WE ARE TASTE BUDS

ABOUT US
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KAREN SALVATORE

Founder, Camp Director, Communications & Social Skills Instructor

Having earned a BS in Business Administration with a major in Communication from Babson College, Karen is a social entrepreneur who excels at solving large social problems on the local level in a cost-effective way. Having worked on transportation issues for many years, she has dedicated the rest of her working life to solving the completely preventable childhood obesity epidemic by replicating Fit2cook4kids nationally as a social franchise.

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JUSTIN KETNER

Professional Chef

Chef Justin currently works for the Management 410 Company as the private chef at a URI academic and social residence hall. In this position he must adapt to the food requirements of 40 students, accommodating for a myriad of dietary trends and special needs including allergies, non-meat, and religious preferences. He grew up with parents who helped start the first health food coop in RI and loves sharing his knowledge of the history of food with campers.

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SANDRA SEVERINKANGAS

Yoga Instructor

University of Sacred Heart, Puerto Rico, BA in Clinical Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, fluent in Spanish, English, and Finnish, Registered Yoga Teacher in Yoga Alliance (E-RYT-200), certified as an Itsy Bitsy Yoga® Facilitator, completed the Semillas de Luz (Seeds of Light) Children's Yoga Teacher training, plus a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification from Samadhi Yoga Institute in San Juan, Puerto Rico, a Registered YogaFaith Teacher (R-YFT), and the creator and principal facilitator of Socceroga, a yoga program for soccer players. This mom of two tweens has practiced yoga for sixteen years.

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KINNAN DOWIE

Counselor in Training (CIT), 2015-2017

Kinnan Dowie, attended Fit2cook4Kids three years and decided to enter the healthy lunch contest initiated First Lady, Michelle Obama. He won for RI and went to the Kids State Dinner at the White House where he met Mrs. Obama and President Obama. He then applied to Chopped Junior on the Food Network and made it to the second round.

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BRANDON RICHARD

Counselor in Training (CIT)

Brandon Richard likes to make breakfast and often cooks on weekends. He likes experimenting to come up with great flavors. He's an adventurous eater having tried frog legs and alligator which was in a fritter with a tropical mango salsa. He's been playing baseball as a catcher for 7 years. After 3 years as a camper he became a CIT.

ELISA HERNANDEZ

Counselor in Training (CIT)

Elisa Hernandez attended Fit2Cook4Kids for three years and then became a CIT.  She loves coming up with new dish ideas and telling stories. She excels in math, plays clarinet, and keeps busy teaching herself guitar and making art.

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ARIANNA DUMAS

Counselor in Training (CIT)

Arianna Dumas enjoys cooking and making small meals for family and friends.  She became a CIT after attending Fit2cook for three years.   She loves ice skating, photography, softball, and has enjoyed being a Girl Scout for five years.

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NORMAN J. LECLAIR

Advisor, Chef , Author

Former proprietor of Red Rooster Tavern, North Kingstown, RI, and author of Culinary Expressions, Seafood Expressions, and Chicken Expressions, Norman retired from teaching at Fit2cook4Kids camps when he reached the tender age of 80. We could not bear to see him go, so he joined the board of directors and is our adviser to our aspiring TV chefs. We'd be hard pressed to find a chef more passionate about his craft and so willing to share his talent!

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NANCY SEALE

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Nancy Seale is a Branch Manager at Rhode Island Credit Union and the mother of one son. She has worked at the Credit Union for over 30 years and is passionate about Financial Literacy and preparing children for the future. Nancy has taught financial literacy to campers for years, and currently serves on the Food and Truth Board of Directors.

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MEREDITH COTTA

Consultant, Marketing

BA in Liberal Arts from Providence College, Magna Cum Laude. While attending PC, Meredith took courses at RISD in graphic design. She is a 3rd Degree Black Belt & Certified Instructor in the Cheezic Tang Soo Do Federation of Karate. Previously a substitute teacher in the Foster/Situate public school system, Meredith is the mother of two homeschooled teenagers.

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SHELLY FISH

Compliance Officer

Shelly Fish is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She’s a Compliance Officer, USAF Staff Sergeant in Public Health, and the mother of four sons, ages 1-16 years.

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Administrative Assistant

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