Meet Our Team

Jamel Catoe

Jamel Catoe, Director

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 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 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.
Victoria Almodovar

Victoria Almodovar, Graduate Advisor: Honor Societies

Victoria graduated from UConn in 2018 with a Psychology and Anthropology majors and a minor in Latin American Studies. She is a founding member of the Kappa Tau chapter of Alpha Chi Omega and held several leadership positions within her chapter throughout her undergraduate career. She served on the Panhellenic Council executive board for a year and served as a student intern in the OFSL for two. Victoria is now enrolled as a student in the International Studies master’s program here at UConn, with a concentration in Latino/a and Latin American Studies. In addition to working in the OFSL, she serves as a Graduate Assistant in El Instituto, UConn’s Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies. Victoria is also actively involved as a member of the advisory board for Alpha Chi Omega’s chapter at nearby Trinity College. 

Connor Dougan

Connor Dougan, Graduate Assistant

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!

Irvine Peck's Agaya

Irvine Peck’s-Agaya, Graduate Assistant

Auxiliary Staff

Rinda Riccio

Rindaanne Riccio, Risk Management Coordinator

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.

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Shea Middleton, Husky Village Residence Director

Shea Middleton is 2016 graduate of the University of Connecticut, and is the current Residence Hall Director for Husky Village. While at UConn Shea joined Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) Fraternity and served as a student intern in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Shea received a Master of Education in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from Springfield College. Prior to returning to UConn as a Residence Hall Director, Shea spent a short time working professionally in residence life at Cornell University. Shea became the Residence Director at Husky Village in August 2019.

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Community Ambassadors

Dylan Barlow

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Matthew Capodanno

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Jacquida Mars

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Casey Carbonaro

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Luis Paulino, Jr.

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Mery Fajardo

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Juwan Rosa

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Jennefier Banos Vale

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Johyna Riley

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Abbas Harris

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John Gauthier

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Catherine Soto

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Justin Rivera

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Karina Soto

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