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

JT Hodge

Copacking Operations

Email JT

Marilyn Mathison

Bookkeeping

Email Marilyn

Andy Erwin

Kitchens & Equipment

Email Andy

Edward Peoples

Facility Maintenance

Herman “Dutch” deKoe

Lisa Raiola
Founder
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. Currently she is 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

Kyle Adamonis, SHRM-CP | State of Rhode Island

Ellen Almeida | Refocus, Inc.

Tamarah Bacon | Pawtucket Credit Union

Ken Banalewicsz | Dave’s Fresh Marketplace

Lisa Bergeron | AWE

William Bigelow | Blount Fine Foods

W. Henry Blade | Henry Blade Consulting

Sheila Brush | Grow Smart RI (retired)

Sumana Chintapalli | Law office of Sumana Chintapalli, LLC

Joanne Dahmer | Seekonk High School

Sergio Ferreira | Ferreira Concrete Forms, Inc.

Tony Fonseca | Packaging & More, Inc.

Maureen Maloney | Sacred Cow Granola

Lori Pivarnik | University of Rhode Island, Food Safety Research Center

Leo Pollock | The Compost Plant

Lisa Raiola, MPH | President & Hope & Main Founder

Consultants & Contributors

Amos House Culinary Training Program
Charles Giolio
| 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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