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EHCMA’s core structure begins with our hardworking committee members who volunteer their time to support our organization’s initiatives in the areas of workforce development, legislation, the environment, safety, security and the community.

Making a Difference

In order to better serve the needs of our members and community, the East Harris County Manufacturers Association has developed committees that focus on specific activities and critical issues for our industry and stakeholders.


Channel Industries Mutual Aid (CIMA):

A non-profit organization combining the fire-fighting, rescue, hazardous material handling and emergency medical capabilities of the refining and petrochemical industry in the Houston Ship Channel area.

Committee Chair – Richard Lawhorn – Fire Marshal’s Office
EHCMA Rep – Ron Nowetner – Celanese


Creates and implements strategies increasing the awareness of EHCMA and the importance of industry; also offers reputation and crisis management guidance.

Committee Chair – Lauren Kight – ExxonMobil Baytown

Emergency Management:

Coordinates and collaborates emergency management ideas and processes with industrial members and responsible agencies for the overall wellbeing and safety of our communities.

Committee Chair – Jeff Suggs – Kuraray


Benchmarks successful environmental practices between member companies and addresses special projects as requested by EHCMA’s Board of Directors.

Committee Co-Chairs – Erin Kallman – TPC Group and Christina Penrose – Lubrizol


Provides the EHCMA Board of Directors and member companies with opportunities to develop relationships with elected officials and to participate in advocacy initiatives organized by the Texas Chemical Council and the American Chemistry Council.

Committee Co-Chair, State Legislation – Sara Cronin – TPC Group


Benchmarks and communicates best security practices to members in association with local, state, and federal law enforcement. Serves as a rapid conduit of information between lawenforcement and companies, aiming to reduce the likelihood of adverse effects on employees, community, and the environment due to criminal acts.

Committee Co-Chairs – Gary Scheibe – Pemex Deer Park Refinery & Eric Finck – Lubrizol

Workforce Development:

Focuses on building a skilled, inclusive, sustainable workforce for the petrochemical and energy industries in the Houston region.

Committee Chair – Dani Grant – Mitsubishi Chemical Group

Outreach Networks:

Committee Chair – Gary Piana – Chevron Phillips Chemical, Cedar Bayou

Transportation & Logistics:

Helps provide EHCMA’s members and surrounding communities with safe, reliable, and environmentally responsible logistic and transportation operations.

Committee Chair – Jimmy Bracher – Texas Molecular