New Staffers Bring Expertise, Enthusiasm

(Posted Mon. Feb 6th, 2012)

Pam KeckFeb. 6:  The National Corn Growers Association welcomes Dr. Pam Keck, who joins the organization as director of biofuels programs and business development.  Keck, a multi-faceted scientist and educator, brings more than 20 years of experience in the agricultural and biofuels industry, academia and not-for-profit research to the position.


“Pam is an incredibly valuable addition to our team, and we are excited to be able to utilize her broad knowledge base to further enhance our biofuels program,” said NCGA Vice President of Production and Utilization Paul Bertels.  “She is uniquely suited to the position because, in addition to her scientific achievements, Pam also excels as a communicator, thus facilitating the informed discussion and decision-making that are crucial in this area.”


Keck most recently contracted with Monsanto, coordinating an outreach program that brought together schools and scientists.  She has previously taught chemistry at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and at Lewis and Clark Community College. She has also served as assistant director of workforce development and scientific projects at the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center.


Also an author, whose work has appeared in a variety of publications including Science and the Journal of Chemical Education, Keck earned her doctorate in organic chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University.   More recently, she has shared her love of science and education to inspire youth interest by writing her first children’s book, Burps Are Chemicals Too!


The Production and Utilization Department will also benefit from the recent addition of Administrative Assistant Maggie Fogerty.  Supporting activities of the Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team, Fogerty hit the ground running, having already assisted in the team’s recent meeting. 


“In just a few weeks, we have clearly seen many examples of how Maggie’s can-do attitude and calm competence benefit our team,” said Bertels.  “Her ability to handle ever-evolving situations effectively, while maintaining a cheerful, professional demeanor, has already earned her the respect of her colleagues.  We look forward to entering what will certainly be another busy period knowing that we can count on her solid support.”


Prior to NCGA, Fogerty worked as a sales assistant at Hartford Life.