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

John Peterson

John Peterson

Business Consultant

John Peterson joined the Penn State Small Business Development Center in 2018 as a business consultant. John’s consulting efforts are primarily focused on providing free, confidential one-on-one consulting to current or prospective small business owners within Centre and Mifflin counties. John has more than 15 years of business management experience in various industries, including private… Read More »


Meet Our Students

Robbie Newton

Robbie Newton

Robbie is a mechanical engineering graduate from Bucknell University and is currently studying business administration at the Smeal College of Business and is part of their MOL program. Robbie has been able to bring his expertise in engineering prototyping, manufacturing, production, and his entrepreneurial mindset to the Penn State SBDC as a graduate student intern.… Read More »

Andrew Marzullo

Andrew Marzullo

Andrew is a recent mechanical engineering graduate of Penn State and is continuing his education through the Smeal Master of Professional Studies in Management and Organizational Leadership (MOL) program. Andrew has strong interests in the fields of manufacturing and energy and has been able to bridge his technical skills together with business, while working as… Read More »


Meet Our Administrative Team

Theresa Krise

Theresa Krise

Administrative Assistant

Theresa is the administrative support assistant for the Penn State SBDC. 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 two directors… Read More »

Kimberlee MacMullan Penn State SBDC director photo

Kimberlee MacMullan


Kimberlee is the director of Penn State SBDC since December 2017. She was the President/CEO of the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau where she directed the membership, event planning, promotional, and operations programs serving over 300 members and Hermosa’s 20,000 residents. She joined the chamber leadership in 2014 following numerous executive financial roles… Read More »

Kim Tremaglio

Kimberly Tremaglio

Event and Marketing Coordinator

Kim joined the Penn State Small Business Development Center as the event and marketing coordinator in August 2018. In this role, she develops and coordinates all educational workshops and training, and manages the marketing related to the SBDC and its programs. Kim has more than 20 years of marketing experience within higher education, nonprofit and… Read More »