John Warner

John C. Warner, Co-Founder & President

John is a founder of the field of green chemistry and is widely considered one of the world’s leading experts in designing safer products and processes. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Boston and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Princeton University in Medicinal Chemistry. He then lead a research group at the Polaroid Corporation for 9 years before returning to the University of Massachusetts as an academic where he spent 9 years educating the next generation of professionals in green chemistry. John has recently launched an independent research institute, The Warner Babcock Institute, aimed at working closely with industries to provide green chemistry technologies for the marketplace. Along with the Warner Babcock Institute, John co-founded the non-profit Beyond Benign and serves as the chair of the Board of Directors for the organization. John has won numerous awards for his contribution to academia and to green chemistry, including the 2004 Presidential award in science mentoring. John is the author of over 150 papers and a holder of numerous patents for green chemistry technologies with applications ranging from electronic and polymeric materials to pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. He is co-author of the seminal book titled Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice (Oxford University Press, 1998). John is the editor of the new journal Green Chemistry: Letters and Reviews.

Rachel Pokrandt

Rachel Pokrandt,
Education Consultant

Rachel has been developing multi-disciplinary sustainable science curricula for middle and high school students for 7 years, working on programs with Pfizer, The U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, DuPont and DOW Chemical. Rachel has been involved in Green Chemistry Education through the ‘Recipe for Sustainable Science’ and ‘Solutions in Green Chemistry’ programs of Beyond Benign and has trained over 340 teachers in the use of these materials through summer institutes and weekend workshops in the U.S., Ireland, England and Puerto Rico. Rachel has a BA in Theatre Studies and British Literature, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction and recently completed her MBA. Prior to her curriculum development work, Rachel was a classroom teacher for 7 years.

Teri Natoli, K-12 Curriculum Specialist

Therese Natoli hails from Woodside, NY and though a resident of Connecticut since 1986, her mantra is:" You can take the girl out of Queens but not the Queens out of the girl!". Teri began her career in science as a Research Assistant at Sloan Kettering Institute. At SKI, Teri was part of the Human Cancer Serology department, analyzing and producing monoclonal antibodies. After leaving the lab Teri worked at a magazine test kitchen, sold pharmaceuticals for Ciba-Geigy and began teaching as a sub. Once in the classroom, Teri realized where she wanted to make her career and hasn't looked back! She has taught many levels of Chemistry, Biology and General Science . A teacher since 1987, Teri has had the pleasure of working at New London High school, Waterford High School and the Science and Technology Magnet High School of SE CT. Living on Stone's Throw Organic Farm since 1995, Teri and her family enjoy living a sustainable lifestyle. For the past 7 years, Ms. Natoli has been an outreach teacher for Beyond Benign, teaching Green Chemistry principles and techniques to teachers from around the world. When not pursuing her passion for the classroom, Ms. Natoli enjoys spending time with her wonderful family( in CT and NY) reading, watching movies , discovering new British mysteries, and walking her dogs Bodhi and Otto with her dear friends.

Matt MacGregor, K-12 Curriculum Specialist

Matt has been teaching Middle School, in both Scotland and Canada, since 2003. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Matt has facilitated math learning conferences for existing teachers, has worked as a professional mentor in his district's 'New Teacher Induction Program' and has hosted a variety of student teachers as a recognized associate teacher in his district. In addition to being an active member in his district's Math and Science Task Force(s), which required him to write, implement and analyze new science and math curriculum. Matt was also a facilitator in Green Chemistry's first visit to Canada. Additionally, he facilitated the pilot Green Math workshop held in Mystic, CT in 2009. Although, he dearly misses his Bonnie Scotland, Matt is currently living in his hometown of London, Ontario, Canada with his wife Joanne, and daughters, Isla and Isabella.

Kathe Blue Hetter, K-12 Curriculum Specialist

Kathe is the Science Curriculum Lead Teacher at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Kathe holds a BS in Biological Science, with a Chemistry Minor, along with a BS in Business and Engineering Administration from Michigan Technological University, as well as a MS in General Science, with a Secondary Education Certification from Eastern Michigan University. Prior to teaching, Kathe worked in the labs for a subsidiary of Merck Pharmaceutical. Kathe has great passion and enthusiasm of teaching. She has a great desire to learn about new trends in education and science, especially science education by taking workshops around the country and courses at universities and staying current in the latest topics in science. She loves doing “hands on” science, which means lots of labs and demos. She has attended workshops on differentiated instruction and is passionate about implementation of the best learning strategies for students.

Dusti Vincent, K-12 Curriculum Specialist

Dusti is a relative newcomer to the teaching profession, having taught high school science in Ann Arbor, Michigan since 2005. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing her master’s in physical science from Michigan State University. Prior to teaching, Dusti spent one year out of college working as a research assistant in an infectious diseases lab. She also worked for Zingerman’s Delicatessen in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she explored her love for food and cooking and met her wonderful husband, Brad, before answering the call to become a teacher. Dusti is thrilled to return to the Green Chemistry workshop as a Beyond Benign facilitator.

Raksmey Derival

Raksmey Derival, K-12 Curriculum Specialist

Raksmey received her B.S. degree in biochemistry from Suffolk University where she gained experience in green chemistry outreach program development. Raks was awarded an National Science Foundation fellowship to perform bio-organic chemistry research at the Ohio State University, and worked as an analytical chemist and forensic toxicologist at a drug testing lab in Massachusetts for 3 years. She spent a year working with Dr. John Warner and Dr. Amy Cannon at the Center for Green Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Lowell before joining Beyond Benign as a K-12 and Community Outreach Program Manager. Raksmey brings extensive experience in developing green chemistry educational and informational materials for outreach, training and education. She takes pride in working at the "street" level, talking directly to students, teachers and the community to generate excitement for science and to convey the important message of green chemistry in today's society.