Board of Governors



From 1998 to 2008, he was the CEO of Cook Composites & Polymers (a TOTAL, Inc. subsidiary) in Kansas City, MO. Cook Composites & Polymers is a manufacturer and distributor of composites and coatings resins and related products with 1,300 employees, and has 15 mfg. sites and 44 distribution centers in North America. From 1996 to 1999 he was the President of Polymer Products, Inc. in Grand Rapids, MI. Polymer Products is a coatings and resins manufacturer. From 1979 to 1996 he served as CEO/President of Guardsman Products, Inc. with 100 employees and 10 mfg. facilities in US, Canada and the UK. Guardsman Products, Inc. was a manufacturer of industrial paints and consumer cleaning products. Mr. Bennett held various positions including Corp. Controller, V.P. Regional Operations, V.P. Manufacturing, CFO, COO, & CEO. The company was sold to Lilly Industries in 1996. From 1972 to 1979 he was the Audit Manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1970 through 1972.

Mr. Bennett is Chairman of Randolph Products, Inc., a manufacturer of industrial coatings, located in Chicoppee, MA and McClarin Plastics, a manufacturer of composite parts, located in Hanover, PA. He serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the American Coatings Association (based in Washington, DC), Board of Directors & Executive Committee for West Michigan YMCA in Grand Rapids, MI, and is a Member of the Glencoe Capital Executive Network, based in Chicago, IL.

1st Vice Chair

Prior to his current role he was Senior Vice President of Global Strategic Sourcing, directing strategy development and supply innovation for strategic raw materials and indirect categories across the company. Earlier he held a variety of leadership positions within the Microbial Control business, including as Vice President for the Americas region. He has represented the company at trade organizations including the American Cleaning Institute and the Metal Powder Industries Federation and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Société de Chimie Industrielle.

Before joining Lonza, Mr. Doles was an Account Manager at DSM Fine Chemicals, Inc., where he sold to pharmaceutical, nutrition and industrial markets throughout North America. He began his career at Engelhard Corporation where he served in a variety of Sales and Marketing positions in the Specialty Minerals, Pigments and Catalyst businesses.

Mr. Doles earned his BS ChE in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University in 1985, and his MBA in Finance from New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in 1990.

2nd Vice Chair / Treasurer

From 1977 to 1990, Mr. Williams served as a project engineer for Union Carbide, where he designed new chemical plants and oversaw major expansions to existing facilities. In this role, he incorporated manufacturing process requirements into facility design. Although based in Chicago, he traveled extensively to manage construction and start-up on site, with plant locations in Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Oklahoma, Puerto Rick and Tennessee.

Mr. Williams has a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural engineering from Southern Polytechnic/Georgia Institute of Technology, and his graduate studies for his Master’s degree in Engineering Management were done the University of Tennessee.

Mr. Williams is also active in his community, where he has served as President of his local Rotary Club, the board of directors for Junior Achievement, board of advisors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, standing appointment to his local Church Leadership Council, and an industry segment liaison to the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.


Ott graduated from the Purdue School of Chemical Engineering in 1973 and began his career with his co-op program employer, Rohm and Haas, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a Technical Sales Representative, assigned to Baltimore, Maryland, Mike attended the University of Baltimore and obtained a degree in Accounting, after which he became a Certified Public Accountant. His next assignment was Chicago, Illinois, where he attended the University of Chicago and obtained his MBA in Finance, Marketing and Accounting.

In 1980, he and his wife, Ginger, moved to Auckland, New Zealand, where he was the Sales Manager for Rohm and Haas - New Zealand. He became the Polymers, Resins and Monomers Divisional Manager in 1982 for Rohm and Haas - Mexico, headquartered in Mexico City. In 1985, Mike returned with his family to Philadelphia and started with Polysciences, Inc., eventually purchasing the company from its founder in 1993.

Polysciences employs over 200 people and has operations in Fishers, Indiana, West Deptford, New Jersery, Hirschberg an der Bergstrasse, Germany, Taipei, Taiwan, and is headquartered in Warrington, Pennsylvania of scenic Bucks County near Philadelphia. Mike has surrounded himself with Ph.D. Chemists and Chemical Engineers for the development of new products for the specialty marketplace.

Mike spends much of his time with his wife Ginger and their two sons, Ryan and Andrew who now are in Senior Management roles at the Company. He enjoys fly fishing on the many trout streams of Pennsylvania, in addition to gardening at his property in Abington, Pennsylvania.

Immediate Past Chair

Mr. Hutchinson is a graduate of The Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana. He attended the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio for two years as a political science major prior to transferring to Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Mr. Hutchinson received his BS in Business Management and Entrepreneurship from IU in 1984.

Mr. Hutchinson worked in the bio-medical field with a start-up device manufacturer prior to joining the family chemical business (GFS) in 1989. After many years with the company Mr. Hutchinson purchased the business from his siblings in 2004.

Mr. Hutchinson and his wife Pamela have two sons who have expressed an interest in taking the company into its fourth generation of family management. He and his wife support several charities in the Columbus area including the Ballet Metropolitan, the Delaware County Cultural Arts Center, the Faith Mission and the YFC Youth Guidance programs of Franklin County and the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio.

Hobbies include golf, sailing, upland bird & waterfowl hunting, sporting clays, trap and skeet.

Member At Large

Ms. Donahue took over leadership of the company, after 10 years on its Board of Directors, a few months prior to her founding father’s death in January 2007.

Prior to Hampford Research, Ms. Donahue was President of Hampford & Associates, a consulting firm dedicated to organizational optimization and executive coaching.

