Staff - NIU - Financial Cents

About Us

Financial Cents Staff

Our Financial Cents program works to help educate the NIU Community on the importance of financial literacy and assist students and the local community with understanding the importance of financial planning and money management during their college career and beyond.

Financial Cents Leadership Team

LisaLisa Holland

Coordinator
Academic Advising Center 113
(815) 753-HELP
lholland@niu.edu

Lisa Holland is a Political Science major at NIU.  She plans to continue her education at NIU through the Masters of Public Administration Program. Eventually she hopes to earn her doctorate in pursuit of becoming a professor after graduation. Also, in her free time, she is an avid reader and loves to get involved in various clubs and organizations on campus.  Lisa was a Peer Educator from the Fall of 2014 through the Fall of 2015. Now she is the Coordinator of the Financial Cents Program.

BrianBrian Robinson

VITA Program Coordinator
Academic Advising Center 113
(815) 753-HELP
b_rob122093@yahoo.com

Brian Robinson is a junior accounting major.  He intends on pursuing a masters in accounting upon completion of his bachelor’s degree.  He enjoys reading, basketball, and tumbling.


Peer Educators

DeisiDeisi Alcantar

Peer Educator
Academic Advising Center 113
(815) 753-HELP

Deisi Alcantar is a junior majoring in accountancy at NIU. Once she graduates, she wants to make a difference in the world by helping other people achieve financial success. She firmly believe the Financial Cents program will help her do this.  Apart from this, Deisi’s interests include reading, hiking, and watching Grey’s Anatomy. This is Deisi’s first semester as a Financial Cents Peer Educator.

NedriannaNedrianna Brunt

Peer Educator
Academic Advising Center 113
(815) 753-HELP
brunt.nedri@gmail.com 

Nedrianna Brunt is a junior communicative disorders with an emphasis on speech language pathology major.  She plans on getting her Masters in speech language pathology. This is Nedrianna's first semester working with the Financial Cents program. She enjoys hanging out with friends, taking her dog on walks, and reading.

CamilleCamille Celso

Peer Educator
Academic Advising Center 113
(815) 753-HELP
ccelso1@niu.edu

Camille Celso is a finance major at NIU. She is very passionate about finance and looks forward to her first semester as a Financial Cents Peer Educator. Outside of the academic environment, she stays involved through volunteering. During her free time, she enjoys reading, biking, and running.

QuashaQuasha Graves

Peer Educator
Academic Advising Center 113
(815) 753-HELP

Quasha Graves is a Junior Elementary Education major and Sociology minor at NIU. She plans to earn a master’s degree in Administration education following a bachelor’s degree. Quasha enjoys shopping and spending time with family and friends. This is Quasha’s first semester as a Financial Cents Peer Educator.

YessicaYessica Ramirez

Peer Educator
Academic Advising Center 113
(815) 753-HELP

Hi! My name is Yessica Ramirez, I am currently a junior Medical Laboratory Sciences major here at NIU. After receiving my undergraduate degree in MLS, I plan on going to graduate school and acquiring my Master’s degree in Forensic Sciences. Later on hopefully working in a forensic/crime laboratory for some type of government agency, now whether it’ll be FBI, CIA, CSI, etc etc I still have not completely made up my mind. Needless to say on my down time I enjoy doing a wide variety of different activities ranging from simply watching tv shows like Bones, CSI, Criminal Minds, so on so forth  to being out in the wilderness all day biking, hiking, working out, etc etc. As one can clearly tell I am very outgoing and friendly, love meeting new people, have a great sense of humor, enjoy science and helping others out very much. Being my first year with the Financial Cents team, I am very excited and really look forward to helping others try to establish at least some financial peace of mind, so that they can focus on better and brighter things in their future.

ShaVonShaVon Sokan

Peer Educator
Academic Advising Center 113
(815) 753-HELP

ShaVon Sokan is a senior communication major with an emphasis in Organization/Corporate Communication. She has work experience in marketing and sales, student loan advising, and financial aid advising. ShaVon plans on working with college students and giving back to her community. In her free time she loves to eat pizza. This is ShaVon’s first semester as a Financial Cents Peer Educator.