College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Helen Yang

Helen is a Product Development Coordinator at cocokind, a clean beauty startup based in San Francisco, CA. She manages the full development process from innovation to sourcing and marketing. Helen’s passion and expertise lies in scientific storytelling and communicating cosmetic science in consumer-friendly language.

Helen earned a dual bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and English Language & Literature from Columbia University. She conducted four years of nanochemistry research at Columbia, for which she was awarded the Herbert Deresiewicz Fellowship for outstanding independent research. Prior to joining cocokind, Helen worked at Amway’s Artistry as a Beauty Research Investigator where she substantiated skincare claims and communicated product science to 150+ international counterparts. She is known for her research on the cosmetic effects of blue light, which won a 2019 Society of Cosmetic Chemists Award at the SCC National Conference in New York City.

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  • Blue light and pollution's effect on skin

Mark Chandler

Mark Chandler is President of ACT Solutions Corp (Adaptive Cosmetic Technology Solutions), a formulation design consultancy and laboratory founded in 2012, serving the cosmetic and topical pharmaceutical industries, focusing on Adaptive Aesthetic Design™, Advanced Emulsion Solutions™, and Formulating for Efficacy™.

Mark has been in the industry for over 35 years, most recently serving as skin care applications manager for Croda Inc. He has had roles in Sales, Marketing, Strategic Planning and Acquisitions, and Research and Development. Mark has taught courses for the SCC, CfPA, and SpecialChem on Cosmetic Formulation, Cosmetic Raw Materials, Liquid Foundation Emulsions, Practical Basics and Theory in Emulsion Technology, Formulating for Efficacy, Surfactant Selection, Formulating with Food Ingredients, and Low Energy Emulsification for over 20 years.

Mark also is a lecturer in the Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design program at the University of Toledo – College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He was awarded Fellow status by the SCC in 2014. Mark has presented technology throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He has authored numerous technical articles and chapters in such publications as Harry’s Cosmeticology and the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology


  • Color inspirations
  • Antiperspirants and deodorants
  • Cleanser formulation technology
  • Cosmetic raw materials
  • Career opportunities in the cosmetic and personal care industry

Kapal Dewan

Kapal Dewan is a Team Leader in the Office of Cosmetics and Colors (OCAC) at United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where she oversees compliance-related activities for cosmetics to ensure that products marketed in the USA comply with FDA laws and regulations. Mrs. Dewan provides leadership of team activities related to the development of scientific review, policies, guidance, and regulations of cosmetic products. She is involved in training and mentoring new employees on cosmetics science and regulations. Mrs. Dewan is actively involved in FDA’s Nanotechnology Task Force activities and plays a key role in coordinating and leading nanotechnology initiatives at OCAC. She is the lead author of cosmetics nanotechnology guidance titled “Safety of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics.” Ms. Dewan is also a member of FDA’s Genetox Network Group, the Association of Government Toxicologists, the Genetic Toxicology Association, and the Society of Toxicology. Prior to joining FDA Mrs. Dewan worked for ICF International, DuPont Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Merck. She has a dual career, having worked as a clinical geneticist with Christiana Health Care Systems for 10 years.

Mrs. Dewan has a B.S. in biology from Patna University and an M.S. in biology with an emphasis in genetics from Science College, Patna, Bihar, India. She has conducted three years of post-graduate research in genetics at Delhi University. Ms. Dewan is a certified clinical laboratory specialist in cytogenetics [CLsp (CG)].


  • FDA’s role in regulating cosmetics and OTC drugs


Dr. Trefor Evans

Dr. Trefor Evans has worked in the Hair Care industry for over 25 years. The first 16 of these were spent as a scientist and manager in the product development labs of large consumer goods companies (Unilever, Helene Curtis). He then served for five years as Director of Measurement Services at TRI-Princeton (TRI), where he now holds the titles Director of Research and Institute Fellow. He also operates his own consultancy company, TA Evans LLC.

