Meet Your CCE Student Leaders & Office Assistants

Meet Your CCE Student Leaders

and Office Assistants

If you would like to contact any of our student leaders or office assistants please send email to cce@easternct.edu and include her/his name in the subject line or feel free to call 860-465-5755 extension 2.


CCE Student Leaders

 

David Annecchiarico
Hometown: Ludlow, MA
Year: Junior
Double Major: Computer Science, Music

Why did you decide to work for the Center for Community Engagement?
To get more involved with the local community and help out as much as I can.

One Interesting fact about you?
I am a hockey referee.

What programs do you coordinate?
Food Recovery Program, Windham Middle School After School Program

 

Dillon Antonopoulos
Hometown: West Brookfield, MA
Year: Sophomore
Major: Physical Education

Why did you decide to work for the Center for Community Engagement?
This is my first year at the CCE, and I want to get more experience working with kids while leading a group of volunteers. I also want to get more involved with the Willimantic Community!

One Interesting fact about you?
I absolutely love my Boston Sports teams! I'm a very passionate sports fan and I love attending Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics games!

What programs do you coordinate?
Natchaug Afterschool Program, North Windham Afterschool Program

 

Dani Briones
Hometown: Norwalk, CT
Year: Junior
Major: Child Psychology
Minor: English

Why did you decide to work for the Center for Community Engagement?
I wanted to turn my hobby into my career and grow with my community.

One Interesting fact about you?
I'm in to Anime!

What programs do you coordinate?
Windham Center School Mentoring Program, Windham Middle School After School Program

 

Italo Bucca
Hometown: Hartford, CT
Year: Junior
Major: Sociology

Why did you decide to work for the Center for Community Engagement?
Feels good to reach out and help the community. Working for the CCE is an opportunity to make my surroundings a better place, and it's always nice to give a hand when needed.

One Interesting fact about you?
Enjoy playing soccer, basketball, as well as writing music.

What programs do you coordinate?
Windham Middle Afterschool Program, Barrows STEM Academy

 

Amberlee Cubanski
Hometown: Griswold, CT
Year: Sophomore
Major: History, Social Sciences & Secondary Education

Why did you decide to work for the Center for Community Engagement?
As a freshman, I volunteered at the CCE and realized how much I enjoy working with our community. I also loved how close the CCE Team was and knew I wanted to work in that type of environment.

One Interesting fact about you?
I really enjoy cooking and looking up new recipes to try.

What programs do you coordinate?
The Windham High School ESOL Mentoring Program and CCAR.

 

Anamel DeLeon
Hometown: West Hartford, CT
Year: Senior
Major: Finance
Minor: Business Administration

Why did you decide to work for the Center for Community Engagement?
My path to working for the CCE is a little different than others. Associate Director Kemesha Wilmot asked me to go from the Intercultural Center to the CCE along with her. I was flattered that she asked, and said, yes. I was excited to work in the community and gain new experiences.

One Interesting fact about you?
I love learning about makeup.

What programs do you coordinate?
Sweeney Afterschool Program, Windham Heights Afterschool Program, and Windham Tutorial Program.

 

Adilsa Encarnacao
Hometown: Waterbury, CT
Year: Senior
Major: Social Work
Minor: Spanish

Why did you decide to work for the Center for Community Engagement?
I started off by volunteering at the CCE and I saw how everyone at the CCE had an amazing relationship and I wanted to be part of the family. Not only is the work we do rewarding and impactful, but I was also able to be a part of a family where we all share the same passion for what we do in the community. As a future social worker, the CCE has allowed me to get hands-on experience with so many different populations and age groups. The CCE has made my college experience more enjoyable.

 

Eric Gingras
Hometown: Wallingford, CT
Year: Sophomore
Major: Environmental Science with a concentration in Sustainable Energy
Minor: Business Administration

Why did you decide to work for the Center for Community Engagement?
I fell in love with the line of work after volunteering with the CCE Freshman year and knew I would love to have the position of Student Leader.

