Meet the Team
Founder and CEO
Caroline Vanderlip puts her passions and creativity into building businesses like Re:Dish, and is excited to be able to tell its huge environmental impact story. A successful entrepreneur, Caroline has launched businesses within parent companies (CNBC, AT&T Personal Online Services), as well as independent entities like the publishing technology company, SharedBook. Armed with a BA from Vassar and an MBA from NYU, Caroline is a life-long learner, now focused on sustainability and the huge impact that Re:Dish can have as it supports a shift from a linear to a circular economy.
Dr. Jackie Ebner is cofounder of the non-profit RAICA, helping faith-based institutions create Climate Change. At Elucidativ LLC, Jackie analyzed green technologies, implemented supply chain circularity, waste reduction, and life cycle assessment. At Xerox Corporation, Jackie contributed to design for the environment (DfE), remanufacturing, zero waste and reuse projects. Jackie is currently a professor in Bard College’s Green MBA program. Jackie holds a BA from SUNY Buffalo, an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in Sustainability from the RIT.
Francesca Olivieri is an accomplished content creator and skilled people manager. Her career started at Jim Henson productions writing children’s books, then at The Voyager Company, Time Warner Electronic Publishing and IBM. Later, Francesca founded Sage Baby, an eco-friendly baby store, and was an environmental blogger for Huffington Post, Elephant Journal and more. She was a board member of Scenic Hudson and the New York Council at the NRDC and is currently a Golden Seeds member.
Keiko Niccolini is a reuse leader with extensive experience in both the food & beverage and CPG industries. Keiko was most recently with r.Cup as their Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager and delivered them their their award as “Most Innovative Company 2020” from Fast Company Magazine. Her prior experience spans entrepreneurial and more established brands, including Conde Nast, Moët Hennessy, Illy Caffé and others. Keiko attended Bard College.
Tom McCarthy is a senior food industry executive with a long career in operations, manufacturing management, and product development. Tom served as Vice President of Operations at Nonni's Foods for 20 years, then went on to become Director of Food Service Operations at TruFoods. Most recently, he has served as Chief Executive Officer at Allied Blending and Chief Operating Officer at Aladdin Bakers Inc. Tom holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Limerick, Ireland.
Adam Milligan spent his early career at technology companies large and small, including Microsoft and AOL/Time Warner. He became the first Director of Technology at Pivotal Labs, and built the mobile development practice there. After Pivotal was acquired, Adam founded Groundwork Software, a software development consultancy with a focus on onboarding and mentoring new software developers. Adam is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
As founder of Circudyne, an advisory practice that focuses on the human side of the Circular Economy, Christian;s vision for a greener future mirrors that of Re:Dish. Christian applies his past marketing, strategy, and finance experience with companies such as Google, McKinsey, Airbus, and JetBlue, to helping firms prosper within sustainable parameters. Christian has degrees from Colgate, Georgetown, and Duke and has recently completed the Circular Economy Masterclass at the University of Exeter.
Joe was Founder and CEO of Cafco Development, Inc., an award-winning restaurant development company, and has also served as President of TriMark United East, and EVP of TriMark USA, New England's and the nation’s largest restaurant equipment and supply company respectively. A Babson College graduate, Joe is passionate about entrepreneurship, leadership, and sustainable/regenerative agriculture.
Kara is a Managing Partner at Stellar Search, an executive search and HR consultancy. Her firm partners with CEOs/leadership teams to help companies become employers of choice. Her goal is to build positive, productive cultures supported by balanced people policies that attract and retain stellar talent. Prior, Kara held roles in financial services, high tech and luxury retail. Kara has a B.S. from the Boston College Carroll School of Management.
Matt serves as the CEO of BetterLesson, a professional learning solution for K-12 educators. Prior, he was CFO for LearnZillion and led strategic M&A activity for iHeartMedia, Inc.. Matt has deep experience in finance, strategy, and technology, having started his career with Banc of America Securities, focused on leveraged finance, before joining Investcorp Technology partners, where he focused on technology growth investments. Matt has a B.A. from Yale.
As a leader in ESG and co-founder of circular, B Corp certified wellness brand Ace of Air, Stephanie Stahl’s passion for finding scalable solutions for a healthy planet is at the heart of Re:Dish’s vision. Stephanie brings her extensive branding, marketing and strategy experience with Coach, Revlon, Tracy Anderson and The Boston Consulting Group to help new ventures become successful, eco-leading brands and businesses. Stephanie has a B.A. in quantitative economics from Stanford, and an M.B.A., with distinction, from Harvard Business School.
Dr. Tommy Chang is an education leader who brings his expertise to school districts and educational organizations across the country through his own consulting practice. Dr. Chang has served many roles in public education. He was the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools and a local instructional superintendent of the Intensive Support & Innovation Center at the Los Angeles Unified School District. He is a former biology teacher and high school principal.
Steven Berkenfeld is the founder and principal of Ecotopia Consulting LLC, serves as Chief Strategy Officer of Brightcore Energy, and is an advisory board member to many companies with innovative climate solutions. Prior to his retirement, Steven was a Managing Director in Investment Banking at Barclays after a 21-year career at Lehman Brothers. He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.S. from Cornell University.