium and serves as a voting member of their BoD. His experience with industrial groups having issues concerning the potential health hazards associated with exposure to asbestos and other minerals has been extensive over last 30-years. He has been invited to present at over 50 national and international conferences and symposiums and advised many countries and companies on the safe use of asbestos. He has testified before the US Congress and participated in numerous amicus curie briefs advising courts on the scientific issues needed to understand the health effects of asbestos and form a sound basis for court rulings.


Brian Orkin

Mr. Orkin is an Operating Director at Arsenal Capital Partners, a middle-market private equity fund, where he is a member of the Fund’s Specialty Industrials/Chemicals team. Prior to joining Arsenal, Mr. Orkin was a principal with The Anderson Group, LLC, a private equity investment firm focusing on buyouts and control investments in lower middle-market manufacturing, distribution and service businesses. Prior to joining The Anderson Group, Mr. Orkin co-founded a bank holding company which acquired a national bank in Florida. Prior to that, Mr. Orkin was a corporate finance attorney for seven years with law firms in California and Pennsylvania. Mr. Orkin has a B.A. from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from California Western School of Law and an M.B.A. from the Executive Program at the University of Pittsburgh.


Guy Penard

Mr. Guy Penard is the CEO of SyntheZyme LLC. He has worked in leadership positions on the interface between technology and business. He has a degree in Chemical Engineer (BSc) and MBA of the University of Twente in the Netherlands. He is an experienced leader in both petro- and oleo chemicals for commodities and specialty product businesses. Guy has lived and worked around the world working in the plastics, fine particles (pigments, minerals), advanced composite materials for aerospace, specialty compounds, oleo chemicals, color/additive concentrate and the renewable energy industries. He has an extensive experience in development and execution of strategy as well as creating customer value, new business growth by collaborating closely with customers and by bringing together the complementary skill sets of companies in business consortia and partnerships. Guy has worked more than 25 years around the world in various leadership and executive positions for companies such as blank1DSM, Mobil Chemicals, Cognis and Cabot Corporation. He currently serves on the board of start-up companies such as Bridging Competencies, BeGreen Energy BV and SyntheZyme LLC.


Ksenia Takhistova

1Mrs. Ksenia Takhistova is an experienced IP litigator and technology attorney who counsels clients on US intellectual property law issues across a wide variety of modern and emerging technologies. She has substantial experience in all aspects of litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in patent cases, including Hatch-Waxman litigations, before the Federal District Courts, at the International Trade Commission, in post-grant proceedings at the US Patent and Trademark Office, and in appeals from these proceedings. She has also handled other IP-related disputes, including trade secret, false advertising, and antitrust issues, in both Federal and State Courts. Ksenia represents clients in transactions, such as settlement negotiations and IP licensing discussions, and performs due diligence and opinion work, including freedom-to-operate, patentability, infringement and validity analyses. Drawing on her extensive educational and research background in the mechanical and chemical engineering arts, she is able to effectively handle disputes in technical fields, such as mechanical and medical devices, electrical and computer technology, life sciences, chemical, materials, and consumer products.


George Rodriguez


A forward-looking chemical engineer with executive industry experience at global firms such as Nagase, Pfizer, Asahi Glass and Union Carbide, Mr. George Rodriguez serves as program creation and sustainable innovation advisor. He worked at Nagase as vp for nano and biotechnology scouting adjacent markets, ventures and licensing. He has served a broad range of industries including chemicals, construction, plastics, electronics and health care. For 11 years at Pfizer, he played key roles in business unit management, strategic marketing and M&A teams. Highest honors in both BS in Chemical Engineering, and MS in Industrial Management. He was CME Chair for six years (2009-2015) and turned it into a leading industry group and top supporter of programs such as free student luncheons, Scholars and K-12 Chemistry Festivals. Co-Founded the successful NASA Space Symposiums and helped win nine ChemLuminary Awards. NY nominee for the "2013 Award for ACS Volunteer Service" and received the ACS NY "2015 Award for Outstanding Service."


Paloma Narciso

Ms. Paloma Narciso holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Energy Systems Planning at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). She is pursuing an Executive Master of Science degree in Management of Technology at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, and attends classes at Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Her specialty areas includes research, market analysis, project management and valuation of energy assets. She loves to learn languages and connect with professionals from all over the world. She would like to pursue opportunities in Consulting, Private Equity and Ventures Capital and help them grow by reaching new clients, organizing events, and analyzing new business opportunities. She developed methodos for wind energy pricing and commercialization at the spot and regulated markets and led a team of eight people, planned a project to increase 25% in profits for the Prom Committee (Class of 2013), raised over $170,000 and delivered a Graduation event for 2,000 people. Paloma was awarded two fully funded scholarships for Master’s studies.


Allegra Mondillo

Ms. Allegra Mondillo holds a Chemistry from NYU. In addition to a fine scholastic record, Allegra is a remarkable organizer and communicator. She played the central role in the organization of two dozen students who volunteered to support the 2014 Leadership Awards (TM) event at the Yale Club in New York. Her qualities as a leader and personal warmth embody the character of the student volunteers of CM&E. "I thank CM&E and the Leadership Awards attendees and sponsors for giving me such a great opportunity to coordinate the support of student volunteers. I feel so lucky to have experienced firsthand such an amazing celebration of industry and student leaders. The wise words of such renowned speakers and esteemed guests will be with me after I graduate in the spring. I look forward to becoming part of this great industry and helping organize future meetings in any way that I can."


