Dr. Brad Yeckley
Director of Niner Finances
Dr. Brad Yeckley is the Assistant Director of Niner Finances. He is a Penn State University alumnus with a BS in human development, an MBA in corporate finance, and a Ph.D. in Workforce Education. His doctoral dissertation focused on financial education program design and the importance of the affective domain of learning. He currently is a member of the Higher Education Financial Wellness Alliance directorate and is a board member of the North Carolina Council on Economic Education. He also serves as an inaugural member of the NASPA Financial Literacy and Wellbeing Advisory Committee. Dr. Yeckley was named the 2021 Financial Educator of the Year by The Institute for Financial Literacy and is a nationally recognized speaker and facilitator. Brad previously served as the assistant director of The Sokolov-Miller Family Financial and Life Skills Center at Penn State, was a member of Penn State Emerging Leaders, and sat on the Penn State Financial Literacy Advisory Board. He believes in fully living a strengths-based life; his top five strengths are: Maximizer, WOO, Positivity, Learner, Includer.
Justin Howard is a sophomore in Civil Engineering at UNC Charlotte. As an Engineer, Justin deeply enjoys problem solving and feels that open mindedness is a strong tool to get around almost any difficulty. As a Peer Ambassador, Justin’s main approach is to take an organized and judgment-free approach to setting up positive and manageable goals. Outside of academia Justin is a member of the eSports and Road Cycling clubs at UNC Charlotte and spends a lot of free time listening to and creating music.
Caleb Achdii is a junior Finance major with a minor in Criminal Justice at UNC Charlotte. He decided to study business finance because his favorite subject is math. He enjoys cooking and riding his bike in his free time. As a Peer Ambassador Caleb takes an open-minded approach in setting and achieving financial goals.
Brady Dale is a senior Finance and Statistics double major. He is also an early-entry student in the Masters of Mathematical Finance program. After graduation, he will join Bank of America as a financial analyst. Brady is very involved on campus as a member of the Business Honors Program and sports analytics club. He also helps out with Charlotte’s baseball team as a student analyst.
Yaseen Ahmed is a junior Computer Science (B.S. Bioinformatics) major with a minor in Data Science. Most of his work consists of working with large datasets. He is currently involved in a research project with Dr. Dornburg, and provides a computational approach to his work. He loves working with others, making the peer ambassador position the perfect role for him.
Carsen Schaefer is a sophomore majoring in Accounting and French. She wants to work as an auditor for a firm in her future career. In her spare time, she likes going for runs and going thrifting/antiquing. She is currently involved with the UNC Charlotte French Club and Business Honors Program. She is a first generation college student wanting to educate herself and others on financial literacy. Being a peer ambassador is a great way to get involved on campus.