Staff

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Nancy Hanlon Harrison
President

Nancy Hanlon Harrison

Nancy Hanlon Harrison, President, is a veteran at presenting to student, teacher, and stakeholder audiences, designing/orchestrating programs, advocating for and leading Econ Illinois. She joined Econ Illinois in 2001. This life-long educator is the recipient of the Terry Savage Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the advancement of financial literacy. Nancy served as a member of Illinois State Board of Education’s task force that revised the Illinois social science standards which now include financial literacy standards for the first time in Illinois.

Contact Info: nhh1@niu.edu

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Rosie Sajak, CFRE
Director of Development and Corporate Relations

Rosie Sajak

Rosie Sajak, CFRE Director of Development & Corporate Relations, has been in the development field for 25 years and prior to that, video production for 10 years. Rosie has experience fundraising for a variety of different organizations including the Quad Cities Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, DuPage Children’s Museum, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona and now Econ Illinois as Director of Development and Corporate Relations.

Ms. Sajak earned her BA at Western Illinois University and has earned the Certified Fundraising Executive credential (CFRE).

Contact Info: rsajak@niu.edu

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Beth Metzler
Vice President for Programs & Partnerships,
and STEM Finance Learning Exchange

Beth Metzler

Beth joined Econ Illinois in 2002 to actively support economic, personal finance and entrepreneurship education. She facilitates STEM Finance Learning Exchange activities and resources, works to establish partnerships between industry and education, presents professional development workshops, coordinates high school student competitions, and communicates with legislators about award winning teachers and students.

Passionate that all individuals need the educational tools, resources, and information to successfully reach their career goals, she works to positively impact as many students as possible. Beth earned her BS in Finance from Northern Illinois University and a MA in Economic Education & Entrepreneurship from the University of Delaware. Prior to Econ Illinois, Beth supported special education students at the middle school level. She remains an active volunteer for a few select organizations.

Contact Info: bmetzler@niu.edu

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Nancy Overton Skelley
Administrative Assistant

Nancy Overton Skelley

Nancy joined Econ Illinois in 2007 and is responsible for the fiscal management of the organization as well as providing executive-level support for both the Executive Director and the Director of Development & Corporate Relations. Nancy has worked for Northern Illinois University, Econ Illinois' host institution for 15 years. Prior to coming to the university, Nancy worked in the banking industry for nearly 15 years, beginning as a teller and working her way into the role of Senior Personal Banker/Consumer Lending Officer. Nancy is a graduate of the Illinois Bankers Association Basic Consumer Lending School and received her Bankers Essentials Certificate from the Chicagoland American Institute of Banking, and her Certified Financial Paraplanner Certificate.

Contact Info: nskelley@niu.edu

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Debbie Kerman
Program Coordinator
Coordinator, The Stock Market Game™

Debbie Kerman

Debbie Kerman, Program Director, joined Econ Illinois in October of 2008. She received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Aurora University in 2002. She received her undergraduate degree from Governors State University in Business Administration. She is a proponent of life-long learning.

Debbie oversees The Stock Market Game™ program and the Illinois Economic Concepts Poster Contest.

Contact Info: dkerman@niu.edu

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Caroline Wells
Office Support Specialist

Caroline Wells

Caroline joined Econ Illinois in August, 2016.  Prior to coming to Econ Illinois, Caroline worked for the City of DeKalb for 20 years. Primary job duty is to provide office support to staff at Econ Illinois.

Contact Info: cwells2@niu.edu