Anna Powers

Dr. Anna Powers holds a Theoretical and Computational Chemistry from NYU. Anna is the recipient of the 2014 Global STEM Student LeaderAward for her outstanidng effort in advancing chemistry through Festivals in Peru that helped 2,000 students and for her pivotal role in the formation of the ACS International Chemical Sciences Chapter in Peru, one of the first two Chapters in Latin America in ACS’s 138-year history. She holds a BS degree in Chemistry from NYU. She graduated Cum Laude. For her research work she got the Margaret Strauss Kramer Fellowship. Anna received the 2011 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award at NYU. She teaches the Energy and the Environment class showing non-STEM students the magic of science. Anna’s leadership in advancing STEM education throughout the world in particular for women, embodies the mission of CM&E. Anna said, "Congratulations to CME on great leadership and fantastic work in organizing such a successful Leadership Awards event! I am excited to take part in this organization under its Leadership Development Program and learn from its terrific Board of Directors in the coming years.”


Debra Rooker

Dr. Debra Rooker is a Ph.D. in Chemistry from NYU and an outstanding student volunteer of CM&E. Dedication, responsiveness and performance are her trademarks. She has been supporting the CM&E meetings and the Leadership Awards (TM) since 2013.





Cicely Schillingford

Ms. Cicely Schillingford is a PhD student of Chemistry at NYU. She has been an active volunteer and gave the opening remarks at the Leadership Awards (TM) of December 5, 2017. Cicely is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow working at the Weck Research Group at NYU’s Molecular Design Institute. Her research focuses on materials chemistry, specifically the synthesis and assembly of complex colloidal architectures.

"As an inspired academic with a knack for innovative research and learning new skills to make to impact society, CME has been a perfect professional home for me. Through CME’s stimulating networking and cutting edge programming I had the opportunity to meet with professionals at the intersection of business and technology. One example of the pioneering CME programming was the first ACS NASA Mars Symposium held in Washington last August. I met with Dr. J. Craig Venter, a biologist renowned for historic contributions in genomics such as sequencing the first complete diploid human genome, and the construction of the first synthetic bacterial cell. Meeting Dr. Venter an incredible honour that I will never forget. I deeply appreciate the inspirational and courageous leadership of CME. The words “celebrate the leaders of today and enable those of tomorrow” are not a slogan, they represent the real passion and operational culture of CME. On behalf of all the student volunteers and scholars supported by CME, I would like to thank the CME Group for such extraordinary opportunities afforded to us."


Anahit Stepanyan

Ms. Anahit Stepanyan holds a B.S. in Chemistry from NYU. Anahit is part of the CM&E leadership development program. Her spirit of service and organizational skills have been demonstrated by her support of CM&E meetings including the Leadership Awards (TM) of December 4, 2014.

"My classmates and I were thrilled to hear such insightful views of industry leaders and watch the recognition of Anna, my mentor and role model. As a STEM student myself, meeting with experienced business professionals as well as doctorate and high school students filled me with completely new perspectives. I feel happy for participating in the leadership program so that I can help others. I am really grateful to the generous sponsors that make the CM&E programs possible. Joining CM&E has been the highlight of my semester. I wish everyone a Prosperous New Year."


Xiao Zhong

Dr. Xiao Zhong holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from New York University. His specialties include crystallization, polymorphism, organic synthesis, miroarray fabrication and colloid packing.

Under the advice of Dr. Michael Ward since September 2012 he has conducted research on the role of self-assembled monolayer on crystal polymorphism and the fabrication of micro-corrals for crystallization by Polymer Pen Lithography. Previously, under the guidance of Dr. Adam Braunschweig (September 2011-August 2012) he investigated the critical role of polymer stiffness in Polymer Pen Lithography, developed a new nanolithographic tool (Nanosizer) for preparing combinatorial arrays in situ and multiplex lectin arrays printing, investigated optical properties of chiral structures printed by Polymer Pen Lithography and performed radical thiol-ene chemistry on hydrogel substrate for microarray fabrication.


David Ferber

"I was blessed to be a part of CM&E’sLeadership Development Program. Not only was I learning important interpersonal, management, and organizational skills, I got to work with a team of enthusiastic individuals with a passion for business and STEM education. Over two years I gained invaluable career advice from CM&E Board Members and had many stimulating conversations with leading professionals in the Chemicals Industry."

David Ferber graduated from Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Earth and Environmental Engineering. Currently a Junior High and High School Tutor at Ivy League Tutors Network, he is recognized for his excellent communications with students, parents and educators. As a previous intern in the Consumer Electronics and Engineering Lab at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, he conducted performance tests on various consumer products, toys and home improvement tools. While there he also represented the company at press events and product launches and met with key decision makers in the industry, including CEOs and CTOs.



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