Notes: Class Notes

’70s

Dan ’74 and Ann (née Schuster) ’74 Hartmann are living in Fairfax, Va. At the end of March, Dan retired after almost 41 years of federal service, including 22 years active duty in the Army and just short of 19 years as an Army civilian. Over the last 19 years, he was the deputy director of foreign liaison on the Army staff in the Pentagon. At the retirement ceremony, Dan received the Superior Civilian Service Award and Ann received the Meritorious Public Service Medal. Ann is the office administrator at the George and Carol Olmsted Foundation, a nonprofit that selects junior officers from all of the military services for a fellowship to learn a foreign language and pursue graduate studies in that language at a foreign university.

Brian Delate ’75 was the speaker at Bucks County Community College's 53rd annual commencement in May. Delate, who is an actor, director and playwright, delivered the keynote speech at Rider's annual Veterans Day ceremony in 2016. He served as a combat veteran in the Vietnam War in 1969 and is a decorated non-commissioned officer.

Samuel J. Plumeri Jr. ’77 was approved as chairman of the New Jersey State Parole Board in May by vote of The New Jersey State Senate. The position comes by appointment of Gov. Phil Murphy. A Hamilton, N.J., resident, Plumeri had most recently been serving as acting chairman of the State Parole Board, which he joined in 2009. He is also is chairman of the board of directors of Capital Health.

’80s

Anthony Rodio ’81 was named chief executive officer of Caesars Entertainment Corporation. He'll bring nearly four decades of experience in the gaming industry to the role, including serving as the CEO of Affinity Gaming and CEO and president of Tropicana Entertainment. At Caesars, Rodio will join the company's board of directors and be based in Las Vegas. He received a Bachelor of Science from Rider, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Monmouth University.

Eileen Scott ’81 was recognized at Weichert’s annual regional sales award event for leading all associates in both the entire company and her sales region, which consists of offices throughout Essex, Mercer, Morris, Sussex and Union counties in New Jersey. Scott received a bachelor's in marketing from Rider and worked in financial marketing for 15 years before beginning a new career in real estate sales.

David M. Kelley ’82, ’92 was named chief executive officer of Income Store in August. He has previously served as the chief operating officer of Investview, Inc. (formerly Global Investor Services, Inc.) and TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. Kelley received his bachelor's in commerce and his master's in business administration from Rider.

Tina Woodruff ’82 received the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Association’s Certificate of Honor — the highest award given by the association. Woodruff has served the college for more than 15 years, the majority of those as chief student affairs officer. In 2018, she transitioned to her role as senior adviser to the provost. Woodruff received a doctorate in higher education administration and organizational leadership from Widener University, a master’s in counseling services from Rider, and a bachelor’s in English and communication from Temple University.

’90s

Robert Colavita ’91, ’05 was named first vice president of the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials for the 2019-20 school year. The business administrator and board secretary for the Hopewell Valley Regional School District in New Jersey, he received a bachelor’s in business administration and a master’s in educational administration from Rider, as well as an additional master's, in teaching, from The College of New Jersey.

Michael Kelly ’91, the former president of U.S. operations for Adapt Pharma, was named to the board of directors for ARS Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company that empowers at-risk patients and caregivers to better protect themselves from severe allergic reactions potentially leading to anaphylaxis. Kelly received a bachelor's in business administration from The College of New Jersey and a master's in business administration from Rider.

Bryan J. McNamara ’91 joined WSFS Wealth Investments Group, a subsidiary of WSFS Bank, the oldest and largest locally managed bank and trust company headquartered in Delaware and the Delaware Valley. In this role, McNamara will assist customers with developing financial strategies. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Rider.

Santos Torres ’91, ’95 was promoted to senior director of marketing at Bausch + Lomb. He received the 2018 Platinum Award by Bausch + Lomb Pharmaceutical Division for marketing.

Gregory M. Smith ’93 was hired as executive vice president, head of commercial banking of Peapack-Gladstone Bank. Previous to joining Peapack-Gladstone Bank, he served as the group sales executive for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of Capital One Bank, where he was responsible for the $2 million to $25 million business banking segment from Virginia to Massachusetts. A resident of Medford, N.J., Smith received a Master of Business Administration from Rider and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he also graduated with distinction.

Michael Carpino ’95 joined Univest Bank and Trust Co. as a vice president and relationship manager. He has 15 years of experience in the financial services industry most recently served as vice president and relationship manager at Berkshire Bank. His concentration is lending in the medical and dental industries. He earned his bachelor’s in accounting and finance from Rider.

Tiffani Lennon ’97 was named the executive director of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. She most recently served as the president and CEO of Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation in Denver. Lennon received a Latin Legum Magister in International Finance and Economic Law from the University of London Birkbeck College of Law; a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law; and a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Psychology from Rider.

Charles Ott ’99, joined the accounting firm Levine, Jacobs & Company, based in Livingston, N.J., in July. A certified public accountant, Ott is a lifelong New Jersey resident and a tax professional who has spent his entire career providing tax and accounting services to clients around the tri-state area. He has served as a treasurer for Rider's Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni Association and the director and president of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni Board of Rider University. He received a bachelor's from Rider in accounting and a master's in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

'00s

Dr. David Aderhold ’02, the chief school administrator of West Windsor-Plainsboro School District in New Jersey, was named the 2019 Mercer County Superintendent of the Year in June by the Mercer County Association of School Administrators. Aderhold received a master's in educational administration from Rider, where he is now an adjunct professor in the University's doctoral program in educational leadership. He also holds a bachelor's in history education from The College of New Jersey and a doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Mark Barnabei ’04 was named director of operations of Storti Quality, which specializes in auditing, management system development, utility inspection, asset integrity management and drone inspection services. Before joining the Storti team, Barnabei worked for more than 35 years at Public Service Electric & Gas. Barnabei received a bachelor's in management information systems from Widener University, a master's in organizational dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's in business administration from Rider.

