Meet the Advancement Team
Our daily goal is to advance the mission of Riverside Military Academy by fostering lasting relationships with alumni, parents, grandparents and friends to benefit Riverside cadets and faculty members. We appreciate the opportunity to visit with you by phone, email or in person and hear first hand what Riverside Military Academy means to you. Join us in fulfilling Riverside's mission to shape young men into tomorrow's leaders.
For assistance, please see the directory and descriptions below for the appropriate contact information.
Amanda K. Griffin, CFRE
Vice President for Advancement
Amanda directs the advancement office at Riverside, which includes development, alumni relations, communications, marketing and public relations. Prior to joining Riverside, Amanda was senior vice president for the J.F. Smith Group, a fundraising consulting company out of Auburn, AL. She has worked in educational advancement for over 15 years and earned her CFRE (Certified Fund-Raising Executive) credential in 2005. Amanda is a graduate of Auburn University with a B.S. in journalism.
Errol J. Bisso
Director of Alumni Relations
770-532-6251, ext. 2132
Errol oversees alumni relations including alumni homecoming events as well as mixers held nationwide throughout the year. He also works with the alumni council and serves as assistant athletic director. He is a Riverside graduate and a long time coach of football and wrestling. Errol has more varsity team wins in his coaching career than any coach in the school's history and is a member of the Riverside Sports Hall of Fame. He is a graduate of Delta State University in Cleveland, MS, with a B.S. in education and master's in guidance and counseling.
Mary L. Paglia
Coordinator of Annual Fund
Mary assists the Vice President of Advancement by establishing, developing, and maintaining long term alumni and donor relationships. She also assists the Director of Alumni Relations in recruiting alumni to plan reunions in their geographical area. Mary is a graduate from Brenau University with an ME.D in Education, with a BSA in Agricultural Mechanization Technology from the University of Georgia. Mary is a Gainesville native with a background in business, banking, and education.
Alumni Relations Assistant
770-532-6251, ext. 2212
Sheryl assists in the coordination of alumni events including the planning and preparation for alumni mixers and various other gatherings. She received her B.F.A. in Art Education from Brenau University in 2009. Prior to joining the Advancement team at RMA, she served as an assistant in the Department of Research and Assessment and the Business Office at Brenau University. Sheryl has several years of experience in education, human services, and event planning.
Karen T. Schulze
Donor Relations Coordinator
770-532-6251, ext. 4506
Karen manages the advancement office’s database and is responsible for gift entry and receipting. She maintains the biographical information on Riverside's more than 10,000 alumni. Karen is a summa cum laude graduate of North Georgia College & State University with a B.A. in Spanish education. In addition to several years teaching experience, Karen served as the admissions coordinator at Southern Catholic College in Dawsonville, GA.
Adriane K. Seymour
Director of Communications and Public Relations
770-532-6251, ext. 2879
Adriane coordinates the public image of Riverside as viewed through advertising, marketing, special events, and the school website. She has over 20 years of experience in corporate communications, marketing, special event planning and community and public affairs. Adriane is an honor graduate of Brenau Women's College at Brenau University in Gainesville, GA, receiving a B.A. in public relations with a minor in advertising.
Julie A. Smith
Multimedia Manager, Public Relations
770.532.6251, ext. 2123
Julie promotes Riverside Military Academy through the creation and distribution of press releases for media outlets, as a co-editor of the Academy's Reveille magazine, as a manager of the school's website, and as manager of Riverside's social media tools including Facebook and Twitter. She received her B.A. from North Georgia College and State University with a major in English and minor in mass communication & professional writing. She also earned a master's of library and information science degree from the University of South Carolina.