Innovation Center Staff

The Rutgers Food Innovation Center services the entire state of New Jersey.   It is led by Richard McArdle, Executive Director, and has physical offices at three locations -   FIC South, located in Bridgeton;  FIC North located in Piscataway; and FIC Chemistry located in New Brunswick.   Our teams, and their contact information and biographies, are listed below.

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Richard McArdle
Executive Director
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center
Email: rm1333@njaes.rutgers.edu
Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Economic Development and Innovation
Associate Director, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Email: Brennan@NJAES.rutgers.edu

FIC South

FIC North

FIC Chemistry

Richard McArdle
Director - FIC South
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center
Email: rm1333@njaes.rutgers.edu
Nolan Lewin
Director - FIC North & Director of Operations for FIC South
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center
Email: nl95@njaes.rutgers.edu
Tom Hartman
Director, Mass Spectrometry Operations
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center
Email: HartmanTG@aol.com

Diane Holtaway
Associate Director, Business Development
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center
Email: Holtaway@NJAES.rutgers.edu

Jeff Canavan
Associate Director, Engineering & Operations
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center
Email: canavan@rutgers.edu

Joseph Lech
Mass Spectrometist
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center
Julie Elmer
Associate Director, Food Technology
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center
Email: Elmer@NJAES.rutgers.edu
Elizabeth Purcelly
Associate Director, Technical Operations & Quality
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center
Email: purcelly@njaes.rutgers.edu

Joe Scarsella
Lab Researcher IV
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center
Donna F Schaffner
Associate Director, Food Safety, Quality Assurance & Training
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center
Email: DFSchaffner@NJAES.rutgers.edu
Mary Jane Smith
Business Specialist
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center
Email: mjsmith@njaes.rutgers.edu

Bin Khoo
Assistant Mass Spectrometist
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center
Regina Plaire
Business Manager
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center
Email: Plaire@NJAES.rutgers.edu
Roxana Zuniga
Food Production Assistant
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center

Mellonie O'Neill
Senior Manager of QA Compliance & Training
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center
Email: mo495@njaes.rutgers.edu
Stephen Baughman
Senior Maintenance Mechanic
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center
Email: sb1595@NJAES.rutgers.edu
Dot Hall
Certified Food Scientist and R&D Specialist
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center
Email: Dot@NJAES.rutgers.edu
George Sansiveri
Plant and Process Engineering Specialist
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center
Email: gsansiveri@comcast.net
Pauline Pepper
Administrative Assistant
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center
Email: pp559@NJAES.rutgers.edu
Daniel Wootten, Jr.
Operations and Quality Assurance Coordinator
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center
Email: dw546@njaes.rutgers.edu