Meet Our 2021 – 2022 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.

Will Raccio

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Email: william.raccio_jr@uconn.edu
Chinese and Global Studies
Class of:
Hamden, CT
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 Tradition
Also involved in:
Alpha Lambda Delta, Academic Achievement Center Master Coach
Favorite place on the UConn campus:
Mirror Lake
About me:
In my opinion, traditions and community are the two most influential aspects of the college experience, and the Student Alumni Association values both. SAA cares deeply about fostering relationships and creating memories for our students through our various events, and it is an honor to assume the role of President for the 2021-2022 academic year. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, seeing friends, golfing, or lounging in the sun with a good book, among other hobbies. If you’re looking for me on campus, and I am not in the Alumni Center, chances are you will find me eating a sushi roll at Oriental Café in Storrs Center or sitting at the counter in Starbucks doing work and, very likely, watching Netflix. If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. Go Huskies!

Vice President of Communication:
Rebecka Nilsen

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Email: rebecka.nilsen@uconn.edu
Major: Marketing
Class of: 2022
Hometown: Sweden
Main SAA duties: Documenting SAA events and campus traditions, improving and maintaining our SAA social media presence
Previous SAA roles: General Member, VP of Communication
Also involved in: Women in Business, Alpha Kappa Psi, Alpha Lambda Delta
Favorite place on the UConn campus: Horsebarn Hill
Favorite UConn tradition: OOzeball
About me: I love to spend time with my friends and family! The Student Alumni Association has been a great place to make new friends and to improve my leadership skills. I am very excited to bring new ideas to the organization and to help it prosper!

Vice President of Finance:
Jeremy Szawerda

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Email: jeremy.szawerda@uconn.edu
Class of: 2022
Hometown: Meriden, CT
Main SAA duties: Managing the SAA budget, coordinating the care package program, spearheading SAA’s participation in Ignite
Previous SAA roles:
General Member
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Vice President of Tradition:
Hailey Longo

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Email: hailey.longo@uconn.edu
Class of: 2022
Hometown: Coventry, CT
Main SAA duties: Coordinating OOzeball, raising awareness of the 81 Things to Do Before You Graduate bucket list,  planning our “Jonathan’s Birthday” celebration
Previous SAA roles:
General Member
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Vice President of Alumni Relations & Philanthropy:
Maria Moldovan

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Email: maria.moldovan@uconn.edu
Major: Marketing Management
Class of: 2022
Hometown: Wethersfield, CT
Main SAA duties: Leading student and alumni networking events, building philanthropy education and spirit programs across campus, connecting with SAA alumni
Previous SAA roles:
General Member, VP of Alumni Relations & Philanthropy
Favorite place on the UConn campus: UConn Bookstore
About me: One of my favorite things to do is grab a cup of coffee and catch up with my friends. I also love to travel and did so during my study abroad semester in Paris. I am definitely a cat person, but I also love dogs! Last year, I transferred from the Storrs campus to the Hartford campus for my major, and I’m excited for a new start.

Vice President of Programming:
Olivia Camacho

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Email: olivia.camacho@uconn.edu
Major: Communications
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
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:
Austin Callahan

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Email: austin.callahan@uconn.edu
Major: Management and Engineering for Manufacturing
Class of: 2023
Hometown: Salem, NH
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! I’ll be a junior in the fall studying management and engineering for manufacturing with the dream of being a project manager for Disney as an Imagineer. 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!

Jessica Sokol

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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: Director of Alumni Events, Traditions, and Student Programs at the UConn Foundation Office of Alumni Relations
Email: jsokol@foundation.uconn.edu
Phone: 860.486.2607
Office Hours: By appointment