Meet Our 2016-2017 Leadership Team

The Student Alumni Association Executive Board consists of 7 voting student members and a staff advisor. Our E-Board is made up of a group of leaders who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the University of Connecticut.


President: Emily Castagna

Photo of Emily CastagnaEmail: emily.castagna@uconn.edu
Major: Economics
Class of: 2018
Hometown: Milford, CT
Also involved in: Learning Community Ambassador
Favorite place on the UConn campus: Horsebarn Hill
About me:
I am an enthusiastic person who always has a smile on her face. I love sports, my dog Chester, Netflix, and anything Disney. I may or may not be addicted to Snapchat.



 Vice President of Communication: Emily Roberts

Photo of Emily RobertsEmail: emily.roberts@uconn.edu
Major: Psychology
Class of: 2019
Hometown: Concord, MA
Also involved in: Habitat for Humanity
Favorite place on the UConn campus: Mirror Lake
About me: I love meeting new people and visiting new places. I love being active and outdoors, and in the summer you’ll always find me at the beach. Most of all, I love going to a school with so much pride and school spirit.




Vice President of Membership: Bryan Kirby

Photo of Bryan KirbyEmail: bryan.kirby@uconn.edu
Major: Secondary Education (Biology), Theater Studies Minor
Class of: 2018
Hometown: Orange, CT
Also involved in: Honors Program, UConn Next Step (Vice President)
Favorite place on the UConn campus: Pharmacy Library or my dorm room
About me: I am glad to call UConn my home and to have found an organization that embodies the #BleedBlue spirit so well. I enjoy spending time with my friends, reading and listening to my vinyl records. I am always around and willing to chat and debate about current topics.

Vice President of Programming: Isabella Bachman

Photo of Isabella BachmanEmail: isabella.bachman@uconn.edu
Major: Pre-Sports Management
Class of: 2019
Hometown: Easton, MA
Also involved in: UConn Women’s Rugby, Intern at Skyhawks Sports Academy
Favorite place on the UConn campus: Horsebarn Hill
About me: I like fuzzy socks and ice cream. In my day to day life, I pass time drinking coffee and smiling a lot.





Vice President of Tradition: Tom Baccaro

Photo of Tom BaccaroEmail: thomas.baccaro@uconn.edu
Major: Chemical Engineering
Class of: 2018
Hometown: Trumbull, CT
Also involved in: Honors Program, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Tau Beta Pi
Favorite place on the UConn campus: Gampel Pavilion
About me: Fan of Netflix, Reddit, UConn basketball, NY Giants, Yankees, golf, running, and Union Street taco salads.  I look forward to meeting new people through SAA and making an impact on the UConn community.


Vice President of Alumni Relations & Philanthropy: Riley Doherty

Photo of Riley DohertyEmail: riley.doherty@uconn.edu
Major: Natural Resources and the Environment – Water and Climate Resources
Class of: 2017
Hometown: Haddam, CT
Also involved in: Outing Club, Intern at Medical Web Technologies
Favorite place on the UConn campus: The UConn forest and One Plate, Two Plates
About me: I love the outdoors, hiking, camping, exploring national parks, the CT river, traveling, road trips, music shows, skiing, animals, and Instagram. I also love UConn and being actively a part of its amazing community.



Vice President of Finance: Grace Alexander

Photo of Grace AlexanderEmail: grace.a.alexander@uconn.edu
Major: Finance
Class of: 2019
Hometown: Glastonbury, CT
Also involved in: Receptionist at Admissions, NextGenVest (PR), PIRG, Husky Ambassador, SUBOG Concert/Major Weekends
Favorite place on the UConn campus: The Student Union
About me: My favorite things to do include watching “lame” documentaries and having mini dance parties with my roommate. I’m always up to travel somewhere new and meet people. I’m excited to spend my next semester at UConn representing SAA! #BleedBlue



Advisor: Jessica Sokol

Photo of Jessica SokolEducation: ’12 M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs
Position: Associate Director of Student & Young Alumni Engagement, UConn Foundation Office of Alumni Relations
Email: jsokol@foundation.uconn.edu
Phone: 860.486.2607
Office Hours: by appointment