About Benzon Research

Gary L. Benzon, President and Research Director (left), established Benzon Research in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1993. He holds a Ph.D. in Entomology from North Carolina State University, and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Entomology and Applied Ecology from the University of Delaware. Prior to 1993, he held industry and government positions working with mosquitoes, forest pests, indoor/urban pests, and pesticide application technology.

Chad Finkenbinder, the Chief Operations Officer (right), handles the day-to-day administration and operation of Benzon Research. He holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Science from Shippensburg University and has been with the company since starting as an intern in 2003. Among other responsibilities, Chad has overseen our insect production laboratories since 2009, during which time production and personnel have tripled.

Janet Barrick is our Lead Rearing Technician and has been with Benzon Research since 2003. Her experience and hands-on leadership is an integral part of our insect production team. Janet also manages artificial diet production, monitors our environmental chambers, and provides key support for all facets of our insect rearing program.

Ashley Morris is our Laboratory Team Lead. Ashley provides additional insect rearing leadership and regularly assists the COO with laboratory administration. Ashley often provides direct customer support, receives and prepares insect orders, and packages orders for shipment. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Shippensburg University and has been with Benzon Research since starting as a student intern in 2016.

Staff Scientist Dalanah Smith has been with Benzon Research since starting as an intern in 2012 and holds a B.S. in Biology from Shippensburg University. She is responsible for the daily operation of our bioassay lab, conducting all QC-related testing and assisting with other research. Dalanah is also involved with production and sales of our mosquito species and managing our facility safety program.

In addition, five dedicated technicians, two student-interns, and two support personnel work to keep our laboratory insect colonies healthy and productive 365 days per year. 

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Ken Theobold

Industrial Cleaning

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Kathleen Dugas

Equipment Maintenance

B.S. Penn State University

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Daniel Blenderman

QC Rearing Technician

B.A. Edinboro University

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Angelina McGarry

Rearing Technician

B.S. Arcadia University

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Abigail Doniecki

Rearing Technician
B.S. Penn State University

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Erinne Frampton

Rearing Technician