Dr. Evans is highly active in the hair care industry through many working relationships with companies of all shape, size and background. He is a regular presenter at International hair conferences and has been an invited speaker at many technical meetings and symposia. He was chairman of the 2014, 2016 and 2018 International Conferences on Applied Hair Science.

He has published numerous articles in trade magazines and the scientific literature and is co-author and co-editor of the book “Practical Modern Hair Science”. He writes a regular column on Hair and Hair Testing for Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine – and sits on this publication’s advisory board. He is also Technical Editor (Hair) for the Journal of Cosmetic Science.

Dr. Evans possesses a Ph.D. in physical-analytical chemistry from the University of Toledo and he has spent his career using measurement science to support the development, launch and maintenance of many international cosmetic products and brands. These approaches are also at the heart of fundamental research programs that have thrice been awarded by the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. A longstanding familiarity with the industry’s common testing methods has led to considerable activity in the area of hair care product claim substantiation and he is commonly asked to consult and advise in this area.

Dr. Evans regularly teaches training classes on the topics of hair science and hair care product claims which have been held in both the US and Europe.


  • Introduction to hair chemistry and structure

Valerie George

Valerie George is Vice President of Research & Development at John Paul Mitchell Systems, a the world’s largest privately owned salon professional brand. She joined JPMS in 2013, working on the latest research in hair color and reactive products. Valerie is a graduate of Kent State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biological Chemistry before continuing graduate work in chemistry at Marshall University. She is an active member of the California Society of Cosmetic Chemists, serving as the 2016 and 2018 Chair. She was most recently Chair of the Committee on Scientific Affairs for the National Society of Cosmetic Chemists and is an Advisory Board Member for the College of Arts & Sciences at Kent State University. She has been featured in a variety of industry trade publications, including Happi, GCI Magazine, and Cosmetics Design. Valerie currently resides in Los Angeles.


  • Introduction to hair color chemistry

Sienna Gerdeman

Last spring, Sienna Gerdeman graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Science in Cosmetic Science & Formulation Design and a minor in Chemistry and Business Administration.  After graduating Sienna Gerdeman obtained her dream job as a personal care formulations chemist at Wacker Chemical Corporation in Adrian, MI. Here she is able to utilize her technical background along with her driven personality to develop new personal care products using innovative silicones to introduce into the market segment. As a chemist in her field she is responsible for cutting edge personal care solutions, specific customer projects, product development, and performance and stability testing.


  • Effects of silicones in personal care products

Andrew Hartman 

Andrew Hartman has worked in the life science industry for over 10 years and began his work at Nelson Laboratories in Utah where he worked as an Account Manager in the sales department.  His work there included consulting on microbiology tests that are required for FDA or international submissions.  Andrew then moved on to Cosmetic Test Labs where he was the Business Development Manager, in charge of consulting and quoting necessary test for EPA or FDA submissions.  Andrew now does consulting for two companies; a pharmaceutical compliance officer and an ISO consultant for laboratories seeking accreditation for their quality management system.

 Andrew received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from West Chester University in Pennsylvania and his Master’s degree in Regulatory Science from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.  


  • Microbiology and stability testing for cosmetic and personal care products
  • Manufacturing and Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) for cosmetics in the United States

Tresha Heath

Tresha Heath is the founder of Make Me Makeup. She is also a widely respected and award-winning celebrity makeup artist and entrepreneur in the fashion, entertainment, and beauty industry. After 20 years of experience with the world’s top creatives, talent, and brands, Tresha has developed a customizable, universal, proprietary color system that is tonally balanced and looks good on everyone.

As a celebrity makeup artist, Tresha has worked with an A-list roster of actors, athletes, models, and musicians including Kristin Davis, Michael Jordan, Paris Hilton, and Eminem. She has also created, brought to market, and licensed multiple health and beauty products with top brands. Her work as been featured in top fashion magazines. She has appeared on major TV networks as a contributor, and consulted for top spas, plastic surgeons, and cosmetics companies.


