ACS Milwaukee

Officers, Councillors and Committees' Chairs

Chair 2017: Andy Zrinsky andy.zrinsky@sial.com

Quality Assurance Specialist, MilliporeSigma 

I earned my Associates degree in Chemical Technology in 2003 from MATC, followed with a Business degree from Lakeland College in 2015.  I have worked for Dow Chemical, Johnson Polymer, and Sigma-Aldrich.  My career with Sigma-Aldrich began in 2006 as a Sr. Chemical Operator in the Sheboygan production lab, and I now work as a Quality Assurance Specialist. I am an active member of the advisory board for the Chemical Technician program at MATC.

Chair Elect: Nevenka Lutzow Bralic nevenka@wi.rr.com


My academic credentials include a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Alverno College, a Masters in Business Administration from Keller DeVry, Better Process Control Certification from UC Davis, and Bridging Cultural & Linguistic Barriers Certification from the International Institute of Wisconsin.

Secretary: Dina Borysenko  borysend@matc.edu


Chemistry and Biochemistry Instructor, MATC

I hold a Master degree in Chemistry from the National Polytechnic University (Kharkov, Ukraine). I enjoy being involved with ACS because I believe I bring a unique perspective as I worked for eight years as an R&D chemist in the metal finishing industry and have been teaching chemistry for the last ten years. This combination of industrial and academic experience allows me to relate to issues chemists experience in both worlds; also, as a woman scientist I always advocate for my fellow female colleagues; as a parent I feel strongly about providing quality science education for all children; as an educator I am passionate about teaching the excitement and beauty of chemistry; as a global citizen I care about environment we leave to future generations; and as a chemist I am excited about unlimited possibilities chemistry brings to the 21st century and opportunities we can provide to each other for staying abreast of new technologies.

Treasurer: Jordan Beck, Ph.D.  jordan.beck@cuw.edu

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Concordia University 

I have been a part of the local section since I became an assistant professor of chemistry at Concordia University Wisconsin in 2011. I graduated with a BS in chemical and biomolecular engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2005, then with a Ph. D. in chemistry also from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2011.  My graduate research involved gas-phase infrared spectroscopy of cluster ions.  After graduate school, I spent a short time doing post-doctoral work in France.  My current research interests are in the areas of computational chemistry and chemical education.  I enjoy working with the local section and meeting other scientists and students in the area.  I also work with the ACS Exams Institute, where I have helped develop several general chemistry exams.

Councilor 2016-2018: Kevin Glaeske  kevin.glaeske@wlc.edu

Professor of Chemistry, Wisconsin Lutheran College

I have been teaching at Wisconsin Lutheran College since 1995.  I earned bachelor degrees in Chemistry and Classical Literature from Beloit College and a Ph.D in organic chemistry from the University of Utah where I worked in the Laboratories of F. G. West.  Currently, I has been a Councilor for the Milwaukee Section since 2009.  Prior to becoming Councilor, I served the Section as Treasurer and Secretary.  When not discussing organic chemistry with undergraduates I can be found making oblique references to The Odyssey.

Councilor 2017-2019: Scott Schlipp  schlipps@matc.edu

 

Lead instructor for the Chemical Technician program, MATC

 

Alt. Councillor 2017-2019: Katie Bichler, Ph.D.  katie.bichler@cuw.edu

I have earned my B.S. in chemistry at Carroll University (then Carroll College) and Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Northwestern University. I am currently a Professor of Chemistry and Assistant Chair for Physical Sciences at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, WI. 

 

Committee Chairs:

 Instrument Donation Program: Peter Petersen      peterp901@juno.com

Water Chemist, Milwaukee Water Works

While I was seeking work in the chemistry field, I ended up working in various quality control-related manufacturing environments for many years.  While I was working for an analytical service laboratory, which did metallurgical and environmental testing, I discovered my passion for water and wastewater treatment. As I made a career change later in life, I returned to school and earned an additional degree in Environmental and Pollution Control (Water Quality). Currently, I am Wisconsin DNR certified in two different areas: wastewater and municipal water supply. I have over 10 years of combined experience in these areas, and have worked in various industrial treatment and municipal treatment plants.  Since 2005, I have been very active with numerous water and wastewater professional organizations, and been keeping current with the state-of-art on the technology and with government environmental standards. In 2002 I started the scientific instrumentation donation program from ground up and developed a system whereby industries and larger universities who wish to donate their equipment could provide them to smaller colleges and high schools. The local section of which I am a part hopes that the availability of donated instruments would encourage schools to expand or initiate active science programs. My efforts have made their way into the national quarterly newsletter, bringing me a sense of personal satisfaction and our institution the items it needs to help students succeed.

Volunteers Coordinator: Irma Quezada   quezadig@alverno.edu

 

Chemistry major, Alverno College

I am a first-generation chemistry student and I had to overcome several obstacles to become a chemist. I have been discouraged by traditional Hispanic parents who do not believe women should pursue a career, especially not in the science field. I constantly worked double shifts to afford school tuition. And yet, nothing stopped me from achieving my goals. I have extensive experience in laboratory work as I work as a lab assistant and student assistant in the Alverno Girl’s Math & Science Academy. I also completed a summer internship with Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD). I became a mentor and tutor for younger students for my recognized work ethic. Additionally, I am volunteering to promote chemistry at the events such as the celebration of National Chemistry Week and Girl’s & STEM Day at Discovery World sponsored by ACS. I agreed to be a Volunteers coordinator because I believe ACS brings the great benefits to our community. Being aware of who is willing to volunteer at the events, makes it easier to achieve ACS-Milwaukee section goal of promoting “the value of chemistry in everyday life.” The community, especially children, get to see the fun and interesting side of chemistry that could change their life.  I will be graduating this coming May and will soon start seeking a job as a chemist. Besides chemistry, I am interested in books and family time.

