Section and Regional History

Chemicals From Coal – National Historic Chemical Landmark

NETS Teacher of the Year

1994Mr. Carl Steven Rapp, University School
1995Ms. Joan Schartung, Tn High
1996Ms. Jennifer Birchfield, Elizabethton High
1997Ms. Nancy Bovender, Dobyns Bennett 
2000Marsha Ottem

NETS Technician of the Year

1995Rodney Bradley*
1996Dennis Marshall*
1997Randall Perry*
1998Mary Moore*
1999Sara Wells
2002Coralie Fleenor
2003Marina Evans
2007David Trout
2008Vickie Osbourne
2009Mike Salyer*
2010Shane Kirk
2011Gary Hartley
2012Susan Johnson
2013Gary Hartley
2014Wayne Ollis
2015Bret Jones
2016Andrea Hagood
2017David Pearce
2018Jennifer Lloyd
2019Mike Laningham
2020Joy Laningham
*National Award Winner

Section Awards and Nominations


               Won Phoenix Award in category of “Best Open-House Activity”; Shawn Tonnies, 1991 NCW coordinator. Won the Outstanding Technician Affiliate Group Award. Tim Guinn was the TAG chairman.


               Won Phoenix Award in category of ” Greatest Membership Involvement”. Also nominated in categories of “Most Creative Activity and “Best Event in a Museum or Library”. Steve Perri, 1992 NCW coordinator.

               Won the Outstanding Technician Affiliate Group Award. Linda Rothwell was the TAG chariman.


               Won Phoenix Award in category of “Greatest Industrial Involvement”; nominated in the category of “Best Media Coverage”. Renee Niziurski-Mann, was the 1993 NCW coordinator.

               Won award from Council Committee on Public Relations for media coverage of Section events, especially NCW events. Shawn Tonnies, PR Chair, Renee Niziurski-Mann, 1993 NCW coordinator.

              Won Society Award for Outstanding Section in the Medium Size Category. Rick Offerman was the 1993 Chair.


               Won Society Award for Outstanding Section in the Medium Size Category. David Allen was the 1994 Chair.

               Won Phoenix Award in category of “Best Media Coverage”; Shawn Kerrick was the 1994 NCW coordinator.

               Won the Award for Outstanding Performance for Public Relations, awarded by the Committee on Public Relations. Liz West was the 1994 Publicity Committee Chair.

               Rodney Bradley, Technician Associate, ECCR, was named “1994 Technician of the Year” by the Division of Chemical Technicians.

               Eastman Chemical Company received the ACS Division Director Award for contributions to the success of NETS.


               Dennis Marshall, Technician Associate, TEOC, was named “1995 Technician of the Year” by the Division of Chemical Technicians. Awarded a Certificate of Excellence for 1995 programs. Steve Perri was the 1995 Section Chair Nominated for Phoenix Award in the category of “Best Overall Community Involvement” for 1995 NCW activites. Heather Brink was the 1995 NCW coordinator.


Awarded a Certificate of Excellence for 1996 programs. John Sanders was the 1996 Section Chair

Randall Perry, Technician Associate, ECCR, was named “1996 Technician of the Year” by the Division of Chemical Technicians.

Awarded the 1996 Phoenix Award for “Best Media Coverage” for 1996 National Chemistry Week celebration.


Awarded a Certificate of Excellence for 1997 programs. Renee Niziurski-Mann was the 1997 Section Chair.

1999        Won Society Award for Outstanding Section in the Medium Size Category. Lori Wilson was the 1999 Chair.   Nominated fro Phoenix Awards in Most Unique Demonstration Program and  in Best Activity for a Specific Audience.

2001    Won Society Award for Outstanding Section in the Medium Size Category. Craig Lott was the 1999 Chair.           

Won ChemLunimary Award for Greatest Industrial Involvement for 2001 National Chemistry Week Activities.

2010  Won Chemluminary Award for Division/Local Section Activity

2016  Won Chemluminary Award for National Chemistry Week


The Charter for the chapter was signed Feb 4, 1954 by ACS president Harry Fisher. No records exist prior to 1973.

YEAR                                     FACULTY ADVISOR                      AWARD

1973-74                                   Jeff Wardeska                                     Outstanding

1974-75                                   Jeff Wardeska                                     Outstanding

1975-76                                   Jeff Wardeska                                     Outstanding

1978-79                                   Jeff Wardeska                                     Outstanding

1979-80                                   Jeff Wardeska                                     Outstanding

1980-81                                   Jeff Wardeska                                     Outstanding

1982-83                                   Jeff Wardeska                                     Outstanding

1983-84                                   Jeff Wardeska                                     Outstanding

1984-85                                   Dick Kopp                                          Outstanding

1986-87                                   Jeff Wardeska                                     Outstanding

1987-88                                   Jeff Wardeska                                     Commendable

1988-89                                   Jeff Wardeska, Barbara Bunn               Outstanding

1989-90                                   Jeff Wardeska                                     Outstanding

1990-91                                   Jeff Wardeska                                     Outstanding

1992-3                                     Jeff Wardeska, Lori Wilson                   Outstanding

1993-94                                    Jeff Wardeska                                     Outstanding

1995-6                                     Jeff Wardeska                                     Outstanding

1995-6                                    Jeff Wardeska                         Division Director’s Award

1996-7                                     Jeff Wardeska, Lori Wilson                Outstanding

1997-8                                     Jeff Wardeska, Lori Wilson                Outstanding

1998-9                                     Jeff Wardeska, Tammy Davidson      Honorable Mention

1999-2000                               Jeff Wardeska, Tammy Davidson      Honorable Mention

Commendable status was received in two other years in this time span.

