Summer Staff

Summer 2022 Residence Hall Director

Deanna Gallegos

Deanna Gallegos

Hi there! My name is Deanna Gallegos (she/her), and I am the Pre-College Summer Student Affairs Coordinator. I am originally from California and have earned a masters in higher education and student affairs here at the University of Connecticut. I have been working with the professional staff throughout the year to prepare for this summer, and I couldn’t be happier with the residential staff we have selected to work with you. You can learn more about each of them below. These are the folks who will be your main point of contact throughout the program, so getting to know a little about them before you join PCS is a great idea. We are so excited to see you this summer!

Residential Counselor for Student Wellness

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Justin Rivera

Pronouns: He/him/his

Majors: Undergrad- Urban & Community Studies, Grad- School Counseling

Fun Facts: Middle school teacher, baseball coach, 3 Varsity Sport athlete in high school.

Hall Coordinators

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Katie Nguyen

Hi Everyone! My name is Katie Nguyen (she/her/hers) and I am so excited to be back on the Pre - College Summer team! My major is Speech Language and Hearing Sciences in addition to Human Development and Family Studies. I love to travel, meet new people, and my! This summer I am taking a two week vacation to Europe where I will get to do all those things and I am so excited!! I am looking forward to working with all the students and staff this summer and can't wait to meet you all!

Community Managers

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Rona-Lyssa Tulien

Hi! My name is Rona and my pronouns are she, her, hers. I am an incoming Senior majoring in Sociology and minoring in Crime and Justice as well as Music. Some fun facts about me is that I am an RA on campus and I like to sing!

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Jansher Aujla

Hi, my name is Jansher Aujla (he/him/his) and I will be a Senior this Fall. I am majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Human Genetics. Outside of the classroom I love to travel, try new kinds of food, and attend UConn basketball games. A fun fact about me is that I just returned from spending 5 weeks in Spain on a study abroad program. I am excited to be part of the PCS staff and look forward to having a great summer!

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Shell Chen

Hello! My name is Shell Chen, and I will be a Community Manager this summer! I am a rising senior double-majoring in Molecular & Cell Biology and Chinese. In my free time, I enjoy listening to kpop songs and reading dystopian novels. I am also a huge fan of anime (sub over dub!), especially sports anime. A fun fact about me is that I have a rubik's cube collection. I am very excited for this summer and I look forward to working with you all!


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Erin Warner

Hi everyone! My name is Erin Warner (she/her/hers) and I am so excited to meet you all! I am an incoming junior in the School of Business majoring in Healthcare Management. I currently live in Pennsylvania an hour outside of Philly, but I have also lived in North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Arizona and Connecticut (Cheshire). I love doing crafts and drawing as well as traveling, and my goal for 2022 is to read 100 books! A fun fact about me is I went skydiving this past school year with UConn’s skydiving club - it was amazing!!

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Natalie Hernandez

I'm Natalie! Pronouns: she/hers. I am a Special Education major with an English concentration, starting my third year at UConn. I have a passion for teaching students disability advocacy. I love being in inclusive spaces! I have spent my most recent year at UConn being an FYE mentor and my last two years I have been a member of the Public Health House learning community. I am originally from Long Island, New York (yes, we have the best bagels). I really enjoy sunsets, spending time with my friends & family, and watching the Real Housewives. My favorite food is (almost) anything seafood! I love going to the UConn Rec to work out, or enjoying a good book at mirror lake. A fun fact about me is that I am fluent in Spanish!
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Coby Cassells

My name is Coby Cassells and I will be a community manager this summer! I am a rising junior here at UConn currently enrolled in the Neag School of Education for Secondary History Education. A fun fact about me is that I’m actually from Storrs and have lived here my whole life. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors, spending time with friends/meeting new people, and watching my favorite sports teams play. I’m very excited to be apart of the staff here and look forward to the summer ahead!


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Chesney Romer

Hello everyone! My name is Chesney Romer (she/hers) and I am a rising junior at UConn. I am a pathobiology major and a molecular and cell bio minor, and I hope to continue a career in research and academia. I love yoga, spin class, coffee, and my cats Max and Thunderpaws. I can't wait to meet you all soon!


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Brianna Murrell


Physiology and Neurobiology (Class of 2024)

***I can teach ballet! and I'm president of a curly hair club on campus

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Michael Leary

Hi!! My name is Michael Leary. My pronouns are he/him or she/her. I’m currently a history major and I’m now a senior. I absolutely love writing and doing drag.


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Quinn Baron

Hi everyone! My name is Quinn (she/her) and I am a senior Psychology major and Neuroscience minor. I am a member of the Active Minds mental health awareness club and the Community Service Chair for the UConn Dressage Team. In my free time I like to read, hike, go to concerts, and go on runs with my dog. This summer, I traveled to Europe for the first time on a study abroad program where I visited Spain and Portugal! I can't wait to meet everyone and continue a great summer!

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Geena Kwon

Hello Everyone! My name is Geena Kwon and my pronouns are she/her. I am looking forward to meeting you all this summer! I am a rising junior and my major is currently undecided. I love learning new skills so in my free time, I practice media management and manage live broadcasts. I also like cooking, baking, learning new languages, traveling and having meaningful conversations with people. A fun fact about me is that I love matcha.