Program Staff

Central Program Staff

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Nella Quasnitschka

Nella Quasnitschka

Director, Pre-College Summer

Nella is the Director of the Pre-College Summer Program and is the Assistant Director of Academic Outreach for Early College Experience for the Office of Early College Programs. Nella oversees all operations and processes for PCS, specifically the academic course offering schedule and course enrollment process. Nella received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and her Master’s in Education Administration from Illinois State University.

Melanie Ochoa

Melanie Banks

Associate Director, Pre-College Summer

Melanie is the Associate Director of Pre-College Summer and Program Assistant for ECE Academic Standards for the Office of Early College Programs. Melanie's primary responsibilities for PCS include spearheading the program's marketing and recruitment of prospective students. She also oversees the application system and process for PCS. Melanie attended the University of Connecticut where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and is now pursuing a Master's in Business Administration.

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Yara Medawar

Program Coordinator, Pre-College Summer

Yara is the Program Coordinator of the Pre-College Summer Program, and is now pursuing a PhD in Environmental Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Yara supervises and organizes academic, leadership, and social student exploratory workshops and reviews and revises all policies and protocols. Prior to starting her doctoral studies, she completed a master's degree in Public Policy from UConn Hartford and a master's degree and bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering/Project Management at Notre Dame University, Lebanon.

UConn Pre-College Sumer_Abigail Pietrowicz

Abigail Piotrowicz

Program Assistant, Pre-College Summer

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Kelsey Bowers

Graduate Assistant, Pre-College Summer

Kelsey is a Graduate Assistant for the Pre-College Summer Program, currently enrolled in the Higher Education and Student Affairs master’s program here at the University of Connecticut. Kelsey is primarily responsible for the recruitment, hiring, training, and supervision of PCS Summer Staff members. Prior to starting her master’s program, she completed her bachelors in Animal Science, associates in Psychology, and minors in Agricultural Education and Honors at the State University of New York, Cobleskill. 



Catherine Contreras

Student Administrative Assistant, Pre-College Summer