Our Team

Making food our business since 2014

We are Rhode Island’s premier culinary incubator, ranking in the top 10% in the country. Since firing up the kitchens for the first time in October 2014, our team has helped launch nearly 200 food and beverage-related businesses, with over 40 graduates now operating out of their own spaces.

Our staff, Board, consultants and contributors are a comprehensive resource to our members, offering a wealth of industry, entrepreneurial and technical expertise, allowing us to meet individual needs for each business work with.

The People Helping to

Make Food Your Business

Luca Carnevale

Executive Director

Email Luca

Waterman F. Brown

Business Development

Email Waterman

Ali Montagnon

Marketing, Events & Communications
Email Ali

Meri Spicer

Entrepreneurship Program

Email Meri

Caitlin Mandel

Food Systems Equity

Email Caitlin

Alison Mountford

Markets & Pop-Ups

Email Alison

JT Hodge

Copacking Operations

Email JT

Andy Erwin

Kitchens & Equipment

Email Andy

Marilyn Mathison

Bookkeeping

Email Marilyn

Edward Peoples

Facility Maintenance

Herman “Dutch” deKoe

Research & Special Projects

Lisa Raiola, MPH
Founder & President
lisa@makefoodyourbusiness.org

Lisa has more than has more than 30 years of experience in program development and advancement at non-profit organizations in healthcare and higher education with a special focus on distributive justice, social responsibility and economic development. Recently retired as the VP for Advancement at Roger Williams University. Previously, Lisa was a Clinical Assistant Professor for Community Health and Medical Ethics at the Brown University School of Medicine where she developed and instructed courses in public health research; health promotion and disease prevention; food security and food justice; healthcare financing and system reform; and health disparity and the burden of disease.

Board of Directors

Lisa Raiola, MPH | PRESIDENT
Founder, Hope & Main

Sheila Brush | VICE PRESIDENT
Former Director of Programs, Grow Smart Rhode Island

Ellen Almeida | TREASURER
Director of Finance, ReFocus Inc.

Kyle Adamonis, SHRM-CP PHR
Executive Director of Human Resources, State of Rhode Island

Tamarah Bacon
AVP, Commercial Lending, Pawtucket Credit Union

Kenneth Banalewicz
Specialty Food/Produce Buyer, Dave’s Marketplace

Lisa Bergeron
Founder and Co-Creator, Advancing Workplace Excellence

William Bigelow
Chief Growth Officer, Blount Fine Foods

W. Henry Blade
Planning and Programming Specialist / RI EHS-Net, State of Rhode Island

Joanne B. Dahmer
Foods and Nutrition Teacher, Seekonk High School

Sergio Ferreira
Organizer, Startup Weekend Providence / Cofounder, Subbids / Project Manager, Ferreira Concrete Forms, Inc.

Tony Fonseca
Co-owner/Operator, Packaging & More

Maureen Maloney
Founder, Sacred Cow Granola

Lori Pivarnik, Ph. D
Coordinator, NFS Food Safety Outreach/Research / Professor, URI Food Safety Research Center

Leo Pollock
Principal, The Compost Plant

Sumana Chintapalli, Esq.
Principal, Chintapalli Law

Consultants & Contributors

Amos House Culinary Training Program
Charles Gioglio
| HACCP/Process Consulting
Conservation Law Foundation
| Legal Food Hub
Discover Newport
Discover Warren
Farm Fresh Rhode Island
John Perez
| Efficiencies Consulting
John Robitaille |
Entrepreneurship & Marketing Coach
Newport Chamber of Commerce
ReFocus, Inc.
Relish Rhody
Rhode Island Commerce Corporation
Rhode Island Food Dealers Association
Rhode Island Foundation
Rhode Island Hospitality Association
Roger Williams University
| Legal Clinic
State of Rhode Island Department of Health
The Compost Plant
Todd Blount
| Blount Fine Foods
United States Department of Agriculture
University of Wisconsin
WhatsGood / Crave Food Services

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