Marla Yukelson is the Program Coordinator for LifeLink PSU. Marla has worked in every building in the State College Area School District as a substitute teacher and then worked for 11 years as a Learning Support Teacher at Park Forest Middle School in 7th grade. In August of 2012 she came to LifeLink PSU as the Program Coordinator and Special Education Teacher. Originally from Southern California, she holds an undergraduate teaching degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Texas (1981) and a Master's degree in Special Education from Penn State (2001). In her free time she enjoys traveling, bicycling, reading, gardening, and spending time with her husband, Dave and their three sons, Adam, Josh and Drew.
Sandy Cecco is certified as a highly qualified paraprofessional for LifeLink PSU. She began this position in 2007. She has worked for the State College Area School District as a paraprofessional since 1999 and prior to that she worked as a supervisor at Hills Department Store/Ames for twelve years. Currently, Sandy also works a Job Coach for LifeLink PSU students in their work/volunteer experience and as a habaide providing respite care for adults with disabilities. She also enjoys spending time with her son and daughter, and her two grandchildren.
Patty Madore joined the LifeLink PSU team as a paraprofessional in April 2016. Prior to that she worked as a para for 6 years in kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms at Corl Street and Lemont Elementary School classrooms. Born and raised in State College, Patty earned a Bachelors degree from Penn State in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a Masters degree also from Penn State in Deaf Education. When she isn’t working Patty loves spending time with her wonderful kids; McKenzie, Madison and Andy. She is honored to be involved with such an amazing program.
Brandon Auman is the most recent addition to the LifeLink PSU staff joining in late November, 2016. After graduating from Penn State, with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a Social Studies concentration in December 2015, Brandon substitute taught in the State College Area School District as well as Bellefonte and Bald Eagle School Districts. In the Fall of 2016 he accepted a long-term substitute position as a paraprofessional in a learning support classroom in the State College High School South Building, which ultimately brought him to LifeLink PSU. When Brandon isn’t at LifeLink, he is working at the Multi-Sport Facility on campus, volunteering with his church and/or his church’s youth ministry, hiking, hunting, or fishing if the weather permits!