RMA 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 below for the appropriate contact information.

Amanda GriffinAmanda K. Willis, CFRE
Vice President for Advancement

Amanda directs the advancement office at Riverside, which includes development and alumni relations. Prior to joining Riverside in 2009, 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 almost 20 years, and she earned her CFRE (Certified Fund-Raising Executive) credential in 2005. Amanda is a native of Alabama and a graduate of Auburn University with a B.S. in journalism.

Errol BissoErrol J. Bisso
Director of Alumni Relations
770-532-6251, ext. 2132

Errol oversees alumni relations including alumni homecoming events and alumni mixers held nationwide throughout the year. He also works with the Alumni Council and serves as assistant athletic director. He is a Riverside graduate, Class of 1961, and a long time coach of football and wrestling with more varsity team wins in his coaching career than any coach in the school's history. He retired as wrestling coach in 2014 and is a member of the Riverside Sports Hall of Fame. Errol is a graduate of Delta State University in Cleveland, MS and has a B.S. in education and master's in guidance and counseling.

Mary PagliaMary L. Paglia
Coordinator of Annual Fund
770-532-6251, ext. 3362

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 B.S.A. in Agricultural Mechanization Technology from the University of Georgia. Mary is a Gainesville native with a background in business, banking, and education.

Candice TurnerCandice A. Dela Rosa
Donor Relations Coordinator
770-532-6251, ext. 4506

Candice manages the database for Riverside's advancement office and is responsible for gift entry. She works with the Annual Fund Coordinator to continue growing the Academy's GOAL scholarship donor program. Candice also maintains biographical information on more than 8,000 Riverside alumni. She is a graduate of North Georgia College and State University where she earned a B.A. in music and worked in the writing lab. She has played the violin for over 15 years.

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