Texas Tech University

Red to Black Leadership Team

Meet our Staff

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Catherine Komen - Program Director, Graduate Assistant 

Catherine Komen is a PhD student in Personal Financial Planning. She earned her MBA in Finance from University of Central Missouri and MA in Human Resource Development from Webster University. She holds a dual major in Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Business Administration & Management from Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya. She has over eighteen years of experience in the financial industry, with the last nine years dedicated to training corporations on the importance of professionals' understanding and mastering their personal finances.

In her free time, Catherine enjoys cooking, traveling to new destinations and most of all spending time with her family.


Guadalupe Ochoa Olvera

Guadalupe Ochoa Olvera - Student Assistant 

Guadalupe Ochoa Olvera is a senior undergraduate student in Personal Financial Planning. She is originally from Lubbock, Texas, but she spent most of her life in Chihuahua, Mexico. She is excited to have a chance to help, teach, and spread awareness on financial topics to Texas Tech students and the community. 

In her free time she likes to spend time with her family and friends. 


George Allen

George Allen - Student Assistant

George Allen is an Undergraduate student in Personal Financial Planning. George is originally from Haughton, Louisiana. He is set to graduate with a Bachelor's in Personal Financial Planning in May 2024.

George likes to spend his free time serving at Victory Life Church, playing bass guitar, and reading at local coffee shops.

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Mercedez Luna - Student Assistant

Mercedez Luna is a senior in the Personal Financial Planning Undergradute program. Mercedez was born and raised in Odessa, Texas. She will graduate with her Bachelor's degree in August 2023, while begining the Accelerated Masters program in Spring 2023. Mercedez has a passion for helping others and educating the community about financial planning topics. 

In her free time, Mercedez likes to go hiking, read, and travel to new places.