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Staff Changes: Summer 2010

Departed and new staff in the College of Education, Summer 2010

by David Price (August 2010)

Since our last issue, the College has said farewell to three staff members and has welcomed several new faces into the fold.

Departed Staff

Beverly Ladrido, administrative support assistant in Center for the Study of Higher Education, retired in mid-July. Beverly started at Penn State in 1985, when she worked for the Vice President for student affairs and the Commission for Women. During her time with the University, Beverly served on several University committees including the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, the President's Faculty and Staff Achievement Awards Committees, and Staff Focus Committee.

Ellie Dietrich retired at the end of July. Ellie started with the University in 1991 as the MBA counseling services coordinator in the Smeal College of Business. She became the director of development in the College of Education in 2000. Ellie and her husband, Chris, have relocated to the southwestern corner of Michigan where Ellie is looking forward to nurturing her creative side as a potter and gardener.

Samantha Culovic recently left the ranks of the College to join Annual Giving as an annual giving specialist. Samantha came to the College in September of 2008 as the external relations and special events assistant and started her new position August 25th. That's not the extent of her recent big news; she recently became engaged to Ryan Russell, assistant professor of graphic design in the College of Arts and Architecture.


New Staff

Mary Furlo began working in late July as a program assistant to the PEPP director at the Penn State Greater Allegheny Campus, replacing Anne Jones, who retired in March. Before joining PEPP, Mary worked in the admissions office at Seton Hill University, where she is completing a baccalaureate degree in business.



Azhar_Talat.jpgTalat Azhar ‘09 Ph.D. has joined the College of Education as outreach coordinator for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. She also is serving as an affiliate faculty member in the College’s Education Theory and Policy program. Prior to joining the College, Azhar worked with Penn State Outreach for 12 years as senior market research associate. She received her doctoral degree from Penn State in Education Theory and Policy and Comparative and International Education. Azhar also holds an MBA from Smeal College and an MArch from the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State. Read More...


Michelle Houser has just accepted the offer to become the next Director of Development for the College of Education. Michelle brings over 10 years of fundraising experience to this position. For the past four years she has served as a Major Gifts Officer at the University of Pittsburgh, Medical and Health Sciences Foundation, where she helped to raise over $9 million as part of the University’s $2 billion campaign. She previously served as an associate director of major gifts at Duke University and as an assistant director of Annual Giving at Allegheny College. Michelle received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Penn State. She will begin work in the College on October 4.