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CI Member Spotlight

CI staff wants to acknowledge members that go above and beyond in their commitment to CI’s mission. Every month, through the Insider, CI website, and social media, a member who is highly engaged and has consistently contributed to the Institute’s mission through various efforts will be highlighted.

April 2021

Scott Wallace - Olin Corporation

CI: Tell us a little about yourself, and what you do?

I graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the early 1970s and later received an MBA from the University of Puget Sound. I have been in the Chlor-Alkali industry for almost 48 years working for Hooker/Occidental Chemical, DuPont, and Olin. I started in cell development with Hooker Chemical and have held process engineering positions in division and corporate engineering, provided process design, training, and commissioning for numerous cell room and membrane plants. I have almost 20 years in production roles and have been actively involved with process safety since 1990.

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Scott Wallace - April 2021 CI Member Spotlight









March 2021

Mike Croke - JCI Jones Chemicals, Inc.

CI: Tell us a little about yourself, and what you do?

JCI Jones Chemicals hired me one day after getting out of the US Navy in the maintenance department. I was a pipe fitter/fabricator. I became the Branch Manager of our Milford, VA plant at 24 years old and have been with JCI for over (40) years.  My specialty with the company has always been operations.  I love what I do in the Chlor- Alkali Industry and have no regrets… that a handful of Tylenol won’t fix.

Read the full article here.

Mike Croke - March 2021 CI Member Spotlight










February 2021

Chris Gibson - Hawkins, Inc.

CI: Tell us a little about yourself, and what you do?

My name is C. W. “Hoot” Gibson and I am a Senior Security/Compliance Analyst for Hawkins, Inc., a regional chemical distributor headquartered in Roseville, MN. I have over 35 years in the chemical distribution industry, and have served in regulatory, technical support and plant operations. I have been active in safety and security issues with the Chlorine Institute and the National Association of Chemical Distributors. I graduated from the University of Missouri – Rolla, with a degree in Chemical Engineering.

Read the full article here.

Chris Gibson - February 2021 CI Member Spotlight










December 2020

Vickie Ray - Olin Corporation

CI: Tell us a little about yourself, and what you do?

I have worked 40 plus years for Olin Corporation starting my career with Olin in Research and Development before becoming involved with the Olin Responsible Care Group as a Principal Environmental Specialist and now as a Product Compliance Manager and Product Steward.  Working as an environmental specialist was a good fit for me as working in the regulatory arena, interacting with both industry and regulatory agencies to interpret and define regulatory requirements and write permits to ensure compliance, was both challenging and interesting. 

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Vickey Ray - December 2020 CI Member Spotlight









November 2020

Monica Hernandez - Formosa Plastics

Monica has her BS in Chemical Engineering from Texas A & M University Kingsville, and her MS in Environmental Engineering from Texas A&M University, Kingsville. She received her Master’s degree while being a full time parent of two toddlers. In 2007, she became a Chlorine Area Engineer at Formosa Plastics. Her responsibilities included bleach production area startup, expansion and optimization and hydrochloric acid production expansion.

Read the full article here.

Monica Hernandez - November 2020 CI Member Spotlight









October 2020

Dr. Matthew Krebs - Occidental Chemical Corporation

CI: Can you share a few highlights of your career with us?

I followed an unusual path from college to industry. My undergraduate degree was in chemistry, and after medical school I pursued an internship in general surgery. I quickly found that left little time for my family and was introduced to public health during my Air Force service at a missile base in Wyoming.  Experience in Desert Storm led to the US Air Force Residency in Aerospace and Occupational Medicine. From there I spent 7 years at an organic chemical manufacturing company and have now been with OxyChem almost 17 years.

Read the full article here.

Dr. Krebs - October 2020 CI Member Spotlight








September 2020

Tracy Clark - United Professional Services, Ltd.

CI: Can you share a few highlights of your career with us?

“I have had the privilege of working and training with many in the Chlor-Alkali Industry including the Chlorine punctured tankcar derailment in Alberton, MT that was the catalyst for the need, design, and implementation of the Liquid Chlorine Pump along with its attachments that belongs to the member companies.”

CI: When did you first become involved at CI?

“I first became involved with CI in the planning and development of the Liquid Chlorine Pump in 1998, that lead into the initial testing at Mercury, NV in 2000.”

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Tracy Clark - September 2020 CI Member Spotlight








August 2020

Manny Correia - Kuehne Chemical Company

“This is genuinely a privilege and one that I don’t take lightly. Having been considered amongst the extreme talent throughout our industry is a considerable achievement in itself.”

CI: Tell us a little bit about your career journey at Kuehne.

“I have worked for Kuehne Company now for 28 years. During this timeframe, I have experienced challenges from repackaging and transporting chlorine to the management of the New Jersey chlor-alkali facility.”

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Manny Correia - August 2020 CI Member Spotlight









July 2020

Larry Loman - AllTranstek

Larry has been in the rail tank car industry for 22 years. He is the Director of Engineering at AllTranstek, a position he has held for the past 15 years and prior to that was a Project Engineer at Union Tank Car for 7 years. 

A member of the Chlorine Institute since 2005, Larry has been mostly involved with the Transportation Issue Team, of which he is now the Vice Chair. He has served on (and chaired) several CI task groups, as well as AAR Tank Car Committee task forces, over the years.

Read the full article here.

