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.

Culinary & Facility Operations

Luca Carnevale
Executive Director of Operations
luca@makefoodyourbusiness.org

Waterman F. Brown
Director of Business Development
waterman@makefoodyourbusiness.org

Administration & Programming

Ali Montagnon
Director of Events & Media
ali@makefoodyourbusiness.org

Caitlin Mandel
Market & Program Coordinator
caitlin@makefoodyourbusiness.org

Marilyn Mathison
Director of Finance & Grant Administration
marilyn@makefoodyourbusiness.org

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 P 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

Chef Nick Rabar | Chef 2 Go, Avenue N American Kitchen, The Pantry at Avenue N

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