A highly motivated, creative, and extremely capable professional chemist with a real passion for science and a refusal to accept second best. Possesses a “hands on” approach to all areas of the laboratory, maintaining the highest standards even under the most severe pressure. A quick learner who pays the utmost attention to detail and will effortlessly fit into any busy, fast paced environment.
Office Manager / Bookkeeper - McLain Studios
May 2004 - Present
• Worked assisting husband in small family business following birth of daughter.
• Perform all office related tasks such as filing, answering phones, and greeting customers. Handle accounts receivable, accounts payable, billing, payroll, etc. Familiar with Peachtree Accounting software as well as with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.
Analytical Chemist II - Taylor Technology, Inc.
July 2000 – April 2004
• Hired initially as an Analytical Chemist I. Promoted in less than 1 year to an Analytical Chemist II.
• Performed HPLC testing for trace amounts of drug analyte in various biological matrices (blood, plasma, urine, cerebrospinal fluid, etc.).
• Experienced using Perkin Elmer Sciex API 3000 LC/MS/MS Systems equipped with a Turbo Ion Spray Interface as well as Finnigan TSQ-700/TSQ-7000 Systems equipped with either an ESI or APCI interface connected to a Hewlett Packard Series II 1090L HPLC.
• Initiated and completed analytical runs. Prepared instrumentation for sample analysis, performed routine instrument maintenance, as well as programmed the mass spectrometer, the HPLC, and the CTC Analytics HTS PAL Autosampler.
• Skilled in the performance of both manual and automated methods. Robotic sample preparation equipment utilized includes the Packard Multiprobe II Liquid Handling System, the Tomtec Quadra 96 Model 320 96 Well Pipettor System, and the Zymark RapidTrace SPE Workstation.
• Ability to function independently, extracting samples, performing sample analysis, processing data, assembling data into error-free data packs, as well as importing results into the company’s LIMS system.
• Proficient in the use of MacQuan (Perkin Elmer Sciex) and UNIX based ICIS (Finnigan TSQ) software.
• Conducted method validations, performing such experiments as precision and accuracy, freeze/thaws, stability, specificity, extraction efficiency, autosampler carryover, and robotic carryover assessments. Assisted in method development activities.
• Reviewed and revised SOPs, Test Methods, and forms as required.
• Responsible for adhering to GLP principles.
Senior QC/QA Chemist - Jacobus Pharmaceutical Company March 1994 – July 2000
• Conducted numerous quality control tests on all incoming raw materials, in-process formulations, finished products, stability samples, and packaging supplies to ensure all specification requirements were met.
• Gained valuable experience operating various types of analytical equipment and executing many different kinds of analyses
(UV, TLC, KF, MP, Wet Chemistry, Dissolution, Particle Size, etc.).
• Performed instrument calibrations and routine periodic maintenance.
• Prepared COAs, SOPs, and in-house specifications and test methods.
• Audited and evaluated data and test results prior to release and final approval.
• Reviewed reports, manufacturing batch records, new specifications, test methods, and SOPs.
• Responsible for archiving all completed data packages as well as all original copies of SOPs, specifications, and test methods. Also archived all analyzed test samples.
• Performed cleaning and process/method validation.
• Familiar with GMP and USP monograph test methods.
• In charge of keeping an accurate inventory of all laboratory supplies and ordering for the entire department.
• Trained new employees and completed appropriate employee training records.
GC/MS Chemist - Envirotech Research
May 1988 – March 1994
• Initially operated a Hewlett Packard 5890 Series II Gas Chromatograph to analyze for PCBs, pesticides, and herbicides according to EPA methods 608 and 8080 using an electron capture detector and Perkin Elmer "PE Nelson" software.
• Promoted after one year to the Mass Spectrometry Department. Gained experience running a Hewlett Packard 5970 Mass Spectrometer. Prepared and tested samples for volatile organic compounds according to various EPA methods in the 500, 600, and 8000 series. Utilized a Hewlett Packard 5890 Series II Capillary GC and Tekmar purge-and-trap absorption techniques.
• Obtained valuable knowledge using Aquarius 1000 software, performing instrumental tuning, calibrations, routine maintenance, and troubleshooting.
• Collected data based on Environmental Protection Agency protocols. Evaluated and interpreted findings and assembled into deliverable packages.
Biological Researcher (Environmental) - James Madison University January 1987 - May 1988
• Investigated the bioaccumulation of mercury in earthworms using a dilution series of soils with mercury concentrations ranging from high to "trace only" controls.
• Obtained experience using a Perkin Elmer atomic absorption spectrophotometer and a Virtis 10 100 lyophilizer in addition to learning Knetchel and Fraser's Wet Digestion procedures and animal tissue freeze drying techniques.
• Paper detailing research conducted entitled “Earthworm Bioaccumulation of Mercury from Contaminated Soils” was written, published, and presented at the International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant held in Monterey, California on May 31, 1992. Later republished under the title "Earthworm Bioaccumulation of Mercury from Contaminated Flood Plain Soils" " (refer to publication information below).
Cocking, D., King, M.L., Ritchie, L., and Hayes, R. (1994). Earthworm Bioaccumulation of Mercury from Contaminated Flood Plain Soils. Mercury Pollution: Integration and Synthesis. John W. Huckabee and Carl J. Watras, Editors. Lewis Publishers
(CRC Press). Boca Raton, Florida. Chapt. IV.2: 381-395. (ISBN: 978**********).
Ocean County College
• Certificate of Proficiency in Accounting, Awarded June 1995, GPA: 3.8676
• Associate in Applied Science in Accounting, May 1997, Graduated Summa Cum Laude, GPA: 3.8977
James Madison University
• Bachelor of Science in Biology, May 1988, Graduated Cum Laude, GPA: 3.359
• Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, Allied And Medical Health Society & Alpha Gamma Delta
Stonewall Jackson High School
• High School College-Prep Diploma, June 1984, Class Rank: 2 (Salutatorian), GPA: 96.72
• Recipient: Bridge Builder Scholarship & Allied Signal Company Scholarship
• Perfect Attendance: Grades 3 through 12
• Activities: Junior/Senior Class Officer, International Club Officer, Chorus/Choir Officer, Talented & Gifted Club, National Honor Society, Math Team, Forensics Team, Newspaper Staff, Youth Board & SGA.
• Middlesex Co. College / Rettberg Associates Inc. - Hands-On HPLC (Jan-Feb, 1999)
• Chromatography Institute of America - Normal & Reversed Phase HPLC (Oct. 1997)
• FDA Workshop - Validation of Chromatographic Systems, System Suitability for Chromatographic Analysis, and Out- Of-Specification Results (Sept. 1997)
• Hewlett Packard - Analytical Seminar Series on Capillary GC (March 1991)