"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
  • Michele Adamo, ’11
  • Jerauld Adams, ’14 (Host)
  • Terri Adelman, ’94
  • Lorne Adrain, ’94 (Host)
  • Pam Alarie, ’05
  • Bill Allen, ’87
  • Ernie Almonte, ’88 (Host)
  • Danielle Alpher, ’15
  • Jim Alves, ’08
  • Angela Ankoma, ’14
  • Armeny Apkarian, ’90
  • Kim Arcand, ’14
  • 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
  • Kevin O’Brien, ’14
  • Kathy O’Donnell, ’04
  • Paul Oliveira, ’07
  • 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
  • Ted Shallcross, ’11
  • David Sluter, ’88
  • Sally Sutherland, ’14
  • 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

2017 Jeffersonian Dinner Attendees

  • Pam Alarie, ’05 (Host)
  • Krystina Almon, ’16
  • Ernie Almonte, ’88 (Host)
  • Danielle Alpher, ’15 (Host)
  • Magali Angeloni, ’16
  • Karen Barbosa, ’14
  • Ting Barnard, ’15
  • Deirdre Bird, ’11
  • Lisa Blackman, ’06
  • MaryBeth Boivin, ’16
  • Annette Bourne, ’07
  • Jacob Brier, ’14
  • Sue Bruce, ’16
  • Ron Caniglia, ’87
  • Claudia Cardozo, ’11
  • Laura Carlisle, ’16
  • Angela Carr, ’15
  • Jason Chopoorian, ’17
  • Peter Chung, ’16
  • Ruth Clegg, ’98
  • Sandy Coletta, ’93
  • William Conley, ’01 (Host)
  • Kathleen Connell, ’90
  • Keith Couto, ’09
  • James Crowley, ’92
  • Judy Croyle, ’09 (Host)
  • David Curtis, ’15
  • Lisa Dandeneau, ’15
  • Melissa Darigan, ’00
  • Loriana De Crecenzo, ’10
  • Nick Delmenico, ’14
  • Rich DeRienzo, ’85
  • Jane Desforges, ’05
  • Pete Durfee, ’14
  • Chris Feisthamel, ’01
  • Jim Ferrara, ’07
  • Bob Ferreira, ’11
  • Greg Garvin, ’08
  • Rafaelina Gomez, ’16
  • Akhil Gupta, ’07
  • John Harpootian, ’88 (Host)
  • Mario Hilario, ’05
  • Andrea Hopkins, ’88
  • Roberta Humble, ’01
  • Kevin Kazarian, ’16
  • Nancy Kirsch, ’94 (Host)
  • Josh Klemp, ’13
  • Anthony Leone, ’10
  • Ian Lester, ’10
  • Natalia Lima, ’16
  • Tom Lisi, ’07
  • Val Littlefield, ’10
  • Micheline Lombardi, ’15 (Host)
  • Sal Lombardi, ’97 (Host)
  • Fran Loosen, ’16
  • Christine Lopes Metcalfe, ’12
  • Jen LoPiccolo, ’12
  • Nick Loring, ’16
  • Linda Lulli, ’02
  • Jennifer Luxmoore, ’10
  • Ron Martel, ’06
  • Fran Mossberg, ’99
  • John Mulattieri, ’09
  • Shana Murrell, ’06
  • Jodie Neville, ’05
  • Ana Novais, ’04
  • Margie O’Brien, ’16
  • Janice Olsen, ’15
  • Prutha Patel, ’16
  • Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, ’04
  • Marc Popkin, ’16
  • Debbie Proffitt, ’16
  • Fred Reinhardt, ’16
  • Mike Ritz, ’07
  • Joe Santos, ’15
  • Justin Savage, ’16 (Host)
  • Scott Seaback, ’14 (Host)
  • John Simmonds, ’14
  • Libby Slader, ’12
  • Robert Smith, ’14
  • Marc Streisand, ’16
  • Maria Tocco, ’07
  • Steve Ucci, ’15
  • Bill Warburton, ’88
  • Ray Watson, ’15
  • Dean Weinberg, ’15
  • Henrietta White-Holder, ’11
  • Kira Wills, ’16
  • Scott Wolf, ’87
  • Myrth York, ’92
  • Carol Young, ’92