Rutgers Food Innovation Center Personnel

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
Director, Rutgers Food Innovation Center; President, NJ Business Incubation Network

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

Al  Hunt
Senior Maintenance Mechanic

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

Dot Hall
Certified Food Scientist and R&D Specialist

Tom Helsel
Executive Research Chef and Culinary Specialist

Shawn P. Marsh
Sanitation and HACCP Specialist

George Sansiveri
Plant and Process Engineering Specialist

Judy Freedman
Special Projects Director; Marketing and Communications Specialist