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.
Assistant Dean of Students
Luz Burgos – López joined the Dean of Students Office in 2017 after serving as the Assistant Dean of Students at Goucher College for the Dean of Students Office and the Center Race, Equity, and Identity (CREI). A higher education professional, social justice advocate, queer person of color, and artist she engages students, faculty, and staff in social justice and equity work through educational and co-curricular opportunities. Her work fosters an environment in which marginalized and oppressed community members feel affirmed and comfortable exploring and expressing their identities. Burgos-López held the titles of Advisor for the Vassar College Dialogue Center, Director for the Campus Life ALANA Center, Coordinator for TRANSITIONS, Co-facilitator for Mentors in Violence Prevention at Family Partner Services in Poughkeepsie, NY and Director of Expansion for Sigma Lambda Upsilon/ Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority Incorporated from 2010 – 2012.
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.
Assistant Dean of Students
Ta’Shema Odoms joined the Dean of Students Office in June 2018. She holds a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education, with a focus on Student Development. She brings 15 years of higher education experience, and her work has centered on mentorship of underrepresented students, transitioning veteran’s advocacy and education, personal welfare/crisis counseling intervention, and academic advising. She has held the titles of, Counselor, Coordinator of Mentorship (Sister-2-Sister), Veteran Peer Mentor Coordinator, Assistant Director of Admissions, and Supervisor of Graduate Interns. In addition, Ta’Shema holds an Advanced Certificate in Professional Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of CT. She is focused on holistic student wellness and nurturing an environment that embraces and celebrates diversity.
Assistant Dean of Students
Paula Wilmot joined the Dean of Students Office in 2017. She previously worked at UConn in the Honors Program where she served for the past seven years as Assistant Director of Honors Learning Communities and Programs working closely with student organizations, co-curricular learning initiatives, and students in crisis. Prior to that, Paula has held the titles of Director of Co-Curricular Education and Programming, Career Counselor, Associate Director for Student Life, Residential Operations Coordinator and Residence Hall Director. Paula enjoys working with students and colleagues to support student success. Paula holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
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
Cecil Pringle- Student Assistant
Zaynab Bayati – Student Assistant
Melanie Kahn Chollete – Student Assistant
Sarah Marshall – Student Assistant
Mira Patel – Student Assistant
Sierra Pettway – Student Assistant
Rachel Breault – Student Assistant
Jenna Karvelis – Student Assistant
Briana Salmon – Student Assistant
Alexia Radkermani – Student Assistant
Madison Maynard – Graduate Assistant
Alessa Strelecki –Graduate Assistant
Melissa Ferrin – Graduate Assistant