  • Color theory
  • How to start your own cosmetic business in the US

Julian Paul Hewitt

Julian Hewitt is a leading expert on the formulation, development and testing of sunscreen products, with over 25 years of experience in this field.

Julian graduated from Oxford University in 1988 with a BA Honours Degree in Chemistry, and joined the Tioxide company. In 1991 he joined Tioxide’s Solaveil business, becoming the company’s technical expert for sun care products. He remained in this role as the Solaveil business moved from Tioxide to Uniqema and then Croda.

Julian left Croda in October 2011 and formed JPH SunCare Technologies, providing technical consultancy services, regulatory advice, and training to manufacturers of UV protection products and suppliers of ingredients used in such products.

Julian has presented over 40 papers and posters at conferences in venues across the World. He has been a frequent speaker at the Florida SCC Sunscreen Symposium and the London Sun Protection Conference. He has also written or co-authored more than 30 articles and 6 book chapters on formulating sunscreens, in-vitro SPF testing, and nanotechnology. He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the International Journal of Cosmetic Science.


  • Introduction to sun protection

Jane Hollenberg

Jane Hollenberg has over forty years’ experience in the cosmetic industry, working with skin care and color cosmetic products at Coty, Revlon, and Merck KGaA. Since 1996, she has operated JCH Consulting to provide services in the formulation, scale up, and troubleshooting of pigmented and non-pigmented formulations. She has taught in the continuing education program of the  Society of Cosmetic Chemists, Fairleigh Dickenson University, and the Center for Professional Advancement. Jane is a three time recipient of the Alan Black Memorial Award granted annually by the US Society of Cosmetic Chemists for the best paper concerning color cosmetic formulation and is a fellow of the SCC.

Jane is a current member and past chairman of the Personal Care Product Council's Color Additive Committee, dedicated to assisting the cosmetic industry in conforming to world wide regulations and increasing the level of technical competence.

Surface treatment of pigments and fillers and the application of silicone technology to the field of color cosmetics are areas of ongoing interest which have resulted in a number of patents. Jane believes the objective of formulation is to develop products whose structure and composition improves the condition and appearance of the skin.


  • Foundation emulsions

Toussaint Jordan

Toussaint Jordan has been working in Personal Care for over 5 years and is a graduate of the Cosmetic Science program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Toussaint joined Gattefossé Corporation in April 2016 and is currently the Technical Marketing Leader for Personal Care. She supports Gattefossé’s North America sales network and customers by conducting trainings and designing educational tools. 

Toussaint has experience in formulations, ingredient development, and technical marketing. She previously worked at Avon USA, TRI-K industries, and Verla International.

Gopa Majmudar, Ph.D

Dr. Gopa Majmudar has more than 20 years of experience in cutaneous biology, she has been working at Amway R&D for more than nine years. She has worked as a scientist and manager at companies such as Mary Kay, Alberto Culver in the R&D Department. There, she was actively involved in anti-aging and skin pigmentation research, looking for and evaluating new technologies, developing new biophysical methods and conducting clinical studies to support skin care, color and hair care products' claims. She provided her expertise and guidance in clinical studies and claims substantiation areas.  Dr. Majmudar was a Chair and Co-chair of Committee of Scientific Affairs (COSA); National Society of Cosmetic Chemists from 1997 -2000. She was also a member of the Advisory Committee in Collin County Community College's Biotechnology division based in Plano, Texas from 1998 to 2005.

Dr. Majmudar obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Microbiology from the M. S. University of Baroda, India. She is a recipient of the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Award (gold medal) from the Government of India in recognition for her research work done during her Ph.D. dissertation. She also received fellowships and grants for conducting cancer research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Bethesda, USA, Jacques Monod Institute, Molecular and Cell Biology lab, Paris, France, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and at the Department of Dermatology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.  She has presented and published several scientific papers in high impact peer reviewed journals and holds several patents. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and nurturing the next generation of scientists.

