Meet Our 2017 – 2018 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 with a Sociology minor
Class of: 2018
Hometown: Milford, CT
Also involved in: Learning Community Ambassador, Career Intern with the Center for Career Development
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
Favorite place on the UConn campus: Jorgensen Theater
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.

Vice President of Programming: Cullen Farragher

Photo of Cullen Farragher with the husky statueEmail: cullen.farragher@uconn.edu
Major: Physiology and Neurobiology and Spanish (Pre-Med)
Class of: 2019
Hometown: Upton, MA
Also involved in: Research in the Immunology Department at UConn Health, National Society of Leadership and Success
Favorite place on the UConn campus: Do I have to pick just one?! Oak Hall or the Alumni Center or the Dairy Bar
About me: I love hanging out with friends and going on any adventure that presents itself to me. I love Criminal Minds, Dancing with the Stars, Netflix, and BBQ Chicken Calzones from Sgt. Peps. There is a 100% chance of you seeing me around campus wearing something that says UConn or SAA. If you need a personal photographer at any SAA event, feel free to hit me up. I love going to a school with so much school spirit and pride and I look forward to being able to represent SAA!

Vice President of Alumni Relations & Philanthropy: 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 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