Steering Committee

Don R. Schomer formally a Market Development Manager for Bayer MaterialScience LLC, Chairman of the Council of Polyurethane Industries Polyurethane Recycle and Recovery Counsel (PURRC), and past Chair of the American Chemistry Council's Automotive Group. Don now represents Bayer at various industry associations as an outside contractor. Through a series of acquisitions he moved to Bayer from Lyondell Chemical Company, ARCO Chemical Company and Union Carbide Corporation. During this period he held management positions in Global Marketing, Market Development and Sales.

Early in his career, Schomer worked for Chrysler Corporation as a test and development engineer in the company's former world headquarters in Highland Park, Michigan.

He holds a bachelor's of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Detroit.

Dr. Terri Lynch-Caris, Ph.D, P.E. is an Associate Professor in the Industrial & Manufacturing Department at Kettering University. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan with industrial experience at Ford and General Motors. She leads a multi-disciplinary group of faculty called the Kettering Industrial Ecology Team (KIET) who were awarded the TRW/CETL Educational Scholar Award for their team-taught course IME540 Environmentally Conscious Design & Manufacturing funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation (DUE #0511322).

Dr. Lynch has many conference and journal publications. Her areas of interest in teaching and research include ergonomics & human modeling, statistics, work design & lean principles, and industrial ecology. She serves as faculty advisor to the student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the Alpha Pi Mu IE Honor Society. She is an officer in the Industrial Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education.

Dr. Lynch has received the Charles L. Tutt, Jr., Innovative Teaching Award (2009) and Outstanding Teaching Award (2006) from The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Kettering University. She has been an invited speaker to many organizations and serves as a professional reviewer for multiple professional journals.

Karen Edlin is an environmental specialist with over fifteen years of experience in federal and state environmental quality programs, with the past 10 years spent coordinating and assisting with voluntary pollution prevention programs. Most recently Karen has been active in the Michigan Green Chemistry Program, staffing the Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable.

Sejal Gandhi is a manager of advanced technology and product marketing in the Sales and Marketing group for Robert Bosch LLC. In this role, she is responsible for defining the strategic direction for cross-divisional Bosch technologies and systems for the North American automotive market. She is also responsible for monitoring government legislation pertaining to the automotive market.

Since joining Bosch in 1998, Ms. Gandhi has held various finance, project management and marketing positions with increasing responsibility in automotive powertrain advanced technology product marketing at the Bosch site in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Prior to joining Bosch, Ms. Gandhi held positions in the pharmaceutical industry at Baxter International Inc. and Pharmaphil Pharmaceutical.

Ms. Gandhi earned her bachelor's degree in science from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and master's degrees in business administration from the Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1995 and 1999, respectively.

Clinton S. Boyd, PhD is the Senior Scientist of the Sustainable Research Group, a consulting firm that provides sustainability research, marketing, project design and management services that advance an organization's integration of sustainable development principles into its business model. He has a PhD degree in Biochemistry from Rhodes University, South Africa.

Dr. Boyd has worked in academia as a research biochemist studying the pharmacological and toxicological effects of chemicals and other environmental factors on neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. His research led him to the conclusion that health-based outcomes should form the foundation and be the driver for a sustainable future. Dr. Boyd now applies Design for the Environment, industrial ecology, industrial biotechnology, life cycle analysis, green (sustainable) chemistry, and biochemistry to enhance the design, development and use of chemicals, materials & processes that have reduced impact on human health and ecosystem health.

Dr. Boyd is a member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, the Chair of the Environmental Health Indicators Work Group of the Greater Grand Rapids Children's Environmental Health Initiative, and sits on the Green Chemistry Roundtable that advises the State of Michigan on its Green Chemistry Support Program. He has also provided critical technical review of (1) the NGO Priority List of Substances of Very High Concern developed by the International Chemical Secretariat for the EU REACH chemicals legislation; and (2) the NSF Protocol P352-Validation and Verification of Eco-Efficiency Analyses. Dr Boyd serves in an advisory capacity for a number of initiatives addressing biobased products, green chemistry and chemicals policy.

Dr. Beattie is President and Principal Scientist at Arcalis Scientific, providing chemical, toxicology and sustainable product support within the automotive sector. Prior to this, she was the Director, Chemical Risk Management- Environmental Services for General Motors. She has over 25 years of experience providing applied toxicology and risk assessment support on a wide variety of occupational and environmental health issues.

She currently is appointed to the Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable, the ANSI/ACS/NSF Greener Products and Processes Standard - Joint Committee and the CDC/ATSDR/NCEH Policies and Practices Work Group of the National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures.

Dr. Beattie holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Arizona, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Michigan. She is board certified by the American Board of Toxicology, a current member of both the National and Michigan Society of Toxicology, and past president of the Michigan Society of Toxicology.

Andrew S. Hobbs is the Director, Environmental Quality Office. The office has a global responsibility for all Ford facilities with satellite offices in Australia, Germany, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. The prime responsibilities of the office are regulatory interpretation, compliance, and environmental management.

