Ceci Richardsen

Hi there! I’m from Palmyra, PA (near Hershey, like the chocolate), and I am now a senior studying Biomedical Engineering and Pre-Medicine. I am thankful to have grown up in a Christian home where I got to learn about Jesus, but it wasn’t until coming to Penn State that the truth of the Gospel impacted my heart and I decided to live my life to glorify the Lord. This has turned out to be the best decision ever, and it has sent me on a journey of learning to experience God’s love more deeply and to understand His grace more fully. The people I have met in Cru have been incredibly influential in this growth. I have felt so loved, encouraged, and cared for by our community - and I want this to be true for anyone who joins us. Outside of Cru, I work as an EMT and ambulance driver, I do research on artificial hearts, and I volunteer for THON. I love exploring, cooking, eating, powerlifting, having deep conversations, being outside, playing guitar, and making new friends! Hey, you, reading this, you could be a new friend – please reach out, I’d love to meet you!

Trisha Ashton
Vice President

Hey!! I am a Senior, studying Elementary Education, and doing my student teaching in a first grade classroom in Tyrone! I am from the South hills of Pittsburgh in a town called Bethel Park. In my family in Bethel Park, I have two older brothers, two younger sisters, and a puppy named Oscar. My family went to church every Sunday and talked about God, but it wasn’t until I came to college and joined Cru that I really took ownership of my faith, and began to mature and grow in it. I am so grateful for everyone I have met through Cru and how they have shaped me to be who I am today. I have gotten to know people through this ministry that have a desire to deeply know me, and to love me, encourage me, support me, and poor into me. Through Cru, I have made my best friends, and it’s been such a blessing to get to do life with them here in State College. I have also been blessed with the opportunities to go on mission trips with Cru to Virginia Beach and East Asia, and grow tremendously through those experiences of sharing the gospel. Some of the things that I love most are drinking coffee, spending time with friends, having meaningful conversations, eating food, hanging out in nature, playing games, getting to spend time with kids, and watching sports-especially Penn State football games front row!! I also really like to get to know new people, so you should reach out to me, because I would love to get to know you more!

Courtney Taylor

Hi, y’all! I’m a senior studying Public Relations with minors in German and History. I grew up in an Army family, so my hometown ranges from Texas to Germany to South Korea to a few other states in between! Thanks to my wonderful parents, Jesus has been one of few constants in my life, and I’ve grown so much in Him thanks to my involvement in Cru since I arrived at Penn State. This community is unlike any other I’ve experienced, and I’m so grateful for the chance to be involved in this amazing ministry. I am also a co-leader for Penn State Cru’s Large Group Team, a photographer for the Daily Collegian and a member of a THON Communications committee. Don’t hesitate to reach out!


Well hello there! I was born and raised in Cranberry Township PA just about 20 minutes North of Pittsburgh. Yes, I said Pittsburgh and I'm a die-hard Steelers fan! I am a Junior finance major here at PSU pursuing a career in private wealth management. God has truly blessed me with the best family ever that has pushed me and supported me in my walk with the Lord. When my oldest brother joined Cru at Virginia Tech I saw how great a relationship with the Lord is and I knew I wanted to be involved when I got to Penn State. God has shown up in huge and amazing ways in my life while at Penn State through the Cru community, my leadership in Cru’s High School ministry in Bellefonte, and seeing others come to Christ. In addition to Cru and Cru High School, I am an RA on the BASH SLO in North, am a member of Penn State Finance Society, and love going to the gym. Please feel free to reach out. I’d love to get to know you!