The Office of Veterans Affairs and Military Programs maintains a staff of highly qualified full time and part time employees working to ensure veterans and service members at UConn are well taken care of. The staff is comprised of a mix of civilian and military personnel with a variety of backgrounds and services.
Alyssa Kelleher, Director
Phone: (860) 486-3802
Alyssa Kelleher was enlisted in the Connecticut Army National Guard before earning a commission through Army ROTC while attending UConn. She served in the Regular Army after commissioning until returning in 2007 to the Connecticut National Guard. Alyssa deployed twice to Afghanistan, once as a Platoon Leader and once as a Company Commander. Alyssa continues to serve in the Connecticut National Guard, currently as the Battalion Commander of the 1/169 Regional Training Institute (RTI). She graduated from UConn in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and earned her Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from UConn in 2017.
Nikki Eberly, Program Manager
Phone: (860) 486-3802
Nikki holds a Master’s of Science in Counseling and has worked at the University of Connecticut for several years serving students. She recently earned a 2nd Master’s Degree from UConn’s School of Business in Human Resource Management. Her background includes working in Student Service positions at three large public Universities around the country, in addition to working as a case manager at a homeless shelter in Hartford, CT.
Dan Kowalchik, Veterans Benefits Manager
Phone: (860) 486-2442
Dan is a Navy veteran and has been a part of the UConn family for over 20 years. Under Dan’s guidance, the office serves the university’s entire veteran population by assisting them in receiving their well-earned educational benefits from both the Veterans Administration and the state of Connecticut.
Rob Passmore, Veterans Benefits Coordinator
Phone: (860) 486-1973
Rob is a proud UConn Alum (’86) with a BA in Spanish and Political Science. Rob enlisted as an Senior Airman (E-3) in the CTANG in 1986, and left the service in 1996 as a Captain (O-3E). Rob comes from a Mansfield family with a long military history and many ties to UConn. He is also an Army “brat,” having moved from country to country during his Father’s Army career, where he became fluent in Spanish. Even before coming on-board, Rob was active in supporting the mission of the VAMP office through Veteran outreach and supporting ROTC events. Rob brings with him a deep commitment to continue his family’s tradition of service, through his service with this office and his involvement with Team Rubicon, a veteran based disaster relief organization (www.teamrubiconusa.org)
Jonathan Ramos, Veterans Benefits Coordinator
Phone: (860) 486-5068
Jonathan is a Navy Veteran who served 6 years on the USS Annapolis, based out of Groton, CT. He comes to UConn with several years’ worth of experience serving student Veterans at Manchester Community College. As a UConn Alum, Jonathan is excited about serving fellow Veterans at UConn and guiding them through the University system.
Elizabeth Little, Program Coordinator – Army ROTC
Phone: (860) 486-4538
Liz works in the Department of Military Science – Army ROTC. She holds a Master of Science in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with concentration in Communication Technology and Distance Education. She’s been fulfilling the UConn mission for decades and holds serving students and Cadets as her number one priority.
Bethany Grabowski, Program Coordinator – Air Force ROTC
Phone: (860) 486-2224
Bethany holds a Master’s of Business Administration and has worked at the University of Connecticut since 2019. She began her career in higher education at Park University at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana, where she lived and worked for several years serving the students on base and in the community. Bethany has experience working with undergraduate, graduate and professional students and experience in financial aid, admissions and student affairs. She grew up in and currently lives in the area and is glad to be a part of the UConn family.
Ericka Washington – Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (860) 486-5078
Ericka Washington is a Connecticut Army National Guard Veteran. She served over twenty years as an Active-Duty member working in various roles such as Retirement Services Officer, Incentives Manager, and Senior Human Resources Sergeant. Ericka is most proud of her service to sexual assault survivors in her role as a Victim Advocate. She graduated from Southern Ne wHampshire University earning a BA In Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development. Ericka is currently pursuing her Master’s of Science in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University. Ericka enjoys reading, traveling, watching sports, and spending time with her family in her free time.
Rebekah Mizener – Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (860) 486-1175
Rebekah is a proud recent UConn graduate ('21) and a life-long Huskies fan. She holds a B.A. in Music from the School of Fine Arts. Rebekah is an avid supporter and former member of the "Pride of Connecticut," UConn Marching Band. She has worked for the UConn Veteran's community since her years as an undergraduate student and looks forward to continuing to do so!