Christopher Heisig | Bayer
Christopher Heisig is a Senior Formulation Chemist at Bayer Crop Science (formerly Monsanto). Prior to joining Monsanto, he worked at STERIS Corporation and Vi-Jon Laboratories, with a combined 21 years of industry experience (formulation, management, quality, project management). He earned his B.S. in Chemistry from St. Bonaventure University, and Ph.D. in Physical Colloid Chemistry from Clarkson University. As an active member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists for his entire professional career, Chris served two terms each as Area Director and National Treasurer, and is excited to become involved again at the local Chapter level as Chapter Chair.
2019 CHAIR ELECT
Sophie Bonham | Vi-Jon, Inc.
Sophie Bonham is a formulation chemist in Research and Development at Vi-Jon, Inc. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her cosmetic career began as a technician in personal care at Vi-Jon. Sophie has served on the board as secretary and treasurer for our local society.
2019 SECRETARY & NEWSLETTER EDITOR
Ashley McKinney | Vi-Jon, Inc.
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Ashley McKinney is a Formulation Chemist in the Research and Development (R&D) department at Vi-Jon, Inc. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She started her career in Quality Control positions in the Environmental and Food Science industry. Currently at Vi-Jon, she is part of the personal care formulations team. She is excited to join the St. Louis Chapter SCC Board.
Katherine Hazel | Chemia Corporation
Katherine Hazel is the regulatory chemist at Chemia Corporation. She started her career at Chemia as a lab technician and GC/MS analyst. Katherine holds a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. While earning her degree, she was a member of the nationally-ranked competitive cheerleading team and the Natural Science Club.
Denisha Patel | Vi-Jon, Inc.
Denisha Patel is a Formulation Chemist in the Research and Development department at Vi-Jon, Inc. She received her bachelor’s degree in Cosmetic Science from University of Toledo, Ohio. She is excited to join the St. Louis SCC Board.
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Yulia Park | Amway Corp.
Yulia is a regulatory group manager at Amway Corp. in Ada, Michigan. Her group is responsible for regulatory support of the new product launches in beauty, personal care, homecare, and durables product lines. Yulia has been with Amway since 2009, first as a research scientist in the Advanced Imaging and Measurements Group, then as safety group manager prior to her current role. Yulia earned a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Iowa and a BS in Chemistry from Hetzen Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she is originally from.
Chris Daraska | Croda, Inc.
Chris is a Key Account Manager at Croda Inc., based in the Chicago area. She earned a BS and MS in Chemistry from Illinois State University and started her career as an analytical chemist at Morton International. She has worked in sales in various industries including food, pharmaceutical, and, more recently, personal care.