Dr. Majmudar obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Microbiology from the M. S. University of Baroda, India. She is a recipient of the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Award (gold medal) from the Government of India in recognition for her research work done during her Ph.D. dissertation. She also received fellowships and grants for conducting cancer research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Bethesda, USA, Jacques Monod Institute, Molecular and Cell Biology lab, Paris, France, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and at the Department of Dermatology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.  She has presented and published several scientific papers in high impact peer reviewed journals and holds several patents. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and nurturing the next generation of scientists.


  • Basics of clinical studies for cosmetic products

Kenneth Markowitz, DDS, MSD

Kenneth Markowitz, DDS, MSD obtained his dental degree from Columbia University in 1985 and his Masters of Dental Science from RSDM in 2009. While in dental school, he became interested in tooth sensitivity, dental pain and oral physiology. From 1991-2003, he did research in industry, first at the Block Drug Company Inc., then at GalaxoSmithKline. In industry, he and his coworkers investigated the ability of various materials such as polymers and colloids to reduce dentin permeability and other areas of dental therapeutics. In 2003, he joined the Oral Biology Department at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers). At Rutgers, he serves as a clinical investigator on a number of NIDCR and Industry-funded projects, including a longitudinal study of bacterial risk factors and inflammatory markers of localized aggressive periodontal disease as well as clinical trials of oral antimicrobial agents. Together with other members of the department, he has developed laboratory and animal models used to study dental diseases. Much of his work concerns the critical appraisal and clinical application of devices used to diagnose caries and assess caries risk. Dr. Markowitz has conducted a longitudinal study of occlusal caries in adolescents. He has collaborators at other universities with whom he has examined tooth pain mechanisms and therapies.

At Rutgers, he has played a key role in developing and teaching the school’s new curriculum in evidence based dentistry. He teaches other course materials relating to: oral biology, cariology, dental pharmacology and dental pain. He also teaches clinical and pre-clinical restorative dentistry and practice general dentistry at the school’s faculty practice.


  • Toothpaste

Bart Maxon

Bart Maxon is a Senior Industry Specialist for Dow Corning Corporation.   He has over 30 years of experience in the personal care, healthcare and medical diagnostics industries and has been with Dow Corning for over 20+ years in a variety of roles within their Beauty Care and Health Care businesses.  Some different areas of experience at DC include formulation development of skin care and topical pharmaceutical excipients; wound care; transdermal drug delivery (TDDS); and medical antifoams/fluids.  Prior to Dow Corning, Bart was with McIntyre Group (responsible for surfactant product development), Abbott Laboratories-Diagnostics Division (in-vitro immunoassay development for therapeutic and abused drug toxicology testing); and Michigan Molecular Institute/Dendritech (responsible for bio-conjugation of antibodies/proteins and fluorescent tracers to Starburst Dendrimers for biomedical applications).   Bart holds 11 patents and has a Bachelor of Science Degree- Biology from Central Michigan University and a second Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Northeastern Illinois University.   Bart is the Senior Area II Director for the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. 


  • Strategies for formulation skin care products with silicones

Tony O'Lenick

Tony O’Lenick is President of Nascent Technologies Corporation a consulting product development and intellectual property company located in Lawrenceville Ga, Prior to that he was President and Co-founder of Siltech LLC. Siltech is a silicone specialty company. Prior to that he held technical and executive positions at various surfactant and specialty chemicals companies including; Lambent Technologies, Alkaril Chemicals Inc, Henkel Corporation and Mona Industries. He has been involved in the surfactant and silicone industry for over 35 years.

