Our Leadership Team

We pride ourselves on our diverse team of local experts, bringing unique perspectives and different experiences. Knowledgable, dedicated to customer service and client satisfaction, this is the group we’ve always been building toward.


John Hodnett
Senior Managing Director/Broker of Record, RI

401-284-4800 john.hodnett@liladelman.com

My wife Pamela and I are raising six beautiful children here in Narragansett. I graduated summa cum laude with my BS from Northeastern University and earned my MBA from Columbia University with Beta Gamma Sigma honors. I previously worked as a CPA with a Big Eight accounting firm and as a buy-side securities analyst and have lived in both Boston and New York.

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Kendra Toppa
Sales Manager, Newport County I Associate Broker

401-339-6233 Kendra.Toppa@LilaDelman.com

As Manager of the Newport office and company-wide top-producing sales agent, Kendra has been offering clients a recognizable level of professionalism and dedication for close to ten years. She attributes her multi-million dollar success to her affiliation with the best Rhode Island brokerage firm in Rhode Island, a commitment to unparalleled customer service standards, and a client-centric approach grounded in effective communication.

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Ryan Elsman
Regional Operations Manager

201-400-4012 Ryan.Elsman@liladelman.com

New York City Resident turned Rhode Islander, Ryan Elsman brings a fresh perspective and energized approach to all things marketing & branding. A graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Ryan began his career at Warby Parker, the billion dollar eyeglasses startup, as a founding member of their Experiential Marketing team.

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Brandyn Brunelle
Regional Marketing Manager

401-789-6666 brandyn.brunelle@liladelman.com

Brandyn has built a professional skill set in a variety of roles and leadership positions. He began his journey attending LIM College in Manhattan, obtaining his bachelors degree in marketing with a concentration in upper premium and luxury markets. He started his career working for Ralph Lauren and became well versed with the concept of "lifestyle" marketing and brand development.

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Alison Gainor
Senior Agent Experience Manager

917-327-2941 Alison.Gainor@LilaDelman.com

A childhood trip through New England gave Ali an appreciation for this beautiful part of the world.  Ali was raised in Lancaster, PA and attended Syracuse University, where she earned a B.A. in Magazine Journalism and Spanish Language, Literature and Culture.  Upon graduating, she moved to New York City, working first in Zagat Survey’s research department and later as an associate Program Manager for Google.  After six years living in nearly as many neighborhoods, she and her husband, Ryan, a native Rhode Islander, relocated to Newport, where they fell in love with the city’s architecture, sense of history and walkability.   In 2015, Ali began working in real estate, assisting President/Broker Melanie Delman with transactions as an Executive Liaison at Lila Delman.  Ali has a conscientious approach to work and is committed to quality, attention to detail and helping others to the best of her ability.  During her time in Rhode Island, she has been a member of Redwood Library and Athenaeum, the Historic Hill Association, the Preservation Society of Newport County, NewportFILM, Newport County Board of Realtors and the Junior League of Rhode Island, for which she chaired the 2016 Pizzuti Open Golf Tournament to benefit the Junior League of Rhode Island and the American Cancer Society.  Ali enjoys exploring Rhode Island with her husband and their 5 year-old bulldog, Truman, spending time with friends and family, and living by the sea.

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Kristen Jones
Director of Rentals

401-855-1222 Kristen.Jones@LilaDelman.com

Kristen has over 21 years of experience as a Rhode Island Real Estate Broker, selling over 100 million dollars in real estate across the state. She rejoined Lila Delman Real Estate after spending 6 years as an integral member of the Alex and Ani start-up team, where she was responsible for the build-out of their retail stores, then became the National Account Manager responsible for growing the wholesale business with their largest partners including Nordstrom and Amazon. With her background in real estate and a creative business environment, she is well versed in sales, management and negotiations. Kristen has been a RI resident for the past 30 years and lives in Wakefield with her husband and their golden retriever.  She attended The University of Connecticut on a volleyball scholarship where she earned both her Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree.  

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Office Managers

Ruth Bellino
Narragansett Office Manager/Sales Associate

401-741-1577 ruth.bellino@liladelman.com

Ruth, a native Rhode Islander for over 30 years, has been a resident & business owner in Malibu, CA and Scottsdale, AZ, thus bringing a new perspective to the homebuyer in search for a unique quality of life.

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Lori Joyal
Watch Hill Office Manager/Broker

401-742-1225 lori.joyal@liladelman.com

Lori is the Managing Broker of the Lila Delman COMPASS office in Watch Hill and a licensed Broker in both Rhode Island and Connecticut. Lori again made RI HISTORY and  shattered Statewide records in 2021, having individually closed $121,163,111 in sales volume and ranking as the top individual agent in the State for the third year in a row. Lori was also recognized as the top agent in Washington County where she led $80,000,000 over the next highest-producing agent, according to data maintained by the Rhode Island Statewide MLS.* Lori has previously ranked as Rhode Island’s Top Producing Individual Agent in 2020, 2019, 2017 and 2016, according to data maintained by the Rhode Island Statewide MLS. Since Joining Lila Delman COMPASS in 2005, Lori has surpassed over $775,000,000 in sales volume, more than any other associate at the firm. According to a national ranking report conducted by Real Trend’s, Lori Joyal ranked as 168 of the top 200 agents on the 2020 United States Real Estates Professionals List, a prestigious list of the largest and most successful residential real estate agents in the entire nation. Lori is totally dedicated to excellence in customer service and brings extensive business experience with Fortune 500 companies to every real estate transaction. Lori has a vibrant personality with a high energy level and makes herself available to her customers seven days a week which has proven to be a formidable asset in her real estate career. Her enthusiasm and love of her job translate to satisfying her customers whether buying or selling real estate. Lori and her husband, Bob, have a beautiful daughter, Jacqueline, who is her Blessing in her life. Lori has achieved unparalleled success and is a proven leader in real estate and has set a standard above the bar and consistently delivers honesty, integrity, and excellence with every client, whether buying or selling a property. Please take a moment and read Lori's testimonials and get a sense of what to expect when you work with her.  You will be SO glad you did.

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Bob Bailey
Jamestown Office Manager/Sales Associate

401-413-6928 Bob.Bailey@LilaDelman.com

Bob is one of the most successful agents in the Jamestown, Newport and South County areas. What sets Bob apart is that Bob’s definition of success is based on his ability to meet the goals of his clients. His thorough research and amazing resources are relied on by his clients and respected by his peers.

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Rosemary Tobin
Block Island Office Manager/Sales Associate

401-741-1825 Rosemary.Tobin@LilaDelman.com

Block Island has been my home for over 20 years. I love being a year round resident sharing my life with my husband Dave, our son Zane, and the Block Island community. I was born into the real estate business; my mother was an agent in the Maryland/Virginia/D.C. area for over 35 years. To carry on her legacy is my biggest honor. When you live on Block Island year round everyone wants to know your story, so here is mine...

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Tom Wegner
Providence Office Manager/Sales Associate

401.383.0999 Tom.Wegner@LilaDelman.com

As a professional, full time, multi-million dollar producing Realtor and office Sales Manager, Tom prides himself in providing clients with the most precise and current information while using today’s latest technologies and marketing strategies along with good old fashioned networking to ensure your property is being seen by the most qualified buyers. Living in New England for over 29 years and having a career in Leadership Development and Sales & Marketing has allowed Tom to stay up to date on current trends in the market.

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