Staff & Expertise

All services are provided by our staff of highly qualified consultants. In addition to practical experience in operating small businesses themselves, our staff members have more than fifty years of business experience and hold degrees in business, communications, and engineering. The Penn State SBDC also taps into the expertise of industry experts, successful entrepreneurs, and business professionals to deliver its educational programs.

Meet Our Consulting Staff

Linda Feltman

Linda Feltman

Coordinator Global Entrepreneurship Week and Student Entrepreneurship Consultant

Linda Feltman has worked with the Penn State SBDC as the senior business consultant since April 1999. In 2014 she was named the Coordinator for Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) on behalf of Penn State. GEW is an international entrepreneurship event that takes place every year during the third week of November. Linda’s business consulting efforts… Read More »

Jennifer Riden

Business Consultant

Jennifer graduated from Penn State with dual degrees in advertising/public relations and psychology. She then moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and started a career in outside sales. A few years later an opportunity to work for PNC bank presented itself and Jennifer began working in the banking & financial industry.  In 2009 she obtained her Master’s… Read More »

Maria Kirby

Maria Spencer

Business Consultant

Maria T. Spencer, MBA, PhD, is a business consultant and Team Lead for Entrepreneurship at the Penn State Small Business Development Center where she specializes in technology commercialization, strategic planning, human resources, and export trade development. She has worked with hundreds of businesses and entrepreneurs on business start-up and expansion as well as new product… Read More »

 

Meet Our Students

Sureel Sheth

Sureel is a graduate assistant with the SBDC. He is a second year MS candidate in the department of Industrial Engineering, with focus on supply chain engineering and data analysis. Prior to enrolling at the Penn State university, Sureel pursued his Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from Dharamsinh Desai University, India, and worked as… Read More »

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Joe Consoli

Joe is a graduate assistant with the Penn State SBDC in addition to being enrolled in a one-year Master of Management and Organizational Leadership program in the Smeal College of Business. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State in 2017. As a member of the Schreyer Honors College, Joe supplemented… Read More »

 

Meet Our Administrative Team

Theresa Krise

Theresa Krise

Administrative Assistant

Theresa is the administrative support assistant for the Penn State SBDC and PennTAP. Theresa joined the SBDC in April 2012. Prior to her employment with the SBDC, she worked for more than 20 years with The Pennsylvania State University’s Academic Outreach/World Campus as an administrative support assistant for the executive director of Academic Outreach and… Read More »

Laurie Linton: Educational Programming Coordinator for the Penn State SBDC

Laurie Linton

Educational Programming Coordinator

Laurie Linton is the Educational Programming Coordinator (EPC) at the Penn State SBDC. Laurie has been with the Penn State SBDC since June 2008. She is the first point of contact for educational programs and sponsorships. As the EPC, Laurie schedules and coordinates educational programs and works with presenters on topics of interest to small business owners. She… Read More »

Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan

Interim Director

Michael Ryan has been a business analyst with the Penn State SBDC since June 2000. He staffs the SBDC’s outreach office located at the Penn State Learning Center in Lewistown. In addition to providing free, confidential one-on-one consulting to current or prospective small business owners, he has developed and instructs educational programs and seminars for… Read More »