Larry Loman - July 2020 CI Member Spotlight









June 2020

David Garner - Brenntag

This month’s spotlight goes to Mr. David Garner, with Brenntag, who officially entered retirement at the end of May. We would not only like to highlight him as a dedicated member, but also wish him the best as he transitions into retirement.

David worked at Brenntag for over 36 years, starting as a chlorine repackaging plant supervisor and moving up to become Brenntag North America’s first Senior Vice President Operations. Among his accomplishments there, the North American team was able to reduce Brenntag’s lost time incident rate (LTIR) by over 90%. David then served as the Chairman of their Global Safety Team and was able to improve Brenntag’s global lost time results by 82% over a 10-year period.

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David Garner - June 2020 CI Member Spotlight









May 2020

Matthew (Matt) Fridley - Brenntag North America

Mr. Matthew (Matt) Fridley is the Director of Safety and Security for Brenntag North America. He is responsible for all Brenntag North America’s facilities compliance to The Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program.

Mr. Fridley is the immediate past Chair of the U.S. Chemical Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC), member of the U.S delegation for chemical security at the G7 Summit, member of the Global Congress on Chemical Security and Emerging Threats, and member of INTERPOL’s Global Advisory Group on chemical security.

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Matt Fridley - May 2020 CI Member Spotlight









April 2020

Jeanne Kochevar - ASHTA Chemicals Inc.

CI: Tell us a little bit about your yourself. How long have you been with ASHTA? What do you like to do outside of work?

“I have worked at ASHTA Chemicals for 26 years. I started in the Quality Department but have worked in multiple departments throughout the years including Sales & Marketing, Process Improvement and Operations (Inspector Shipper Dept.). For the past 11 years, I have been the Distribution Manager. My team is responsible for all functions of the rail car fleet management, trucking and inventory management at production sites, warehouses and terminals.

My husband, Charles, and I have been married for 30 years and have three adult daughters.  I enjoy the beach, repurposing/painting furniture and being with my family.”

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Jeanne Kochevar - April 2020 CI Member Spotlight







March 2020

Folashade (Sade) Healy - New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP)

Sade Healy has worked for the New York Department of Environmental Protection (NYDEP) for 10 years. She oversees the Risk Management Program responsible for the management, implementation and maintenance of an effective and strong EPA Risk Management Program (RMP), OSHA Process Safety Management Program (PSM) at three water treatment facilities. She is also the Respiratory Program Administrator for Water Treatment Operations facilities.

Sade has been involved with the Chlorine Institute since 2010 and has been a member of the Product Stewardship Issue Team (PSIT) since 2016. She has chaired various task groups and is currently the task group chair for Pamphlet 155) Water and Wastewater Operators Chlorine Handbook review. She has participated in regulatory reviews and member checklist updates and other tasks to promote the goals of the Chlorine Institute.

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Sade Healy - CI Member Spotlight March 2020

February 2020

Matt Bond – Westlake Chemical Corporation

Since he began his career in the chlor-alkali industry in 2004, Matt has had experience in everything from transportation, loading, shipping, customer service, tank car repair, and Hazmat/CHLOREP response. Matt has been an active member participant of The Chlorine Institute since he started in the chlor-alkali industry, and says he finds it extremely valuable on both a professional and personal level, for multiple reasons.

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January 2020

Jim Dolan – Occidental Chemical Corporation

Jim Dolan has been involved with the Chlorine Institute since 2012. In the past eight years, he has been extremely engaged as a member of the Product Stewardship Issue Team, of which he’s currently the Vice Chair, specifically with the Responsible Care activities in the water sector area. He regularly attends water sector conferences such as the Ontario Water and Wastewater Conference and Trade Show, the TechNations – First Nations of Ontario Water Symposium, and the Canadian Pool & Spa Expo on the Institute’s behalf and utilizes CI resources in the Ambassador Packages at these conferences. 

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December 2019

Ulises Saldaña – IQUISA-CYDSA

Ulises Saldaña was selected for this month’s Member Spotlight in recognition of his many contributions to CI. Since he became a member in the year 2000, Ulises (on behalf of IQUISA) has:

  • Helped to coordinate IQUISA’s participation in Mexico Transcaer training events in 2018 and 2019 by:
    • Providing training equipment 
    • Providing a large group of knowledgable and enthusiactic instuctors 
    • Conducting a plant tour for select attendees at the brand-new IQUISA Noreste Plant in Monterrey, Mexico
  • Provided yearly IQUISA performance data for Chlorine Institute statistics 
  • Attended and contributed at CI meetings
  • Continuously supported CI’s planned expansion of the CHLOREP mutual aid network into Mexico 
  • Coordinated IQUISA’s participation in the Spanish training webinar (Dec. 2019), with over 20 attendees 
  • Proofread and edited Spanish CI safety resources 

Read the full article here.


November 2019

Randy Rowe –  ERCO Worldwide

Randy started working at BASF Wyandotte, a chlorine producing facility in Port Edwards, Wisconsin, in August of 1979 as a Plant Service Technician responsible for loading and repairing tank cars. The plant was purchased in 1980 by Vulcan Chemicals and then by ERCO Worldwide in 2005. 

With the purchase of the plant in 2005, Randy was given the opportunity to represent ERCO at the Chlorine Institute. He says this opportunity was “one of the most unique and rewarding experiences of [his] career.”

Read the full article here.


Randy Rowe, ERCO Worldwide - Nov. 2019 CI Member Spotlight