Rutgers Food Innovation Center Staff

The Food Innovation Center's in-house staff of industry professionals is dedicated to providing solutions for our clients. Our staff brings a wealth of experience from both the private and public sectors to help solve a variety of business challenges. Simply scroll down to read through all of the biographies.


Lou Cooperhouse
Executive Director, Rutgers University Food Innovation Centers

Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, Ph.D.

Diane Holtaway
Associate Director, Business Development

Julie Elmer
Associate Director, Food Technology

Donna F Schaffner
Associate Director, Food Safety, Quality Assurance & Training

Regina Plaire
Business Specialist

Robert C. Reitnauer Sr.
Senior Manager, Facilities, Production Planning, and Compliance

Shofiul Islam
Senior Manager, Client Services

Jean Mahoney
Administrative Assistant

Tom Orton, PhD
Extension Specialist, Department of Plant Biology and Pathology

Dot Hall
Certified Food Scientist and R&D Specialist

Shawn P. Marsh
Sanitation and HACCP Specialist

George Sansiveri
Plant and Process Engineering Specialist

Judy Freedman
Special Projects Director; Marketing and Communications Specialist