Connecticut Valley

Nominated for Councilor (2018 - 2020)

Councilor: Julie Smist

Julianne Smist is a Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Biology/Chemistry Department at Springfield College in Springfield, MA. She has been Councilor representing the Connecticut Valley Section (CVS) since 1999, faithfully attending all ACS national meetings to represent CVS. As a member of Council she served on the Meetings and Exposition Committee of the Council for six years; for two of those years chairing the subcommittee responsible for recommending National meeting sites. She just completed serving for six years on the Divisional Activities Committee co-chairing the meetings subcommittee, serving as committee Secretary and chairing the Communications subcommittee. Most recently at the ACS National meeting in Washington, DC in August 2017, she was elected by her fellow Council members to serve on the Nominations and Elections committee, which runs the national elections for President-elect and members of the Board of Directors. Regionally, she served four terms (2005-2013) as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Region (NERACS, Inc.). The NERACS Board is responsible for awarding bids to host NERM (Northeast Regional Meeting). In June 2017, she was awarded the E. Ann Nalley Regional Award for Volunteer Service. Because of her experience in programming and meeting planning, she served CVS as the General Chair when CVS hosted the NERM in 2009 and served the Division of Chemical Education as Program Chair (2008-2010).


Councilor: Kevin Kittilstved

Education and Training: BS Chemistry 2001, Gonzaga University; PhD Chemistry 2006, University of Washington; 2006-2010 Postdoctoral Research, University of Geneva (Switzerland)

Employment: 2011 – present, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Research Interests: Inorganic materials chemistry (synthesis and characterization)

Statement: Kevin has served on the CVS executive board as a member-at-large since 2014 and councilor since 2015. In the Spring of 2014, he helped organize the CVS Undergraduate Symposium that was held on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In his first term as Councilor, Kevin has served on the Meetings & Exposition Committee and the Regional Meetings Subcommittee since 2016. The future of the ACS National and Regional Meetings is undergoing significant change. If re-elected, he will continue to represent the members of the section on these committees and advocate for more cost-effective meetings including ways to increase emphasis and support from the ACS to local sections that host Regional Meetings.

Nominated for Officer

Chair-Elect: Neil Glagovich 

Neil Glagovich is completing his three year term as chair of the Connecticut Valley Section of the American Chemical Society (CVS-ACS). He enjoyed the experience so much, he would like to do it again! During his tenure, a major applied synthesis symposium was organized in conjunction with corporate sponsors such as Pfizer, SK Biotech, Strem Chemicals, Merck, HepatoChem, and Millipore Sigma. This annual symposium is one of the biggest programming events organized by CVS-ACS. Neil would like to continue to grow the programming that CVS-ACS offers, and include more of the membership in such events. Neil is a Professor of Chemistry at Central Connecticut State University, where he has worked for the past 18 years.


Secretary: Mark Peczuh

Education: B.S. 1993 Boston College; M.S. 1997 U. of Pittsburgh; Ph.D. 1999 Yale. Employment: Associate Professor, U. of Connecticut. Research Interests: Bioorganic & Carbohydrate Chemistry.


Statement: I seek to continue my service as Secretary of the Connecticut Valley Section (CVS) of the ACS. I have been a member of the Executive Board since 2005. I aim to bring continuity to the running of the EB. A particular objective for 2018 will be continued outreach to the CVS membership to become more active in local section activities.


Treasurer: Ellen Anderson


Nominated for Member-at-Large (2018-2019)

Member-at-Large: Marisa Blauvelt


Education: 2002 B.S. Rhode Island College, 2007 Ph.D. University of Connecticut.

Employment: 2007-2015 Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Springfield College. Fall 2015-present, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Springfield College.

Research Interests: Chemical Education, Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Statement: I joined the Executive Board in 2008 as member-at-large and also chaired the section in 2014. I hope to continue my service as a member at large. In the past, I have had a special interest in providing opportunities and programming for for undergraduates and high school teachers. I also hope to increase section engagement with members residing in industry.

Nominated for Alternate Councilor (2018 - 2020)

Alternate Councilor: Sharon Palmer

Currently in my fifteenth year of teaching chemistry at Amherst Regional High School, I have been the recipient of the 2016-2017 Robert Frost Chair for Excellence in Teaching, the 2013 ACS Division of Chemistry Education Northeast Regional Award for Excellence in High School Teaching, and the Connecticut Valley Section High School Teacher Award.


In addition to my position at ARHS, I teach online chemistry courses at UMass Amherst for pre-service and in-service K-12 teachers who want to improve their chemistry content knowledge.


Educated at the University of California-Berkeley and Northwestern University, my career has revolved around science education, including positions at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Smith College, and Williams College. I have also worked with the STEM Education Institute at UMass and Five Colleges, Inc. in NSF-funded projects aimed at improving K-16 science and math education and teacher preparation. From there I unexpectedly embarked on a high school teaching career.


I served on the CVS local section when I was at Smith College, and have returned to the board more recently as a high school teacher. I am currently an Alternate Councilor and the local section coordinator for National Chemistry Week and Chemists Celebrate Earth Day. I am also active in the ACS and AACT nationally, serving on two task forces at this time.


I live in Amherst, MA, and my chemist-husband and I have two grown daughters.