Rolande R. Hodel, PhD
President, Founder

Dr. Rolande R. Hodel received the 2009 Astellas USA Foundation humanitarian award for her work as founder and president of AIDSfreeAFRICA, a non-profit organization based in New York. Born in German, she is a US citizen and a legal resident of Cameroon. She has worked for companies such as BASF/Germany, Nanocrystals Technology/NY, Pharmaceutical Discovery Corporation/NY (today Mannkind/CT) and Emisphere Technologies/NY. She received her Masters of Science in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Kansas in 1995 and her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the City University of New York in 2005.

Serves on the board of directors of Chemists Without Borders. Active at the local, national and international level within the American Chemical Society, ACS.

“I am dedicated to promoting peace through the empowerment of people in Africa to produce their own generic and essential pharmaceutical drugs.”


Scientist and manager with 22 years process chemistry experience. Expertise in designing and developing traditional and novel synthetic organic chemistry for the scale-up and manufacture of pharmaceuticals. Extensive knowledge and experience with current Good Manufacturing Procedures (cGMPs).

Experienced in the production of antiretroviral drug.

Sr. Director of Process Chemistry

  • Mannkind Corporation, Danbury CT (since 2007)
  • Emisphere Technologies, Inc. (1998 to 2007)
  • CYTEC Industries (3/88 to 7/98)
  • Stauffer Chemical Company (9/82 to 3/88)

Board Advisor

Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of California specialty in Surface Science.
Twenty-five years in successful commercial technology development in four different major industrial applications: water treatment, minerals beneficiation, alternative energy and printing and graphic arts. Surface scientist who has 15 US patents, a dozen refereed articles in print and scores of trade presentations. Expert in key technology areas within the current hyped, “nanotechnology” sectors.

Seeking to provide senior level consulting advice on new product development-defining customer needs and wants and directing the development of new products to meet those needs and wants.

Board Advisor

As an ACS Career Consultant, I help chemists with their resumes, job search strategies, and interview skills. At meetings, I introduce those in transition to key executives that can advance their career. I also work with ChemPharma members in the same role.
As an ACS meeting planning facilitator, I am teamed with over 200 professionals presenting up to 10 meetings a month often with over 1000 attendees in total per month.
As a mentor, I work with our Project SEED team who help over 100 disadvantaged HS students land summer research experiences in the lab of a professional.

source: C&ENews vol 86, nr. 50 Dec. 15, 2008 with Diane Sawyer TV Good Morning America

Board Advisor

Sherri Hutchinson has over 20 years experience in the creative marketing, advertising and graphic design industry. Having been involved in something that started as discussing ideas over a cup of coffee to becoming a global company, she helps companies define their message, enhance their website/mobile website, create custom social media campaigns, review analytics and teach them how to work with the tools to deliver the right message to their clients through the right platform and watch their company grow.