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 over 400 food and beverage-related businesses, with numerous 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
Herman “Dutch” deKoe
Research & Special Projects
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 | CHAIR
President & Founder, Hope & Main
Lisa Bergeron | SECRETARY
Founder and Co-Creator, Advancing Workplace Excellence
Ellen Almeida | TREASURER
Director of Finance, ReFocus Inc.
Kyle Adamonis, SHRM-CP PHR
Executive Director of Human Resources, State of Rhode Island
Founder, 25 Bough Street, Chief Advancement Office, United Way of RI
Specialty Food/Produce Buyer, Dave’s Marketplace
Chief Growth Officer, Blount Fine Foods
President & Founder, Giant Shoulders
Melba Depena Affigne
Vice President, Skills for RI Future
Co-owner/Operator, Packaging & More
Michael Goldberg, Esq., M.
Goldberg Law LLC
Partner, First Cambridge Capital
Founder, Sacred Cow Granola
Lori Pivarnik, Ph.D
Coordinator, NFS Food Safety Outreach/Research / Professor, URI
Relationship Manager, Berkshire Bank
Hope & Main Providence Board of Directors
President & CEO, RI Food Dealers Association
Chef Sanjiv Dhar
Owner Spice Kraft Inc,
Owner of Kabob & Curry, Chaska, Rasa and Rasoi
Executive Director, Brown Technology Innovations
Juan Wilson, Jr.
Founder/ Executive Director, The MUSE Foundation of Rhode Island