Lisa Houston, ACS District IV Director
What People I've Worked With Say About Me
"What I can tell you—and anyone who asks—is this:
During the time that we served together in the then Division of Petroleum Chemistry, I had the greatest respect for your solid understanding that the seven deadliest words in the English language are, “We’ve never done it that way before”. You were ready to say, “Why do we do that? Why don’t we try it this way?” And then persuade others to join in. And then you would follow through with a carefully thought-out plan to accomplish the desired result.
[...] I was, and still am, very much impressed by your insight concerning how to do things better—or indeed whether to do some things at all—that I cannot think of anyone else more qualified to serve the ACS as a Director representing District IV."
"Lisa is wonderful to work with, and has exceptional expertise in leadership, coaching and motivation. Lisa leads by example and I find her enthusiasm and dedication both inspiring and motivating. She is very persistent and goes above and beyond to accomplish tasks done and helps team members achieve their goals."
-Snigdha Chennamaneni, 2019 Chair
ACS - Greater Houston Section
In 2017, I volunteered while Lisa chaired the GHS of the ACS. I'm impressed with how she supported the diverse initiatives of our large volunteer base, including professors, high school teachers, industrial chemists and retirees. She embraced an idea of mine, and encouraged me to organize and was so supportive with funding. I've been involved with three local sections, and I look to hers for inspiration on delegating to organizers and staying active in old and new national initiatives (like national chemistry week, chemistry in a box, etc.).
-Elizabeth Morin, Development Scientist,
"I am pleased to support the candidacy of Lisa Houston for the position of ACS Board of Directors for District IV (2020-2023 term). I have known Lisa for more than 35 years, and worked with her on the Executive Committees of the former Division of Petroleum Chemistry and the Division of Energy and Fuels. Of her many contributions at the division level, perhaps the most notable was as a truly indispensable key member of the team that guided the merger of the Divisions of Petroleum and Fuel Chemistry, an ACS first. I watched her leadership skills grow as she ascended the ranks of Division officer positions and ACS Council. In my opinion, her leadership abilities, creativity, drive, willingness to take initiatives, and most important her dedication to the membership of the ACS more than qualifies her for the Board Director position. I am confident that the ACS will be a better organization with Lisa Houston in that post. She has my vote."
-Martin L. Gorbaty, Ph. D., ACSF