Meet Our Team
Meet all our team members helping to make our vision a reality!
Richard Pucci, Project Manager
Colonel (Ret’d), OMM
Graduate of the Royal Military College with a Masters in Strategic Studies, Richard retired from the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Medical Service as the rank of Colonel while serving as the Deputy Commander for the Canadian Forces Health Services at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. Richard also served as Chief of Staff. He also served in a variety of command and strategic level staff positions in Canada, the United Kingdom, United States, and operational tours.
Bruce Harmon, CFO
Graduate of Missouri State University with a B.S. in Accounting, Bruce has managed mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and SEC registrations (i.e. IPOs, reverse mergers and SB registration) since 1988. Bruce has experience in manufacturing, technology, internet, construction, mining, oil and gas, and telecommunication. He has worked with Rhamnolipid Companies since 2010 and is responsible for all financial aspects of Rhamnolipid Inc.
Keith DeSanto, President and Director
Keith started his career with the Boston Stock Exchange in 1987 and has since managed and owned NASDAQ Broker Dealers. He purchased Rhamnolipid Companies in 2004 and has devoted all of his time to developing a cost-efficient production method for producing rhamnolipids in industrial quantities and developing a control for Citrus Greening using rhamnolipid.
Daniel Rojas, Director of Operations
Morgan Rountree, Communications Director
From 1988 to 1997, Conrad served as administrator of the Department of Agriculture for the Province of Quebec and managed to change the laws for crop insurance and income stabilization to lower insurance costs for producers and governments. He earned a Bachelor’s in Agricultural Sciences with an animal sciences option, which supplements with a mastery in animal genetics. He was the Director of the Service for the Department of Agriculture. He was also the First Vice- President of the World Association of Agronomists (AMIA).
Dr. Lucien M. Bordeleau
Dr. Lucien M. Bordeleau has an undergraduate degree in Agronomy (1965) and a Masters in Bacteriology (1967) from Laval University, Quebec City, Canada; Doctorate in environmental microbiology from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA (1971). He is a Member of the Canadian College of Microbiologists (1978), successive research scientist, research director, research coordinator, and advisor in various R&D projects in partnership (Government-university-industry) with national and international organizations including Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Environment Canada, United Nations (UNESCO), OECD, FAO, National Academy of Sciences of USA and various Canadian and American universities (1972-1996). Dr. Bordeleau also has expertise in the areas of biodegradation, biotransformations, fermentation, composting, soil-plant-microbe relationships, biocontrol against plant diseases, preservation, and bioremediation. Principal of Biolistik Ltée, an agro- environment firm specializing in the safe use of microorganisms in soil systems, plants, and water in sustainable production and restoration, as well as in the protection of soil-water-air resources and the efficiency of wastewater treatment systems.
Jonas Contiero, Brazil
Jonas Contiero graduated in Food Engineering from the State University of Campinas (1977), has a Masters in Food Science and Technology from the University of São Paulo (1984), PhD in Food Engineering from the State University of Campinas (1992), Postdoctoral degree from Ohio State University (1997), and an Associate Professor in 2005. He is currently Prof. Deputy III of the São Paulo State University (UNESP), held the position of Vice Director (2007 - 2011) and Director (2011 - 2015), Executive Vice-President of the Bioenergy Research Institute of Unesp and a Member of the Board of Trustees of Fundunesp. He has experience in Microbiology, with emphasis on Industrial Microbiology and Fermentation, working mainly on the following topics: pseudomonas aeruginosa, biosurfactant, lactic acid, rhamnolipids and submerged fermentation. Jonas has also earned a CNPq Research Productivity Scholarship - Level 1D.
