We provide a local network of professionals and students affiliated with the American Chemical Society (ACS) based in the central region of Arizona, including Maricopa, Gila, Coconino, and Yavapi counties. We include the Phoenix metro area and Flagstaff.

The ACS is the world’s largest society for chemistry professionals.  Information about membership can be found here.


CAZACS Governance

Chair – Dr. Charley C. Langley

Chair-Elect – Dr. Kathryn Kitzmiller

Kathryn Kitzmiller

Kathryn Kitzmiller is an Instructor of Chemistry in the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. She received a B.S. in Chemistry in 2001 and a M.S. in Chemistry in 2004, both from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. Her Master’s work focused on the “Expression and Mechanistic Studies on Orotidine-5’-Monophosphate Decarboxylase”. In 2009, she completed her Ph.D. in Integrated Biomedical Science from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Her dissertation research investigated the “Variation of Complement Factor H and Mannan Binding Lectin in Human Systemic and Vascular Immune-Mediated Diseases”.

Kathryn’s past work includes serving as an Adjunct Faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio and as a scientific writer in public relations and product marketing communications at Chemical Abstracts Services in Columbus, Ohio prior to joining Grand Canyon University as an Adjunct Faculty member. She joined Grand Canyon University as a full-time instructor in 2015.

Her interests include supporting and promoting interests in chemistry and chemical education, as well as traveling, spending time with family, and listening to audiobooks. She has been an active member in the Central Arizona local section of the ACS as Chair, Chair-elect, and Alternate Councilor since 2017.

Secretary – Mrs. Sara Ann Billenstein

Treasurer – Dr. Jennifer A. Sniegowski

profile pictureJennifer Sniegowski earned a B.S. in Zoology (manga cum laude), and a M.S. in Anatomy from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Her dissertation research focused on the roles of the conserved residues in the Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP). She was also a postdoctoral researcher at the USDA’s ALARC facility working on protein-protein interaction studies before she became a faculty member at ASU.

She is currently a Senior Lecturer at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, where she teaches Chemistry and Biochemistry.  She has been an active member of the Central Arizona section of the ACS since 2011; serving previously as Chair and Secretary and has served in her current role as Treasurer since 2014.

Councilor – Dr. Richard C. Bauer

Councilor – Dr. Douglas J. Sawyer

Doug SawyerDoug Sawyer; B.A. Coe College (Chemistry), Ph.D. Iowa State University (Inorganic Chemistry); Visiting Assistant Professor, Arizona State University 1988 – 1992; Professor and Chair, Scottsdale Community College, 1992 – 2013 (retired); Chief Scientist, Pylam Dyes, 2015 – present; Lecturer, Arizona State University 2015 – present.

Doug served as the Central Arizona Local Section Chair in 1992 and 1994. He has served on the ACS Council, representing the Central Arizona section, since 1996.


Committees & Chairs

Outreach Coordinator – Mrs. Sara Ann Billenstein

Younger Chemists – Dr. Christina Forbes; Dr. T. Greg Tucker; Dr. David Montelongo

Communications – Dr. Christina Forbes; Dr. Warren Weiner, Dr. T. Greg Tucker


Interested in getting more involved in your local section? Let us know and we’ll talk about what we can build together!