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Meet Our Team

OVSCC Board Members

Kendra Cutcher

Kendra Cutcher

Kendra joined the Society of Cosmetic Chemists during her undergraduate degree at the University of Toledo. At the University of Toledo, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences in Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design. Kendra relocated and began working in Cincinnati as a cosmetic chemist in July of 2017 at Athena Medical Products....
Kelly Kanellis

Kelly Kanellis

Kelly joined Kao USA in January, 2008 after earning her Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati.  She began her career as a hair and skin care formulator before moving to the fragrance team.  Since her move in August 2011, Kelly has managed and contributed to several major fragrance projects and brands...
Lin Zhang

Lin Zhang

        Email: Lin.zhang-chen@kao.com
Cassandra Patterson

Cassandra Patterson

Cassandra is the Research & Innovation Manager at KDC Columbus. She earned a BS in Chemistry at Middle Tennessee State University, and started her career in cosmetic science at Vi-Jon, a private label company, working on a large variety of product types (oral, baby, skin, hair, etc.). From there Cassandra moved to Ohio to develop products for the...
Xu (Suzie) Kang

Xu (Suzie) Kang

Suzie is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Cincinnati, majoring in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a focus on Cosmetic Science in James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. She is interested in novel technologies to stabilize photosensitive topical ingredients and personal care product development. She hopes to get into the industry after graduation and work in...
Lilly Mills

Lilly Mills

Newsletter Editor
Contact info:  lmills@kdc-columbus.com
Nick Rose

Nick Rose

Membership Committee Chair
Nick is the Senior Formulating Chemist at Gilchrist & Soames.  He graduated from Hanover College with a degree in Chemistry.  He has been at Gilchrist & Soames for two and a half years serving as the formulating chemist for the Indianapolis-based hotel amenities supplier.  This is Nick’s first year serving as the membership chair.  He...
Christie Parker

Christie Parker

Event Planning
Christie Parker is the Midwest Account Representative for Lincoln Fine Ingredients, A Maroon Group Company.  Lincoln Fine Ingredients specializes in distributing many ingredients for the Personal Care industry. Her territory includes OH, MI, IN, IL, WI, and MN.  She has also had sales experience in the CASE industry, as well as laboratory experience with several...
Lauren Koenig

Lauren Koenig

Public Relations
Lauren is an undergraduate student at the University of Toledo, she is majoring in Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design with minors in Chemistry and Marketing. Lauren is new to the personal care and cosmetic science industry but is excited to learn all she can while in school and from industry experts she meets through OVSCC....
Abigail Poehls

Abigail Poehls

Student Relations
Abigail is a Ph.D. student at the University of Cincinnati and has been a member of OVSCC for two years now. She earned a BS in chemistry from Illinois State University and moved to Cincinnati shortly after to begin her graduate studies. She is grateful for the opportunity to be more involved in SCC and...
Christine Daraska

Christine Daraska

Area II Director
Chris is a Key Account Manager at Croda Inc., based in the Chicago area. She earned a BS and MS in Chemistry from Illinois State University and started her career as an analytical chemist at Morton International. She has worked in sales in various industries including food, pharmaceutical, and, more recently, personal care.

SCC Board of Directors

Peter TsolisPresident2017
Perry RomanowskiVice President2017
Kelly DobosVice President-Elect2017
Dawn ThielSecretary2017
Liz StrelandTreasurer2017
Akshay TalatiDirector, Area I2015-2017
Craig FordDirector, Area I2016-2018
Christopher HeisigDirector, Area II2016-2018
Yulia ParkDirector, Area II2017-2019
Michelle HinesDirector, Area III2015-2017
Karen ChunDirector, Area III2017-2019
Stanley MilsteinDirector, Area IV2016-2018
Dennis AbbedutoDirector, Area IV2017-2019


Area I: Connecticut, New England, New York, Long Island and Quebec Chapters

Area II: Lake Erie, Michigan, Midwest, Ohio Valley, Ontario and Saint Louis Chapters

Area III: California, Intermountain West, Southwest and Twin Cities Chapters

Area IV: Carolina, Florida, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Chapters

About Our Organization

Dedicated to the advancement of cosmetic science, the Society strives to increase and disseminate scientific information through meetings and publications. By promoting research in cosmetic science and industry, and by setting high ethical, professional and educational standards, we reach our goal of improving the qualifications of cosmetic scientists. Our mission is to further the interests and recognition of cosmetic scientists while maintaining the confidence of the public in the cosmetic and toiletries industry.

Comprised of over 3,800 members, the Society of Cosmetic Chemists was founded in 1945 to promote high standards of practice in the cosmetic sciences. We serve as a focus and provide the proper forums for the exchange of ideas and new developments in cosmetic research and technology.

Since 1948 Chapters have been the lifeblood of the Society of Cosmetic Chemsists. We now have 18 Chapters throughout the United States and Canada which conduct monthly meetings, educational seminars, suppliers’ days and publish monthly newsletters. These Chapters are run by dedicated volunteers who lend their time and expertise to the smooth and efficient operation of each Chapter.

OVSCC Company Websites

Kao USA, Inc.
Procter & Gamble
North Cliff
KDC Columbus
SMA Collaboratives
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