2013–2014 Beta Alpha Psi Officers

Beta Alpha Psi is the national honor society that recognizes excellence in accounting, finance and computer information systems. Under the direction of faculty advisers Dr. Nandini Chandar and Dr. Jia Shen, the Rider Kappa Epsilon chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, housed in the Accounting department, gives students the opportunity to participate in a variety of professional and community service events, and network with accounting and finance professionals. This year’s induction ceremony was held on April 27 and featured the following elected officers for the 2012-13 academic year:

President: Jonathan Grossman
Jonathan Grossman ’13, MAcc ’14, is the graduate assistant for Dr. Sigfredo Hernandez "Minding Our Business" program, a member of Accounting Society, a tutor for the Rider University Student Success Center, and an international student mentor. Jonathan recently received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Rider’s Undergraduate Commencement. This past summer he interned at EY in the tax department. Recently, Jonathan traveled to England where he visited London, through a study tour led by Rider faculty Dr. O'Reilly-Allen and Dr. Ira Sprotzer. Upon graduating with a Master of Accountancy in the spring of 2014, he will start at full-time in EY's Tax practice out of their Metro Park office. Jonathan plans to obtain certifications as a CPA, CMA, CFA, and PFS. During his free time, he helps his father on his 50 acre farmland persevered flower farm located in Chesterfield , NJ.

Vice President: Theresa Mattera
Theresa Mattera ’13, MAcc ‘14 is the Graduate Research Assistant for the Management Department, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Theresa recently received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a concentration in Fraud and Business Forensics at Rider’s Undergraduate Commencement on May 17. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Accountancy. During her undergraduate studies, Theresa had the opportunity to participate in the IRS Adrian Project, a mock criminal investigation held on campus, and Rider’s Leadership Development Program. Theresa also interned with Mercadien in their tax department and recently completed an internship this past summer as part of their auditing team. Theresa’s prior experience has allowed her to gain further insight into the public accounting profession. Upon graduation, she plans to obtain certifications as a CPA, CFE, and CIA. During her free time, Theresa volunteers at the Masonic Home of New Jersey, enjoys reading, writing, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends. Her favorite quote is, “Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit,” by Aristotle.

Secretary: Corey Wu
I am an Accounting major who plans on pursuing my MAcc degree and passing the CPA exam. I recently worked at Costco during the summer in the food court, and Wills, Owen, & Baker P.C. as a tax intern during the spring. I am a member of Accounting Society and planning on pursuing my career in public accounting. On my free time, I spend time with my family and friends, and enjoy basketball and football games during the year. My favorite quote, “Without passion, you don’t have energy. Without energy, you have nothing.” by Warren Buffet.

Treasurer: Matthew Kepler
Matthew Kepler ’14 is a junior accounting major. Matthew is involved in many activities outside of Beta Alpha Psi. He is an active member in the Accounting Society as well and will soon be inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma honors society. Matthew has taken part in two internships during his time at Rider. In the summer of 2012 he was an intern for West-Ward Pharmaceutical. This semester Matthew has been gaining experience in public accounting through an internship with Withum Smith and Brown. He was a tax intern there for 10 weeks. Matthew plans on taking this summer to gain the necessary extra credits to eventually get his certification as a CPA. He hopes to work for a midsized public accounting firm and sees himself as a tax accountant in the future. Matthew’s favorite quote is, “If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it - then I can achieve it.”

Public Relations: Melissa Dardani
Melissa Dardani '14, an Accounting major with a concentration in Fraud and Business Forensics, spends her time employed as a part-time waitress for Longhorn Steakhouse and as the secretary for her sorority Phi Sigma Sigma. With plans to graduate in spring of 2014, she also intends on entering the MACC while perusing the CPA certification. She enjoys taking on various service projects from which she can learn from the experiences of others such as tutoring for The Rescue Mission of Trenton and mentoring for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. In her free time, Melissa enjoys athletics in every form, writing, snowboarding and music. Her career aspirations include working in the public accounting sector, as well as eventually owning and managing her own business.

Community Service Chair: Jeffrey Thomas
Jeffrey Thomas ’14, an Accounting major and Spanish minor, is a member of the Business Honors Program and a member the Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership Fraternity), the Beta Gamma Sigma (Business Honorary Fraternity) and the Sigma Delta Phi (Spanish Honorary Fraternity). He is employed as a peer tutor at the Rider University Student Success Center. Also, he works as a tax accounting co-op at Johnson & Johnson and will work, in the summer of 2014, as an auditing co-op at Ernst & Young. In addition, he is involved in in a variety of clubs and organizations, such as The Rider News, the Accounting Society, and the Residence Hall Association. Jeffrey plans pursue a MAcc degree, obtain a CPA and CMA certification, and work in either the audit or tax department in a public accounting firm. His favorite quote is, “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”