The American Ceramic Society’s Board of Directors took action in January 2017 to improve ACerS efforts in education and professional development.  The result was the formation of a new Class of the Society called The Education and Professional Development Council (EPDC).

The purpose of the EPDC is to stimulate, promote, and improve education and professional development within the ceramic and glass community.

EPDC is the umbrella that incorporates the past efforts of CEC, NICE, the Education Integration Committee (EIC), and the Student Activities Committee (SAC). The intent of consolidating these groups into a single Class is to simplify the administrative structure and remove barriers to participation for interested members.

The Young Professionals Network (YPN), President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA), and Keramos remain very active and are working closely with the EPDC to coordinate efforts and meet common goals.

Contact Yolanda Natividad, ACerS Member Engagement Manager, for more information about the EPDC.

Download the EPDC Rules

2020-2021 Education and Professional Development Council (EPDC) Committee Representatives

2019-2021 EPDC Co-Chair

Ashley Hilmas

2019-2021 EPDC Co-Chair

Jessica Rimsza

EPDC Committee Representatives

EPDC Awards Committee

Alex Cozzi, 2016-2021; Chair 2020-2021
Edgar Zanotto, 2021-2022
Rosario Gerhardt, 2018-2023
Rajendra Kumar Bordia, 2019-2024
Jürgen Rödel, 2020-2025

material advantage Committee (MAC)

Marissa Reigel
R. Allen Kimel
Edmund Moore
Amanda Krause

PResident's council of student advisors (PCSA)

Victoria Christensen
Michael Walden

Accreditation Committee

Grant Norton
William Mullins
Alexis Clare
Bill Hammetter
Harrie Stevens
Darryl Butt
Janet Callahan


Brian Gilmore
Geoff Brennecka

Young Professionals Network

Kathryn Goetschius, 2019-2021
Yuxuan Gong, 2020-2022

ACerS board of directors class liaison

Darryl Butt