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Dr. Leanna FennebergDr. Leanna Fenneberg: serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Rider University where she is responsible for areas outside of the classroom that support student learning and student success.  This includes oversight of areas including the Dean of Students Office, Campus Life, Service Learning, Community Standards, Counseling Services, Health Services, Multicultural Affairs, Radio Station, Residence life, and Student Support Services.  Prior to Rider, she worked at Saint Louis University for the past 18 years where she most recently served as an Assistant Vice President for Student Development and Title IX Deputy Coordinator.  For many years, she served as an adjunct instructor in Higher Education Administration masters and doctoral programs.  She has also been actively involved in professional associations that have focused on retention and student success, student transition programs, diversity, equity & inclusion, assessment and academic and student affairs partnerships.  Academic credentials include a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration (Saint Louis University), M.Ed. in Student Personnel Services (University of South Carolina) and B.A. in Communication (Marquette University).  Leanna balances these demands with those of serving as a wife and mother of two active boys (12 and 8) and involved community member.


Samuel T. FrisbySamuel T. Frisby: has spent his professional career advocating for children, the under-represented and under-served.  He comprehends the significance in engaging communities and utilizing their collective momentum to strengthen the processes of successful social change. It is through his unique ability to build consensus and create strategic connections that has allow him to lead successful change in the organizations he’s served over the years. Once recognized as one of Mercer County’s top 40 individuals under 40 years old, Mr. Frisby has built a career serving the community.  Whether as a Mercer County Freeholder or as the music minister for the two churches he plays for, service speaks to the core of who he is and how he approaches life.  Currently serving as Chief Executive Officer at the YMCA of Trenton, he provides leadership to one of the regions oldest and most respected organizations, which delivers community support in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. His exceptional leadership qualities have set him apart as a change agent and visionary. Over the past five years he has expanded the Y’s footprint and reach, while stabilizing it’s physical and organizational infrastructure; creating a revolution of change while guiding the organization during its most challenging times.  Mr. Frisby’s volunteer service is extensive. He has served as the Chair of the Youth Investment Committee for the Mercer County W.I.B., Vice Chair for Port of Trenton Museum Board, Member of the Statewide MLK Commission, and many more. 

He currently serves on the Saint Francis Medical Center’s Board of Trustees and both Saint Francis Medical Center’s Steering and Executive Committees. Samuel is a graduate of Howard University’s School of Social Work, where he received a Bachelors and recently received his Masters of Science degree in Human Services from Springfield College.  He currently resides in Trenton New Jersey doing what he considers to be the most important work of his life, serving the Lord Jesus Christ, while being a husband to his wife Teska and a father to Samuel Jr. and Theodore.


Julie Veloz OttJulie Veloz Ott, VP, Learning & Development, IPG Mediabrands: Julie Veloz has been in learning & development for over 17 years, during that time she has cultivated a culture of fearless disruption in the space. She brings L&D to rockstar status by being bottom-line focused, business literate and making training ‘sexy.' She has served as a learning leader in Pharmaco, Academia, Retail, Telecom, Sales, Marketing, and Advertising.  At IPG MediaBrands the media arm of Inter public Group, a global leader in modern marketing solutions with over 50,400 diverse and talented individuals, that drive business results for clients around the world. Julie and her team oversee the pillars of learning and instruction: Onboarding, Craft Education, Team Dynamics, Transferable Knowledge, Client Education, Learning Technologies and CO-Created ROAR MediaBrands Diversity and Inclusion Employee Resource Group. Julie is a strategic partner to the business by creating learning that affects the caliber of the workforce through thoughtfully produced learning solutions.  Julie believes that learning is not a byproduct but an intrinsic part of the culture to any successful company. She prides herself on running a learning organization that is front and center and has a seat at the decision-making table by using data and analytics and aligning it with the business objectives. 2017 has been an exciting year for Julie and her L&D team; being awarded and recognized by various learning authorities as an industry trailblazer and change agent in the learning space. 2018 is shaping up just as exciting, Julie was just Published in FORBES magazine on a thought leadership piece on creating a Learning Organization that people support and adopt.

Julie is a mom, a passionate Diversity & Inclusion Leader, a novice cross fitter and an avid writer.


Don HarnumDon Harnum: Under Don Harnum’s guidance since taking over the role of Athletic Director for the 2005-06 academic year, the Rider department of athletics has achieved unparalleled growth in facility enhancements supported by fundraising efforts, in student-athlete leadership initiatives, and in success on the playing field and in the classroom.  Since Harnum took over in 2005, Rider student-athletes are now compiling the highest grade point averages in the University’s history of varsity athletics, in large part due to the recruiting efforts and support of the coaching staff as well as the strengthened academic support policies and procedures implemented by Harnum. 

Harnum has provided leadership and fundraising support for numerous capital campaigns that have led to the creation of new and renovated athletic facilities for all 20 varsity teams, including Alumni Gymnasium, the basketball practice facility, Sonny Pittaro Baseball Field, Herb and Joan Young Softball Field, Ben Cohen Turf Field for soccer and field hockey, the track and field complex and the Anderson Family Strength and Conditioning Center.

Harnum has not only raised the level of competition at Rider both on the playing field and in the classroom but has also helped promote and market the department by initiating and managing the creation of a new athletics logo package and subsequent branding campaign that led to the first athletic licensing agreement at Rider.  Additionally, under his guidance, alumni engagement, corporate sponsorships and athletic fundraising have all reached an unprecedented level.  In addition to his athletic director duties, Harnum served as chair of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Committee on Athletic Administration during the 2012-13 year when the conference was going through realignment. 

Harnum’s competitive spirit was formed as a coach.  The 2002 MAAC Coach of the Year, Harnum led the Rider men’s basketball team to its first-ever NIT bid in his very first season as the Bronc head coach. He recruited and coached six of the top 10 scorers in program history, including Jason Thompson, the 12th player picked in the 2008 NBA draft. Under his tutelage as head basketball coach from 1997-2005, Rider had a 100 percent graduation rate among basketball seniors.

The son of a coach and athletic director, Harnum is a native of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.  He earned his bachelor’s degree at Susquehanna University where he was an All-American basketball player as well as an Academic All-American. He received his master’s degree from Trenton State College where he was a graduate assistant coach on the team that advanced to the National Championship game.  Harnum and his wife Janet, have two children, Abigayle and Lucas.