ANDREW SWIDERGAL - CHAIR
After being raised in Barrington, IL, I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Chemistry in 2016. During my last semester, I was able to take a class with Tim Kapsner from Aveda and he piqued my interest in the Personal Care Industry. After graduating, I became an R&D Technician with Kapra Cosmetics where I learned how to formulate hair care and skin care products while also performing QC evaluations on the final products being manufactured. Recently, I became an R&D Chemist for Evergreen Innovations where I started to formulate products in the natural/organic area of personal care. Since starting at Evergreen, I have helped develop the R&D and QC procedures that we use daily.
Outside of work, I love to explore the “foodie” scene here in the Twin Cities as well as in Chicago with my girlfriend. One of my dreams is to experience Alinea in Chicago as it is the only restaurant with three Michelin Stars in the Midwest.
JUSTIN STEINKE - TREASURER
After graduating from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Chemistry, I started work as an analytical chemist at Pace Analytical Life Sciences in both the R&D and Finished Products group, where I grew my experience on a variety of analytical instruments. I then moved into an R&D formulation position at Apex International Manufacturing, Inc., working as technical expert for clients and account managers in both formulating and on-boarding formulations for multiple clients on a variety of production scales. A large portion of my time at Apex was also spent working closely with the compounding staff on all levels as process engineer to develop and modify manufacturing procedures for an array of formulations, from o/w and w/o emulsions to surfactants to anhydrous systems. I also managed the R&D department at the JR Watkins Company in Winona working with formulations in many areas, including home care, personal care, OTC’s, HI&I and Food. Watkins manufactures both in house at their head-quarters in Winona and contracts out a variety of formulations to multiple CM’s. I worked closely with CM’s as well as in house staff to manage manufacturing procedures, bulk and finished goods specifications, stability of products, OOS investigation, and the on-board process at their CM’s. I currently work at Evergreen Innovations as their R&D Manager. I have been a member of the SCC for over 6 years, during which I have served on the TCCSCC Board as Secretary, Chair-Elect, and Chair. I look forward to continue serving as Treasurer in 2018.
ANDREA NASH - SECRETARY
Andrea Nash is a Senior Account Manager for Beraca, a Clariant Group and is responsible for supporting brands and contract manufacturers to develop solutions to everyday skin care and hair care needs. Over the last 15 years, she has also worked as a Technical Account Manager and Marketing Account Manager for two specialty chemical distributors.
She started her career on the clinical side with Unilever (HCI) in Chicago then with Aveda, supporting R&D and QC as a Clinical Scientist and Safety Manager, respectively.
Andrea graduated from Marquette University Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. She has a passion for sharing natural ingredients, aromatherapy, and traveling. Brazil is a favorite place to visit.
Andrea enjoys spending time with her two active teenagers, husband and puppy in MN and extended family. The Society of Cosmetic Chemists has played a significant role in her career, and she feels it is an outstanding organization.
Beraca International North America
CAMILLE SASIK - CHAIR-ELECT
Bio coming soon!