Our Team

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 figures out how to solve large social problems on the local level in a cost effective way.

Maureen McDonagh Chef

Maureen grew up traveling with an Air Force family, enjoying many cuisines and cultures.  She earned degrees in Culinary Arts and Culinary Nutrition at Johnson & Wales University and an M.S. in Applied Nutrition from Northeastern. She has worked as a clinical nutritionist and in public health since 2003. A Girl Scout troop leader for seven

Meredith Cotta Administrative Assistant/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

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,

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.

Nancy Seale

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.  She is focused on teaching the knowledge & skills needed to understand how to earn

Norman J. Leclair Advisor, Chef, Author

We will be hard pressed to find a chef more passionate about his craft and so willing to share his talent with others! Author of Culinary Expressions & Seafood Expressions

Brendan Weiner Counselor in Training (CIT)

Brendan Weiner discovered cooking at the age of 5 beside his mom who ran a cooking business. It wasn’t long before he prepared food independently. After attending camp for two years, he was selected as a CIT. Currently a student at Rocky Hill School, Brendan spends his time wood working, playing the French horn, guitar,

Chloe Barney Counselor in Training (CIT)

Chloe “the baker” started t2cook at age 11 and immediately established herself as a tireless star-camper. Two years later she became a CIT and is entering freshman year in the culinary program at Coventry High School.

Caleb Jones Counselor in Training (CIT)

Caleb Jones attended Fit2cook for three years and was selected as a CIT. He’s entering North Kingstown High School as a freshman in the finance program and looking forward to playing football for the NK Skippers. An avid New England sports fan, Caleb enjoys cooking and learning new ways to try different healthy food options.

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.