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.
Rich Grousset is a sustainability expert and social entrepreneur committed to helping businesses to shift from single-use food service products to reusable alternatives. Rich previously launched several reusable-to-go container programs in university and workplace cafeterias, His extensive research findings and hands-on expertise is now helping build Re:Dish’s pipeline. Rich earned an MBA and MS in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan, an MA in Survey Research Methods from UConn, a BS in Communication Theory from Cornell University, and isa GBCI certified TRUE Zero Waste Business Associate.
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 and Time Warner Electronic Publishing. At IBM, she helped create the award-winning BrainQuest and Crayola software. Later, Francesca founded Sage Baby, an eco-friendly baby store, and an environmental blogger for Martha Stewart’s Whole Living magazine, 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.
Joe Thibert is a successful entrepreneur and corporate strategist, with significant food service industry experience. Previously he was Founder and CEO of Cafco Development, Inc., an award-winning restaurant development company. Joe 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. Operating at the intersection of innovation and sound business practices, he is excited to be part of a sustainable solution on the Re:Dish team.
Nathalie Cicurel is a seasoned strategist who helps companies harness opportunities for growth while defining and expressing their brand in meaningful ways. With expertise in driving large-scale change through easy-to-participate processes, Nathalie brings relevant insights to the team. Her marketing experience includes work with Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Stanford and more. Having studied psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, Nathalie is excited to apply a human-centered approach to making a positive environmental impact with Re:Dish.
Nicole Grossberg is a Content Creator, Sustainability Advocate, and Zero Waste Practitioner. She has a BS in Marketing from SUNY Albany and a MS from Long Island University. She spent seven years working in Account Management at various advertising agencies in NYC, with clients such as The Gap, Weight Watchers, Pure Barre, and Breville. After, Nicole shifted her focus to working with sustainability-focused clients so she can fulfill her passion for fighting climate change. She is thrilled to be an integral part of the Re:Dish team and help transition companies from single-use to reusables.
A high-volume restaurant operator with a focus on hospitality, Chris Ribando’s tech-savvy business acumen coupled with his innovative operational and interpersonal skills make him an invaluable asset to the Re:Dish team. As a general manager for Shake Shack Enterprises, Chris developed partnerships, directed daily operations, and facilitated inventory control and accounting processes for various Shake Shack locations. After attending the State University of New York College at Brockport, Chris spent 15 years cultivating his technical roots as a recording engineer and producer.
Matt serves as the CEO of BetterLesson, a K-12 focused digital provider of professional learning solutions for school and districts based in Boston, MA. Prior to his time with LearnZillion, Matt led strategic M&A activity for iHeartMedia, Inc. as the Director of Liquidity and Corporate Development. Matt has worked in leveraged finance, technology growth investments and has also served in FP&A, capital management, and strategic FP&A roles for Rackspace, Inc. and the TJX Companies. Matt has a B.A. from Yale.
As founder of Circudyne, an advisory practice that focuses on the human side of the Circular Economy, Christian Rishel‘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.
A serial entrepreneur in the hospitality market, Phil opened his
first restaurant in 1994 and later founded a notable restaurant design firm in Brooklyn, helping to create over 150 new spaces. Balancing sustainability with quality and ingenuity, Phil brings great resources and expertise to bear on Re:Dish. Phil attended Cerritos College, and holds multiple certificates and licenses.