Introducing New Philadelphia Board Members

College Possible Philadelphia is pleased to welcome three new members to our site board.

Sylvia Rivera – Joined March 2018

With a background in education, Sylvia Rivera serves as a programs administrator for the project management administrator for the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation. Sylvia holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Central Penn College and a MBA from DeVry University.

Sylvia joined the site board to expand the program’s reach to give more Philadelphia-area students exposure, awareness and access to higher education while elevating student voices and perspectives in the conversation. “I immediately fell in love with the organization when I reviewed the curriculum. It was by far the most comprehensive model I’ve ever seen to help students launch and persist in and through college to graduation.”


Eric Bryant – Joined May 2018

For more than 19 years, Eric Bryant has worked at The Dow Chemical Company at its Northeast Dow Center in Collegeville, Pa. Currently, he works as a global process steward for the company’s acrylic polymer franchise. Eric earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Dayton in Ohio.

A strong advocate for STEM education, Eric is also a lifetime member of the National Society of Black Engineers. Eric’s passion for education comes for his mother, who was the first person in his family to attend college. Understanding the impact of earning a college degree, Eric hopes to give more students that same life-changing opportunity. “I was attracted to College Possible because of my affinity for evidence-based approaches to solving the world’s challenges.”


Dr. Judy Lee – Joined June 2018

Dr. Judy Lee has spent her career focused on education as a high school math teacher and more recently as principal at Penn Wood High School in Lansdowne, Pa. Judy holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and mathematics education, a master’s degree in mathematics and secondary mathematics education, and a doctorate in education administration with K-12 principal and superintendent certifications.

Working at Penn Wood for the last five years, Judy was impressed by College Possible’s work and the support the program provided to students. She wanted to join the site board to help contribute to College Possible’s mission. “I understand various educational systems, including the struggles that first-generation students and parents face. I hope to contribute to making the board stronger and to implement different strategies to expand the site’s partnerships and network.”

By Ian Reitz

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