Meet Our 2022 – 2023 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.

Austin Callahan

Email: austin.callahan@uconn.edu
Management and Engineering for Manufacturing
Class of:
Salem, NH
Main SAA duties:
Overseeing the Executive Board, CASE ASAP participation, main liaison between SAA and the UConn Foundation
Previous SAA roles:
General Member, VP of Membership
About me:
I am so honored and excited to serve as the SAA President for the 2022-2023 school year. I’m excited to facilitate and foster an inclusive atmosphere and help lead our club in long lasting UConn traditions such as OOzeball and embark on brand new initiatives as well. I am a senior Management and Engineering for Manufacturing major with the dream of being a project manager for Disney as an Imagineer. In my free time I love skiing in the winter, riding roller coasters in the summer, and always listening to Taylor Swift and hanging out with friends. I’m looking forward to a great year!

Vice President of Communication:
Molly Freeman

Molly Freeman smiling in front of ocean sunset
Email: molly.freeman@uconn.edu
Major: Spanish Language Education
Class of: 2024
Hometown: East Haddam, CT
Main SAA duties: Documenting SAA events and campus traditions, improving and maintaining our SAA social media presence
Previous SAA roles: General Member
Also involved in: UConn Future Educators, UConn English Language Learners
Favorite place on the UConn campus: Horsebarn Hill
Favorite UConn tradition: Homecoming
About me: Hi! I’m Molly, and I am very excited to be SAA’s VP of Communications for the 2022-2023 year! I love having a role in planning different traditions around campus, and helping make each UConn student’s time at the University more memorable. In my free time, I love to paint, play piano, and spend time outdoors. I like hiking, skiing, and just started surfing this summer! I can’t wait to be a part of SAA’s E-Board this year!

Vice President of Finance & Philanthropy:
Rachel Dunlavey

Rachel Dunlavey smiling in a parking lot
Email: rachel.dunlavey@uconn.edu
Major: Electrical Engineering
Class of: 2024
Hometown: Mendon, MA
Main SAA duties: Managing the SAA budget, coordinating the Care Package Program, spearheading SAA’s participation in Ignite and HuskyTHON
Previous SAA roles:
General Member
Also involved in: Club Softball, China Care, Alpha Lambda Delta
Favorite place on the UConn campus: The Student Union
About me: I joined SAA my second semester freshman year and I’m so glad I did seeing as I’ve made so many great friends and memories. I love being outside and hanging out with friends, family, and my dog. I can’t wait to see everyone on campus and I’m looking forward to see what this year has to offer!

Vice President of Tradition:
Amanda Rutha

Amanda Rutha smiling in front of a lake
Email: amanda.rutha@uconn.edu
Major: History
Class of: 2024
Hometown: Baldwin, NY
Main SAA duties: Planning our “Jonathan’s Birthday” celebration, coordinating the “81 Things To Do Before You Graduate” bucket list days, and organizing OOzeball
Previous SAA roles:
General Member
Favorite place on the UConn campus: Oak Hall
About me: I love listening to music and hanging out with friends! SAA has given me so many opportunities to meet more people at UConn. I have also learned a lot- like how to plan an event and how to network. I’m so excited for another year of memories!

Vice President of Alumni Relations:
Jess Lockwood

Jess Lockwood smiling at the Alumni Center
Email: jessica.lockwood@uconn.edu
Major: Communication and Business Management
Class of: 2024
Hometown: Oxford, CT
Main SAA duties: Leading student and alumni networking events, connecting with SAA alumni
Previous SAA roles:
General Member
Also involved in: Business Management Society and Residence Hall Association
About me: Hi everyone, I’m Jess! At UConn, I work at the Center for Career Development while also being on the executive board for SAA, Business Management Society, and Residence Hall Association. I love dogs, books, and walking! My favorite part about SAA is being able to shape traditions at UConn and bring the community together.

Vice President of Programming:
Olivia Camacho

Olivia Camacho Headshot - arm on knee and smiling
Email: olivia.camacho@uconn.edu
Major: Communication
Class of: 2024
Hometown: Pelham, NH
Main SAA duties: Planning SAA’s annual Pinning Ceremony, coordinating our participation in Homecoming Week, and other fun events and programs 
Previous SAA roles: General Member, VP of Programming
Favorite place on the UConn campus: The Student Union
Favorite UConn tradition: OOzeball
About me: I joined SAA during my last semester freshman year and I’m so glad I did!  In my free time I like hanging out with my friends and family, watching Netflix and Hulu, and meeting new people. I’m really excited for this upcoming year!

Vice President of Membership:
Rachel Maniace

Rachel Maniace smiling in front of sunflowers
Email: rachel.maniace@uconn.edu
Major: Psychology with an HDFS minor
Class of: 2024
Hometown: Baldwin, NY
Main SAA duties: Recruiting new SAA members throughout the year, point tracking and rewards, and planning membership retreats
Previous SAA roles: General Member
About me: Hi everyone! I’m a junior Psychology major with a minor in Human Development and Family Sciences. The goal is to eventually go into the field of Sports Psych. I love spending time outdoors, and going to baseball games in the summer. I’m so excited to be your VP of Membership and work with you all this semester!!

Jessica Sokol

Jess smiling in a garden
Advisor Since: 2012
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts ’07
B.A. in English/Communications with a concentration in Journalism
University of Connecticut ’12
M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs
Position: Senior Director of Alumni Relations, Constituent Programs at the UConn Foundation Office of Alumni Relations
Email: jsokol@foundation.uconn.edu
Phone: 860.486.2607
Office Hours: By appointment