Alumni Success Stories

Most universities define students from freshman to senior year. But at Rider, your goal isn’t just graduation: it’s your future. Where most schools end, Rider is just beginning: we focus on outcomes. Read the amazing success stories of just a few recent Rider graduates to see that student/university partnership in action.
Jennifer Smolyn Success Story
Jennifer Smolyn ’15
Biology Teacher, Princeton High School
Majors: Biology, Secondary Education
Jake Tuff Success Story
Jake Tuff ’15
Producer, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show
Major: Filmmaking, TV and Radio
Alex Simon Success Story
Alex Simon ’14
Business Manager for COO of Fixed Incomes/Debt Operations, Deutsche Bank
Majors: Economics, International Business, Global Studies
Queen Ross Success Story
Queen Ross ’15, MAcc ’16
Current MAcc Student and Risk Management Intern, EY
Major: Accounting
Eric Paternoster
Eric Paternoster ’16
2016 Johnson & Johnson IT Leadership Development Program
Major: Information Systems
Isana Fils-Aime Success Story
Isana Fils-Aime ’17
Intern
Major: Behavioral Neuroscience
Marlon Fiacco Success Story
Marlon Fiacco ’15
Regional Manager for Latin America, Kings Education
Major: Finance
Katie Zeck Success Story
Katie Zeck ’14
Third Grade Teacher at Logan Elementary School
Majors: Elementary Education, Journalism
Garrett Vogel Success Story
Garrett Vogel ’06
Producer, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show
Major: Communication
John Gratton Success Story
John Gratton ’11
Audio Engineer and Music Producer, The Cutting Room Studios
Major: Music
Carolina Sanchez Success Story
Carolina Sanchez ’14
Toured nationally with “West Side Story”
Major: Music Theatre
Jad Nasrini Success Story
Jad Nasrini ’14
Clinical Research Assistant, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Majors: Behavioral Neuroscience, Psychology
Chelsea Bradshaw Success Story
Chelsea Bradshaw ’12
Kindergarten Teacher at Hopewell Elementary
Majors: Elementary Education, Psychology
Mary O’Hara Success Story
Mary O’Hara ’12
Junior Associate Producer at SapientNitro
Major: Advertising
Jonathan Chebra Success Story
Jonathan Chebra ’09
Chief of Staff for New Jersey Assemblyman Herb Conaway
Major: Political Science
Andrew Toskovich Success Story
Andrew Toskovich ’11
Senior Financial Analyst, Janssen Research & Development
Major: Accounting
Scott Phillips Success Story
Scott Phillips ’11
History Teacher at Watchung Hills Regional High School
Majors: Secondary Education, History
Tiffany Pukas Success Story
Tiffany Pukas ’10
Producer, 94.5PST Morning Show
Major: Communication
Jason  Sullivan Success Story
Jason Sullivan ’09
Hotel Sales Representative, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
Major: History
Dan Hewins Success Story
Dan Hewins ’07
Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta
Major: Environmental Sciences
George Helock Success Story
George Helock ’10
Audit Senior, Deloitte
Majors: Accounting, Finance
Kimyata Valere Success Story
Kimyata Valere ’10
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Biomedical Science
Major: Biology
Gina Grosso Success Story
Gina Grosso ’11
Post-production Producer at Outpost Digital
Majors: Communication, Radio & Television
Rachael Parkins Success Story
Rachael Parkins ’11
Mental Health Technician at Carrier Clinic; Graduate Student in Rider’s M.A. in Counseling Program
Major: Psychology
Erin Ludwig Success Story
Erin Ludwig ’08
Manager of Special Events, Corcoran Gallery of Art
Majors: Theatre, Journalism
Michael Dill Success Story
Michael Dill ’09
Medical Device Sales Representative, Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon, Inc.
