Lake Erie Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists

The Lake Erie Chapter serves members largely from Northern and Eastern Ohio as well as portions of Pennsylvania. Our mission is to share scientific information in the cosmetics and personal care industry through education and events.

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Amanda Copeland

Lake Erie Chapter Chair

Amanda Copeland is an experienced leader, cosmetic chemist, and collaborator. She is passionate about translating customer needs into innovative solutions and has developed nearly 100 formulations ranging from product improvements to new innovative solutions within the skin care, handwash, and antimicrobial space. Shortly after earning her B.S. Chemistry degree from Penn State, she joined GOJO formulating products 18 years ago and is currently R&D Director of Formulation Sciences. Mandy has been an active LESCC board member since 2008 and has held all positions throughout those years. She is excited about the opportunities ahead for LESCC members in the coming years.

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Everett Merling, Ph.D.

Lake Erie Chapter Chair-Elect

A Senior Scientist at GOJO Industries, he specializes in the formulation of hand soaps, heavy-duty hand cleansers, and hand sanitizers. His prior work was as a Senior R&D Chemist at Dystar Hilton Davis – Development of processes for the synthesis of cosmetic dyes and lakes. His education was at the University of Pittsburgh; B.S. in Chemistry and at Xavier University, Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. He has been a member since 2019

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Syndey Palo

Lake Erie Chapter Secretary

Sydney works as an R&D Chemist for Dayglo in Cleveland, OH. She works with multiple product lines including fluorescent cosmetic pigments, conventional and fluorescent dispersions, graphic arts and many more. She also assists with Quality Control, and Manufacturing in scale-up batches, and ensures the quality of a scale up is the same, if not better. Sydney earned a Bachelor of Science & Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Toledo. She majored in Cosmetic Science & Formulation Design with a minor in Chemistry. Sydney has been a member of the SCC since 2021.

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Jay Xu

Lake Erie Chapter Treasurer

Jay earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Virginia Tech. He is currently employed at Valtris Specialty Chemicals as VP, Global Technology & Regulatory Compliance. Valtris produces additives used in a variety of products including PVC pipes, vinyl flooring, automotive sealants, pharmaceutical tablets, and personal care, etc. Jay is responsible for new product innovation and application development at Valtris. Jay has over twenty years of experience in chemical and plastic industry. He joined SCC early 2023 to support Valtris’ initiative to promote their metal stearate product line to the person care market.