Executive Committee

Zafra Lerman


Zafra Lerman is an American chemist, educator, and humanitarian. She conducted research on isotope effects at Cornell and Northwestern Universities in the US, and the ETH, Zurich, Switzerland. From 1986 to 2010, she chaired the American Chemical Society's Subcommittee on Scientific Freedom and Human Rights. She has been successful in preventing executions, releasing prisoners of conscience from jail and bringing dissidents to freedom. She has received over 40 awards for her work in education, human rights, and science diplomacy, including the 1999 Presidential Award from U.S. President Clinton, the 2005 Nyholm Prize for Education from the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), the 2015 Science Diplomacy Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the 2016 Andrei Sakharov prize for human rights from the American Physical Society (APS), and the 2016 Peace and Justice award from the UN NOVUS Summit. She was honored three times by the U.S. Congress with speeches about her work in 2002, 2004 and 2013. Her work has been featured on many national and international television and media outlets.

Ann Nalley

Vice President

Ann Nalley is a Professor of Chemistry and Clarence Page Endowed Chair in the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering at Cameron University, a position which she has held since 1969.  She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree at Northeastern Oklahoma State University, a Master's Degree in Analytical Chemistry at Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D. in Radiation Chemistry from Texas Woman's University. She served as the President of the American Chemical Society (the largest scientific society in the world) in 2006.   She is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Among her many awards are the 2015 ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences and induction into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame.

Russell Johnson

Vice President

​Russell Johnson retired in 2016 from Honeywell International as an executive-level Corporate Fellow after a 42-year company career in the petroleum, chemicals, environmental, and aerospace industries.  He was granted more than 60 U.S. patents and was awarded the American Chemical Society (ACS) Heroes of Chemistry Award for his work as Chief Scientist for demilitarization of chemical and strategic weapons. Johnson, an ACS Fellow, has served this professional society for over 40 years in local, national, and governance functions, with a special focus in areas of public and government affairs.

Lynn Hogue


Lynn Hogue has more than 40 years of experience in chemistry education. She is retired after 17 years as the Associate Director of Miami University’s Center for Chemistry Education. While at the Center, she also was the director of its teacher and student programs and was a lead instructor for more than 50 funded National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Petrochemical Refiners Association, and Ohio Board of Regents programs.  She is co-author of 14 teacher resource books. Lynn is a widely traveled guest lecturer and workshop presenter at the national and international levels.

Morton Hoffman


Morton Hoffman has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Chemistry of Boston University since 1961.  His Ph.D. was from the University of Michigan; he did postdoctoral research at Sheffield University in England with Professor George Porter (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1967).  He has published nearly 200 articles and book chapters in the peer-reviewed chemical literature in the areas of physical-inorganic chemistry, free radical and electron transfer reactions, photochemical conversion and storage of solar energy, and radiation chemical processes.  He served as the Chair of the Northeastern Local ACS Section (2002) and the ACS Division of Chemical Education (2005).  He is the recipient of the ACS Volunteer Service Award (2007) and numerous awards for his contributions to chemical education.  He has served as the Treasurer of the Malta Conferences Foundation since its incorporation in 2011.

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Members of the Board

Chris Bannochie

Chris Bannochie holds a Ph.D. chemistry from Texas A&M University and a B.A. degree in Chemistry from St. John’s University. Dr Bannochie is a Senior Fellow at the Savannah River National Laboratory has also served as a Visiting Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His research involves process development and analytical characterization for nuclear waste streams. A fellow of the American Chemical Society, Dr Bannochie has received many awards, including the ACS Division of Professional Relations Louis J. Sacco Award and the NOGSLTP Walt Westman Award. He has served on several boards including: Leadership Augusta, NOGLSTP, SERMACS, NSF OXIDE, and Georgia Equality.

Catherine Costello

Catherine E. Costello, a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor at Boston Univ., holds appointments in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Chemistry. Her research, centered on development and application of mass spectrometry-based methods to study protein post-translational modifications and folding disorders, cardiovascular and infectious diseases, glycobiology and bioactive lipids, has resulted in ~335 scientific papers. She is President of the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation, a member of the US-Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) Board and several editorial and advisory boards and has served as President of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and the International HUPO. 

R. Michael DeSalle

Michael DeSalle holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee and is President of NFP Financial Consulting, LLC, an Illinois company providing strategic planning initiatives as well as financial and accounting solutions to the not-for-profit sector.  He was the Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer of Columbia College Chicago for twenty-two years. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Board of Asian Human Services Family Health Centers, Inc., a not-for-profit agency providing medical, dental and mental health services to the immigrant population of the greater Chicago area. 

Choon Ho Do

Choon H. Do is a retired Professor from Sunchon National University, Korea where he taught polymer chemistry. He served as the President of the Korean Chemical Society in 2010. Dr Choon Do has been a member of the Committee on Chemical Education and IUPAC for many years. He is currently the Director of Korean Chemical Industry Specialists Association.

Moh El-Naggar

Moh El-Naggar is the Robert D. Beyer Early Career Chair in Natural Sciences at the University of Southern California. He received his B.S. degree from Lehigh University, followed by a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2007. In 2010, El-Naggar received a Department of Defense Young Investigator Award, from the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research. In 2012, he was named one of Popular Science's ‘Brilliant 10’. El-Naggar was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by President Obama in 2014. His research focuses on biotic-abiotic interfaces with relevance to bioelectronics and renewable energy.

Omar K. Farha

Omar K. Farha is an associate professor of chemistry at Northwestern University, Distinguished Adjunct Professor at King Abdulaziz University, president of NuMat Technologies, and Associate Editor for ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. His accomplishments have been recognized by several awards including the RSC “Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Early Career” Award; the ACS “The Satinder Ahuja Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science; and an award established by the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University: the Omar Farha Award for Research Leadership. Published 300 peer-reviewed publications and was named a “Highly Cited Researcher” in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Holm Keller

Holm Keller serves as Executive Chairman of KENUP Foundation, a global partnership in innovation, promoting research-based innovation for the public and societal benefit. Previously, for 10 years, Mr. Keller held the elective public office as Chancellor and Executive Vice President for University Development and Innovation at Leuphana University in Germany.

Prior to his public service work, he worked as President Asia for Bertelsmann Inc. in Shanghai, Seoul and Sydney after holding top-management positions with the media-group in Gütersloh, London and New York. Before, Holm Keller served a consultant with McKinsey & Company Inc., where he co-lead the development of the Firm’s global Accelerator Practice. Earlier in his career, he held operative functions with ARD, ZDF and arte television.

Originally trained as a musical composer, Keller holds degrees from Vienna University and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Cathy Middlecamp

Cathy Middlecamp teaches environmental science in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her scholarship lies at the intersection of science, people, and the planet. In 2017, Middlecamp serves as the Past Chair of the Division of Chemical Education in the American Chemical Society and the Chair of Section Q (Education) in AAAS.

Leiv Sydnes

Dr. Sydnes was educated in Norway and Canada and is currently Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Bergen. He has been published extensively, has received many awards, and has been elected as a member to several Academy of Sciences. Most notably, Dr Sydnes, is a past President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). Since 2002, he has been heavily engaged in work with chemical weapons issues and developed documents used by OPCW in the review of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Ed Wasserman

Ed Wasserman received his education at Cornell and Harvard, Bell Telephone Laboratories, Research, Rutgers University, Professor, Joint with Bell, Allied Corporation, Director of Research, DuPont, Research and Management, President, American Chemical Society, 1999, Council of Scientific Society Presidents, Chair 2001

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