One Interesting fact about you?
I love snowboarding and am the Secretary of the Eastern Ski 'n' Board Club.

What programs do you coordinate?
Beckish Senior Center, St. Joseph's Senior Center, and the Windham After School Program.

 

Sean Hurley
Hometown: East Hartford, CT
Year: Junior
Major: Physical Education & Health

Why did you decide to work for the Center for Community Engagement?
I had a class that required service hours for the community so I decided to volunteer at the Windham Middle School After School Program. After one semester of volunteering I was hooked; I enjoyed my experiences and the kids so much that I wanted to work for the CCE.

One interesting fact about you?
I enjoy long walks on the beach and a nice book.

What programs do you coordinate?
Windham Middle School After School Program, Health & Wellness Program

 

Jillian Lode
Hometown: Wallingford, CT
Year: Junior
Major: Social Work
Minor: Criminology

Why did you decide to work for the Center for Community Engagement?
I volunteered my sophomore year at the Windham Middle School after school program, Puentes al Futuro (Bridges to the Future), and I became attached. I enjoyed fulfilling not only my needs for extra credit hours for a class, but loved seeing the smiles on other people's faces. It's not just about being engaged for the time being, but once you are engaged with the community, you will love it. being a social work major also encouraged me to be a part of the Willimantic's community as a volunteer and participant.

One Interesting fact about you?
I play on the Women's Rugby Team here on campus.

What programs do you coordinate?
Journey House at Natchaug Hospital, North Windham Afterschool Tutoring Program

 

Ayanna McDougald
Hometown: Windsor, CT
Year: Junior
Major: Health Sciences with a concentration in Public Health

Why did you decide to work for the Center for Community Engagement?
I absolutely love to volunteer, because it is a unique experience to work with others and learn a lot of yourself. I wanted to work for the CCE because I thought it was a great opportunity to get involved in the surrounding community. Also, I am interested in the Public Health field, and I thought it would allow me the platform to use my skills and techniques.

One Interesting fact about you?
I am left-handed.

What programs do you coordinate?
Barrows STEM Magnet School, Food Recovery Program

 

Wali Mohammod
Hometown: Bristol, CT
Year: Senior
Major: Criminology& Sociology

Why did you decide to work for the Center for Community Engagement?
To create positive change.

One interesting fact about you?
I like gardening.

What programs do you coordinate?
Petey Greene Tutoring Program

 

Jill Monck
Hometown: Naugatuck, CT
Year: Senior
Double Major: Child Psychology & Early Childhood Education

Why did you decide to work for the Center for Community Engagement?
I wanted to work at the CCE to make a difference in the Willimantic Community. I wanted to gain new skills that I could apply in my future career as a teacher.

One Interesting fact about you?
As a freshman, I completed 300 hours of service in one semester.

What programs do you coordinate?
North Windham Recess Program and the Windham No Freeze Shelter.

 

Carly Perron
Hometown: Granby, CT
Year: Senior
Major: History & Social Sciences

Why did you decide to work for the Center for Community Engagement?
I wanted to work for the CCE because of my passion for the mission that the Center is working to achieve. Here at the CCE there is a never ending push to better the Willimantic Community and the greater Community of Connecticut. I could not pass up the opportunity to take part in that mission. Also, through my time volunteering at the CCE, my first semester here at ECSU, I was able to expand my professional and emotional horizons, and am convinced toward giving other students the same experience!

One Interesting fact about you?
I know countless facts about World War II and John F. Kennedy, Jr.!

What programs do you coordinate?
Windham No Freeze Hospitality Center, Vanderman Place Rehabilitation Center

 

Amanda Peterson
Hometown: Miami, FL
Year: Senior
Major: Communication
Minor: Psychology

Why did you decide to work for the Center for Community Engagement?
I wanted to work for the CCE because I have a passion for helping others.

One Interesting fact about you?
Shaquille O'Neal used to be my neighbor.

