Get to Know Our Adhesive Consultants…Your Workshop Instructors

Chemsultants has dedicated, on-site training rooms for classroom and laboratory training. We provide general training in conjunction with industry organizations such as PSTC and ASC, at our facility and at conferences and events worldwide. Chemsultants also provides customized training classes and workshops for clients to meet their specific needs, either at Chemsultants or on-site at your facility. Please contact us to learn of our scheduled courses and for information on how we can design and provide a training workshop based on your needs.

Here are some of the Chemsultants people involved in training:

Gary Avalon is COO of Chemsultants International Network. He has over 30 years of industry experience in SC, DC, and self wound transfer tapes for fastening, bonding, wound care, electro-medical and transdermal devices. His experience also includes PSA hot melt and solvent based adhesive development. He also has experience in PVC compounds and plastisols, as well as extrusion and injection molding of plastics. Mr. Avalon holds 6 US Patents including Nos. 4,655,768 (Bandage for Sustained Drug Delivery) and 5,085,655 (Cohesive Tape System). He has a BS in Bioengineering from Cleveland State University.

Dave McCann is Director of Research & Development for Chemsultants. His background includes 27+ years of process engineering, quality assurance, product development, technical service and technical management at Diamond Shamrock, Avery Dennison, MACtac, OMNOVA, Spinnaker Coating and Chemsultants International. He has a B.S. Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton.

Dr. Berry Decker is Technical Project Manager for Chemsultants. She has experience in polymer synthesis, pressure sensitive adhesive and medical adhesive formulation and design. She also has analytical experience in FT-IR, NMR, XRD, SEM, BET, UV-Vis, TGA, DSC. She holds multiple patents on catalysts and anaerobic adhesive areas, Ms. Decker has a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.

Cheryl Saqqa provides customized client training at Chemsultants and frequently at the customer’s location.  Cheryl also assists in our training courses in partnership with industry organizations such as PSTC and ASC. Cheryl has a B.S. in Chemistry from Ohio Northern University.

Mike Hilston has demonstrated his far-reaching knowledge in compounding, casting, and applying test methods to customer specific applications (e.g., Ecologia and Terumo).  His strengths are in hotmelt adhesives and tape process consulting.  Mike holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio.