"I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as a cause for withdrawing from a friend."
-Thomas Jefferson

The Jeffersonian Dinner

Leadership Rhode Island launched a series of “Jeffersonian Dinners” in 2016, adopting the dinner format from Jeffrey Walker’s TED Talk wherein he outlined a contemporary approach for Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello dinners – “feasts of reason” the third president held to explore issues of the day through perspectives that only a gathering of thoughtful guests could provide.

The formula is simple: LRI alumni host groups of alumni to dine together while sharing personal stories around a profound, current topic in Rhode Island and our country. Leadership Rhode Island strategically assembles the guest list to ensure dynamic discussions among a diverse grouping of profit, nonprofit, and government sector professional and leaders, enhancing the possibilities of making new connections, strengthening Rhode Island’s social fabric, and incubating new ideas and innovations.

Jeffersonian Dinner attendance is currently limited to dues-paying members of the LRI alumni network. To check on your current membership status, or renew your membership, please contact Matt Coupe, LRI’s Alumni & Community Engagement Liaison.

2016 Jeffersonian Dinner Attendees

  • Joan Abrams, ’92
  • Jerauld Adams, ’14 (Host)
  • Terri Adelman, ’94
  • Michele Adamo, ’11
  • Lorne Adrain, ’94 (Host)
  • Pam Alarie, ’05
  • Bill Allen, ’87
  • Ernie Almonte, ’88 (Host)
  • Angela Ankoma, ’14
  • Kim Arcand, ’14
  • Danielle Alpher, ’15
  • Jim Alves, ’08
  • Armeny Apkarian, ’90
  • Scott Avedisian, ’97
  • Shameem Awan, ’15
  • Alec Beckett, ’11
  • Pauline Bellavance, ’12
  • Nicole Benjamin, ’13
  • Jacky Beshar, ’08 (Host)
  • Ken Block, ’12
  • William Bundy, ’02
  • Maryellen Butke, ’08
  • Laura Calenda, ’11
  • Julie Casimiro, ’08
  • Mary Chatel, ’97
  • Mario Cirillo, ’15
  • Kyla Coburn, ’14
  • Sharon Collier, ’09
  • Sharon Conard-Wells, ’91
  • Susan Connery, ’99
  • Gayle Corrigan, ’13
  • Matt Coupe, CLRI ’12
  • Barry Couto, ’97
  • Bud Craddock, ’93
  • Judy Croyle, ’09
  • Beth Cunha, ’12
  • Joanne Daly, ’12
  • Ed D’Arezzo, ’08
  • Michelle DePlante, ’14
  • Maureen Donnelly, ’12
  • Steve Duvel, ’12
  • Clare Eckert, ’95
  • Mitch Edwards, ’11
  • Matthew Eriksen, ’10
  • Jim Farley, ’81
  • Karen Flynn, ’15
  • Angella Franklin, ’13
  • Vinny Gebhart, ’15
  • Amy Gravell, ’14
  • Joan Gray, ’86
  • Lenny Green, ’02
  • Kim Hall, ’11
  • Carol Hall-Walker, ’11
  • John Harpootian, ’88
  • Lisa Holley, ’12
  • Ann Hood, ’95 (Host)
  • Martha Hultzman, ’91
  • Melissa Husband, ’12
  • Marcus Jannitto, ’97
  • Holly Jensen, ’08
  • Rose Jones, ’09
  • Maria Kasparian, ’15
  • Karen King, ’13
  • Nancy Kirsch, ’94
  • Keith Lang, ’01
  • Ted Larson, ’12
  • Dave Layman, ’86
  • Dennis Leamy, ’13
  • Harvey Lee, ’13
  • Michael Lester, ’13 (Host)
  • Micheline Lombardi, ’15 (Host)
  • Sal Lombardi, ’97 (Host)
  • Rosanne Lowe, ’07
  • John Marion, ’11
  • Don Marrin, ’06
  • Shanna Marzilli, ’08
  • Bob McCann, ’15
  • Christine McDermott, ’11
  • Leeds Mitchell, IV, ’15
  • Sulina Mohanty, CLRI ’06
  • Rob Monnes, ’12
  • John Muggeridge, ’04
  • Colin Murphy, ’13
  • Jim Nellis, ’13
  • Kelly Nevins, ’06
  • Kim Noble, ’14
  • Andy Nota, ’11
  • Michele Nota, ’09
  • Jane Nugent, ’95
  • Paul Oliveira, ’07
  • Kevin O’Brien, ’14
  • Kathy O’Donnell, ’04
  • Tricia O’Neil, ’09
  • Ellie O’Neill, ’96
  • Paul O’Reilly, ’95 (Host & Sponsor)
  • Dave Pellegrino, ’15
  • Juan Pichardo, ’00
  • Mike Ritz,’07
  • Bobby Rodriguez, ’13
  • Chris Sanford, ’10
  • David Sluter, ’88
  • Sally Sutherland, ’14
  • Ted Shallcross, ’11
  • Richard Staples, ’90
  • Jill Tobak, ’06
  • Judith Tolnick Champa, ’11
  • Camille Vella-Wilkinson, ’00
  • Nondas Voll, ’85
  • Danielle Ward, ’14
  • Herb Weiss, ’12
  • Art Yatsko, ’14
  • Carol Young, ’92 (Host)
  • Jeshua Zapata, ’10
  • Sam Zurier, ’04

 

Made possible by the generous support of the Newport Restaurant Group and our wonderful alumni hosts!

 2016 Attendee Breakdown:

  • 13 Dinners
  • Total Guests: 114
  • 31 classes represented
  • 50% For-profit, 24% Non-profit, 19% Government, 6% Retired

Interested in hosting a Jeffersonian Dinner? Contact Matt Coupe, LRI’s Alumni & Community Engagement Liaison, for details at 401-273-1574 x102 or mcoupe@leadershipri.org