I grew up in the Mississippi delta and to this day nothing says home for me like eating hot tamales sold from little dive joints by the highway or having a backyard catfish dinner with family and friends. I was always interested in the chemistry of the things I could see and touch, like a baseball bat, a tube of paint or rubber bands which seemed very different from what I was being taught in high school.
I received a BS in Chemistry and Biology from Delta State University and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science from The University of Southern Mississippi. I’ve worked for some great companies around the world, but by far my greatest growth as a professional and product developer came from my 24 years with Schering-Plough, Merck and Bayer supporting the Dr. Scholl’s brand. There were so many types of products to design and manufacture from foam cushioning products, adhesives, aerosols, medical devices, topical drugs and all kinds of cosmetic products. It was a job that constantly required education in areas that were new to me like biomechanics, consumer science, controlled release of topical drugs and the internet of things.
But likely the most important thing I learned during that time was that products are made to be used by people and learning how to understand their needs and working with them during the development process really produces a better outcome.
I spend my time between Raleigh and Birmingham, love walks in the woods with my dog Jimmy Carter and spending time with my family.