Amy Eskilson 

Amy Eskilson has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Inrad Optics since October 2012. A strong advocate for localized manufacturing, Amy is focused on building an organization that is competitive and profitable while delivering products with extraordinary optical specifications. She has championed and nurtured the development of Inrad Optics Scintinel™ brand stilbene for fast neutron detection.

Prior to joining the Inrad Optics team Amy spent 18 years with Thorlabs, Inc., a photonic tools catalogue company, where she served as Director of Business Development from 2001 to 2011. In this role Amy coordinated a team responsible for a total of eight acquisitions. She fostered the development of multiple partner companies, technology transfers and IP license agreements. Ms. Eskilson was also involved in photonic start-ups Nova Phase, Inc., Menlo Systems, Inc. and Idesta Quantum Electronics. She serves as an elected Director-At-Large for The Optical Society, and is a Trustee of the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

Prior to discovering optics and photonics in 1992, Amy received her BA degree in Communications from Montclair State University in 1987 and spent several years in New York at McCann Worldwide, the global marketing firm.


Luke LaValle 

Luke has been a member of the Board since 2005. He is the Founder, President and Chief Investment Officer of American Capital Management, Inc. (1980-present). Previously, he was a Senior Investment Officer in the Investment Division of the US Trust Co. of New York (1967-1980). He has specialized in the investment of quality small and medium sized growth companies that are publically traded for over 40 years. Luke has a BS from Boston College and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts. He is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel, Military Intelligence, US Army Reserve and served with the 101st Airborne Division and on the Army Staff, the Pentagon.


Dennis Romano

Dennis joins the Board of Inrad Optics, Inc. after a lengthy and successful career in the defense sector with Grumman Corporation and its successor Northrop Grumman Corporation.  During his career at Northrop Grumman Mr. Romano held a series of senior and executive level positions in the areas of marketing, business development and strategy.  In 1999 he assumed the position of Vice President of Business Strategy and Development. He served in this position until his retirement in 2001.  Mr. Romano was a Senior Vice President of Business Development, in the defense business unit, with Washington Group International. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Physics from Adelphi University.


Rick Strandlund

Rick comes to the Board of Inrad Optics, Inc. with significant experience in the photonics manufacturing and marketing arenas having served the bulk of his career with companies involved in the fabrication and thin-film coating of sophisticated optics and the manufacture of lasers. His experience includes a variety of management and executive positions with Optical Coating Laboratory, Inc., a public company in Santa Rosa, CA. where he was employed from 1973 to 1996.  Mr. Strandlund also served as the President and CEO of Research Electro-Optics, Inc., in Boulder, CO from 1997 to 2004.  He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of NanoProducts Corporation in Longmont, CO.  Mr. Strandlund holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from San Diego State University and a Masters degree in Management from Golden Gate University.


Jan Winston

Jan has been a member of the Board since 2005 and is a Principal of Winston Consulting (1997-present). He was Division Director/General Manager IBM Corporation (1981-1997), Executive positions held in Development, Finance and Marketing.