Meet the Team
Jeff Black - President & Site Manager
Jeff started his career in 1989 and now serves as JAYHAWK’s President & Site Manager. An avid outdoorsman and fisherman, Jeff brings the same passion to the business, where he strives to build partnerships with our clients. He has the same dedication to his team of employees, joining together to make JAYHAWK a great place to work.
Scott Schulte - Vice President of Finance and Administration
Scott started working for JAYHAWK in 1999. He is the Vice President of Finance & Administration and greatly enjoys interacting with people. His free time is spent running Skywalker Basketball Academy, teaching basketball fundamentals and skills to second graders all the way through high school. He also volunteers for the Boys and Girls Club. Scott is both fantastic with kids and basketball, and fantastic with numbers.
Research & Development
Dr. Jeff Dimmit - Vice President of Technology
Jeff joined the JAYHAWK team in 1996 and is currently our Vice President of Technology. One of three Jeffs we have on site, he is a diehard Sporting Kansas City and Syracuse Orangemen fan, as well as a wine enthusiast. His favorite challenge is finding solutions to customer problems. “It doesn’t matter to me whether the customer is internal or external, the rush you get when you solve a problem is a major motivation for me.”
Steve Esch - Quality Assurance Manager
Steve began working for Evonik in 1984. He is our Quality Assurance Manager and enjoys the daily challenges JAYHAWK faces to improve Quality and customer satisfaction. “I am often referred to as ‘the eyes of the customer!’” Steve keeps busy with his children and grandchildren. Sometimes he even sneaks off to wet a fishing line on Friday afternoons.
Greg Sitton - HSE Manager; Assistant Site Manager
Greg became a member of the JAYHAWK team in 1988 and is currently our Health, Safety, and Environmental Manager as well as Assistant Site Manager. Greg likes to learn from customer audits where JAYHAWK showcases its EHS practices and standards. Greg’s favorite part of his job is ensuring that his coworkers get home safe every single day. Though Greg is always looking out for his coworkers, his own passions include golfing, hunting and riding his motorcycle.
Jeff Cassidy - Business Director, Custom Manufacturing
Jeff is our Business Director for Custom Manufacturing and has been working for Evonik since 1989. His hobbies consist of hunting, fishing, camping and playing his guitar. A lot of patience goes into these activities and Jeff brings that determination to the workplace every day. His favorite part of the job is working with custom manufacturing partners and his colleagues, making sure projects run smoothly from start to finish.
Borys Schafran - Business Director, Building Blocks
Borys is our Business Director for Building Blocks. He joined Evonik in 1986 and JAYHAWK in 2008. His passion is the customer experience. “I thrive on meeting with customers, understanding their needs, and then working diligently to deliver value for them.” Borys is a NY Red Bulls soccer fanatic. “The beautiful game is now part of American culture, and I enjoy the camaraderie and devotion of the fans.” He brings the same spirit to the JAYHAWK team each day.
Jane Arlauskas - Sr. Business Development Specialist - North America
Jane joined Evonik in 2001, and since 2011 serves as Senior Business Development Specialist for the JAYHAWK team. She is a fan of connecting with global markets. Her favorite step in the business development process is when a client’s project moves forward to commercialization. Jane maintains her dedication by instructing yoga during lunch breaks, as well as cooking and baking delicious vegan specialties. Just like her precision in the kitchen, making sure the client receives the utmost attention and care is Jane’s top priority.
Chris Landmesser - Sr. Business Manager - North America
Chris has been with Evonik since 1993 and a member of the JAYHAWK team since 2014. He is our Senior Business Manager for NAFTA. His favorite part of the job is working with the team and providing creative input to business decisions. Chris is the coach of his children’s baseball, softball and basketball teams and knows that when a group works together towards a common goal, they can accomplish great feats and win big.
Masahiro Kanda - Business Manager - Japan & Korea
Kanda-san joined Evonik Japan in 1995, the JAYHAWK team in 2003 and serves as our Business Manager for Japan and Korea. He has been marketing new molecules and chemical substances for 25 years and his favorite part about working with customers is that they motivate him every day. “I like customer visits, especially new contacts or researchers who develop new products.” Kanda-san's hobbies include outdoor activities, especially hiking and relaxing by walking through silent forests and mountains. Recharging his batteries enables Kanda-san to thrive in a fast-paced, constantly moving workplace.
Amy Hung - Business Manager - Taiwan & China
Amy has been working for Evonik since 2003 and is JAYHAWK's Business Manager for Taiwan and China. She loves working with people; both her customers and her fellow employees. “I like to find ways to build mutual trust to overcome commercial and technical hurdles.” This extends to her love of board games, movies and team sports, where individual and team play coexist. This balance is Amy’s expertise and she brings it to the job each day.
Myra Li - Business Representative - China
Myra joined Evonik Shanghai in 2008 and has been our Business Representative for China since 2016. She believes in patience and constant attention when working with clients to give them the best service possible. Her favorite part of the job is the new challenge of each day. Myra is a formidable badminton opponent, and just like on the court, she is fast moving and always thinking several steps ahead.
Production & Technology
John Gaines - Business Engineering Manager
John is JAYHAWK’s Business Engineering Manager and has been a part of the team since his very first day with Evonik in 1994. John is an avid golfer and can be found roaming the links on weekends, but his favorite activities are collaborating with his colleagues and interacting with the larger Evonik community. “I enjoy working with our clients and developing good relationships. I want the clients to feel like we are an extension of their company and that working with JAYHAWK is a partnership.” John’s focus on excellence delivers a winning round for JAYHAWK’s customers every time.
Richard Matteson - Operations Superintendent
Richard started working at JAYHAWK in 1990 and became the Production Manager of Unit 1 in 2014. He likes the manufacturing environment because he is right there alongside the people who get the job done. Previously being an HSE manager has made Richard more effective at directing changes that can improve site safety. He's always interested to hear how clients use our products and he really enjoys golfing, fishing, and spending time with his boys in his free time.
Larry Mosier - Operations Manager
Larry started working at Evonik in January 2007 and currently serves as our Operations Manager, with site responsibility for all of our production units. He enjoys the dual pursuit of satisfying the customer while also strengthening JAYHAWK’s position in the marketplace. Outside of work, Larry loves spending time with his family in the great outdoors, especially going hunting or fishing together.
Customer Service/Supply Chain
Laurel Hagman - Customer Service
Laurel started her career with Evonik in 2005 when she joined the JAYHAWK team. She is currently in charge of customer services and outbound logistics. She greatly enjoys her daily interactions with the customer and has found that, yes it’s true, “The customer is always right!” She enjoys equestrian sports and riding. Not only is she good at communicating with her horses, she also communicates exceptionally well with our customers!
Jay Hendren - Supply Chain Manager
Jay is JAYHAWK’s Supply Chain Manager and has been a member of the team since 2000. Jay loves the variety that comes along with his job. He gets to work in all aspects of a project’s development and creation, starting from supply chain to production to getting the product out the door. His hobbies include doing anything his kids are doing, golfing and photography.