FOUNDERS

CHARLIE RINGLER

Charlie Ringler is a Computer Science and Engineering major at The Ohio State University. He plans on working in cyber security after graduation. At The Backpack Fund, Charlie is the Director of Technology. Charlie graduated from Riverside High School in 2018. As an alumnus he is excited to help Riverside students have an opportunity to pursue education without worrying about financial struggles.

NOAH LEVY

Noah Levy is an anthropology and communications student at The College of Wooster. Noah graduated from Riverside High School in 2018, playing lacrosse at both a high school and collegiate level. Here at The Backpack fund, he serves as the Director of Communications. He has hopeful prospects for his future, in a career where he can build connections with the people around him and anyone he meets.

SYDNEY MACKEY

Sydney Mackey is a 2018 Riverside graduate and third generation Beaver. She is continuing her education at Cleveland State University and is majoring in healthcare administration. In high school, Sydney was involved in student council and has continued her love for her Riverside community in the years since. At The Backpack Fund, Sydney is a Director of Fundraising.

JENNY KRSOLOVIC

Jenny Krsolovic is a senior Communications major at Cleveland State and serves as an Athletic Department intern after spending last year as a student-worker.  She is on track to graduate in May, 2021 at just 20 years of age. She previously attended Harford Community College and then earned her Associate degree, with honors, from Lakeland Community College, before transferring to CSU in the Fall, 2019.  She is a native of Concord, Ohio and a graduate of Riverside High, where she was a member of the volleyball team, a student council representative, and the Vice President of National Honor Society.  She hopes to work in college or professional athletics. Jenny is a Director of Fundraising at The Backpack Fund.

MATT PARSONS

Matt Parsons is the President of The Backpack Fund. He currently attends The Ohio State University. He is majoring in Chemical Engineering, minoring in Humanitarian Engineering, and earning certificates in Global Engineering and Diversity and Inclusion. Matt graduated from Riverside High School in 2018. In high school, he was most involved in woodshop and community service. Matt has a passion for education and serving kids. In the future he wants to work with UNICEF and become a professor of Humanitarian Engineering.

CALEB VALKO

Caleb Valko graduated from Riverside High School in 2018. He played soccer throughout his four years at RHS, and his best memories come from the times spent with his teammates, both on and off the field. Caleb now attends The Ohio State University and studies neuroscience. He is pursuing a career in research and hopes to be a professor at a research university at the end of his long journey in school. He is the Director of Operations at The Backpack Fund.