Hattie Donner

Hattie R. Donner

General Manager

In the summer of 2010 I started working at The Riverhouse as the Assistant Banquet Manager. Coming from the Saybrook Point Inn’s restaurant I was eager to learn a new side of the industry.

I studied at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida where I specialized in Hotel, Resort & Restaurant Management with a minor in Marketing. I also attended Mount Ida College in Boston Massachusetts for a degree in Business Management. With my education and experience working with the Banquet Manager, I gained knowledge of event setup, floor design, staffing and execution.

My favorite part of the wedding industry was watching the ballroom come alive. From a bare room with just tables and chairs to all the glitz and glam of each event. I get excited over linens, flower arrangements, glistening votive candles and attention to detail. Watching the bride’s face light up at her first look to the room is the best feeling. I was happy to be a part of this, knowing that we did everything to make each event special.

In the last several years at The Riverhouse I have worked as the assistant banquet manager, wedding sales manager and have recently been promoted to the General Manager. Every department has given me a different experience that has enabled my knowledge for event planning.

Kelley Risatti

Kelley Risatti

Wedding Sales Manager

In the summer of 2010 I started working at The Riverhouse as the Assistant Banquet Manager. Coming from the Saybrook Point Inn’s restaurant I was eager to learn a new side of the industry.

I studied at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida where I specialized in Hotel, Resort & Restaurant Management with a minor in Marketing. I also attended Mount Ida College in Boston Massachusetts for a degree in Business Management. With my education and experience working with the Banquet Manager, I gained knowledge of event setup, floor design, staffing and execution.

My favorite part of the wedding industry was watching the ballroom come alive. From a bare room with just tables and chairs to all the glitz and glam of each event. I get excited over linens, flower arrangements, glistening votive candles and attention to detail. Watching the bride’s face light up at her first look to the room is the best feeling. I was happy to be a part of this, knowing that we did everything to make each event special.

In the last several years at The Riverhouse I have worked as the assistant banquet manager, wedding sales manager and have recently been promoted to the General Manager. Every department has given me a different experience that has enabled my knowledge for event planning.

Julie Zuder

Julie Zuder

Banquet Manager

Julie graduated in 1997 with her degree in Elementary Education and began her teaching career in Glastonbury, CT. While in High School, Julie worked in her aunt’s restaurant and it was there that she discovered her love for the Hospitality Industry! Taking on more responsibility of the day to day, Julie realized that this truly was the career for her!

The restaurant was sold in May of 1999 and Julie stayed with the new owners and met her husband who was the Owner/ Executive Chef. Several years passed and both Julie and her husband needed to make the next career step which was to own their own restaurant. They purchased a restaurant in Kennebunkport, Maine. They owned and operated the restaurant for 5 years, they sold the restaurant and moved back to CT.

Julie started working at The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station in August of 2017 as a banquet server and loved it! In December 2018, she took the position for Store Manager of Perfectly Prepared Gourmet to Go & Pond View Café. The position for Banquet Manager opened in the Spring of 2019 and Julie accepted it!

Ben Quinones

Ben Quinones

Executive Chef

Julie graduated in 1997 with her degree in Elementary Education and began her teaching career in Glastonbury, CT. While in High School, Julie worked in her aunt’s restaurant and it was there that she discovered her love for the Hospitality Industry! Taking on more responsibility of the day to day, Julie realized that this truly was the career for her!

The restaurant was sold in May of 1999 and Julie stayed with the new owners and met her husband who was the Owner/ Executive Chef. Several years passed and both Julie and her husband needed to make the next career step which was to own their own restaurant. They purchased a restaurant in Kennebunkport, Maine. They owned and operated the restaurant for 5 years, they sold the restaurant and moved back to CT.

Julie started working at The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station in August of 2017 as a banquet server and loved it! In December 2018, she took the position for Store Manager of Perfectly Prepared Gourmet to Go & Pond View Café. The position for Banquet Manager opened in the Spring of 2019 and Julie accepted it!