What programs do you coordinate?
Sweeney After School Program, Natchaug Elementary Girls Circle, Windham Middle School Tutorial Program, United Way Readers at Natchaug Elementary

 

Rebecca Quelle
Hometown: East Lyme, CT
Year: Sophomore
Double Major: Early Childhood Education & Psychology

Why did you decide to work for the Center for Community Engagement?
I started off as a volunteer for the CCE my freshman year and immediately fell in love with the entire program. I think the CCE provides an incredible opportunity to get involved with the surrounding community and I knew that I wanted to be a part of that.

One Interesting fact about you?
I was born in New York, but moved to Connecticut when I was 8 weeks old.

 

Katelyn Root
Hometown: Stratford, CT
Year: Sophomore
Major: Elementary & Secondary Education, concentration in English

Why did you decide to work for the Center for Community Engagement?
I wanted to work for the CCE because I absolutely love volunteering and bettering the community. I think there are a lot of stereotypes surrounding Willimantic that I would like to help eliminate by becoming a student leader and working to serve the Community.

One Interesting fact about you?
I was an All-State softball player in high school! I also spent my summer as one of the head teachers at Pumpkin preschool for the three year old room - which I think is pretty cool - as I am only a sophomore!

What programs do you coordinate?
Windham Middle School After School Program, CCAR

 

Jocelyn Santiago
Hometown: Waterford, CT
Year: Junior
Major: Elementary Education & Spanish

Why did you decide to work for the Center for Community Engagement?
I love that I can get pre-professional experience in schools, along with exploring other community service opportunities. The CCE has made me a better leader and strengthened many of my relationships.

One Interesting fact about you?
I like to play soccer and basketball!

What programs do you coordinate?
Windham No Freeze Shelter, Windham Middle School After School Program.

 

Amber Schlemmer
Hometown: Derby, CT
Year: Sophomore
Major: English, Secondary Education
Minor: History

Why did you decide to work for the Center for Community Engagement?
I wanted to work for the CCE because I love to give back to the Community whenever I can. Also a lot of wonderful opportunities come from working with the CCE.

One Interesting fact about you?
I love playing and watching sports. I played soccer for thirteen years and ran track for four years. I've also played softball and was a cheerleader when I was younger.

What programs do you coordinate?
Covenant Soup Kitchen, the Windham Middle School After School Program, and the Windham High School Mentoring Program.

 

Justin Smith
Hometown: Windsor, CT
Year: Senior 2017
Major: Finance
Minor: Business

Why did you decide to work for the Center for Community Engagement?
I wanted to work at the CCE to gain more experience working out in the Community and serve my time helping others.

One Interesting fact about you?
I love food!

What programs do you coordinate?
Barrows STEM Academy Afterschool Program, Windham Middle School Enrichment Program

 

Sarah Tricarico
Hometown: Massapequa Park, NY
Year: Senior
Major: Social Work
Minor: Sociology

Why did you decide to work for the Center for Community Engagement?
I wanted to work at the Center for Community Engagement because I knew how much of an impact the team was making in the Windham Community. I had a wonderful volunteer experience through Jumpstart! as a sophomore and wanted to continue volunteering. It has really changed my entire life and I can't wait to start my second year as a student leader.

One interesting fact about you?
I intern at Windham Early Childhood Center in the Kramer building across the street from the CCE!

What programs do you coordinate?
Covenant Soup Kitchen, Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR), Windham Middle School (in school) Tutorial Program

 

Mariana Vega
Hometown: New London, CT
Year: Senior
Major: Social Work
Minor: Spanish

Why did you decide to work for the Center for Community Engagement?
As a volunteer at the CCE my freshman year, I always looked at the Student Leaders and thought, "that's a job I want," not only because I love the CCE and the solidarity it creates, but also because of the wonderful things that are being accomplished to serve the Windham Community.

One interesting fact about you?
I have been to Machu Picchu twice.

What programs do you coordinate?
Higher Edge, Windham No Freeze Hospitality Center, Petey Greene Tutoring Program