Dr. Zhang has over 15 years experience dealing with biosurfactants and working with industries. Research Chair (Tier II) and Associate Professor at the Department of Civil (Environmental) Engineering at Memorial University. Her research expertise and interests lie in the areas of marine oil spill response, coastal/inland site remediation, marine oily wastewater treatment, reservoir souring control, fishery/municipal solid waste composting, and environmental monitoring and analysis. She has led or participated in over 20 research grants / contracts (12 as PI) since joining Memorial University in 2010 and she has produced more than 180 technical publications. Her research contributions have been widely recognized in newsletters and magazines such as Canadian Reclamation, Research Matters, Context Magazine (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers), Genome Atlantic e-Bulletin, Natural Resources Magazine, and Gazette Magazine. She serves the Executive Committee of Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) NL Section, as Senior Expert of UNDP, and the Atlantic Region Director of Canadian Association on Water Quality (CAWQ).
Maria Izabel Camargo-Mathias
Maria obtained her Doctorate in Biological Sciences (Zoology) in 1993 from Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho and became a full professor in 2010. She was nominated for the three-name list of the Electoral Commission for the position of Director at the National School of Tropical Botany.
Marlus Chorilli holds a PhD (2007) in Pharmaceutical Sciences from São Paulo State University and is presently Assistant Professor at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Araraquara – São Paulo State University, teaching Pharmacotechniques and Pharmaceutical Technology.
Patricia Bento da Silva
Patricia Bento da Silve holds a PhD (2012) in inorganic chemistry involving "inorganic compounds applied to TB treatment" in the Chemistry Program IQAR/UNESP and is currently acting as a Postdoctoral researcher at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences – São Paulo State University.
Beatriz Cristina Pecoraro Sanches
Beatriz Cristina Pecoraro Sanches holds a Master’s Degree in Biotechnology Post-Graduation Program, Chemistry Institute – São Paulo State University (IQ - UNESP) and works with rhamnolipid applications in nanotechnology.
Cinthia Cristine de Moura
Cinthia Cristine de Moura holds a degree in Environmental Engineering from Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho State University (2012), a master's degree in Geosciences and Environment from the Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho State University (2014) and is currently studying for a PhD in Bioenergy from the State University of São Paulo Júlio de Mesquita Filho, working mainly in the following subjects: rain simulation, compensatory technique, hydrochemistry and environmental remediation.
Claudio José Von Zuben
Claudio José Von Zuben has a B.S. in Biology (1988), Masters (1992) and Ph.D. of Science in Zoology (1996) at São Paulo State University (UNESP), Rio Claro, São Paulo State, Brazil.
Vinícius Luiz Da Silva
Vinícius Luiz Da Silva holds a Master’s degree in Microbiology at São Paulo State university, Júlio de Mesquita Filho, UNESP, São Paulo, Brazil and has experience focusing on Industrial Microbiology and Fermentation, acting on the following subjects: pseudomonas aeruginosa, biosurfactant, rhamnolipids.
Henrique Ferreira is an Associate Professor (from Apr/2015), Depto. Bioquímica e Microbiologia, IBRC, UNESP, Rio Claro and has published books such as, “Proceedings of the International Workshop on Xanthomonas citri/citrus canker".
Roberta Barros Lovaglio
Roberta Barros Lovaglio has a Post-graduate degree in Applied Microbiology at the doctoral level with an emphasis on biotechnology and agro-industrial waste, working mainly on the following topics: production and application of rhamnolipids biosurfactants, biodegradation and fermentation.
Reinaldo Marchetto is a full-time professor at the Institute of Chemistry of UNESP with experience in Chemistry of Macromolecules, Medicinal Chemistry and Biomaterials and scientifically works in the following subjects: peptide synthesis, antimicrobial peptides, topoisomerases mechanisms, solid phase organic synthesis, antitumor drugs and drug-delivery systems. In the Biomaterials area, act in the development of nanocomposites with application in the tissue regeneration.
Ana María Salazar Bryam
Ana María Salazar Bryam is a PhD student at UNESP working with biotechnological production and applications of rhamnolipids from Pseudomonas Aeruginosa. She previously worked with microbial water ecology researching heavy metals bioremediation and focused on biosurfactants production research.