Ms. Donahue spent seven years at Carlsen Resources, Inc., a boutique executive search and organizational development firm, specifically involved in the broadband, new media and entertainment industries. Ms. Donahue joined Carlsen Resources in 1995, as Vice President and rose to President in 2001. Earlier in her career, Donahue held executive positions at AMC (American Movie Classics) and C-SPAN.

Ms. Donahue currently serves on the Board of Directors of several organizations including Hampford Research and the Bridgeport Regional Business Council.

Class of 2017

Prior to joining VanDeMark, Mr. Ameis gained meaningful manufacturing and management experience at Occidental Chemical Corporation.

Mr. Ameis graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Prior to joining Siegfried, Sandy held positions as Sr., Director Upper Extremity & Hand Business for the Trauma Division of Stryker Orthopedics from 2006 through 2009. Before joining Stryker, she held the position as Head of the North America for the Material Protection Business Unit of the Fine Chemicals Division of Bayer Corporation, which was later spun off with the Chemical businesses as Lanxess Corporation, in which she continued her role as Head of the NA Material Protection business. Prior to her leadership roles, Sandy held positions as Technical Sales Director at Merck & Co., Inc.

She has B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Biology from La Roche College and Masters’ degrees in Environmental Science and Business Administration from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

From 1994 – 1997 he was a Marketing Manager in the BioProcess Division of Millipore Corporation (now part of Merck KgaA), a manufacturer of separations solutions to the process industries. From 1992-1994, he was an Associate Consultant at APM Management Consulting (now CSC), a health care management consulting company. From 1987 – 1990 he was a Senior Staff Scientist at Textron Specialty Materials (now Specialty Materials, Inc.), a Division of Textron Corporation, a developer of new materials for the aerospace industry. From 1985-1987 he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in solid state chemistry at Brown University.

Dr. Honig holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University (1992), Ph.D. in Chemistry from Brown University (1985) and a B.Sc. First Class Hons. from the University of Warwick, England (1981).

He has over 40 years of experience in the development, manufacture and applications of monomers and polymers with special expertise in coatings, adhesives and optical applications.

Ron is a graduate of Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA and has his Ph.D. in in physical chemistry from the University of Delaware.

Class of 2018

Ms. Brint graduated from Harvard Law School and received her B.B.A. in Business Honors & Finance from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

Jay’s passion is working on new projects that provide growth for the company, while providing key manufacturing solutions for NFC’s customers. Even though Jay serves as President, it’s his background in chemical engineering and working in the plant environment that drives him.

In addition to serving on the SOCMA Board of Governors, Jay is a lifetime member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and serves on UBM’s InformEx Advisory Committee.

Prior to his current role, John had 25+ years’ experience managing and directing various businesses within Solvay and its predecessor companies, including Vice President & General Manager – Novecare, North America, Global Vice President – Coatings & Industrial Markets and previous to the Novecare roles was General Manager – Silicones.

An agricultural economist by training, Mr. Foley earned his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Economics from the University of Nebraska in 1984 and a general management certificate from Harvard University’s General Manager Program in 2001.

Under his leadership, ChemDesign has received national improvement and educational outreach honors from the Specialty Chemical Manufacturing Association (SOCMA), ChemStewards® environmental compliance, and safety awards from the Wisconsin Safety Council. In 2014, ChemDesign was named Business of the Year by the Marinette/Menominee Chamber.

David serves on the Board of Governors for SOCMA and the Board of Directors for the Marinette/Menominee Area Chamber. He is a member of the Optima Quality Consortium, the TEC Executive Committee (TECXIII) and Vistage International.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a Master of Science in Management & Organizational Behavior from Silver Lake College.

Keith serves on the Board of Governors of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA), on the National TransCAER® Task Group, and on the International Association of Fire Chiefs Hazardous Materials Committee.

Dr. Silverman earned a Ph.D. in environmental health science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University, a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree in occupational and environmental health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University.

Class of 2019

Since launching CJB Industries in 1997, Clinton has consistently grown the company through expansions and acquisitions, building it into one of the most-respected chemical services companies in its market space.

An active member of professional organizations and in his community, he serves on the Board for SOCMA, Chemical and Specialties Management Council, the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering External Advisory Board at Georgia Tech, Georgia Tech Lean Consortium Group, South Georgia Employer Committee, Workforce Investment Board, Georgia Tech MEP, Leadership Georgia, Leadership Lowndes, Vistage, Georgia Work Ready, Valdosta/Lowndes Chamber of Commerce, and Toastmasters.

Bosley is a recipient of the President’s Leadership Award for Excellence in Advocacy. She is a champion of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform, having testified before Congress multiple times on behalf of SOCMA and specialty chemical manufacturers. She is also a member and former chair of SOCMA’s Chemical Risk Management Committee.

Shaun is a chemist, and completed his undergraduate work at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York and performed his doctoral studies at Northwestern University. He chairs the American Chemistry Council’s Health, Product & Science Policy Committee and represents Evonik on the ACC Nanotechnology Panel. He also represents Evonik on the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates’ Chemical Risk Management Committee and the SOCMA Nanotechnology Small & Medium Enterprise Coalition. Dr. Clancy is active in the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 229 (ISO TC229) on Nanotechnologies. He is the convener of Task Group 2 on Consumer & Societal Dimensions of Nanotechnology and the leader of the Working Group 3 mirror committee in the US Technical Advisory Group to TC229. He participates in the Nanotechnology Committee of the Business & Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD and is the industry lead to Steering Group AP of the Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) on Cooperation on Risk Assessment and Regulatory Programs. Shaun also serves on the external advisory boards of the Nanomaterial Registry and the University of Michigan Risk Science Center and is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

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