Tony has written 5 books in various aspects of surfactant, silicone and organic chemistry, also published over 70 technical articles in trade journals, contributed chapters to six books, and is the inventor on over 300 patents. He teaches a course in silicone chemistry, surfactant chemistry and patent law. He has received a number of awards for work including the 1996 Samuel Rosen Award given by the American Oil Chemists’ Society, the 1997 Innovative Use of Fatty Acids Award given by the Soap and Detergents Association, and the Partnership to The Personal Care Award given by the Advanced Technology Group. Tony is a fellow in the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, and in the American Institute of Chemists. Tony was a member of several committees in SCC including the Committee on Scientific Affairs, the Continuing Education Committee, and has served the SCC National as Treasurer, Vice President Elect, Vice President and 2015 National President. He was Chair of the Education Committee of the IFSCC for 4 years. In addition, Tony also received the Maison G de Navarre award in 2019, which is the highest award presented by the SCC.


  • Silicone polymers in personal care

Frank C. Pagano, Ph.D.

Dr. Frank Pagano joined ACT Solutions Corp. in February, 2014.  He retired at the end of 2013 after spending almost eight years with Chanel.  Frank has been in the industry since 1994 when he joined Revlon.  Prior to that Frank had a varied career covering inks and printing (where he learned about color and color theory), as well as plant process chemistry and additives for engine lubricants.  

While at Chanel, Frank worked in the Prospective Research Group developing new concept products for skin care, makeup and sun protection products.  This included identifying new raw materials and technologies which could have use in these products.  One of Frank’s skin care formulations was selected to be included in Chanel’s new skin care line – Le Lift.  He also was involved in the identification and evaluation of new natural preservatives.

Frank spent 10 years at Revlon working primarily in the nail polish group supporting and maintaining the existing product lines while investigating new raw materials and technologies for nail polish and lip color.  This included working with marketing and manufacturers.  Frank is the co-inventor of Colorstay Nail Enamel and contributed to other patents while at Revlon.

Frank received his B.A. in Chemistry from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry with an emphasis in Photochemistry from Columbia University in New York City.  He has authored two articles on nail polish for C&T Magazine and is presently working on a third.


  • Nail polish 101
  • Research in the cosmetic industry

Hillary Phillis 

Hillary Phillis has been an enthusiastic, passionate member of the Cosmetic Industry for three years. Her most beneficial preparation for her start in the industry was her experience at the University of Toledo in the Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design program. Now, as a self-diagnosed product junkie she is able to utilize her consumer perception coupled with her science background as the Technical Marketing Manager at Barnet Products in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Hillary proudly received her dual Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences in Pharmaceutics and Cosmetic Science & Formulation Design with a dual minor in Chemistry and Biology at the University of Toledo.


  • Marketing and advertising in the cosmetic industry

Di Qu, Ph.D.

Dr. Di Qu is currently a senior principal research scientist in Amway R&D. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in chemical and biochemical engineering from Rutgers University in 1992, his M.S. from China National Research Institute of Food and & Fermentation Industries in 1985, and B.S. from Tianjin University of Science and Technology in 1982. Dr. Qu has worked in R&D capacities for 30 years with 4 years in biotechnology research in China, and 26 years in consumer product development at Amway. His industrial experiences include skin care product formulation, process development, as well as skin property and product efficacy testing. He has given numerous technical presentations at various industry and academic conferences and holds 8 U.S. patents. Dr. Qu is the past chair of the Michigan Chapter of Society of Cosmetic Chemists, and a member of the International Society for Biophysics and Imaging of the Skin. His most recent publications include Skin Youthfulness Index – a mathematical model correlating age and the visual properties of skin, and Noninvasive measurement of advanced glycation end-products in the facial skin: New data for skin aging studies.


  • Product testing and claims substantiation using advanced imaging and measurement techniques

Perry Romanowski

Perry Romanowski has spent the past 20+ years researching and developing products to solve consumer problems in the personal care and cosmetic industry. His primary focus has been on formulating hair-related products. He is currently vice president of Brains Publishing, which specializes in science education and is responsible for the consumer-focused beauty website,, and the cosmetic science website,

Previously, Romanowski worked for Alberto Culver, serving as a senior project leader for hair care innovation. He has been an active member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) and is currently the Area II National Director. In addition, he has served in various positions within the Midwest Chapter of the SCC, including chapter chair.

