Meet the Team

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 of the Office of Veterans Affairs & Military Programs at UConn

Alyssa Kelleher, Director

Phone: (860) 486-3802
Email: alyssa.kelleher@uconn.edu

Background

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

Nikki Eberly, Program Manager

Phone: (860) 486-3802
Email: nikki.eberly@uconn.edu

Background

Nikki holds a Master’s of Science in Counseling and has worked at the University of Connecticut for several years serving students. She is also an Alum of UConn, upon earning 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.  Her brother and father both served in the Navy in addition to many extended family members who served in the military.  She feels honored and privileged to be serving those who have served our country and have chosen to pursue their dreams through the University of Connecticut.

Jonathan Ramos

Jonathan Ramos, Veterans Program Administrator

Phone: (860) 486-5068
Email: jonathan.ramos@uconn.edu

Background

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.

Rob Passmore

Rob Passmore, Veterans Program Administrator

Phone: (860) 486-1973
Email: robert.passmore@uconn.edu

Background

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)

 

Rebekah Mizener, Outreach Coordinator for UConn's Office of Veterans Affairs & Military Programs

Rebekah Mizener – Veteran Services Coordinator

Phone: (860) 486-2823
Email: rebekah.mizener@uconn.edu 

Background

Rebekah is a proud 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. While she isn't a veteran herself, she has several family members in the military and values serving the veteran community where she can. Rebekah has worked for the UConn Veteran's community since her years as an undergraduate student and looks forward to continuing to do so!

Bethany Grabowski

Bethany Grabowski, Program Coordinator – Air Force ROTC

Phone: (860) 486-2224
Email: bethany.grabowski@uconn.edu

Background

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 was a military spouse, and lived and worked for several years serving the students on base and in the community.  Both of Bethany’s grandfathers were military men, having served in the Korean War, one in the Army and one in the Marines. Her brother-in-law is currently an officer in the Coast Guard and is stationed in Boston. 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.

Jonathan Bartolotta

Jonathan Bartolotta, Program Coordinator – Army ROTC

Phone: (860) 486-4538
Email: jonathan.bartolotta@uconn.edu

Background

Jon is an Air Force Veteran serving in UConn’s Department of Military Science – Army ROTC program.  He's also served in the Air Force ROTC program at UConn.  He holds a Master’s of Art in Education from UConn.  His background includes working in community outreach and with children and families in the non-profit sector.

Ericka Washington, Outreach Coordinator for UConn's Office of Veterans Affairs & Military Programs

Ericka Washington – Outreach Coordinator

Phone: (860) 486-5078
Email: ericka.washington@uconn.edu

Background

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.

VACANT, Outreach Coordinator

Phone: (860) 486-1175
Email: 

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