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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.


Brad Yeckley   Brad Yeckley, Ph.D. (c)

Brad Yeckley is Assistant Director of the Penn State Sokolov-Miller Family Financial & life Skills Center. He is a Penn State alumnus, and has a BS in Health and Human Development, MBA in corporate finance, and is a fourth-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 a member of the Pennsylvania State University Staff Advisory Council.


   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.


   Stacy Fox

Stacy Fox is the Administrative Support Assistant of the Penn State Sokolov-Miller Family Financial & Life Skills Center.  She has experience working as an Administrative Support Assistant with the Penn State Political Science Department, and the State College Area School District. Stacy is passionate about working with students; she strongly believes everyone should learn financial literacy skills in order to have financial security.


Graduate Assistant

   Yong Ju Jung, Ph.D. (c)

College of Education, Learning Design and Technology


Student Ambassadors

   Ryan Wilson

College of Liberal Arts, Economics


   Moira Crabtree

Smeal College of Business, Marketing


   Ravleen Ingle

Eberly College of Science, Pre-med


   Nicole Halbrendt

Eberly College of Science, Biology


   Nikki Vollrath

College of Health and Human Development, Bio-behavioral


   Claudia Radzwich

DUS, Undecided


   Xyasia Cook

College of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering


   Connor Passarella

Smeal College of Business, Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship