Theodora Retsina, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Retsina founded American Process in 1995 and has led the company’s growth and
diversification efforts. Dr. Retsina has more than twenty years of experience in
executive management, engineering, process development and operations. Prior to
founding American Process, she was the International Project Manager for Parsons
and Whittemore Inc., a global design-build-operator of pulp and paper mills, where
she was responsible for project construction and process development and optimization.
Dr Retsina is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and the author of over 30 scientific
publications, patents, and patents pending. She received a PhD in Chemical Engineering
from Imperial College, University of London.
Chief Operating Officer
Steve Rutherford has more than 25 years of executive management experience in engineering,
product development, project execution, construction and operations. Prior to joining
American Process, Mr. Rutherford served as Engineering Vice President of Parsons
& Whittemore Inc. where he was responsible for implementation of projects totaling
over $50 million per year for company owned pulp and paper mills in the USA, Canada,
and Spain. He received a Masters of Business Administration from the University
of Alabama and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the City University,
London, England. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE).
Chief Financial Officer
Adam Mathis has 16 years experience in financial management with an emphasis on
raising capital and mergers and acquisitions strategy. Mr. Mathis has participated
in raising over $500 million in capital for business expansion in private and public
debt and equity markets. Prior to joining American Process, he was Director of Finance
for Alaven Pharmaceutical LLC and Chief Financial Officer of Neurorecovery, Inc.
Mr. Mathis holds a degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Auburn University.
Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Pylkkanen has over twenty years experience in process and project engineering
and energy integration consulting. Prior to joining American Process, Mr. Pylkkanen
served as President of Omni Weight Control, a start-up company for industrial and
commercial weighing applications. Mr. Pylkannen previously held engineering positions
at Aquatech International, an industrial water treatment supplier and (Smurfit)
Stone Container, a pulp and paper manufacturer. He received a Masters of Business
Administration from Carnegie Mellon Graduate School of Industrial Administration
and a Master of Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.
Ryan O’Connor, Ph.D.
Ryan O’Connor has over 20 years experience in chemical engineering for biorefineries, strategic research and development, and intellectual property including patent drafting and prosecution.
Previously he served as Principal Engineer for NatureWorks LLC (joint venture of Cargill, Inc. and Dow Chemical Company)
and then as Director of Intellectual Property for Range Fuels, Inc. He received a B.S. in
Chemical Engineering from University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Minnesota, and is admitted to the U.S. Patent Bar (Reg. No. 56693).
Kim Nelson, Ph.D.
VP of Nanocellulose Technology
Dr. Kim Nelson has experience in mill operations, project management, environmental
permitting and regulatory compliance, grant writing, and R&D management. Prior to
joining American Process, Dr. Nelson was an Environmental Consultant with Trinity
Consultants and a Pulp Mill Process Engineer with MeadWestvaco. Ms. Nelson holds
a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a MS
in Pulp & Paper Engineering from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology.
Vice President, Research and Development
Technical Director, Process Integration
Ms. Rouzinou has expertise in process design, modeling, and optimization. She is
also an expert in using Pinch Analysis for energy integration. Ms. Rouzinou received
a MS in Process Integration from the University of Manchester Institute of Science
and Technology in the United Kingdom and a degree in Chemical Engineering from the
University of Patra in Greece.