Election for HDC SETAC Board of Directors

==> The HDC Membership will be asked to VOTE for up to five persons for the Board of Directors.
==> The Student Representative will be selected by the Board of Directors only.


The Board of Directors for HDC SETAC changes each year as existing members retire their position on the board and new members join. We were looking for nominations for persons who are willing to join the existing Board and continue the strong leadership to maintain the HDC through the next three years. All SETAC members in the HDC SETAC region were eligible to nominate one member for HDC Board of Directors. Self nominations were encouraged.

All HDC SETAC Chapter members are eligible to vote. The three-year term will begin immediately after the election. Those nominated were asked to write a short letter (about 250 words) explaining why they are suited to become a Director on the Board for HDC SETAC. These nominees will be voted by the entire HDC membership.

HDC-SETAC is managed by a twelve or thirteen member Board of Directors which are elected by the voting membership-at-large each year. Each Director serves a term of three years, and may serve more than one term if re-elected. Directors must be members in good standing in both HDC-SETAC and SETAC, and must be committed to following the goals and By-Laws of HDC-SETAC.

Current nominees for Board of Directors (3 year term): VOTE for up to five persons.
Peter A. Kish PhD - Moravian Academy
Gary A. Buchanan - NJDEP
Eileen M. Snyder - Alpha Analytical Inc.
Wenqing (Vicky) Xu - Villanova University
Linda Logan - Anchor QEA

Student Representative for Board of Directors (1 year term): To be selected by the Board of Directors only.
Bryan Hedgpeth - Seton Hall University


Peter A. Kish, Ph.D.
Moravian Academy

I wish to place my name for your consideration to be elected to the Hudson-Delaware SETAC Board of Directors.  As a K-12 and community college educator, I am appreciative of the role that research plays in the classroom.  In my own classroom, I try to bring that research alive in ways that every student can understand and process to make up their own minds about the world around them.  I would like to continue the great work of the Hudson-Delaware Chapter of SETAC by creating opportunities to reach out to those in the K-12 communities within our boundaries so that all students can become informed citizens.


Gary A. Buchanan, Ph.D.
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Dr. Buchanan is the Director for the Division of Science, Research and Environmental Health for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), where he directs multidisciplinary environmental research and science-based technical support, and is responsible for the coordination and administration of the NJDEP Science Advisory Board.  He recently oversaw the completion of ten ecological research projects as part of the Comprehensive Action Plan for Barnegat Bay.  He has B.S. and M.A. degrees in biology and a Ph.D. in environmental science with a focus on aquatic ecology, marine/estuarine ecology, and ecotoxicology.  With more than 30 years of experience, he has conducted a variety of field, laboratory and research projects involving water quality, natural resources, ecology, ecotoxicology, ecological risk assessment, and Superfund/hazardous waste site investigations.  He has managed technical groups which have conducted numerous ecological and environmental investigations at sites across the United States.  He has been a member of SETAC since 1988 and a Board member of the HDC-SETAC since 2014.
Statement on Suitability for the Board:  I believe my diverse experience with environmental toxicology and chemistry, as well as extensive experience in the Chapter’s geographic area and its numerous environmental issues make me an ideal candidate to continue serving on the Board.  I will bring that knowledge and my management experience to support the HDC Board in continuing its successful efforts in promoting research, scientific interactions, spreading the latest science information and assisting with the Chapter’s meetings and forums to the benefit of its members and the public.  The past three years as a HDC Board member have been rewarding and I look forward to serving the Chapter members.

Eileen M. Snyder
Alpha Analytical Inc.

Eileen M. Snyder is Technical/Regulatory Coordinator for Alpha Analytical.  Ms. Snyder has over 30 years of experience in environmental consulting and analytical chemistry technical and regulatory services for projects in under NJDEP Site Remediation Program; PADEP Land Recycling Program; and USEPA CERCLA (Superfund), RCRA Corrective Action, and Superfund Contract Laboratory Programs (CLP).  Ms. Snyder’s environmental practice includes project management, scoping, budgeting, and technical and regulatory support for delivery of environmental analytical chemistry services for both regulatory and sediment ecological risk assessment programs.  Ms. Snyder holds a B.A in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Wheaton College (1979), and an M.A. in Environmental Policy from Tufts University (1984).  Ms. Snyder is recent past Chair of the New Jersey Environmental Laboratory Advisory Committee (ELAC); Member of SETAC Hudson & Delaware Rivers Chapter; Member of the Sediment Management Work Group; contributing member of the ITRC Sediment Remediation Guidance; and contributing member and sub-group lead of the ASTM Sediment Corrective Action Task Group.  Ms. Snyder is a 6-year Board Member and current Chair of SWEP of Greater Philadelphia.


Wenqing (Vicky) Xu, Ph.D.
Villanova University

Vicky received her Ph.D. in 2014 from Yale University. She then joined the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University as an assistant professor. She is actively engaged in research and education, with the ultimate goal of transforming fundamental environmental chemistry knowledge into providing solutions for today's environmental challenges. She has been involved in SETAC community ever since she was a graduate student. Actually, her first student travel award was from SETAC! Now, as a professor, she is eager to give back and serve the community. She is interested in joining the HDC SETAC Board and contribute her strength to the leadership through the next three years.


Linda Logan, Ph.D.
Anchor QEA

I have made my career in environmental science with over 30 years of research and consulting serving clients in the public and private sectors throughout the United States and internationally (Australia, Hong Kong).  My areas of expertise are in water and sediment quality, ecological and human health risk assessment, stormwater permitting, and water quality compliance.  I have also led contaminant fate studies in support of a FIFRA data call-in, including evaluations of contaminant bioavailability, bioaccumulation, and persistence in support of water quality and toxicity studies.  I obtained my Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, in the biogeochemistry and health effects of arsenic.  I have been fortunate to work under the mentorship of great scientists, John Farmer in Glasgow, Steve Klaine at the University of Memphis, and Rick Cardwell at Parametrix, in Seattle.  I have been a member of SETAC for over 20 years since joining the Ozark Prairie Chapter while in Memphis, and was active in the Pacific Northwest Chapter.  I recently joined the Hudson Delaware Chapter after moving to the Philadelphia area and joining Anchor QEA, where my focus is now on CERCLA sites and risk assessment. I value HD-SETAC for promoting dialogue among academics, regulators, and the regulated community.  I would like to serve on the Board to continue that mission, and inspired especially by Steve Klaine, to reciprocate the support I received from mentors, by using my experience and contacts to encourage students in their research and promote networking for young scientists entering the profession.


Student Representative of the HDC SETAC Board

Bryan Hedgpeth
Seton Hall University

I am currently working within ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences as a research technician as well as a student in the molecular bioscience program at Seton Hall University. My undergraduate degree is in marine biology from Central Methodist University. Following completion of undergraduate I relocated to Ocean Springs, MS and completed a masters in coastal science at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory with a focus in aquatic toxicology. I would like to be considered for the student representative board position as I would like to increase exposure of the HDSETAC chapter within the region as well as further contribute to the scientific community through the advocation of high quality research.