NACD Staff Biographies
Eric Byer, President
Eric Byer joined NACD in January 2014 as President. Byer came to NACD from Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, PLC where he served as Senior Vice President leading association programs for the firms largest clients. Prior to that Byer was the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, Government & Industry Affairs at the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) where he lead external affairs and internal operations for the $6.1 million organization.
Earlier in his career, Byer was a senior government relations coordinator of the Smith, Bucklin & Associates, and served as a staff member in two Congressional offices.
Roselle G. Foley, CMP, Director, Sales
Roselle G. Foley, CMP, became Director of Sales for the NACD on March 2013. Prior to this, she was Director of Meetings & Exhibits since 2000. Roselle's current duties include membership recruitment and retention, exhibitor and sponsorship sales, overall hotel contract negotiations for all of NACD's conferences and meetings. Roselle serves as the staff executive for both the Member Advancement & Retention Committee and Supplier Relations Committee.
Prior to joining NACD, Roselle worked for the Water Environment Federation, American Boiler Manufacturers Association and the American Trucking Associations.
Roselle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the College of the Holy Spirit, Manila, Philippines. Roselle has extensive experience in association meeting management. She earned her CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) designation in January 1998. Roselle remains active in the hospitality/meetings industry by being a member of Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA); Association of Meeting Professionals (AMPs) where she served as a board member and then as Chairman from 2007 -2008; and served on the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau Customer Advisory Board (2010-2012).
Theresa Forbes, Esq., Policy Coordinator, Government Affairs
Theresa Forbes joined NACD in December 2013 as Policy Coordinator for Government Affairs working with both the regulatory and legislative operations in support of the NACD membership. Theresa received a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2012 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and the Humanities from the University of Mobile in 2009.
Jennifer Gibson, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
Jennifer Gibson is Vice President, Regulatory Affairs of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) who joined NACD in 2003. In her current role, Jennifer plans and carries out NACD’s regulatory strategies, including prioritizing issues, developing NACD positions, and advancing the Association’s interests with regulatory agencies. She also assists NACD members with regulatory compliance through weekly e-mail updates, special alerts, webinars, and the development of other tools and resources. She is an active member of the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Security Task Force, and the Interested Parties for Hazardous Materials.
Before turning her full efforts to regulatory issues in 2012, Jennifer also directed all of NACD’s legislative activities. Her key accomplishments in this area included substantially increasing member participation in the annual Washington Fly-In and funds raised for the NACD Responsible Distribution PAC.
Jennifer came to NACD from the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC), where she first served as Federal Affairs Representative and Press Assistant was later promoted to Director of Federal Affairs. Prior to entering the association field, Jennifer spent several years on Capitol Hill. She was a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and the Scheduler/Office Manager for Congressman Fred Grandy (R-IA).
Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she earned a B.A. with a double major in American Government and Rhetoric and Communications Studies. She is also a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management and a member of the American Society of Association Executives.
Matt Glaser, Director, Member Education
Matt Glaser joined the NACD staff in September 2009 as Director, Member Advancement & Strategic Communications. Matt’s duties include all aspects of NACD's member retention and engagement activities, press and media relations, the Chemical Distributor (NACD’s bi-monthly magazine) and staff lead to several NACD committees and panels.
Michael Lang, PMP, Vice President, Responsible Distribution
Michael Lang, PMP, joined the NACD staff in April 2007 as Director, Responsible Distribution. Mike's duties include all aspects of NACD's flagship initiative, Responsible Distribution, a management system that requires two third-party verification programs, focuses on continuous improvement in environmental, health, safety, and security (EHS&S) performance, and has drawn recognition from several U.S. federal agencies. Mike is the Secretary of the International Council of Chemical Trade Associations (ICCTA) and serves as the NACD liaison between chemical distributor members and major chemical manufacturers on industry performance and trends associated with EHS&S priorities.
Before joining NACD, Mike worked as a contractor for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) as a project manager in the Office of Research and Analysis. Prior to FMCSA, Mike was the Director of Marketing and Client Relations for a training and consulting company dealing with tribal governments and organizations, and federal, state, and local governments. Mike has also worked for the American Trucking Associations, the National Automobile Dealers Association, and other organizations in marketing, advertising, and project management capacities.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He earned his PMP (Project Management Professional) designation in September 2005. Mike is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Matthew McKinney, Manager, Public Affairs
Matthew McKinney joined NACD in March 2014 as Manager of Public Affairs. He provides media and communications support for the association, specifically regular communications and relationship building with the media and industry contacts, press releases and media advisories, advocacy communications support via weekly e-newsletters and website content, speech writing for executives, and social media content development.
McKinney received a Master of Arts in International Affairs from The George Washington University in 2012 and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish, Summa Cum Laude, from Georgia College and State University in 2010. Previously, he served as Communications Manager with the government affairs firm Obadal, Filler, MacLeod, & Klein (OFMK), where he managed media and client relations on a variety of issues for OFMK and its clients.
