SnL 2015

Terri A. Wojak, Education Director, True U Esthetics and True U Laser

Terri Wojak is a highly sought after professional with 20 years of experience in the aesthetic industry. Along with facial plastic surgeon Steven H. Dayan, MD FACS, Wojak developed True U Esthetics and True U Laser- two corporations focused on providing advanced education for professionals in the aesthetic industry. She is a respected authority on skin care in a medical setting, education, and business development on multiple levels.

Wojak has built 30 individual courses based on skin care in a medical setting. More than 40 articles by Wojak have appeared in a multitude of industry magazines and she has published two books, “Aesthetics Exposed: Mastering Skin Care in a Medical Setting & Beyond” in May 2014 and "Mastering Medical Esthetics" debuted in 2009. Recently created and launched Real Skin, a newsletter for estheticians and medical professionals.

Terri has trained over 3000 estheticians and medical professionals on the importance of incorporating skin care into cosmetic medicine, ultimately helping patients and medical providers alike.

Dennis Abbeduto, Senior R&D Chemist, Colonial Chemical, Inc.

A novel, naturally derived range of emulsifiers for personal care

While the demand for more naturally based surfactants increases, few 100% biobased, PEG-free emulsifiers exist to date. Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymers are naturally-derived, non-ionic surfactants which are eco-friendly and well-suited for next-generation personal care products. Starting with alkyl polyglucosides, Colonial Chemical has produced a series of copolymers with Sorbitan Oleate. The resultant products have 100% renewable carbon content, are readily biodegradable, and have an outstanding safety and toxicological profile. Potential applications range from low HLB W/O emulsifiers to higher HLB O/W emulsifiers and solubilizers.


Dennis Abbeduto has over 15 years surfactant and formulation chemistry experience and currently works for Colonial Chemical, Inc. in Southeast Tennessee as a Senior R&D Chemist. Prior to this he worked for Alberto-Culver Co in Chicago, Illinois on skin care technology and as a formulation chemist for the St. Ives brand. He also worked for McIntyre Group, Ltd in University Park, Illinois as an R&D synthesis and applications chemist.

Dennis has a BS in chemistry from Governors State University in University Park. Dennis has been an SCC member since 1997, serving as Midwest Chapter Secretary and Chair, and received a chapter Young Scientist Award in 2004.

Dennis resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee with his wife, son, and three cats.