Rashone Johnson ’04, a Princeton High School physical education teacher, was named a new assistant principal at Princeton High School in June. He received a bachelor’s in corporate fitness from The College of New Jersey and a master’s in educational administration from Rider.

Danielle Guinter ’05, a certified public accountant, joined the leadership team of McKonly & Asbury as a principal. Guinter is a leader in the firm’s assurance and advisory practice, which provides regional accounting and business advisory services and is based in Camp Hill, Pa. Guinter received a bachelor's from James Madison University and a master's from Rider.

Ryan D. Reber ’05 was one of seven new inductees into the Pope John Paul II High School Legacy of Impact Hall of Fame. Reber graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's in biology from Rider. He later attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he graduated as valedictorian of his class in 2009.

Heather Horowitz ’06, ’08 successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, "Developing Female First-Year College Student Resilience: An Emotional Intelligence Education Intervention," in July. She received a doctorate in August from Wilmington University. Horowitz has been the director of engagement and new student programs at Arcadia University, where she leads a department of five professional and two paraprofessional staff members, since February 2016. She received a bachelor's in history and political science and a master's in organizational leadership (with a concentration in higher education), both from Rider.

Tirusha Dave ’07 hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening event in June for Ellie’s Academy, a new early childcare education school in Somerville, N.J. Dave is the academy's founder and director. Theresa Dunn ’08 was hired to lead the JK Design's digital marketing department. She has more than a decade of experience, including digital innovation roles with Covance, Bristol-Myers Squibb and 1Worldsync. She received a bachelor's in business administration from Rider.

Aimee Infante ’08 was named chief marketing officer of Muscle Maker Grill. In the role, she will lead the marketing vision and strategic planning for both company-owned and franchised restaurants. Prior to joining Muscle Maker Grill in 2014, Infante served as marketing manager for Qdoba Mexican Eats. She received a bachelor's in business administration from Rider.

Dylan T. Hastings ’09 joined Fox Rothschild LLP in Philadelphia as an associate in the litigation department. He represents clients, particularly in the health care sector, in a full range of litigation matters.

’10s

Michele Renaud ’10, an associate brand manager at T. Rowe Price, a global asset management firm headquartered in Baltimore, was named to the board of directors of The Baltimore Station, an organization that supports individuals dealing with homelessness and substance use disorder by providing residential and community-based therapy programs.

Angela Cleveland ’11 and Pennsylvania Middle School Counselor of the Year Stephen Sharp co-authored a new book, 50+ Tech Tools for School Counselors: How to Be More Engaging, Efficient, and Effective. The book, published by Corwin Press, provides insightful descriptions of tools that can be used to not only enrich intervention and instruction but also guide decision making, streamline work, enhance communication and promote happier students. Cleveland received a master's in organizational leadership from Rider.

Matt Perrella ’13 joined the coaching staff of the Drexel University women's soccer team as the goalkeeper coach. A member of the Harrisburg Heat of the Major Arena Soccer League, Perrella has previously made appearances for a number of clubs, including the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Bethlehem Steel, both of the United Soccer League. In addition to graduating from Rider, Perrella earned a Master of Business Administration from Durham University.

Natalie Taptykoff ’16 was promoted to assistant vice president at Penn Community Bank, which offers banking, lending, insurance and investments in Bucks and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania.

Gabrielle Beckford ’17 performed as part of the ensemble in Gloria: A Life at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N.J. She received a bachelor's in musical theatre from Rider. Her regional theatre credits include a lead role in Crowns co-produced by the McCarter Theatre Center and the Longwharf Theatre and All Shook Up at the Laguna Beach Playhouse.

Sophia Introna ’17 was cast as Wendla, a lead role in Theatre Under The Stars's production of Spring Awakening. Introna, who received a bachelor's in musical theatre from Rider, has recently appeared in several local and regional productions, including In the Heights at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, Conn. Her appearance at Theatre Under The Stars marks her debut at the Houston-based theater. Nick Ziobro ’17 was cast as Rolf Gruber in the Gateway Playhouse's August production of The Sound of Music. He received a bachelor's in musical theatre from Rider.

Gianluca D'Elia ’18 joined The Burlington County Times, The Bucks County Courier Times and The Intelligencer as a general assignment reporter. His new job follows a year-long internship with NJ.com.

David Chapman ’19, who received a bachelor's from Rider in health sciences, was selected as a teaching fellow by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. He is one of 24 recruits of the inaugural class of the foundation's Pennsylvania Teaching Fellows.

Ashley Minter ’19 was one of three student speakers invited to share their academic experiences in Washington, D.C., at the release of the 2019 Indicators of Higher Education Equity Report, which tracks college entrance and completion by family income, socioeconomic status, and race and ethnicity.

Sheldon Steele ’19, who received his bachelor's in musical theatre from Rider, made his New York City debut as part of the ensemble for Saturday Night Fever at the John W. Engeman Theatre.

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