Interim Associate Dean of Students
Maureen serves as the Interim Associate Dean of Students, overseeing the functions within the Dean of Students Office. As the Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs, she coordinates the central human resource functions for the Division. She is an affiliate faculty member with the HESA program and has taught the SYE Practicum course and co-taught sections of the Resource Management course focused on staffing practices. Prior to this she held positions in the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, Residential Life and Admissions at the University of Connecticut, Keene State College and Westfield State University. Maureen is a graduate of the University of Maine where she received a Masters of Education and Westfield State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She has completed the HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) Program as well as the NASPA Region I Mid-Level Institute.
Susie Mitton Shannon
Interim Assistant Dean of Students
Susie joined the Dean of Students Office in the spring 2015 and currently serves as an Interim Assistant Dean of Students. In her role, Susie provides general advocacy, guidance and support to students, parents and families. She serves on a variety of committees within the Division of Students Affairs and campus-wide, including the University’s Title IX Sexual Misconduct Support Team and the Cross Divisional Communications Committee. She has co-taught for the Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program while also serving as a site supervisor to Graduate Assistants and Graduate Practicum students. Susie has over twenty years of leadership experience from a wide variety of higher education institutions. She served as the Interim Dean of Student Conduct and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Amherst College, the Director of Residential Life, Community Standards and Conference Services at Marymount College and the Assistant Dean of Students at Dean College. She held numerous leadership and administrative roles at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and University of Central Arkansas. Susie is a graduate of Westfield State College (BA), University of Central Arkansas (MA), and University of Massachusetts Amherst (MEd).
Assistant Dean of Students
Karen joined the Dean of Students Office in 2000 and currently serves as Assistant Dean of Students. She partners with students, parents, faculty and staff to support students’ success. In addition to her general advocacy work, she counsels students contemplating withdrawal or cancellation and evaluates and make decisions about student requests for readmission. Outside of the office, Karen a part of numerous campus-wide committees where she researches, evaluates, and recommends changes in policies and procedures as related to the student experience including the Cross-Divisional Communication/Strategy Committee (chair), the Senate Student Welfare Committee (chair) and the Senate Executive Committee. Prior to joining the team at UConn, Karen held positions at other institutions in Residential Life and Community Standards. She received her BA in Health Education from UConn and her MS in College Student Personnel Administration from Indiana State University.
Assistant Dean of Students for Victim Support Services & Bystander Initiatives
Jenn serves as Assistant Dean of Students for Victim Support Services at UConn. Her primary responsibilities are to provide support to students who are victims of sexual violence and other crimes, connect them with resources, and assist them as they go through the university processes. In this role, Jenn acts as a liaison with various campus departments, community agencies, and individuals to provide students with appropriate academic, personal welfare, and psychological resources. Jenn co-chairs the University’s Bystander Intervention Program Committee and serves on several committees including the Incident Response Team and the Community Resource Team. Jenn has previously served as the Director for Violence Prevention and Advocacy Services, the Director of Civility Education, and a Gender and Women’s Studies instructor at the University of Rhode Island. Jenn has expertise in training students, athletes, and law enforcement as well as providing consultation on issues of sexual assault, partner violence, bystander intervention, and response protocols.
Dean of Students Specialist
Leigh Ellen joined the Dean of Students team in August 2016 as the Dean of Students Specialist. Leigh Ellen started out her career in Residence Life and returns to UConn after a ten-year hiatus. In her role as Dean of Students Specialist, she assists in directing the readmission process, cancellations and withdrawals from the university, residency, and finals rescheduling. Leigh Ellen has nearly twenty years of experience in Higher Education, and in addition to working in Residence Life, she has significant work experience in International Education, traveling, and advising International students. She has traveled to 20 different countries, including South Africa, India, Japan, Brazil, and Italy. Leigh Ellen is a graduate of Douglass College with a BA in Spanish and Rutgers University with both an MEd in Foreign Language Education and an MA in Spanish Translation.
Graduate Assistants and Student Assistants
Carolina Amigo – Student Assistant
Safa Bayati – Student Assistant
Zaynab Bayati – Student Assistant
Jacqueline Ho – Student Assistant
Melanie Kahn Chollete – Student Assistant
Shushrusha Lamsal – Student Assistant
Sarah Marshall – Student Assistant
Inri Panajoti – Student Assistant
Mira Patel – Student Assistant
Sierra Pettway – Student Assistant
Gifford Spada – Student Assistant
Danay Vera – Student Assistant
Marcus Washburn – Student Assistant
Sarah Redlich – Graduate Assistant
Jordan Walsh – Graduate Assistant