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 the Director role 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 from the UConn School of Business. Prior to coming to UConn, he has worked with fraternities and sororities on several college campuses, served as a UIFI facilitator and as a volunteer for Northeast Greek Leadership Association and the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA). 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 currently serves on the Regional Boards for AFA and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.
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.
Denée Jackson

Denée Jackson, Graduate Intern: 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!
Alex Vann

Alex Vann, Graduate Assistant: GCAB Advisor

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.

Auxiliary Staff

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.

Neo Thurston

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

Victoria Almodovar

Victoria

Leadership Intern

Edwin Santiago, III

Intern

Leadership Intern

Jayonna Holmes

Intern

Crew

Samuel Bartlett

Intern

Operations Intern

Katarina Stockton

Katarina

Programming Intern

Jomarys Morales

Intern

Crew

Damini Chelladurai

Intern

Administrative Intern

Donice Brooks

Intern

Crew

Luis Paulino, Jr.

Intern

Crew

Jose Ortiz, Jr.

Intern

Communications Intern

Bryant Caicedo

Intern

Crew

Catherine Soto

Intern

Crew

Juwan Rosa

Intern

Programming Intern

Brawndly Diaz

Intern

Crew

Karina Soto

Intern

Crew