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Dean of Students Office Staff

Maureen Armstrong

Associate Dean of Students

Maureen  serves as the Associate Dean of Students, overseeing the functions within the Dean of Students Office. As the Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs, she coordinated 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.



Karen Bresciano

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.

Jennifer Longa

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.

Leigh Ellen Johnson

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.

Administrative Staff

Laura Beltran

Administrative Assistant

Stephanie Parker

Program Assistant


Graduate Assistants and Student Assistants

Carolina Amigo – Student Assistant

Safa Bayati – Student Assistant

Zaynab Bayati – Student Assistant

Melanie Kahn Chollete – Student Assistant

Sarah Marshall – Student Assistant

Mira Patel – Student Assistant

Sierra Pettway – Student Assistant

Marcus Washburn – Student Assistant