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11 A – Grange Building, University Park, PA 16802   1(814)-863-0214


Daad Rizk   Daad Rizk, Ed.D

Daad Rizk is Director of the Penn State Sokolov-Miller Family Financial & life Skills Center. She is a Georgia Southern University alumna, 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 also developed a curriculum of self-study modules in an attempt to reach online learners, adult population and Penn State Commonwealth Campuses.  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 Penn State 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.


   Allison Probst

Allison Probst is an Education Program Associate of the Penn State Sokolov-Miller Family Financial & Life Skills Center. She is a Clarion University of Pennsylvania alumna, and has a BS in Corporate Finance and Human Resource Management. During college, Allison played varsity tennis on the Clarion University Women’s team and studied abroad in Europe. She has a passion for working with people.  As a recent graduate, she is aware of the need for financial education among college students. She is enthusiastic about working with students and helping them develop the skills they need for a lifetime of financial well-being.



   Lauren Shaw

Lauren Shaw is an Education Program Associate of the Penn State Sokolov-Miller Family Financial & Life Skills Center. She is a Penn State alumna, and has a BS in Women’s Studies.  After graduation, she led teams in Yellowstone National Park and promoted cooperative business in Bozeman, Montana.  She knows the future is built by our daily decisions to live beautifully within our means and believes in empowering people to follow their dreams with strategic planning and insight.  She believes in providing support to students as they grow their financial acumen and pursue their passions at the University.



  Linda Salavarria

Linda Salavarria is an Education Program Associate of the Penn State Sokolov-Miller Family Financial & Life Skills Center. She is an alumna of the State University of New York at New Paltz and Nova Southeastern University, with a BA in Communications and MS in Student Affairs, respectively. Linda’s background in Higher Education encompasses positions as Student Finance Advisor at Ross University College of Medicine, Financial Literacy Advisor at Berkeley College, and Academic Advisor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has extensive experience with direct outreach as well as presenting to groups regarding student loan management and repayment. She is a Certified Financial Education Instructor through the National Financial Educators Council. She looks forward to assisting students with resources and information that can support their individual financial decisions.


   Sarah DeWolfe

Sarah DeWolfe is an Administrative Support Assistant of the Penn State Sokolov-Miller Family Financial & Life Skills Center. 





Graduate Assistants

  Heh Youn Shin, Ph.D. candidate

      College of Education, Lifelong Learning and Adult Education



Eric J. Hunting,  Ph.D. student

College of Education, Lifelong Learning and Adult Education


Student Ambassadors

   Moira Crabtree

Smeal College of Business, Marketing





   Claudia Radzwich

DUS, Undecided





    Jessica Trotter

Smeal College of Business, Accounting (PMAJ)





    Josephine Phillips

      Smeal College of Business, Finance





   Nathan Moyer

     College of Agricultural Science, Agricultural Education