PAST CHAIRMEN AND PAST SPEAKERS OF THE YEAR (renamed Distinguished Member Award in 2011)

YEAR                   CHAIR                                                     SP OF YEAR

1932-33                 H. G. Stone

1933-34                 H. G. Stone

1934-35                 J. B. Huddle

1935-36                 M. W. Wadewitz

1936-37                 L. R. Littleton

1937-38                 P. T. Jones

1938-39                 L. J. Figg, Jr.

1939-40                 J. J. Gordon

1940-41                 A. C. Adams

1941-42                 Matthew Weber, Jr.

1942-43                 C. H. Penning

1943-44                 L. W. A. Meyer

1944-45                 J. H. Brant

1945-46                 J. E. Magoffin

1946-47                 R. B. Hickey

1947-48                 E. M. McMahon

1948-49                 G. E. Cronheim

1949-50                 R. H. Hasek

1950-51                 Milton E. Lubs

1951-52                 W. D. Kennedy

1952-53                 W. M. Gearhart

1953-54                 P. V. Brower

1954-55                 R. M. Schulken

1955-56                 C. A. Glover

1957-58                 J. F. Fuzek

1958-59                 Wayne V. McConnell

1959-60                 Harold Reynolds

1960-61                 Richard McConnell                                   H. W. Patton

1961-62                 G. K. Finch                                               H. W. Coover, Jr.

1962-63                 H. W. Patton                                             J. W. Tamblyn

1963-64                 Kermit Whetsel                                         J. R. Caldwell

1964-65                 V. A. Hoyle, Jr.                                         K. B. Whetsel

1965-66                 J. E. Poe                                                    K. C. Brannock

1966-67                 L. E. Matteson                                          V. W. Goodlett

1967-68                 V. W. Goodlett                                         L. D. Moore

1968-69                 J. H. Lady                                                 R. L. McConnell

1969-70                 D. L. Nealy                                               Boris Franzus

1070-71                 P. E. Morrisett                                           C. A. Glover

1971-72                 B. L. Poet                                                  E. L. McDaniel

1972-73                 J. M. McIntire                                           G. R. Lappin

1973-74                 G. P. Morie                                               C. A. Boye

1974-75                 D. E. Van Sickle                                       Gether Irick

1975-76                 L. Jane Adams                                          T. S. Huang

1976-77                 Thomas Huang                                          James Straley

1977-78                 David Pond                                               Gerald Morie

1978-79                 Jack Lewis                                                John Fuzek

1979-80                 Mark Frishberg                                          Charles Kibler

1980-81                 Ned Moore                                                Jerry Jackson

1981-82                 Jeff Wardeska                                           D. M. Pond

1982-83                 J. D. Gunter                                              J. A. Hyatt

1983-84                 R J. Maleski                                              R. T. Bogan

1984-85                 R. J. Maner                                                M. A. Weaver

1985-86                 Larry Miller                                               Dr. J. G. Wardeska

1986-87                 Ted Germroth                                           Vince Nicely

1987-88                 Phil Cook                                                  Jim Little

1988-89                 Kevin Edgar                                              Dale VanSickle

1989-90                 Stewart Witzeman                                    Lee Pike

1990-91                 Fred Barlow                                              Richard Kopp and

                                                                                                Marsha Ottem

1991-92                 Charles Buchanan                                     Gether Irick

1992-93*               Rick Offerman                                          David Fagerburg

1994                      David Allen                                              Hamid Kasami

1995                      Steve Perri                                                 Gerald Tustin

1996                      John Sanders                                             Steve Falling and

                                                                                                John Monier

1997                      Renee Nizuirski-Mann                              Charles Bucanan

1998                      Jeff Wardeska                                           Ruifeng Liu

1999                      Lori Wilson                                               Neil Boaz

2000                      Gerry Rhodes                                            Bob Maleski

2001                      Craig Lott                                                 Joe Zoeller

2002                      James DuChamp                                       Doug Lowman           

2003                      James Leonard                                          Bill Tindall

2004                      Ned Moore                                                Shawn Dougherty

2005                      John Sanders                                             Richard Turner

2006                      Hamid Kasmai                                          Jeff Siirola

2007                      Debra Tindall                                            Howard Young

2008                      Greg Love                                                 Van Daniel

2009                      Paula Moody                                             Mary Moore

2010                      Mike Brannon                                           Greg Love

Distinguished Member Award

2011                      Mary Moore                                              Chuck Sumner

2012                      Shane Moody                                            John Sanders

2013                      Van Daniel                                                 Steve Perri

2014                      Sen Li                                                         Andy Vetter

2015                      David Jin                                                     Bob Hembre

2016                      Meera Sideswaran                                     Zhufang Liu and Scott Kirby

2017                      Sandi Eagles                                                Sen Li

2018 Sen Li John Engelman

2019                      John Sanders                                              Mesfin Janka