Meet Our Team

LaKeya Francis

LaKeya Francis, Assistant Director

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

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 CFSD Staff, Keya worked for UConn’s Department of Student Activities (Major Events & Programs) as the Coordinator of Late Night and a Program Advisor for Off Campus Events. As an alumna of the UConn fraternity and sorority community, Keya has volunteered on numerous occasions as a facilitator and presenter for CFSD-sponsored initiatives.
Rinda Riccio

Rinda Riccio, Risk Education & Prevention Specialist

Rindaanne (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.
Cara Connor

Cara Connor, Graduate Assistant

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

Cara Connor graduated from Missouri State University in 2021 with a degree in Communication with minors in Ethical Leadership and Advertising & Promotion. During her undergraduate, she joined Alpha Delta Pi, which sparked her passion for involvement on campus leading her to be heavily involved in the campus community. Some of her involvement includes serving on both Greek Week and Homecoming committees at Missouri State University. She is now a graduate student in the Higher Education & Student Affairs Master’s program and joined the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Development as a Graduate Assistant in the Fall of 2021. Cara is excited to advise National Pan-Hellenic Council and Panhellenic Council.

Jose Garcia

Jose Garcia, Graduate Assistant

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His/They/Their

Jose Garcia graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2016 with a degree in History. He is a graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program and joined the Center in Fall 2020. While at UCLA, Jose joined Theta Chi Fraternity which is how he got directly  connected to the field of Student Affairs. Prior to coming to Connecticut, he was in Student Affairs supporting the LGBTQ Center and Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life at UCLA. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jose is excited to be in a new area and looks forward to living in New England.

Danielle Noonan

Danielle Noonan, Graduate Assistant

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

Danielle Noonan graduated from the University of Connecticut in May 2021 with a bachelor degree in Psychology and Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. During her time as an undergraduate at UConn, Danielle joined Gamma Phi Beta and was primarily involved in homecoming week by volunteering to choreograph for Lip Sync. She is now a graduate student in the M.A. Speech Language Pathology program. Danielle joined the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Development in the Fall of 2021 as a graduate assistant. She advises the Interfraternity Council and the Intercultural Greek Council.
Ailia Rohbar

Ailia Rohbar, Graduate Administrator

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

Ailia Rohbar graduated from the University of Connecticut in May 2021 with a bachelor degree in Secondary English Education. During her time at UConn, Ailia joined Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Incorporated and fulfilled the roles of various positions including social chair, recruitment chair, Dean, and service chair. She is now a graduate student in the Instruction and Curriculum program. Prior to joining the CFSD staff, she worked as a lead instructor for IRIS's (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services) Summer Learning Program and has taught at various middle schools and high schools all throughout Connecticut. Ailia joined CFSD as a graduate administrator in July 2021 and she is really excited to work alongside her team to further cultivate the Greek Community here at UConn.

Auxiliary Staff

Justin Kyle Tanner

Justin Kyle Tanner, Husky Village Area Director

Justin Kyle (he/him) attended the University of Mississippi (B.B.A., 2015) where he was a Founding Father for the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity (Pi Kapp). Upon graduation, Justin Kyle attended the University of Iowa (M.A., 2017) and served as a volunteer and chapter advisor for Pi Kapp. Since Iowa, Justin Kyle has served as a Residence Hall Director at the University Connecticut. Justin Kyle has presented across the country for Pi Kapp on Risk Management, Alcohol and Other Drugs (ASTP), and Brotherhood. Currently, Justin Kyle serves as chapter advisor for the Kappa Omicron Chapter of Pi Kapp.

Undergraduate Student Staff

Aracelis Figueroa

Community Ambassador

Marketing Communications

Kevin Cayo

Community Ambassador

Marketing Communications