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.
Mollie graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in chemistry from Gordon College. Throughout her time as an undergraduate, she has been involved in multiple research projects, dealing with green chemistry and plant metabolites in both analytical and computational chemistry at both Gordon College and Michigan State University. Mollie has found her passion in studying sustainability in agriculture and chemistry, as well as public education and outreach. In March 2011, she was elected as the state president of the Massachusetts FFA Association. During her time as a state officer, she worked with students and stakeholders across the state, promoting agricultural education and supporting the professional and leadership development of FFA members. Currently, Mollie is working as the program manager at Beyond Benign and is a member of the Floriculture Program Advisory Board at Bristol County Agricultural High School in Dighton, MA.
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.
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.
Amy Cannon, Co-Founder & Executive Director
Amy holds the world's first Ph.D. in Green Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts where her research involved the environmentally benign synthesis of photoactive materials. She received her M.S. in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Boston and her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. Amy worked as an Assistant Professor of Green Chemistry and Director of Outreach and Community Education at the Center for Green Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Lowell until September of 2007 when she left to co-found Beyond Benign. Amy has industrial experience working as an analytical chemist for the Gillette Company and as a scientist for Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials. She was awarded the Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award in Green Chemistry in 2004 for her work on titanium dioxide semiconductors and their application in dye-sensitized solar cells. Her interests are in green chemistry education and research around safer green chemistry alternative technologies. Amy serves on the Editorial board of the new journal Green Chemistry: Letters and Reviews.
Director of Education
Kate earned her Master's in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Environmental Education from Florida Atlantic University in 2006 after graduating with her B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has worked as a Sustainable Project Manager in the seafood industry in Massachusetts. Kate's previous experience took place in the K-12 classroom setting. As a program coordinator for non-profit environmental education programs, she developed curriculum, taught K-5 programs, managed service-learning projects and supported professional development workshops and trainings for teachers. Kate's passion is working with students and teachers to improve education. She is excited to be spreading the word that green chemistry offers solutions to the environmental challenges of today and tomorrow.
K-12 Curriculum Specialist
Ann holds a B.S. in Pharmacy from Butler University. After practicing pharmacy for thirteen years, she decided to make a career change and earned her Master's Degree in Secondary Education from Eastern Nazarene College. Ann achieved National Board Certification in 2002, with a specialization in chemistry. She has been teaching at King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham, MA since 1997, where she currently teaches introductory and Advanced Placement chemistry, and a science research course for which she developed the curriculum. Additionally, she is involved with adult continuing education, teaching graduate level courses through the Norfolk County Teachers Association/Framingham State University collaborative; and, she is a consultant for Class Measures, consulting with teachers who are developing a portfolio for Massachusetts educator licensure. Ann became involved with Beyond Benign after hearing John Warner speak at ChemEd 2009. She is excited for the opportunity to work with others who are dedicated to promoting the paradigm shift in education toward green chemistry practices.
Jerry Beck, Resident Artist and Project Leader, Art & Science
Jerry Beck is a nationally recognized artist, educator, and community leader. In 1984, he founded The Revolving Museum (TRM) with "The Little Train That Could...Show," a collaborative public art project revitalizing 12 abandoned railroad cars. Since then, TRM has coordinated hundreds of large-scale participatory projects and has received national recognition as a pioneer in the field of collaborative public art, educational programs, urban revitalization, and creative economy projects. In 2004, Beck founded the Visionary School, an authentic learning, public art curriculum program for high school and college students focused on the development of cultural and civic leadership. In 2005, Beck served as a “Creativity Consultant” for University of Massachusetts in which he initiated collaborations between faculty members and students from diverse departments. In 2007, Beck and The Revolving Museum received the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Commonwealth Award in the category of "Community," the state's highest honors in the arts, humanities and sciences. In 2012, The Revolving Museum was a finalist for The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (Selection committee included: National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, learning opportunities to young people. Beck has had many one person and group exhibitions including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, American Textile History Museum, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum, Florida State University Museum of Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Boston Center for the Arts, Artists Space, Capp Street Project, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Cape Cod Community College and numerous site-specific artworks in such unusual abandoned sites including a civil war fort on an island, 100 year old rum cellar, baseball field, movie theater, textile mills, homeless shelter, smokestacks, alleyways, ice-cream truck and bookmobile. Beck is currently represented by the Clark Gallery in Lincoln, Massachusetts. In 2013, Fitchburg Mayor Lisa A. Wong hired Beck as its first Director of Economic Development and Chief Marketing Officer in which he inspired over 5000 citizens to get involved in the revitalization of downtown Fitchburg. From 2011-2013, he was the Fitchburg Art Museum's Director of Marketing and Community Engagement. Beck has a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Tufts University in partnership with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Florida State University (FSU), Tallahassee, Florida.
Richard Cooper, K-12 Curriculum Specialist
Richard is a high school chemistry teacher and science department head in London, Ontario, Canada. In addition to curricular responsibilities, he coaches football, manages the track and field team, and coordinates the Science Olympic team. Richard is originally from Western Canada and grew up on a wheat farm, he moved on to receive twin degrees from the University of Saskatchewan in Chemistry and Education. Richard moved to the London area to take up employment with Thames Valley District School Board. Recently, Richard has led teacher training in the use of Technology in the classroom to improve Numeracy and Literacy, and Green Chemistry. Richard implements Green Chemistry with 4 classes of grade 9 in his school where he is the science chair.