Kemble has been an active member of the Ozark-Prairie Chapter for 17 years, including service as Treasurer since 2004. The role of treasurer is a heavy commitment – the chapter relies on the treasurer to manage the financials, pay bills, file returns with the state and federal tax agencies, and provide reports to the board of directors regularly. Kemble has filled this position with aplomb, maintaining an open and transparent process and keeping the chapter solvent. He also contributes to myriad other activities, from helping to set-up or break-down at annual meetings to taking the lead on student presentation judging, no task is too small if it contributes to the success of the event or the chapter.
The geographic range and sparse population density of the Ozark-Prairie Chapter makes member recruitment and meeting planning a challenge. Kemble refined and grew a “central and satellite” location concept for regional conferences and championed travel stipends to enhance student participation. He also values the next generation of environmental toxicologists and chemists and spends time at every meeting engaging students.