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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

We achieve a sense of balance between interests, knowledge, expertise, experience, and tenure through the thoughtful recruitment of new members, and we make Penn State feel like a close-knit, supportive community by:

  • Welcoming a diverse group of parents and families into our University Park community
  • Learning more about on- and off-campus life at the University, including its administration, academics, career development, student activities, personal enrichment, and sports programs in order to become better informed so we, in turn, can serve as a well-informed and knowledgeable resource
  • Helping all families and their students feel connected through the development of both on- and off-campus programs, services, and outreach that address a wide range of needs
  • Listening and extending a helping hand to parents and family members who are seeking information
  • Sharing our knowledge and first-hand experiences through frequent communication via our website, newsletter, blogs, and social media
  • Connecting with University administration to become better informed, share our concerns, and support their efforts

Responsibilities Include:

  • Attend biannual Council meetings at the University Park campus (held during Parents & Families Weekend in the fall semester and a weekend during the spring semester; travel and lodging at your own expense)
  • Provide strategic input to senior administrators regarding issues of importance to parents and students
  • Represent the Parents Council at parent and family events and through other outreach efforts
  • Help recruit future Parents Council members
  • Participate in Parents Program 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

  • Tiziana Mazzarella (AG’90) P’20, P'23 | Chair | Pittston, PA
  • Tina Savio P'22, P'24 | Vice Chair | Pipersville, PA
  • Rajni Bhaskar P'24 | PIttsburgh, PA
  • Trudy Bennett P'22 | Danville, PA
  • Rob Biertempfel (COM'87) & Denise Grabner (LA'88)  P'20 | Pittsburgh, PA
  • Mike Bulone P’21 | Past Chair | Hoboken, NJ
  • Teresa Burns P'14, P'22 | Whiting, NJ
  • Kristen Caramanica P'23 | Deep River, CT
  • Christopher & Dana (HHD'98) Ciuca P'24 | Vandergrift, PA
  • Lori Cohen P'19, P'22 | Jamison, PA
  • Patrizia Corvaia P'22 | Rochester, NY
  • Jennifer Crisci P'21, P'23 | Flemington, NJ
  • Lauren Damiano (HHD'85) P'13, P'15, P'22 | Downingtown, PA
  • Tim Echeverria P'22 | Newtown, CT
  • Paul Fox P'21, P'24 | Greensburg, PA
  • Kelly Frager (HHD'89) P'17, P'23 | Mount Airy, MD
  • Kellie Friel (BUS’93) P’21, P’22 | North Wales, PA
  • Mary Gabie P'23 | Downingtown, PA
  • Lisa Garbacik (HHD'87) P'22 | Fogelsville, PA
  • Bob E. Gasper (AA'90) P'22 | Sparta, NJ
  • Liz Gonzalez-Spagnuolo P'22 | Manorville, NY
  • Deborah Greenspan P'24 | Chalfont, PA
  • Jodeen Hobbs (LIB'87) P'24 | Philadelphia, PA
  • Michele Hunter P'22 | Austin, TX
  • Mark Jarek (SCI'88) P'22 | Serven, MD
  • Patrick Jones & Erica DiPeitro P'24 | Swampscott, MA
  • Andrea Lawrence P'23 | Livingston, NJ
  • Gail Libertuci P'23 | New Providence, NJ
  • Frank Liotta (SCI'81) P'20, P'22 | Downingtown, PA
  • Steven Low P’22| Wilton, CT
  • Michael Lukac (BUS'89) P'23, P'24 |Pittsburgh, PA
  • Georgette & Joe (ENGR'81) Maiale P'21, P'22 | State College, PA
  • Swapan & Piu Majumdar P'22 | United Arab Emirates
  • Dianne Matteson (EDU'90) P'24 | Doylestown, PA
  • Dan McGervey (BUS'87) P'21, P'24 | Pittsburgh, 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
  • Doug & Shari Miller P'22 | Friedens, PA
  • Paul Nawrocki P'22 | Holland, PA
  • Danielle (BUS'90) & T.D. (LA'90) Pignetti P'22 | Ashburn, VA
  • Bill Roberts (LA'82) P'17, P'23 | Sewel, NJ
  • Michele Rymdeika P'22 | Dublin, PA
  • Jennifer & John Salabsky P'22 | Whitehall, PA
  • Talia Salamon Hickey P'24 | Marlton, NJ
  • Michael Savio P'22, P'24 | Pipersville, PA
  • Jenn Seidel (ED'93) P'22 | Mount Airy, MD
  • 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

P’ = Graduation Year of Penn State Student

Alumni = (COLLEGE'Grad Year)

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