Romanowski earned his B.S. in Chemistry from DePaul University and his M.S. in Biochemistry. He has written and edited numerous articles and books.  His latest book is"It's OK to Have Lead in Lipstick".  He also teaches the SCC’s Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry continuing education class. Additionally, he provides consulting services for cosmetic formulating, testing and Internet solutions. He can be reached through his website,


  • Fragrances
  • Cosmetic Chemist - Development of hair care innovation

Michael Starch

Michael Starch has worked in the personal care industry for over 35 years and has experience working on both the raw material and finished product sides of the business.  He worked 26 years at the Dow Corning Corporation, a leading supplier of silicones for the personal care industry.  At Dow Corning, he worked in product development, technical service, and application development.  Michael also worked for seven years at Kao Brands (formerly the Andrew Jergens Company) in skin care product research and development.  Michael joined the International Nomenclature Committee (INC) when he worked at Dow Corning.  Since retiring, he has remained on the committee as a paid consultant.  He has been a member of the INC for 18 years.

In 2011, Michael retired from Dow Corning and started a consulting business (Wintermute Consulting Services).  He advises clients on silicone chemistry, application development, INCI nomenclature, and strategies for introducing new raw materials into the personal care industry.


  • The INCI nomenclature system for ingredient labeling of cosmetic products

Mark Stucy

Mr. Stucky is currently the Head of Professional Open R&D and Regulatory, R&D Henkel Beauty Care Hair Professional North America.  He graduated in 1998 from Butler University with a B.S. in Chemistry and spent 13 years working at Roche working with Pharmaceutical and Diagnostic products, where he learned how to work with the FDA/DEA/and other government agencies.  After Roche, he was given the opportunity to work at Kenra Professional, LLC; working within the supply chain group, designing and implementing the quality program and outsourcing their claims testing.  Then in 2013, he was given the opportunity to create an internal Technical Testing/R&D group, which performed 95% of Kenra's claims testing, ensured global compliance for their products, performed all of their benchmark testing.  During his time with Kenra, he was able to create and launch two different color brands and a FDA compliant smoothing system.  Currently, he is responsible for the Henkel North American R&D/Regulatory for 6 professional brands.


  • Hair styling and regulation of those products

Mark White

Mark White is a Senior Packaging Engineer at Amway Corporation with 25 years of experience in personal care and cosmetic packaging.  He has supported multiple Artistry product launches utilizing a wide variety of packaging types and materials.  These packaging types include airless packaging, propel repel packaging, flexible packaging, glass packaging, rigid plastic packaging and metal packaging.  He has worked in both the package design department as well as the manufacturing engineering department.  He was responsible for the initial plant startup of the personal care products at the new Artistry China plant. He has a BS in Packaging Engineering from Michigan State University.   


  • Packaging as an extension of formulation

Past Speakers


In October 2016, Steve Patton was named Technical Manager for the Personal Care market segment at Wacker Chemical Corporation, the North American headquarters of the Germany-based silicones supplier, Wacker Chemie AG. 

After graduating from Michigan State University with a BS in Chemical Engineering, Steve joined Wacker to help oversee the production of silicone rubber products.  Shortly after, he transitioned to the Performance Silicones business unit as a process chemist to improve the production quality of silicone oils and emulsions, two product groups that are vital to the enhancement of several personal care products.  His next position, R&D Chemist for the Household Care and Textiles groups, would spark his interest in new formulations and successful product launches. 

He is new to the field of cosmetics, but is enthusiastically utilizing his previous silicones experience by working with world-leading companies to introduce improved formulations into the market. 

Steve is also a member of Wacker’s internship committee.  In this position he is a champion of the University of Toledo’s Cosmetic Science program, and hopes to continue a strong relationship with the program in the future.

  Shontell Wright, M.S.

