Marshals for the Health and Human Development Program
Jillian Zerbe, daughter of David and Christine Zerbe of Eagleville, Pennsylvania, receives a bachelor’s degree in athletic training. Zerbe was a member of the Penn State Student Athletic Training Club and served as the group’s secretary during her senior year. She also served as the HHD student ambassador.
She is a recipient of the Edward A. Sulkowski Athletic Training Scholarship, the Jimmy Warfield Memorial Athletic Training Scholarship, the Student Leadership Scholarship, and the Blynn DeNiro Memorial Scholarship awarded by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research & Education Foundation and sponsored by the professional association the ice hockey athletic coach.
Upon graduation, she will enter the University of South Carolina’s Post-Professional Athletic Training Program to earn a master’s degree in Advanced Athletic Training.
Megan Williams, daughter of Jason and Michelle Williams of Easton, Pennsylvania, is receiving a bachelor’s degree in biobehavioral health. Williams worked as a research assistant for the Sleep, Health, and Society Collaboratory. She served as a resident assistant for Nittany Apartments & Suites and as a teaching assistant for the Anatomy and Physiology Lab I and II classes.
Williams has received the President’s Freshman Award, the President Sparks Award, the Evan Pugh Scholar Award, the Janice L. Strickler Student Award, and the Jacob Koffler Scholarship.
Upon graduation, Williams will join Aesculap, a medical device company, as a full-time associate product manager for neurosurgery.
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Gloria Lo, daughter of Oliver Lo and Helen Yuen of Indiana, Pennsylvania, receives a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Disorders and Musical Arts (violin playing). Lo served as co-president and service vice president of the Music Service Club and also performed with the group at the Penn State THON. She has also performed as a violinist in the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and String Quartet, and volunteered with the For Good Troupe.
Lo was a Schreyer Honors Scholar and directed the dissertation project, Resources for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Using Improvisational Music and Dance Movement Therapy Techniques. She has received the Communication Disorders Award, the Harold and Nancy O’Connor Music Scholarship, the President’s Freshman Award and the University Park Provost Award.
Upon graduation, Lo will pursue a master’s degree in communications and disruption at Penn State.
health policy and administration
Dan Novak, daughter of Ed and Barb Novak of Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania, is receiving a bachelor’s degree in health policy and administration with a minor in human development and family studies and a second minor in diversity and inclusion in health and human development. Novak has worked as a Child Abuse Prevention Research Associate and volunteer at local daycares. She did a summer internship at Family Service in Rhode Island, where she raised funds for a homeless shelter and a COVID-19 food delivery program. She also competed at the Penn State THON in her sophomore year with Apollo.
After graduation, Novak plans to pursue a position in public health policy or further study epidemiology to positively impact community health.
Shiyu Gan, daughter of Jianhua and Yiwen Gan from Shanghai, China, receives a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. Gan served as President of the Elite League of Hospitality in Asia, a student organization that helps members understand and develop skills in the hospitality industry in Asia.
Upon graduation, Gan will accept a position as Food and Beverage Manager-in-Training at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas.
Airui Huang, daughter of Hua Wang from Shenzhen, China, receives a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management. Huang served as President of the Elite League of Hospitality in Asia, a student organization that helps members understand and develop skills in the hospitality industry in Asia.
After graduating, Huang will take a job at a real estate consulting firm.
Human Development and Family Studies
Caitlin Geaman, daughter of Lee Geaman of Mullica Hill, New Jersey, and Maxine Geaman of Jacksonville, Florida, receives a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies with a minor in psychology. Geaman volunteered as a research assistant for the Data 4 Action project at the Social Science Research Institute and Clinical Research Center. She was a member of the Penn State CrossFit Club and served as THON Chair during her junior and senior years. She was a member of the Penn State THON Dancer Relations Committee in her sophomore and junior years and danced in THON 2022. She was also a member and vice president of the HDFS Undergraduate Student Organization.
As a Schreyer Honors Scholar, Geaman completed a PhD project entitled “Coparenting and Youth Adjustment During the COVID-19 Pandemic” with the help of Susan McHale and Anna Hochgraf and the support of their family and friends.
After graduation, Geaman will attend Drexel University for the accelerated entry-level nursing program, after which she plans to become a traveling nurse.
Kyle Mink, son of Kevin and Nga Mink of Wallingford, Pennsylvania, receives a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. Mink has served on the Undergraduate Student Council of the College of Health and Human Development and has served as President and Social Media Chair. He was also a member of the Kinesiology Club and the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society. He completed clinical internship at Premier Orthopedics in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and worked as a promoter for StarOne Events.
As a Schreyer Honors Scholar, Nerz led a dissertation project entitled “Treating Non-Dystrophic Myotonias: A Review Guiding the Design of Nav 1.4-Selective Sodium Channel Inhibitors”. He received the President’s Freshman Award and the James E. Miller Fellowship.
Upon graduation, Nerz will take a gap year to conduct research and gain clinical experience before applying to medical school to become an orthopedist.
Kiara Smith, child of Linda and Dirk Copland of State College, Pennsylvania, is receiving a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nutrition through an integrated program at Schreyer Honors College. Smith was a “bee expert” at the Beekeepers Club and manager and chef of Penn State Hillel’s Chicken Soup Hotline. Smith is also the student marshal for the College of Liberal Arts’ Department of Linguistics.
As a Schreyer Honors Scholar, Smith led a dissertation project entitled “Food Insecurity as a Longitudinal Predictor of Diet, Sleep, Mental Health and College Academics”. They received an HHD Summer Research Grant, the Goldstein Honor Award, the HHD Got Grit Award and the Genevieve P. Ho Award in Nutrition.
Upon graduation, Smith will complete a dietetic internship and become a Registered Dietitian. You plan a career in clinical nutrition and public health.
Recreation, park and tourism management
Colin Lloyd, son of Philip and Vicki Lloyd of Newville, Pennsylvania, receives a bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management. Lloyd was a member of the Sports Business Club and the Penn State THON Rules and Regulations Committee. He also worked as an intern at the Bryce Jordan Center.
After graduation, Lloyd plans to pursue a career in sports or live entertainment.
Reserve Officer’s Training Corp (ROTC)
Karl Troutman, son of Jane and Richard Troutman of Herndon, Pennsylvania, receives a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies. Troutman is a member of the Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corp and has served as a Cadet Command Sergeant Major and a member of the Tactics Club. He was a member of the Penn State Altoona Weightlifting and Boxing Club. In 2021, he took part in a fitness challenge to raise money for Stop Soldier Suicide.
Troutman was inducted into the Scabbard and Blade Honor Society and received a National ROTC Scholarship and the General WA Morgan Award, as well as a CPT Brian Faunce Award nomination. He also graduated from the Sabalauski Air Assault School.
Upon graduation, Troutman is commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army’s active duty infantry division and begins his career at Ft. Benning, Georgia.