Jamel Catoe, Interim Director
Jamel Catoe joined the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life in 2011 as Assistant Director and was appointed to the role of Interim Director in December 2016. Jamel earned his BA in Communication from the University at Buffalo and his MS in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Buffalo State College. While pursuing his graduate degree, Jamel interned for Greek Affairs at the University at Buffalo and served on the Northeast Greek Leadership Association’s (NGLA) annual conference staff. Since then, he has worked with fraternities and sororities on several college campuses, served as a UIFI facilitator and a volunteer for NGLA and the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors. In addition to his work in Greek Life, he has experience in career services, diversity affairs, and student activities. Jamel is a founding member of Theta Delta Sigma and remains actively involved as a member of the National Board.
Denée Jackson, Program Specialist
Denée graduated from UConn in 2014 with a major in Communications and minor in Africana Studies. She joined Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated in Fall 2011 and was president of her chapter for several years. She was also on the executive board of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and a student intern in the OFSL. Following graduation, she continued to be a part of the OFSL staff as a Program Specialist. In her role she leads the office in large-scale programming initiatives and overseeing educational programming for individual chapters. In addition, she advises the National Pan-Hellenic Council.
Alex Vann, Graduate Assistant
Alex Vann is a graduate student in the Higher Education Student Affairs program at the University of Connecticut and has a joint Graduate Assistantship with the Department of Student Activities. Originally from southern California, Alex graduated in 2015 from the University of Redlands with a BA in both Business Management and Sociology, as well as a minor in Graphic Design. As an undergraduate he was involved in Residence Life, Alumni Relations, Student Leadership, and Chi Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Neo Thurston, Husky Village Residence Director
Neo Thurston Jr. joined the University of Connecticut summer of 2016 as the Towers Residence Hall Director. He then transitioned to lead the Husky Village Greek community February of 2017. Neo earned his BS in Geo-engineering from Minnesota State University and his Masters in Higher Education Administration from Iowa State University. While pursuing his graduate degree, Neo interned in athletics and housing. He also served as a Greek chapter advisor. Prior to UConn, Neo gained experience in athletics, housing, student activities, admissions and Greek Life. Neo is a founding father of the Sigma-Sigma chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and remains actively involved in the national organization.
Undergraduate Student Staff
Jose Ortiz, Jr.