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-Sales Coveris NA Performance Packaging, USA

    Kelly L. Helein brings 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and product development supporting specialty paper companies, converters and major brand owners. She has worked for Wisconsin Tissue (SCA), Little Rapids Corporation, Banta Healthcare (Tidi Products) and Thilmany (Expera).

    Sales and development projects have focused on driving product innovation with high profile customers such as ConAgra, Nestles, Waterpik, Mondi, Johnson and Johnson, Becton Dickinson and Zeiss. Kelly serves on the board for the Paper Discover Center/Paper International Hall of Fame and the Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust. She and her husband, Greg, reside in Appleton, Wisconsin where they have three children. Currently employed with Daikin-America, Kelly is a Business Development Executive.

  • 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

    Manager of Business Strategy & Analysis Glatfelter

    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.

  • 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.