Texas Tech University

Red to Black Leadership Team

Meet our Staff


Catherine Komen - Program Director

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 - Graduate 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 - Graduate 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 and Master's in Personal Financial Planning in December 2024.

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



Riley Beal -Student Assistant

Riley Beal is an undergraduate student in Personal Financial Planning. He is originally from Rochester, Illinois. Riley plans to pursue his masters in the field and graduate in May 2025.

Riley likes to spend his free time hanging out with friends, watching sports, fishing, and anything outdoors.