Mr. Hobbs began his career with Ford in September 1985. He held a number of manufacturing positions in the United Kingdom and mainland Europe before becoming the Manager of the Environmental Quality Office in Europe in 1996.

In June, 1999, Mr. Hobbs became the Worldwide Environmental Support Manager and relocated to the United States. He subsequently became Director, Environmental Quality Office, in December, 1999.

Mr. Hobbs earned a bachelor's degree with honors in Mechanical Engineering and a master's degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the Liverpool University in the United Kingdom.

John is a Staff Environmental Engineer with GM Worldwide Facilities Group (WFG), Global Environmental Programs and has over 30 years experience with GM. He received a Master of Science degree in Hazardous Waste Management, from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan in 1995 and a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Michigan University. John also is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM).

John's current job responsibilities include implementing environmental process and product technology improvements that reduce environmental impacts and costs. These improvements include working with suppliers, product engineers as well as other manufacturing groups from a Design for the Environment (DfE) perspective to improve by-product management strategies. To date, this work has lead to the elimination of several hundred thousand tons of waste, while converting waste costs to revenue.

John has been recoginized by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Environmental Excellence in Transportation group, with four Environmental Excellence in Transportation awards for material development and usage as well as reuse and recycling projects. John has also received numerous GM internal environmental recognitions and is the global team leader for Design for the Environment (DfE) and GMs landfill free initiative.

Director of Operations of SAE Automotive Headquarters and Manager of SAE Ground Vehicle Standards. Responsible for the overall performance of the SAE Ground Vehicle Standards support systems and Cooperative Research Projects including new business development, international standards harmonization, and liaison with other standards development organizations.

Prior to joining SAE, Mr. Pokrzywa was a Program Manager at the Automotive Industry Action Group, where he managed CAD/CAM and data exchange programs for automotive OEMs and major automotive suppliers.

Before joining AIAG, Mr. Pokrzywa held several executive sales management positions in the US, Germany and the UK with Octal, a Silicon Valley engineering software development company, where he was responsible for initial start-up, daily operation and sales in Europe. Prior to that, he held various positions with Lamb Technicon Corp., an automotive supplier of automation, prior to that.

A graduate of Warsaw's University with Master in Liberal Arts, and Warsaw's Technical Institute with engineering degree, Mr. Pokrzywa resides in Rochester Hills, Michigan. He speaks Polish, German and Russian.

Carol J. Henry is an advisor and consultant to public and private organizations, focusing on issues in toxicology and risk assessment, public and environmental health, and domestic and international science and public policy. She has lectured on uncertainty in risk assessment, biomonitoring, public engagement on scientific issues, innovation and entrepreneurship in the chemical industry, and standards and practices for health and environmental research.

She was recently appointed Professorial Lecturer at the George Washington University School of Public Health. She is a member of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award Selection Committee for 2009. As President of the Chemical Society of Washington of the American Chemical Society, she has organized a Science Café on Green Chemistry in January 2009 at the University of Maryland, Department of Chemistry, with over 70 attendees. She was the Moderator for The Social Pillar of Sustainable Water: Health Research Gaps; Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Environmental Health, Science, Research, and Medicine, Global Environmental Health: Research Gaps and Barriers for Providing Sustainable Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Service, Washington, DC, in October 2007, and an Invited Participant to Designing Safer Chemicals Summit, Yale University, New Haven, CT, December 2007.

She retired as Vice President, Industry Performance Programs at the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in November 2007. Previously, Dr. Henry held executive leadership positions at the American Petroleum Institute, the US Department of Energy, the California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and the International Life Sciences Institute's Risk Science Institute. She is a member of the Montgomery Country Maryland Water Quality Advisory Group, the Federal Advisory Committee for the National Children's Study; the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology of the National Research Council; the Environmental Health Perspectives Editorial Board; the American College of Toxicology, of which she has been president; the Society of Toxicology; and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is co-chair of the Cyprus International Institute for Public Health and Environment in Association with the Harvard School of Public Health, and chair of the North American Research on Tropospheric Ozone (NARSTO) Review Panel. Dr. Henry received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota and doctorate in microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology, certified in general toxicology.

Cindy Reese is a Technical Projects Specialist within Ground Vehicle Standards at SAE International. In this role, Cindy is responsible for numerous standards committees which develop and maintain industry standards. As the US Technical Advisory Group Administrator for many ISO (International Standards Organization) standards committees, she concentrates on international harmonization and presenting the US position for international standards. She is also involved with various cooperative research projects where research test results are used to create industry standards. Global development and awareness of SAE standards is also one of her focus areas.

Cindy has been employed with SAE International for 5 years. Prior to SAE, she worked for a Tier 1 automotive supplier. A graduate of the Wayne State University, Cindy holds a Masters of Business Administration in Human Resources.