Shontell Wright was a chemist in the Office of Cosmetics and Colors (OCAC) at the Food and Drug Administration, where she is the administrator of FDA’s Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP). Her current responsibilities include managing daily operations; answering questions from program users, problem solving and troubleshooting program related issues, and making changes to the program that improve its efficiency and operation. In this role, she also assists the Cosmetic Ingredient Review process by preparing frequency of use reports of cosmetic ingredients from the VCRP. Ms. Wright is a FDA’s non-voting liaison on the International Cosmetic Ingredient Nomenclature Committee (INC), sponsored by the Personal Care Products Council.

As a member of OCAC, she regularly provides advice and guidance to consumers, industry, and other public health officials on cosmetic regulations and labeling. Ms. Wright is an active member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) where she previously held the position of secretary and currently holds the position of treasurer for the Mid- Atlantic Chapter. She received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD and her M.S. degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Toledo in Ohio, with an emphasis on the application of analytical techniques to cosmetic and pharmaceutical analytical problems. Ms. Wright has been a licensed cosmetologist for over 20 years.


Arnie Esperance has been in the Personal Care industry for more than 25 years after attending De La Salle University. He joined Gattefossé Corporation in February 2000 and is currently the Technical Director of the Personal Care Division which supports the technical, regulatory, quality and safety aspect of Gattefossé products in the U.S, Mexico, and Canada.

Prior to his experience with Gattefossé, Arnie worked in Research & Development for Clinique Color lab, a division of Estée Lauder Companies for 12 years. He has been a speaker at Health and Beauty Association, Grayson Conferences, Expocosmetica (Mexico), Society of Cosmetic Chemists seminars and chapter meetings.


Tony Backer is currently the R&D Quality Control Manager for Henkel Beauty Care Hair Professional NA.  In his time with Henkel, Tony has spent time assisting in revolutionizing the claims testing and methods performed there, constantly looking for new methods to showcase the superiority of their products.  Tony has assisted on international product launches and was involved through the entirety of the regulatory process, expanding his knowledge on which claims are allowed in the EU and becoming familiarized with REACH.  In the past year, Tony relocated temporarily to Los Angeles to take on the role of Senior R&D Manager for Henkel Beauty Care Hair Professional North America.  During his time in LA, he was able to successful launch products for 6 companies, sometimes in as little as 6 months from concept generation to on shelf internationally.  Tony’s favorite thing about the Cosmetic and Beauty Industry is the constant changing landscape, where each day brings new challenges and excitement.

Tony received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Indianapolis. He initially spent his time in the pharmaceutical industry as a benchtop research chemist, before joining the cosmetic world.  His time in pharmaceuticals was crucial in understanding working with regulatory groups in cosmetics.


  • Hair styling and regulation of those products 


Hailey Kim 

Hailey Kim is an R&D Innovation Manager supporting the Alterna and Kenra Professional Brands at Henkel Beauty Care Hair Professional North America, based in Los Angeles, California. Hailey first started as an intern for Kenra Professional, where she was first introduced to claim substantiation. After graduating from the University of Toledo in 2017, she received an offer from Henkel. She started her career in analytical claim substantiation where she supported all 7 professional beauty brands and now serves as the R&D Manager for the Alterna and Kenra Professional brands.

Hailey has the University of Toledo to thank for her preparation for the industry. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences in Cosmetic Science & Formulation Design and minored in chemistry and business.


  •  Claim Substantiation in Hair Care

Damien A. Perriman 

Senior Vice President, Specialty Products | Genomatica

Biography: Damien leads Genomatica’s specialty products business, overseeing development, production and sales of biobased ingredients for personal care, cosmetics, flavors and fragrances. He was responsible for launching the award-winning Brontide™ natural butylene glycol in 2017 and continues to expand a pipeline of sustainable ingredients. Damien joined Genomatica in 2010 as vice president of business development.

He previously served in the New Ventures unit at The Dow Chemical Company and as Deputy Commissioner to the Americas for the Queensland Government. Damien holds an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles and a BSc (Hons) in Industrial Chemistry from the University of New South Wales.

Last Updated: 7/21/20