Western Carolinas Local Section


Announcing the candidates for 2016 Western Carolinas Local Section elections

Posted by George on October 1, 2016 at 5:40 PM

We will be conducting our election in the upcoming month using electronic voting - make sure ACS has your preferred email address.  Here are the candidates for the four eleted officer positions

Chair Elect (Chair 2018, Past-Chair 2019)

Amanda Knapp, Mars Hill University


Zachary Davis, Wofford College


George Heard, UNC Asheville

Alternate Councilor

Blaine Childress, Sealed Air corporation

Biographies and statements for the candidates (more will be added as they are received).

Dr. Amanda Knapp, Associate Professor of Chemistry. Mars Hill Uiversity, Candidate for Chair Elect

Amanda is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Mars Hill University, where she currently teaches Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, General Chemistry, and General, Organic and Biochemistry for the nursing program. In addition to her classes, she is an advisor to the Chemistry Club as well as to her undergraduate research students. She came to Mars Hill after receiving her BS in 2006 from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH and her PhD in 2011 from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. While at Akron, she studied the antimicrobial and anticancer properties of silver N-heterocyclic carbene complexes, a project she continues to work on with undergraduate students at Mars Hill. During her time as an undergraduate student, she also did a research experience for undergraduates (REU) program through the NSF at the University of Cincinnati, an experience that helped lead her down the path of research and higher education and one that she encourages other undergraduates to experience. If elected as the WACS chair, she hopes to continue work to increase student involvement in the Western Carolinas section of the ACS as well as the number of women participants. The ACS and its members have helped to shape her young career and she hopes to extend the same opportunities to other young people.

Dr. Zachary S. Davis, Visiting Assistant Professor, Wofford College.  Candidate for Secretary

ACS Member since 2005

I currently serve as the Secretary of the Western Carolinas Local Section, and have done so since 2013.

Born and raised in Greenville, it is good to be a member of the Western Carolinas Local Section. I attended Erskine College as an undergraduate and was president of our Student Member Chapter. As such, I went to several WCACS meetings during my time there. While at Purdue, I also attended several Purdue Local Section ACS meetings, although I never served as an officer. As secretary of WCACS, I am charged with keeping Section minutes, as well keeping as the handbook and contact lists current. I have served in this capacity for three years, and am dedicated to continuing to do so should I be re-elected.


Dr. George L. Heard, Professor, UNC Asheville, Candidate for Councilor

ACS Member since 1999

Service to the Western Carolinas Local Section: Councilor (2011-2016), Alternate Councilor (2005-2010), webmaster (since 2012), Chemistry Olympiad Coordinator (since 2009).

Service to the National Organization: Member of the Committee on Community Activities (2008-2015, chair 2013-2015), Committee on Ethics (2016)

The role of a Councilor is to be your representative with the National Organization. I have spent my time as a Councilor promoting the activities of the Local Section to members of the Board of Directors and reporting on matters of Council to the Executive Committee of the Western Carolinas Local Section. Over the past two years I have implemented a checklist approach to submitting the Annual Report which has streamlined our submission of that annual task. I have represented the Western Carolinas Local Section at each National Meeting, with a perfect record of attendance at District IV caucus meetings as well as Council.

In order to reduce expenses to the Local Section, I do not claim meeting expenses beyond travel, registration and accommodation, and regularly share a hotel room with another Councilor or member of the Local Section and intend to continue that commitment if elected for another term.

(note  - as George Heard is also the webmaster, this bio was approved by Meredith Newman for posting)

Blaine Childress, candidate for Alternate Councilor

Blaine is a Science Fellow at Sealed Air Corporation in Duncan, South Carolina. He has worked in Research & Development for 38 years, with assignments in Analytical Chemistry, Product and Process Development, Technology Protection, Product Innovation, and Technology Scouting at the R&D headquarters of Sealed Air Corp in Duncan, SC.

Blaine has an undergraduate degree in Textile Chemistry from Auburn University and a MS in Textile and Polymer Science from Clemson University. He is Alternate Councilor of the Western Carolinas American Chemical Society, and serves on the Vice-Chair of SC InnoVision, and Advisory Board of NC Agricultural and Technical State University.

He is a U.S. Patent Agent, supporting Sealed Air R&D and Law Departments, in matters of opposition strategy, patent prosecution, and joint development agreements; and is named inventor of 15 US Patents.

Blaine has managed Sealed Air’s Global Open Innovation programs since defining the program in 2007. His oversight includes NineSights Gallery, MindSumo challenges, and PreScouter technology monitoring. In 2012 he was recognized as an Open Innovation Champion at the 2012 Global Innovation Summit.



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