Majors: Accounting, Finance
Joshabel De La Cruz Success Story
Joshabel De La Cruz ’09
Alumni Coordinator for U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo
Majors: Global Studies, French
Theresa Dunn Success Story
Theresa Dunn ’08
Knowledge & Communications Analyst, Johnson Controls
Majors: Marketing, Advertising
Dylan Miller Success Story
Dylan Miller ’14
ERS Consultant, Deloitte
Majors: Accounting, Information Systems
Tara LeGates Success Story
Tara LeGates ’07
Ph.D. Candidate, Johns Hopkins University
Major: Behavioral Neuroscience
Andrew Buher Success Story
Andrew Buher ’07
White House Fellow, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Major: Political Science
Russell Fischer Success Story
Russell Fischer ’08
Currently on Broadway in "Jersey Boys"
Major: Music Theatre
Patty Wittenburg Success Story
Patty Wittenburg ’09
Community Manager, ICED Media
Major: Communication
Nicholas Ballasy Success Story
Nicholas Ballasy ’08
Senior Video Reporter for The Daily Caller
Majors: Communication, Political Science
Lauren Musumeci Success Story
Lauren Musumeci ’11
Graduate Student, Cornell University, Food Sciences
Major: Chemistry
Kiera Duffy Success Story
Kiera Duffy ’01, M.M. ’03
Internationally Acclaimed Soprano
Major: Voice Performance
Ari Bluestein Success Story
Ari Bluestein ’06, M.B.A.’07
Founder of The Sports Fan Base Network and Play-by-Play Announcer for Drexel University Basketball
Majors: Finance, Entrepreneurial Studies
Jazmine Fenlator Success Story
Jazmine Fenlator ’07
2014 Olympic Driver, USA Women’s National Bobsled Team
Majors: Web Design & Multimedia, Advertising
Gregory Lorjuste Success Story
Gregory Lorjuste ’04
Principal Deputy Director of Scheduling, The White House
Majors: Elementary Education, American Studies
Matt Cardia Success Story
Matt Cardia ’09
Senior Financial Analyst at Johnson & Johnson
Major: Finance
Norma Lamo Success Story
Norma Lamo ’11
U.S. Fulbright Student Program Participant in Malaysia
Major: Management & Leadership
Puneet Joshi Success Story
Puneet Joshi ’12
Staff I Accountant Audit Associate at EisnerAmper LLP
Majors: Accounting, Finance
Monica Welborn Success Story
Monica Welborn ’07
Artist, Illustrator, Author and Educator
Majors: Elementary Education, Arts
José Rey Success Story
José Rey ’10
Coordinator, Creative Services - Marketing and Communications, New York Jets
Major: Communication
Rob Behnke Bowman Success Story
Rob Behnke Bowman ’06, M.B.A. ’07
CEO and Co-founder of Brooklyn Salsa Co.
Major: Management & Leadership
Kara Cecere Thorson Success Story
Kara Cecere Thorson ’02
Co-founder/Owner of My Bellissima Wedding Consulting and Special Events
Major: Journalism
Michael Zilly Success Story
Michael Zilly ’11
Senior Audit Assistant at Deloitte
Majors: Accounting, Information Systems
Harold Laudien Success Story
Harold Laudien ’03
President and CEO, Mercer Wealth Management
Major: Management & Leadership
Kofi Gwira Success Story
Kofi Gwira ’03
Foreign Service Officer (Diplomat), scheduled to be stationed in São Paulo, Brazil, U.S. Department of State
Majors: Management & Leadership, International Business
Christine Sagge Success Story
Christine Sagge ’06
Manager of Fund Raising and Special Events, American Diabetes Association
Major: Public Relations
Rick Sando Success Story
Rick Sando ’09
Ph.D. Candidate, The Scripps Research Institute
Major: Behavioral Neuroscience
Rance Robeson Success Story
Rance Robeson ’11
Public Affairs Officer at U.S. National Park Services; Graduate Student, Queens College
Major: English
Allie Ward Success Story
Allie Ward ’11
Digital News Reporter, Newsmax Media
Major: Journalism
Susie Campbell Success Story
Susie Campbell ’09
Clerkship at Milford Superior Court
Majors: Global Studies, Political Science, French
Anthony Baron Success Story
Anthony Baron ’11
Graduate Student, Eastman School of Music & Director of Music at Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in Greece, NY
Majors: Piano, Voice Performance
Nicole Halpin Success Story
Nicole Halpin ’11
Business Teacher at Freehold High School
Major: Business Education
Michael Holmstrom Success Story
Michael Holmstrom ’11
Supply Chain Consultant, Triple Point Technology
Major: Global Supply Chain Management
Kelly Crist Success Story
Kelly Crist ’10, M.A. ’12
Guidance Counselor at Middletown High School North
Major: Sociology
Kristin Cohen Success Story
Kristin Cohen ’11, Executive MBA
Associate Director, Critical Phase Program Management Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
Ryan Guth Success Story
Ryan Guth ’06
Director of Choral Music, Marlboro Memorial Middle School and Founder, VoiceWorks
Majors: Music Education, Voice Performance
Julie McCarthy Success Story
Julie McCarthy ’13
Marine Mammal Intern, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Epcot Center, Walt Disney World
Major: Marine Sciences
Mikaela Batts Success Story
Mikaela Batts ’18
Intern
Major: Filmmaking, TV and Radio