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What We Do

Our Vision

We are a resource enriching the Penn State experience for all parents and families.

Our Mission

The Penn State Parents Council is comprised of a representative group of University Park parents and family members who:

  • Make a commitment to volunteer our time and to share our knowledge and expertise across a range of initiatives and programs that support the mission and the goals of the Penn State Parents Program
  • Act as an advisory group working in close collaboration with the Parents Program to help undergraduate parents, families, and students foster a positive and lasting connection to Penn State

Responsibilities Include:

  • Attend biannual Council meetings at the University Park campus 
  • Provide strategic input to senior administrators regarding issues of importance to parents and families 
  • Represent the Parents Council at events and other outreach efforts
  • Recruit future Parents Council members
  • Participate in assessment efforts
  • Maintain frequent contact with Penn State Parents Program staff
  • Serve a two-year renewable term

Member Benefits Include:

  • Help shape the parent and family experience at Penn State
  • Maintain involvement with your student’s educational institution
  • Increase your knowledge about University resources and programs that support student learning and engagement
  • Opportunities to engage with University administrators on a regular basis Access to a group rate hotel block for Council meeting weekends 
  • Opportunity to meet and network with other Penn State families
  • Invitations to special events


  • Parent or supporting family member of a full-time undergraduate student of Penn State University Park
  • Share the belief that family support enhances student success in college and must seek to make a positive impact on student life at Penn State through their involvement with the Parents Program
  • A two-year commitment
  • The Parents Council strives to recruit members that represent the diversity of Penn State’s undergraduate student population


Please check back in October if you are interested in applying for the Penn State Parents Council. Our recruitment cycle runs October through December and the Parents Council application will be available on this page at that time.

Please note: Penn State faculty, staff, and students are not eligible to become members of the Parents Council; however, they may apply to volunteer as Parent Ambassadors.

Who We Are
Parents Council Leadership Team
  • Tina Savio P'22, P'24 | Chair | Pipersville, PA
  • Tiziana Mazzarella (AG’90) P’20, P'23 | Past Chair | Pittston, PA
  • Michele Rymdeika P'22, P'24 | Vice Chair | Dublin, PA

Class of 2022 (fall)

  • Patrizia Corvaia P'22 | Rochester, NY

Class of 2023

  • Kristen Caramanica P'23 | Deep River, CT
  • Kelly Frager (HHD'89) P'17, P'23 | Mount Airy, MD
  • Mary Gabie P'23 | Downingtown, PA
  • Frank Liotta (SCI'81) P'20, P'23 | Downingtown, PA
  • Joe (BUS’90) Mazzarella P’20, P'23 | Pittston, PA
  • Clare McGee (LIB'95) P'23 | Warrington, PA
  • Suzanne McShane (LIB'81) P'23 | Madison, NJ
  • Bill Roberts (LA'82) P'17, P'23 | Sewel, NJ
  • Brenda Showell P'23 | Gwynn Oak, MD
  • Janet Steward P'23 | Hoffman Estates, IL
  • Fanny Thompson P'23 | White Plains, NY
  • Tom Weller (HHD'85) P'23 | State College, PA
  • Carolyn Westermann P'23 | Chester Springs, PA

Class of 2024

  • Rajni Bhaskar P'24 | Pittsburgh, PA
  • Christopher & Dana (HHD'98) Ciuca P'24 | Vandergrift, PA
  • Kellie Friel (BUS’93) P’21, P’22 | North Wales, PA
  • Deborah Greenspan P'24 | Chalfont, PA
  • Jodeen Hobbs (LIB'87) P'24 | Philadelphia, PA
  • Patrick Jones & Erica DiPietro P'24 | Swampscott, MA
  • Cindy Lavery P’24 | Delran, NJ
  • Michael Lukac (BUS'89) P'23, P'24 |Pittsburgh, PA
  • Dianne Matteson (EDU'90) P'24 | Doylestown, PA
  • Dan McGervey (BUS'87) P'21, P'24 | Pittsburgh, PA
  • Karen McHugh (LIB ’87) P’18, P’24 | Camarillo, CA
  • Talia Salamon Hickey P'24 | Marlton, NJ
  • Elizabeth Reid P’24 | Burke, VA
  • Michael Savio P'22, P'24 | Pipersville, PA
  • Jenn Seidel (ED'93) P'22, P'25 | Mount Airy, MD

Class of 2025

  • Charles DeLisio (ENG ’77) P’25  | Gibsonia, PA
  • Rita Healy P’25 | San Antonio, TX
  • Sudhindra Katpadi P’25 | Chadds Ford, PA
  • Jonathan (EDU ’96) and Alison Kircher P’25 | Perkasie, PA
  • Ning Li P’25 | Pittsburgh, PA
  • Vivian Lindsay (HHD ’87) P’25 | Davie, FL
  • Tom (BUS ’91) and Pam (SCI ’90) Marakovits P’23, P’25 | Bethlehem, PA
  • Peter Micca P’25 | Berkeley Heights, NJ
  • Tricia Richards-Service P’25 | Clarks Summit, PA
  • Michelle Simkonis P’25 | Woodbridge, VA
  • Kathleen Waters P’13, P’15, P’25 | Glen Mills, PA
  • Jassia Wojcik P’25 | Chester Springs, PA
  • Jennifer Young (LIB ’95) P’25 | Gilbertsville, PA

Class of 2026

  • Michele Petras (HHD ’90) P’26 | Bel Air, MD

P’ = Graduation Year of Penn State Student

Alumni = (COLLEGE) 'Grad Year

Parents Council Leaders
Penn State Student Affairs
Penn State Parents Program