Meet the BOLD Council Chairs
The BOLD Council Chairs serve on the Executive Committee, providing leadership and direction to the Council members and staff representatives. These individuals manage a committees of engaged BOLD alumni to propose and execute relevant programming and events, identify volunteer opportunities, and work together to meet yearly targets based on Rider University's strategic plan, and the goals of the Offices of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving.
|Jessica Vento '15
BOLD Program Chair
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission
|Shaun Bartole '16
Philanthropy Committee Chair
Shaun Bartole '16 believes that success is curated by passion and the ability to resist conformity. A resident of Wallingford, Pennsylvania, Shaun has applied this philosophy in his everyday life in hopes of advancing his future aspirations to become a leader in the field of technology and risk consultation. Currently, Shaun works for Comcast as Technology Risk Consultant for the Comcast Assurance and Advisory team. Prior to Comcast Shaun served as an IT Risk Consultant for Deloitte and Touche, a renown big four accounting firm. Recently, Shaun secured eligibility for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification where he hopes to build on his skills pertaining to technology risk and compliance, enhancing IT controls, and developing strategies to address ongoing challenges in managing and complying with ever-mounting regulations that many organizations face these days. In his spare time, Shaun enjoys hanging out with his family, friends, his boyfriend- Patton, and one-year-old chocolate lab. Shaun is an advocate for civil rights and takes pride in giving back to his alma mater, Rider University, as current Chair to the Philanthropy Committee as part of the Broncs of the Last Decade- he hopes to pay it forward and engage with alumni in meaningful ways that will help advance Rider's mission.
|Dylan Hallahan '15
Volunteer Recruitment Committee Chair
Dylan is a proud Alumnus of both Rider University and the XC and Track & Field teams. Dylan graduated Rider in May of 2015 with a Bachelors in Marketing. He is currently a Junior Partner and Financial Services Professional at RU Financial. Dylan has been working with the team since graduation, and has loved being a resource for the Rider Faculty, Staff, and Alumni in regards to many areas of financial planning. Dylan enjoys volunteering his time to both his community and Alma Mater in any way he can. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dylan now resides in New Hope, PA, with his girlfriend (who is also a proud Rider Alum and currently the XC/T&F Assistant Coach). Go Broncs!
|Kenneth Jacobs '10
Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair
Kenneth Jacobs is a native Washingtonian who is passionate about teaching young people how to be effective leaders in their communities. In 2014, Kenneth founded the Urban Leadership Education and Development Institute, Inc. "ULEAD Institute" and serves as the Executive Director. Through ULEAD Institute, Kenneth provides engaging programs for high school students on leadership development. Kenneth is active in the community and advocates for programs assisting students with advancing their education. He volunteered with Project Dream Big, Inc. tutoring students living in transitional housing. As an alumnus of a Trio program, Kenneth advocates for the program to elected officials to continue funding the program because of the support system provided to students who are unfamiliar with the expectations of postsecondary education. In addition to his work in the community, Kenneth is a Legal Assistant at the United Negro College Fund. Prior he was the Legal Researcher for Baker & Miller, PLLC. He also worked as the Administrative Assistant for the Leadership Institute for Public Service at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF). Kenneth has, also, had the opportunity to intern in the Office of Senator Benjamin L. Card of Maryland and at the United States Department of the Treasury. In 2010, Kenneth graduated from Rider University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and received certificates in Leadership and Legal Studies. At Rider, Kenneth participated in the Student Government Association and the Protestant Campus Ministry. As an alumnus of Rider, Kenneth remains active with the Rider community.
|Allison Koury '15
Student Transition Committee Chair
Allison Koury graduated from Rider University in 2015 where she majored in Public Relations, minored in Event Planning and received a certificate in leadership. During her time at Rider, Allie was involved in many organizations including Rider Dance Ensemble, the Leadership Development Program, and she proudly served as SGA President her senior year. After graduation, she attended New York University where she received a Master of Arts in Higher Education & Student Affairs. During Allie's two years at NYU, she worked at SUNY Maritime College in the Office of Student Affairs where she implemented many new programs and events. Allie is excited to be back at Rider working with the BOLD Program where she is serving as the Student Transition Chair. She is looking forward to connecting with as many students and alumni as possible to learn about their Rider experience and help make the institution a better place.
