Staff Biographies

Mark Schulte

Mark Schulte, Director of PU Chemistry attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he earned both his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and later Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. In his early career, he spent time teaching Chemistry in public schools. Later he worked at X.I. Industries where he was in charge of Chemistry/Quality Control for various DuPont products. He began his career in polyurethanes at FSC/Brinmont Chemicals as the Manager of the Quality Control Department. Mr. Schulte has been in charge of the chemistry department at Foam Supplies for over 25 years and has achieved many accomplishments during his tenure. Among his many accomplishments, was his part in developing Foam Supplies’ patented Freon-22 technology for blowing foams in the late 1980’s and also his part in developing Foam Supplies’ worldwide patented ecomate® technology.

John Murphy

John Murphy attended the University of Toledo and earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He later attended West Chester State University and earned his Masters in Chemistry. Mr. Murphy has worked for a number of companies in the polyurethane business, including MacDonald-Douglas, Arkema, Arco Chemical, Tuffkote, UCSC, and CPR Upjohn. At Arkema, he was on the team that introduced HCFC-141b to the polyurethane industry. At Upjohn he worked on the foam used for the external tanks of the shuttle crafts, as well as foam used for Bay Area Rapid Transit and Washington, DC transit cars. His past experience with rigid spray polyurethanes has been valuable to his work at Foam Supplies. He was the first person to pass the White House Test and opened up the urethane market permitting rigid PU to be put directly to steel decks. Mr. Murphy is currently working on ecomate® expansion.

Raul Dacomba

Raul Dacomba attended Michigan State University and earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. He worked as an undergraduate researcher in the fields of electrochemistry and bio-based corrosion inhibitor technologies. Mr. Dacomba joined Foam Supplies in 2011 and is currently assisting with formulating new systems, conducting research projects, and daily batch quality control.

David Modray

David Modray is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. He has been at Foam Supplies, Inc. for the past thirteen years since graduating. Originally working with Quality Control, he moved to Formulating eleven years ago. The past six years have greatly consisted of research. Mr. Modray has formulated three UL Certified Class 1 foams, and two other fire-rated foams. He did a large portion of the initial primary work on ecomate® along with one other research at FSI. Mr. Modray is currently working on a Class 1 ecomate® spray, and has just finished a fire-rated UL94-HF1 ecomate® spray.

Eric Driskel

Eric DriskelEric Driskel graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. He worked for Nestle Nutrition where he worked on a state-of-the-art aseptic processing system. He assisted in collecting and analyzing data used for FDA and USDA filing as well as qualifying new equipment used in the Pilot Plant. Eric joined Foam Supplies in 2012 and is currently assisting with formulating new systems, conducting research projects, and daily batch quality control.

Victor Matimba

Victor Matimba attended the California State Polytechnic University. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology, with a minor in Biochemistry, a Master’s of Science in Microbiology, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology. Dr. Matimba has a long history of research and development, starting with the University of California Chemistry department, and later ICN Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Foams Systems, Co., PrePolymer Industries, and Universal Urethanes. He worked on cancer-treating drugs at ICN Pharmaceuticals. At Foam Systems, Co. and PrePolymer Industries he worked on research and development of synthetic resins and prepolymers. Dr. Matimba has been at FSI since 1991. His duties have included quality control and research and development of new systems. Over the years, he has assisted in the development of the ecomate® blowing agent. Dr. Matimba is currently working on new blowing agents.

Mark Denby

Senior Lab Technician-Polyurethanes / R& D Chemical Specialist Mark has worked with Foam Supplies since 2001. Originally placed in production where he worked making batches and filling tanks, he was moved to the Chemistry lab after a year. Currently Mark assists other chemists on the team, performs quality control checks on all incoming raw materials and outgoing product, as well as performing quality assurance duties.

Ryan Middlecoff

Lab Technician-Polyurethanes / R& D Chemical Specialist Ryan has worked with Foam Supplies since 2006. Originally placed in production where he worked making batches and filling tanks, he was moved to the Chemistry lab in 2012. Ryan currently assists other chemists on the team, performs quality control checks on all incoming raw materials and outgoing product.

Nate Barrett

Nate joined Foam Supplies in November 2013, and is currently assisting in the lab with daily batch quality control, conducting research projects and formulating new systems.
Nate attended Michigan State University where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering. His varied background in science began during college when he traveled abroad for an internship at Ceramicx Ireland to study infrared heating technology. He also had an internship at General Motors Powertrain Headquarters as an operational engineer assisting in the Central Energy Plant.

John Timberlake

Dr. John Timberlake died March 9, 2011 (Born February 11, 1948).  John served as Technical Director for FSI since April 2005.  John graduated from North Carolina State University with Honors in Chemistry, and later attained his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1976.  John’s work at FSI focused on insulation in buildings and appliances.  John also worked with one component foams, thermal breaks, caulks and sealants.  John had a long career in PU, formerly working with Fomo, Azon, and Union Carbide where he played a significant role bringing products to market.  John will be missed as he was a valuable contributor to FSI as well as a good friend.