US Advisory Board

Meet our esteemed experts who are helping us to shape the 2017 Specialty Papers US program

  • Ben Hansen

    Sr. Product Engineer Target

    Ben is a 2005 graduate of Western Michigan University, where he received his degree in Paper Engineering. After spending 5 years with Domtar in Port Huron, MI as a Process Engineer, he moved to Saint Paul, MN where he worked 3 years as a Quality Engineer for GAF in Minneapolis. His current role is Sr. Product Engineer with Target Corp. in Minneapolis where he develops paper products across a number of consumer goods. He also serves as an internal consultant for a variety of paper related projects. Personally, Ben is the father of 3 boys (ages 7, 5, and 3mo) and has been married to his wife (Jennifer) for 10 years. 

  • Kelly L. Helein

    Vice President, Industrial Coveris Americas

    Kelly L. Helein brings 29 years of leadership experience in sales, marketing and product development supporting specialty paper companies, converters and major brand owners. Sales and development projects have focused on driving product innovation with high profile customers such as ConAgra, Footprint, Pactiv, Nestles, Mondi, Johnson and Johnson, Zeiss and Kohler. Kelly serves as Secretary of the Board for the Paper Discovery Center and Paper International Hall of Fame and Smithers Pira US and Europe Advisory Board. She and her husband, Greg and their three children reside in Appleton, WI. Currently employed with Coveris Americas, Kelly is Vice-President of their Industrial business vertical.

  • Charles Klass

    President Klass Associates, Inc., US

    Chuck Klass graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor's degree in pulp and paper technology and received a Master of Business Administration degree from Pace University. His 55+ years of

    He was inducted into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame on October 6.

  • Sarah Lunceford

    Division Manager TAPPI, US

    A native of Georgia, Sarah graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She worked in sales, business development, and as a first grade teacher prior to joining the TAPPI team. Currently, Sarah serves as the leader of TAPPI’s Paper & Board, Coating & Graphic Arts, and PIMA Management Divisions.

  • Scott Mingus

    Special Advisor to Glatfelter Consultant

    Scott Mingus is Manager of Business Strategy & Analysis for Glatfelter, a global producer of specialty paper and engineered products headquartered in York, Pennsylvania. He spent 12 years as the company’s Global Director of New Product Development after a 23-year career at specialty converting company Avery Dennison, where he was Global Technology Manager for Paper & Printing. Mingus holds a degree in Paper Science & Engineering from Miami (Ohio) University, and is the multiple award-winning author of 18 books on the American Civil War.

  • Dr. Graham Moore

    Strategic Consultant Smithers Pira

    Graham Moore has over thirty years experience of the paper and board industry, encompassing process and product knowledge, product performance, recycling, deinking, wet end chemistry, and strategic futures related research. He has assisted paper companies around the world to successfully develop and exploit new speciality products and markets.

    Dr Moore developed and initiated the Paper Perspectives research programme which assesses the impact of a range of issues and trends on the future demand of a range of paper products. Products have included office paper, magazines, thermal paper, promotional print products and commercial inkjet.

    He has authored many papers and publications, including a number of books, e.g. Wet End Chemistry Strategies, Non Wood Fibres and Pulp and Paper Five-Year Technology Forecast. Moore has also contributed to other publications including the EC COST publication, 'Paper Recycling' and TAPPI's Paper 360o journal.

    A member and Fellow of TAPPI (USA), member and non-executive director of PITA (UK) and a member of PRIMA, Graham has represented the UK on the European COST programme for Forests and Forest Products and has acted as an evaluator for the EC and the Finnish Academy of Science. Has also acted as an external examiner for Manchester and Reading Universities in the UK and been an invited lecturer at the pulp and paper schools of Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland and Seoul University in South Korea.

  • Steve Ottone

    Technical Service Manager Omya Inc.

    Steve Ottone is the holder of a BS and MS in Wood Science from the Pennsylvania State University.  His career started in the paper industry with work for Container Corporation of America, St. Regis Paper, and Champion International.  He then moved to the supplier side, working in latex supply to the paper industry for Reichhold, Inc., Dow Reichhold Specialty Latex, and Mallard Creek Polymers.  His current job is with SNP, Inc., a supplier of specialty coatings and rheology modifiers for a broad range of applications.  His area of emphasis is polymer and rheology modifier solutions to barrier coatings needs. 

  • Tom Rodencal

    President Tom Rodencal & Associates

    Thomas E. Rodencal is president of Tom Rodencal & Associates, a consulting company serving the paper and allied industries. He has over 44 years of experience in operations of both paper machines and pulp dryers. He has worked for several large paper companies including Hammermill Paper, International Paper, Georgia-Pacific, and Domtar Paper. His last position was with Nalco Company as an Industry Technical Consultant. Mr. Rodencal has worked with many grades of paper including specialty, fine, bleached and unbleached board, coated groundwood and coated free sheet, as well as tissue and towel. The consulting practice offers support to manufacturing operations, efficiency improvement studies, capital upgrade studies, and support for due diligence studies.