|Teresa Sydorko '09
Alumni Engagement Committee Chair
Teresa directs the internal and external communications, public relations, marketing and social media strategies for Delco Development, a South Jersey-based commercial real estate developer specializing in property and hotel management. As the Director of Communications, Teresa aims to build, manage and enrich the overall sales and brand awareness for Delco Development's properties by fostering networking connections. She is the recent past chair of the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Network (YPN) and is the YPN's current liaison to the Board of Directors. Above all, Teresa values community involvement and women's empowerment. She supports local non-profit fundraisers throughout the area and is the acting advisor for Alpha Xi Delta Women's National Fraternity at The College of New Jersey. Additionally, Teresa has been recognized as a Burlington County Emerging Leader (2017). In 2016, She was named to The Southern New Jersey Business People's 40 Under 40, South Jersey Biz Magazine's 20 under 40 in 2015, and the Burlington County Times 40 Under 40 in 2014.
Describe your personal motivations for joining the BOLD Council
"Help connect alumni with each other and current students" - Adriana I. Bellomo '17
"I feel a deep connection to Rider University after spending 4 very fulfilling years on campus. As a former active student committed to extracurricular activities, I long to get involved as an alumni and continue strengthening my relationship with the University." - Christina L. Diecidue '16
"To stay connected and involved with Rider University and to help improve all aspects of the University in whatever ways that I can." - Alexis M. Esposito '17
"Staying connected with my alma mater and fellow Alumni. Helping bring a sense of community and pride back to the university." - Dylan M. Hallahan '15
"To actively participate in the Rider community. To give back to Rider through leadership and community efforts." - Brianna A. Jadney '16
"To continue my efforts from the Alumni Board to help connect alumni with students, become more involved with Rider and help to bring more interest from alumni to Rider." - Kevin C. Lawton '10, '11
"To help students achieve their full potential while at Rider. To give them experience as well as an education." - D'Jalma A. Lopez '17
"Sharing all the tips and tricks that helped me throughout my time at Rider." - Ariana K. Palmer '17
"My time as a student Rider University was the most influential and rewarding time of my life. At Rider I learned to be a leader, a professional, and a good friend. I discovered my passion for social work, and my love for helping change the world. I hope to share my experience with others, in an effort to change the lives of Rider students and alumni." - Katharine T. Rella '16
"I feel strongly about giving back to places that helped me become who I am today. I would very much like to see Rider continue to succeed not only from its undergrad side but from alumni participation in events like Reunions. In addition to these altruistic motivations, I am hoping to increase my professional network and hopefully be a part of a movement that allows me to network with someone or a group of people who can help me get to the next level professionally." - Frank Romano '10, '15
"I want to stay involved with the university that has given me so much. I want to help in any way I can." - Stephen L. Schwartz '15
"I already thought BOLD was fantastic from the get-go for Alumni, but when I saw the programs and initiatives for the New Year, I actually could not have been more proud. I always wanted to be involved at Rider, but never quite knew where I fit. For this, I feel like my passion is ignited." - Täara L. Stewart '11
"I had the best 4 years of my life at Rider University, and miss it pretty much daily. I was an varsity athlete during my tenure, and feel like I may have missed out on being as involved with the school as I had wanted to be, and feel this is now my chance to be involved." - Stephanie A. Walker '08
"Giving back to Rider in a way that I can. Utilizing my industry knowledge in an impact way. Collaborating and networking with like-minded people. Increasing alumni engagement which increases University funding, and create a synergistic effect increasing enrollment and revenue." - George E. Wells Jr. '09
"I would like to stay connected to the Rider Community and help make it fun for other alumni to do the same. I think continuing a community after college can help alumni both professionally and personally, whether it be helping their transition out of school, into a new job, or maybe even a new town. I think everyone can benefit from knowing there are fellow Broncs around who are open to making a connection. This is one of the things that made going to Rider a great experience, so I think it can would be beneficial to keep the community connected after graduation." - Amanda H. Zurita '14