Meet Our Staff

Jamel Catoe

Jamel Catoe, Director

Jamel Catoe joined the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life in 2011 and served as the Assistant Director before earning a promotion to Director in July 2017. Jamel received his B.A. in Communication from the University at Buffalo, a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Buffalo State College, and most recently, his M.B.A. in Management and Marketing from the UConn School of Business. Currently, Jamel is pursuing a doctoral degree with a concentration in computer-mediated organizational communication.

Prior to coming to UConn, he has worked with fraternities and sororities on several college campuses, served as an Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) facilitator and as a volunteer for Northeast Greek Leadership Association and the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA). Jamel currently serves as regional representative for the NASPA Fraternity and Sorority Knowledge Community. In addition to his work with fraternal organizations, he has experience in career services, leadership development, diversity affairs, student activities, and marketing. Jamel is a founding member of Theta Delta Sigma and remains actively involved as the National Director of Expansion.

LaKeya Francis

LaKeya Francis, Assistant Director

LaKeya Francis (Keya) graduated from UConn in May 2012 with a bachelor degree in English. While at UConn, Keya joined the Lambda Tau Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in 2010 and was heavily involved on campus. In 2015, Keya earned a M.S. in Student Development in Higher Education from Central Connecticut State University. Before joining the OFSL Staff, Keya worked for UConn’s Department of Student Activities (Major Events & Programs) as the Coordinator of Late Night. As an alumna of the UConn fraternity and sorority community, Keya has volunteered on numerous occasions as a facilitator and presenter for OFSL-sponsored initiatives. She is an active member of the Theta Epsilon Omega graduate chapter of her sorority and currently serves as fundraising event co-chair.
Victoria Almodovar

Victoria Almodovar, Graduate Advisor: Order of Omega

Bridget Conaway

Bridget Conaway, Graduate Assistant: IFC Advisor

Bridget Conaway is a graduate student in the Higher Education Student Affairs Master’s program at the University of Connecticut directly supporting the Interfraternity Council. Born and raised In Philadelphia, Bridget earned her BS in Psychology and minor in Communications with a focus in Public and Corporate Relations from Drexel University in 2016. Bridget is a founding sister of the Alpha Delta Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and held many leadership positions with her own chapter and the Panhellenic Council. As an undergraduate she was also involved in Alumni Relations, Student Conduct, Institutional Advancement, and cooped in the Office of Student Affairs. After graduation, Bridget worked at her Alma Mater in the Office of Residential Living in addition to advising the Tri Sigma Chapter at Saint Joseph’s University and Iota Nu Delta Fraternity at Drexel University.
William Harmonay

William Harmonay, Graduate Assistant: GCAB Advisor

William Harmonay (Will) is a graduate student in the Higher Education Student Affairs Master’s program at the University of Connecticut. He joined the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Student Activities in 2018 as the Graduate Assistant for Off-Campus Activities Advising (OCAA) and the advisor for the Greek Community Affairs Board (GCAB). Will was born and raised in New York, and received his undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. During his time at Rider, Will became a member of the NJ Zeta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon, served as IFC President for two years, served as Greek Council President for one year, and was involved with Orientation, Admissions, Community Standards, and Residence Life. Will is excited to see what life in Connecticut is like, as well as what life at UConn is like!

Denée Jackson

Denée Jackson, Graduate Advisor: NPHC Advisor

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. After a short hiatus, Denée returned to UConn in 2017 and is currently enrolled in the Higher Education and Student Affairs master’s program. In addition to her work in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Denée serves as a Graduate Assistant with Husky Sport.

Alessa

Alessa Strelecki, Graduate Assistant: UCPC Advisor

Alessa Strelecki is a student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program at the University of Connecticut. She joined the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life in 2017 as a Graduate Assistant advising the Panhellenic Council. Alessa received her undergraduate degree in 2015 from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. During her time at Drake, Alessa became a member of the Alpha Lambda chapter of Delta Gamma and held leadership positions in the areas of philanthropy and service. As a student Alessa was also involved with peer mentoring, student alumni association, and planning a Welcome Weekend for the incoming first year class. Alessa took a short break from the world of student affairs to take a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in South Korea, but is excited to be back!

Auxiliary Staff

Kim Colbert

Kim Colbert, Administrative Services Assistant

Kim Colbert joined the UConn Department of Student Activities in September 2017, and is now also a member of the OFSL team. Kim is a UConn graduate with a B.A. in Communications. Prior to coming to UConn, she was the director of a Connecticut post-secondary career school, director of education, and instructor, for 23 years. Kim has been serving as a mentor in the Academic Achievement Center for the last 3 semesters and volunteers for various department committees and activities.
Alex Vann

Rindaanne Riccio, Risk Management Coordinator

Rindaanne Riccio (Rinda) joined the University of Connecticut in September 2017 as the Risk Management Coordinator within the Department of Student Activities. A born and raised New Yorker, Rinda received her B.S. in Public Relations from St. John’s University and her master’s degree in Higher Education from Penn State University. Before coming to UConn, Rinda worked at a social media marketing firm in New York City, and more recently, as a Residential Area Coordinator at Wagner College where she also advised their Panhellenic Council. She has worked closely with fraternities and sororities since joining her own sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, in Spring 2009 and currently serves a chapter alumna advisor. Some of her interests are in social justice initiatives, leadership development, public relations, curriculum design, assessment, and legal affairs.

Alex Perry

Alex Perry, Husky Village Residence Director

Undergraduate Student Staff

Community Ambassadors

Dylan Barlow

Community Ambassador

Administrative Operations

Julianne Harris

Community Ambassador

Community Building

Damini Chelladurai

Community Ambassador

Administrative Operations

Jomarys Morales

Community Ambassador

Community Building

Ali Drummond

Community Ambassador

Marketing Communications

Isabella Petrini

Community Ambassador

Marketing Communications

Syd Feeney

Community Ambassador

Educational Initiatives

Juwan Rosa

Community Ambassador

Educational Initiatives

Center Crew

Emmanuel Augustin

Intern

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Leana Santos

Intern

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Justin Rivera

Center Crew

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Catherine Soto

Intern

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Yadiel Rodriguez

Center Crew

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Karina Soto

Intern

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