National Chemistry Week: Heather Mernitz, Ph.D   heather.mernitz@alverno.edu

Associate Professor of Physical Science, Alverno College

I hold an M.S. in Human Nutrition and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism from Tufts University (Boston, MA). I am convinced that an understanding of chemistry is necessary for being an educated voter, consumer, and citizen in the world today and I work hard to make science accessible and comprehensible for all my students at whatever level they need for their lives and careers.  I enjoy being involved in ACS National Chemistry Week outreach because it allows myself and my students an opportunity to share our passion for chemistry with our community and with future generations of chemists, voters, consumers, and citizens. 

Earth Day Celebration: Joe Piatt, Ph.D., M.S.C.E.   jpiatt@carrollu.edu

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science at Carroll University

I have been at Carroll College since 1998, where I teach analytical chemistry, instrumentation and environmental science. I have received my bachelor of science degrees from Marquette University in 1989, majoring in mathematics and chemistry; I have also received an M.S.C.E. in environmental engineering sciences from the University of Minnesota in 1993 and my PhD degree in soil, water and environmental science from the University of Arizona in 1997, where I also completed a post-doctoral appointment.  

 

Chemical Education: Scott Barry   scott.barry@muskegonorway.org

 

Continuing Education: vacant

 COMMITTEE HEADS AffiliationPhoneFaxe-mail
Archivist
Chemical
Education
Scott BarryMuskego High School scott.barry@muskegonorway.org
Continuing
Education
Bob GossOil-Dri(847) 634-3090(847) 634-4595bob.goss@
oildri.com
Instrument Donation
Program
Peter Petersen   Peter901@juno.com
Long Range PlanningScott SchlippMilwaukee Area Technical College(414)-915-5975schlipps@matc.edu
MembershipVACANT 
Milw.
Section Award
Scott SchlippMilwaukee Area Technical College(414)-915-5975schlipps@matc.edu
National
Chemistry Week
Charles AllenUW-Milwaukee(414)-229-4411(414)-229-5530ceallen@uwm.edu
Earth Day CelebrationsJoe PiattCaroll University(262) 524-7156jpiatt@carrollu.edu
NominationsMike SchuderCaroll University262-524-7152mschuder@carrollu.edu
ProgramMike SchuderCaroll University262-524-7152mschuder@carrollu.edu
Publicity (Co-Chairs)Mary Doyle/Claudia JordanSigma-Aldrich Chemical(414) 273-3850(414) 273-4076mdoyle@sial.com
Section Award NominationsVACANT
Section
Database
Tom ThorntonAladdin Engineering(262) 544-5994 mvorchid@juno.com

   

 COMMITTEE HEADS AffiliationPhoneFaxe-mail
Archivist
Chemical
Education
Scott BarryMuskego High School scott.barry@muskegonorway.org
Continuing
Education
Bob GossOil-Dri(847) 634-3090(847) 634-4595bob.goss@
oildri.com
Instrument Donation
Program
Peter Petersen   Peter901@juno.com
Long Range PlanningScott SchlippMilwaukee Area Technical College(414)-915-5975schlipps@matc.edu
MembershipVACANT 
Milw.
Section Award
Scott SchlippMilwaukee Area Technical College(414)-915-5975schlipps@matc.edu
National
Chemistry Week
Charles AllenUW-Milwaukee(414)-229-4411(414)-229-5530ceallen@uwm.edu
Earth Day CelebrationsJoe PiattCaroll University(262) 524-7156jpiatt@carrollu.edu
NominationsMike SchuderCaroll University262-524-7152mschuder@carrollu.edu
ProgramMike SchuderCaroll University262-524-7152mschuder@carrollu.edu
Publicity (Co-Chairs)Mary Doyle/Claudia JordanSigma-Aldrich Chemical(414) 273-3850(414) 273-4076mdoyle@sial.com
Section Award NominationsVACANT
Section
Database
Tom ThorntonAladdin Engineering(262) 544-5994 mvorchid@juno.com

   

 COMMITTEE HEADS AffiliationPhoneFaxe-mail
Archivist
Chemical
Education
Scott BarryMuskego High School scott.barry@muskegonorway.org
Continuing
Education
Bob GossOil-Dri(847) 634-3090(847) 634-4595bob.goss@
oildri.com
Instrument Donation
Program
Peter Petersen   Peter901@juno.com
Long Range PlanningScott SchlippMilwaukee Area Technical College(414)-915-5975schlipps@matc.edu
MembershipVACANT 
Milw.
Section Award
Scott SchlippMilwaukee Area Technical College(414)-915-5975schlipps@matc.edu
National
Chemistry Week
Charles AllenUW-Milwaukee(414)-229-4411(414)-229-5530ceallen@uwm.edu
Earth Day CelebrationsJoe PiattCaroll University(262) 524-7156jpiatt@carrollu.edu
NominationsMike SchuderCaroll University262-524-7152mschuder@carrollu.edu
ProgramMike SchuderCaroll University262-524-7152mschuder@carrollu.edu
Publicity (Co-Chairs)Mary Doyle/Claudia JordanSigma-Aldrich Chemical(414) 273-3850(414) 273-4076mdoyle@sial.com
Section Award NominationsVACANT
Section
Database
Tom ThorntonAladdin Engineering(262) 544-5994 mvorchid@juno.com

   

UPCOMING EVENTS


Next Local Section meeting

Poster Session/ Career fair
May 4th at 5 pm at the Brown Deer Boathouse


INSTRUMENTS DONATION

Here is a list of instruments that are donated and also a wish list. If your school would like to obtain any of the items, please fill out this form and email Instrument Donation program coordinator, Peter Petersen, at peterp901@juno.com


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