Meet Our Team

Jamel Catoe

Jamel Catoe, Director

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

Jamel Catoe joined the department 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 graduate degrees in Management and Communication with a focus in Digital Marketing from the University of Connecticut. Jamel intends to complete a PhD in Management/Organizational Science.

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 is the past-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/multicultural affairs, student activities, and marketing. Jamel is a founding sibling of Theta Delta Sigma and a brother of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity. He remains actively involved in both organizations as a member of the National Leadership Team and volunteer.

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 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.
Connor Dougan

Connor Dougan, Graduate Assistant

Connor graduated from the University of Kansas in 2019 with degrees in Global and International Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a minor in History. He is a graduate student in the Higher Education and Students Affairs Master’s program and joined the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Development as a Graduate Assistant in Fall of 2019. Connor was heavily involved in programming efforts during his undergraduate career with student activities, community outreach and service, and class legacy initiatives. Connor is unaffiliated, but eager to learn about fraternity and sorority development as a student affairs functional area. Although born and raised in Kansas and a self-identified diehard Jayhawk, Connor is excited to experience Connecticut, and UConn, to see what being a Husky is all about.

Jose Garcia

Jose Garcia, Graduate Assistant

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.

Cameron Lytton

Cameron Lytton, Graduate Assistant

Cameron Lytton graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2018 with degrees in both Economics and Communications. As an undergraduate student, Cameron was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. After working in management, recruitment, and talent coordination for two years, he realized his passion for entrepreneurship and decided to return to school to further his education. He is an incoming graduate student in the Full-Time MBA Program and is concentrating in Business Analytics and Entrepreneurship. As a Connecticut native, and a returning alumnus to the University of Connecticut, he’s passionate about working with the university to develop great Huskies moving forward.
Irvine Peck's Agaya

Irvine Peck’s-Agaya, Graduate Assistant

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Irvine (Vee) Peck’s-Agaya joined the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Development in 2019 as the Graduate Advisor for the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). She is a graduate student in the Higher Education & Student Affairs Master’s program at the University of Connecticut. She graduated from Wesleyan University in May 2018 with a bachelor in Government and Religion. While at Wesleyan, Vee became a member of the Middletown Chapter of Alpha Delta Phi Society and assisted with recruitment and community outreach initiatives for her chapter.

Auxiliary Staff

Undergraduate Student Staff

Aracelis Figueroa

Community Ambassador

Marketing Communications

Mehak Sikka

Community Ambassador

Community Building

Desiree Torres

Community Ambassador

Educational Initiatives

Raina Zehra

Community Ambassador

Administrative Operations

Grace Lemire

Community Ambassador

Community Building

Kevin Cayo

Community Ambassador

Marketing Communications

Kyle Leite

Community Ambassador

Administrative Operations