Lisa Houston, ACS District IV Director
Candidate, District IV Director, 2020-2022
Colleagues, I am honored to be considered as a candidate for District IV Director. My first exposure to chemistry was in my sophomore year of college. Like a catalyst in a chemical reaction, the activation barrier was overcome, and the final product has been an enduring passion for chemistry and sharing its impact on society and the world. I joined the American Chemical Society (ACS) as a member nearly 30 years ago and have been an active volunteer for more than 25 years at all levels including Local Section, Division, Regional Meetings and National Committees. I began my ACS career in the Division of Petroleum Chemistry (now Energy & Fuels) where I have served in almost every position including Area Representative, Treasurer, Chair, Alternate Councilor, and currently as Councilor, Long-Range Planning Chair and Chair of the newly formed Communications & Technology Committee. I have also volunteered my services to the Greater Houston Local Section where I have served as Treasurer, Chair, Communications & Technology Committee Chair and now as Awards Chair. During this time, I also had the opportunity to serve on the organizing committee of the 2016 Southwest Regional Meeting as Fundraising Chair. All these volunteer opportunities have advanced my professional career by providing leadership training in a host of different areas that have crossed over into my professional life and ultimately to my current position as the Business Segment leader of two portfolios at Petroleum Analyzer Company (PAC), an analytical instrumentation company.
The ACS Board of Directors has the responsibility to guide and direct the Society in fulfilling its vision of “improving people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry”. My commitment to you is to represent these two sides of our Society and take on this challenge by working closely with the board, Executive Director and CEO, Committees, Local Sections, Divisions, and all members of our Society to guide and direct ACS “to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people”.
There are many issues that the Society faces which I am committed to work on improving, including the following priorities:
With the combination of my more than 30 years in the industry and 25 years of ACS experience, I have sharpened my organizational and leadership skills with ever increasing roles of responsibility in each. In both my professional and volunteer roles, I have enabled teamwork, fostered innovation, and mentored young chemists to achieve success. I have a proven track record of working in my Local Section, Division, ACS Committees, and my business to develop goals and determine and execute strategic initiatives to achieve those goals. The result has been continued measurable growth for all. All these experiences have shaped my philosophy as a leader and would serve me well as an ACS Board Member.
I pledge to contribute all my energy, enthusiasm, and experience to keep ACS strong. I urge you to vote for me and I would be honored by your support.