Caitlin O'Donnell, Manager, Communications
Caitlin O'Donnell is the Manager of Communications at NACD. She manages all communications to the membership and press, including the Chemical Distributor, email blasts, as well as marketing collateral for all meetings and events. She also oversees the association's social media, mobile apps and membership directory.
Prior to joining NACD in March 2012, Caitlin served as the Communications Coordinator at TechServe Alliance. At TechServe Alliance, she coordinated all communications from the association, including press releases, online and email communication and social media. Caitlin graduated in 2009 from the University of Richmond with a Bachlor of Arts in Rhetoric and Communication Studies.
Randy Ray Schlegel, Director, Information Services
Randy Ray Schlegel joined NACD in February 1986. Since January 1995 he has held the position of Director, Information Services. In this capacity he manages all NACD/CEF databases. He also maintains a part of the accounting system. He oversees computer operations, and is responsible for keeping all information technology up-to-date.
Before joining NACD, Randy was employed as a physical scientist with the Federal Government (DOC/NOAA), where he produced and wrote monthly and annual reports on the economic impact of weather phenomena on various sectors of the US economy. Randy has attended the University of West Virginia and the University of the District of Columbia and holds degrees in Physical Oceanography and Environmental Science, with minors in mathematics and biology.
Lucinda A. Schofer, Chief Operating Officer
Lucinda A. Schofer joined the NACD staff as Vice President, Marketing & Member Programs at the end of March 2008. She is responsible for the Marketing & Member Programs department which handles the majority of dues and non-dues revenue generating member programs and services, including membership/affiliate programs, strategic partnership programs, and the Association’s major conferences. In addition, NACD’s communication efforts have merged into this department.
Lucinda worked for the American Chemistry Council (ACC) for the past 16 years, most recently as Director of Marketing. In that role, she was responsible for the development and management of major conferences, network meetings, and workshops. Lucinda was also instrumental in the ACC’s sponsorship program and related activities. In addition, she directed ACC’s products’ sales through an on-line store to members and other audiences, specifically in the areas of economics, industry statistics, training, Responsible Care®, community outreach, emergency response, and compliance assistance. Lucinda’s other roles for ACC included being responsible for the coordination of compliance assistance services. She also served as the staff manager for a training issues group and the transportation outreach program TRANSCAER®. Lucinda holds a B.A. in Speech Communications from the University of Maryland.
John Shanahan, Vice President, Legislative Affairs
John Shanahan has worked in Washington policy circles for 24 years, with a diverse background working as an analyst, political appointee, think tank advocate, association executive, and Senate Committee Counsel. He joined NACD in early 2013 as the Vice President of Legislative Affairs. Shanahan oversees NACD’s legislative policy efforts, its political action committee activities and grassroots efforts.
Prior to joining the association, he headed up chemicals policy for the food and consumer products industry at the Grocery Manufacturers Association. From 2003-2008, he was the Senior Counsel for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public works, where he focused on air pollution and climate change issues. Prior to his Hill service, he was regulatory attorney for the National Mining Association, where he oversaw air pollution litigation and regulatory work. He also held positions with the American Legislative Exchange Council and The Heritage Foundation. Additionally, from 1989-1991, Shanahan was a political appointee in the Bush “41” Administration, where he served as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Labor-Management Standards in the Department of Labor.
John holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from George Mason University. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia and has two children, one now in college.
Donna Thomas, Administrative Coordinator
Donna Thomas joined NACD in September 2004 as receptionist and performs administrative duties in support of the NACD Staff. Donna has over 15 years experience in many aspects of association management, specializing in member services and data processing.
Ben Traynham, Manager, Legislative Affairs
Ben Traynham joined NACD in November 2013 as Manager of Legislative Affairs with responsibility for managing the annual Washington Fly-In, the Responsible Distribution PAC, the Congressional Site Visit program, and all other grassroots outreach activities. Traynham received a J.D. from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law in 2011 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations/Spanish from Auburn University in 2008. Traynham comes to NACD from Printing Industries of America and has worked for Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., and on the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.
Lisa Vienna, Director, Business Management
Lias Vienna joined the ranks of NACD staff in March 2014 as Director of Business Management. She oversees the internal operations of the association and the Chemical Educational Foundation, ensuring the integrity of the financial, information technology, and human resources systems within the organizations and continuing adherence to business processes customarily accepted in the non-profit sector.
Vienna received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Radford University and obtained an Accounting Career Studies Certificate from Northern Virginia Community College. She comes to NACD from the Heart Rhythm Society as Director, Finance and Operations. She previously served in a variety of Controller and accounting roles at The Sports Club/LA, Friends of the National Zoo, City Club of Washington, and Special Libraries Association.
Chemical Educational Foundation Staff
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John M. Rice, Executive Director, CEF
Laurel Brent, Director of Organizational Development and Communications
Suzette Bucher, Manager, Programs and Outreach
Elena Lien, Assistant, Outreach