The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) was established by The American Ceramic Society in 2014 to attract, inspire, and train the next generation of ceramic and glass professionals.  The CGIF’s mission is to help industry attract and train the highest quality talent available to work with engineered systems and products that utilize ceramic and glass materials.

The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation was established as an Ohio Nonprofit Single Member Limited Liability Company and contributions to the CGIF are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.  The CGIF is wholly owned by The American Ceramic Society, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and is treated as a disregarded entity for federal tax purposes.

Since its inception, the CGIF has launched programs in student outreach, international student exchanges, travel grants, student leadership development, a university-industry network, and its online Ceramic and Glass Career Center.

2021-2022 Board Officers

Todd Steyer, Chair
The Boeing Company
Huntington Beach, CA

Phil Wenzell, Chair-elect
Allied Mineral Products
Columbus, OH

Mary Stevenson,
Immediate Past Chair
Deltech, Inc.
Denver, CO

Steve Houseman, Treasurer
Harrop Industries Inc.
Columbus, OH

Dan Tipsord, Treasurer-elect
Trans-Tech, Inc.
Middletown, MD

Mark Mecklenborg, Secretary
The American Ceramic Society        Westerville, OH

2021-2022 Board of Trustees

Geoff Brennecka
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO

Alex Cozzi
Savannah River National Lab, Aiken, SC

Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem
University of Adelaide, Australia

Leslie Fenwick-Beiter
Almatis, Inc.
Leetsdale, PA

William Headrick, Jr.
Missouri Refractories
Pevely, MO

Bryn Snow
HarbisonWalker Intl
Moon Township, PA

Nola Pearce
ETS Tech-Ops
Rochester, NY

Tom Arbanas
Du-Co Ceramics Company
Saxonburg, PA

Jeff Kohli
Corning, Inc.
Painted Post, NY

Robert "Bobby" Mitchell
Applied Ceramics, Inc.
Atlanta, GA

Norm Phelps
Morgan Molten Metal Systems
Roswell, GA

Doris Möncke
Alfred University
Alfred, NY


James Marra
Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness
Aiken, SC

Tim Powers
Owens-Corning (Retired)
Newark, OH