Staff - NIU - Financial Cents

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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

Randi Napientek

Randi Napientek, M.S.Ed.

Assistant Director - Office of Student Academic Success
Academic Advising Center Room 110
(815) 753-0713

Randi joined the OSAS team in 2009 and oversees the Early Alert and Early Intervention programs including Mapworks, Transcript Tracking, and Enrollment and Encumbrance monitoring. She also oversees all marketing/publications as well as assessment, data, and reporting for the office. In addition, Randi oversees the Financial Literacy program Financial Cents.

Randi holds all of her degrees from Northern Illinois University. She completed a B.S. in Marketing with a minor in Family and Child Studies in 2005 and received her M.S.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education in 2007. Randi is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education and is finishing her dissertation on student-athletes and academic policies and expects to be completed in May of 2017. She lives in DeKalb with her husband Ray and their daughters Kara and Katy.


Deisi Alcantar

Peer Educator - Coordinator of Junior Achievement
Academic Advising Center 113
(815) 753-HELP

Deisi Alcantar is a senior 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.



Camille Celso

Peer Educator - Coordinator of Money Smart Week
Academic Advising Center 113
(815) 753-HELP

Camile Celso is a senior majoring in Accountancy and Finance. She is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, an Accounting Honor Society. She is also a member of the Investment Association. Out side of the academic environment, she is heavily involved with volunteer work through Junior Achievement and visits elementary schools to teach children financial literacy. During her free time, she enjoys reading and hiking.


 Yessica Ramirez

Peer Educator - Coordinator of Presentations and Outreach
Academic Advising Center 113
(815) 753-HELP

Hi! My name is Yessica Ramirez, I am currently a senior 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. This is my second 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.

Shawn MacDougall

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

Shawn MacDougall is a junior Human Resource Management major with a minor in Economics. This is his second semester with Financial Cents. He looks forward to educating others on financial literacy. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.


Brian Robinson

Peer Educator - Coordinator of VITA and Junior Achievement
Academic Advising Center 113
(815) 753-HELP

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