Daad Rizk is Director of the Penn State Financial & Wellness Literacy Center. She is a Georgia Southern University alumnus, has a BA in Economics and Business Administration, MBA in Business, and a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum Studies and Foundations. She has over 30 years of higher education experience in financial aid, student accounts, and bursar. In 2013, Rizk was hired to promote financial literacy at Penn State. She launched MoneyCounts: A Financial Literacy Series as a Penn State branded umbrella program that was developed at Outreach and Online Education to offer free workshops at different locations, presentations, webinars, and freshmen seminar classes in a series of topics relevant to students’ interests. Rizk developed the curriculum for the series, planned the presentations, and delivered the sessions. Rizk serves as the Chair of the Financial Literacy Advisory Board, a co-chair elect (7/17) of the Penn State Commission for Women, an affiliate member of the Commission for Adult Learners, and a member of the Undergraduate Education Council. Rizk was honored with the 2016 Shirley Hendrick Award, presented by the Penn State Commission for Adult Learners for her effort in promoting financial literacy. Rizk was also the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE), Educator of the Year Award from the Institute for Financial Literacy.
Brad Yeckley is Assistant Director of the Penn State Financial Literacy & Wellness Center. He is a Penn State Alumni, and has a BS in Health and Human Development, MBA in corporate finance, and is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in Workforce Education, HRD/OD option. Brad has professional experience in personal and business investment planning as a licensed investment adviser. He is a member of the 2015 class of Penn State Emerging Leaders, serves on the Financial Literacy Advisory Board, and is also a member of the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity staff committee.
Yong Ju Jung is a graduate assistant at the Penn State Financial Literacy & Wellness Center. She works as a learning designer to design Self-Study Modules for online informal learners at the center. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Learning, Design and Technology program, College of Education at Penn State. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Department of Education and master’s in Educational Technology at Korea University. She also has been working on various research projects about interest-driven learning, interest development, informal learning, and collaborative learning with using diverse technological tools.
Arroyo Blake is am an administrative assistant at the Penn State Financial Literacy and Wellness Center. She joined the team in July 2017. In December of 2016, she completed her associate’s degree in general studies at Butler County Community College. She anticipates furthering her education and expanding her knowledge at Penn State. Arroyo believes that financial literacy is the important knowledge that should be presented to individuals so that they can integrate the vital strategies throughout their lifetime.
Jane Pereira-Ogan is an assistant at the Penn State Financial Literacy & Wellness Center. She is a senior majoring in Nutritional Sciences in the dietetics option. She chose to pursue a position in the center as she has a huge interest in increasing the visibility of valuable resources available to students around campus. She believes financial literacy is a necessary skill set to graduate college with and is excited to help perpetuate the mission of the center.
Ryan Wilson is an assistant at the Penn State Financial Literacy & Wellness Center. He is a junior majoring in Economics with a minor in Business Administration. Ryan hopes to leverage the wide array of resources the center has available to prepare students to be financially independent after graduation. He realizes the need for undergraduates to be financially literate has never been more evident and is excited to work with members of the Penn State community towards that end.
Moira Crabtree is an assistant at the Penn State Financial Literacy & Wellness Center. She is a sophomore intending on double majoring in Marketing in the Smeal College of Business and Secondary Social Studies Education in the College of Education. She truly recognizes the gap in education on how to be financially solvent as a young person in an economy in which student loans are the main way for one’s higher education. She is excited to mentor peers on all aspects of being financially literate and smart with personal finances.