Our Advisors

Red Tomato relies on the wisdom and advice of an informal group of varied and talented Advisors, which includes at various times:

Bernadette Orr, was Gulf Coast Emergency Program Manager at Oxfam America until June 2008. With over 15 years experience in domestic and international development assistance, Bernadette has worked closely with a range of agricultural groups in the U.S. and Latin America on projects designed to enhance their income, increase access to markets, and change agricultural policy to support limited resource farmers. Bernadette was intimately involved in the production of a major research report by the Agricultural Policy Analysis Center: Rethinking U.S. Agricultural Policy: Changing Course to Secure Farmer Livelihoods Worldwide. Prior to her work with Oxfam America, Bernadette worked as an independent consultant on Latin American and women's issues, and served as a program officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. 

Lynn Colangione was Red Tomato's Director of Development, a member of the management team, and was on RT's staff from 2000 to 2005. Since 2006, Lynn has served as the Financial and Marketing Manager for True Value Hardware of Orleans, Inc., and for all practical purposes is also the person in charge of human resources. They are an independently and family-owned business with 5 retail hardware stores on the lower Cape with 40-45 employees. Lynn has a MS in Agriculture, Food & the Environment from the Tufts University School of Nutrition. Before RT, Lynn was a commodities trader, buying and selling food worldwide. Lynn's experience ranges from purchasing, sales and negotiating deals on a wide variety of food products, to managing transportation logistics.

Poppy Davis has fifteen years of experience addressing tax and accounting needs for not for profits, small businesses, and individuals, with an emphasis on agricultural enterprises. She administers crop insurance and risk management outreach and education programs for the USDA - Risk Management Agency in Washington DC. Her non-profit board experience includes Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Center for Land Based Learning, and The Carrot Project. She holds a Degree in Agricultural and Managerial Economics from the University of California at Davis and is currently studying Journalism and Corporate Communications at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Mike Guptill is the longtime Sales and Marketing Manager for Gold Bell Arrow Farms, a wholesale produce company, produce grower and repacker, located in the Chelsea Terminal Food Market outside Boston, Massachusetts. Mike lives on a farm in southern Maine which has been in his family for over 200 years. Mike runs the farm and also runs the Hackmatack Playhouse Theater out of one of his barns during the summer months. Mike has an MBA from Suffolk University and is a former adjunct faculty in Economics and Marketing at UNH.

Deb Italiano is an innovative business development and program management exec with a passion for developing partnership alliances across the private, non-profit and socially responsible investment sectors.  After 15 years on Wall Street working with top firms like Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan Chase she has focused her program strategy, market roll-out and operational infrastructure experiences on developing sustainability initiatives inside the food systems world. Living in the NYC metro area she is part of one of the hippest foodie cultures in the world.

Theresa Kirby, acts as and advisor and consultant to the Red Tomato development staff. Her background includes teaching, managing a pottery business, and writing grants for New Hampshire Public Television. She has also given workshops for emerging entrepreneurs through MicroCredit NH, Bennington College, and the NH State Council on the Arts. 

Michelle Chambers works with the Red Tomato staff on organizational restructuring and management consultation. She is the primary architect of a new organizational structure that had positioned the organzation for growth and focus. After two years working on the Red Tomato Trade Team, Michelle now works part time as a consultant to ensure that the trade team continues to improve and thrive.

C.J. Kaplan is a Creative Director/Writer, Marketing Drive, LLC based in Needham, MA.

Dawn Olcott has an MS in Human Nutrition and focuses her work on providing access and food systems development. Her experience spans twenty years and includes marketing, buying, and operations for food co-op retail and wholesale, and most recently food service. She works as a Nutritionist in School Health in an urban school system.

Dorothy Suput is founder and executive director of The Carrot Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing financing solutions for small and midsized farms, limited resource farms, and those using ecologically-friendly production practices. Prior to this endeavor, Dorothy provided consulting services to enhance the development capabilities and bottom line of not-for-profit organizations. She also has been Vice-President of Development for the Conservation Law Foundation, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Recycling Coalition, and the Northeast Regional Organizer for the Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture, working primarily on 1995 Farm Bill issues. Dorothy is a board member of the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

Jonathan Rosenthal is a long-time adviser to Red Tomato.  He creates and manages projects to advance social justice issues in the food industry through his fair trade consulting company, Just Works Consulting. Jonathan led the creation and launch of Red Tomato's joint venture tropical fruit company, Oke USA until December 2008. Jonathan was also a co-founder of Equal Exchange, the cooperatively owned fair trade food company.

Donna Tramontozzi, a web strategy consultant, is a principle of W Street Associates. Donna has provided strategic consulting at Fortune 100 companies, start-ups and non-profits. She has held a number of management positions and has been a corporate executive. As a high tech professional for almost three decades, Donna has a deep understanding of technology and how technology affects business processes and learning. She advises Red Tomato on developing new technology-based business tools. She is also a talented amateur photographer and consummate storyteller.

Joel Yanowitz is the founder and President of The Cascade Group, Inc. For the past twenty years, he has worked with companies to design and implement targeted organizational change and transformation initiatives. Prior to establishing The Cascade Group, Mr. Yanowitz was a Vice President of Arthur D. Little, a global management consulting and technology development company. From 1985 to 1995, Mr. Yanowitz was the Managing Director of Innovation Associates, Inc., a fast-growing consulting and executive development firm that pioneered new approaches to organizational change and learning. Innovation Associates was acquired by Arthur D. Little in 1995.

Sue McGovern, owner of McGovern Communications, has provided creative, strategic and results-oriented PR and marketing communications services to leading corporations, political initiatives, emerging businesses and PR agencies for more than 25 years. McGovern has been honored for her work in proactive media relations, investigative research and play writing.

Chris Cartter is founder of Quitnet, the Web’s original quit smoking site. Quitnet, launched in 1995, is owned by Healthways, where Chris is currently. He’s also a photographer extraordinaire.

Carolee Colter has been consulting for consumer and worker co-ops and other small community-based businesses since 1984. Using a collaborative problem-solving approach, she helps co-ops create productive and satisfying workplaces. With the involvement of workers and managers, she develops organizational structures, job descriptions, pay scales, performance evaluations, personnel policies, employee surveys and training programs.

Ora Grodsky, Just Works Consulting, is an organizational development consultant. She works with mission-driven organizations to enhance the efficacy and impact of their work by bringing forward and building on the best of who they are and what they do. Her services include retreat and meeting facilitation, strategic planning, leadership and board development and conflict transformation.

Beth Shepard is owner of Beth Shepard Communications, a public relations agency offering public relations and marketing services for small companies and individuals.

Foley Hoag, LLC one of Boston's premier law firms, provides pro-bono counsel for our trademark, among other projects, thanks to Mark Barnett, Charles Weinstein, Joshua Jarvis and their top-notch team.