ECE Staff Members
Below is a list of the University of Connecticut staff members who are responsible for the operation and success of UConn Early College Experience.
Gillian B. Thorne - Executive Director Office of Early College Programs
Director, UConn Early College Experience
Jill Thorne has been the Executive Director of the Office of Early College Programs (OECP) and the Director of UConn Early College Experience (ECE) since 2004. During that time, UConn ECE has become nationally accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), and has become a national and regional leader in dual enrollment. Jill served as the Research Chair for NACEP from 2007 to 2012, and is currently serving on the Connecticut Board of Regents¹ Steering Committee for Early College Programs. She is a strong advocate for concurrent enrollment in Connecticut and throughout New England. UConn ECE has become a source of best practice for new and developing programs nationally.
Jill received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from UConn in 1993. Prior to coming to UConn in 2001, Jill had an extensive career in K-12 education, including tenures as a teacher, principal, assessor, and curriculum and faculty development consultant. Jill received her Bachelor¹s Degree from Occidental College in California and her Master¹s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Brian A. Boecherer - Associate Director
Director of Research and Development
Brian Boecherer is the Associate Director of the Office of Early College Programs and Director of Research and Development for UConn Early College Experience. Brian is responsible for program expansion and improvement, technology advancement, and providing on-site outreach to high schools. Brian received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Connecticut and his Master's Degree from the University of Toronto where he specialized in policy analysis and nationalism from the Centre for Russian and East European Studies. He is a doctoral candidate at UConn in the Department of Political Science.
Wendi Richardson - Assistant Director
Director of Enrollment Operations
Wendi Richardson is the Assistant Director for the Office of Early College Programs and the Director of Enrollment Operations. Wendi is responsible for managing student registration and other administrative activities such as fund raising and event coordination. Wendi has many years business management experience and has earned her Bachelor’s degree as a returning adult through UConn’s Bachelor of General Studies program.
Erin Blanchette - Business Manager
Erin Blanchette is the Business Manager for the Office of Early College Programs and is responsible for the administrative and fiscal management of the program as well as the student billing process. Erin also provides administrative support to the UConn ECE Director. Erin brings valuable administrative experience and has an Accounting degree from Three Rivers Community College. Erin is currently working towards her Bachelor's Degree in Organizational & Management Studies at the University of Connecticut.
Stefanie Malinoski - Program Coordinator
Research and Development
Stefanie Malinoski is the Program Coordinator for the Office of Early College Programs where she is responsible for maintaining program records and ECE professional development workshops. Stefanie also manages the instructor certification process. Stefanie attended the University of Connecticut where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Communications and a Master's degree from the University's Neag School of Education specializing in Higher Education and Student Affairs.
Magdalena Narozniak - Program Assistant
Research and Development
Magdalena Narozniak is the Program Assistant for Research and Development and assists in the planning, development, and evaluation of program objectives and activities. Besides conducting studies and preparing analytical reports, Magda serves as a resource for staff and others regarding program information and research on concurrent enrollment partnerships. In addition to research, she is a primary contact person for developing programs at the high school level. Magda earned her Bachelor's Degree from Fordham University in Political Science and International/Intercultural Studies and her Master's Degree from Jacobs University (Bremen, Germany) in International Relations, with a focus on qualitative and quantitative statistical analysis. She is currently pursuing a JD at the UConn School of Law.
Jessica Parker – Program Assistant
Jessica Parker is the Program Assistant of the Office of Early College Programs (OECP) and the Registration Coordinator of UConn Early College Experience (ECE). Jessica is responsible for managing the student registration process, and providing program and administrative support to ECE students and faculty. Jessica attended the University of Connecticut where she earned a Bachelor¹s degree in Sociology and Human Development and Family Studies.
Melanie Ochoa – Program Assistant
Melanie Ochoa is the Program Assistant for Academic Standards at the Office of Early College Programs. Melanie is responsible for supporting accreditation standards by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships to improve course comparability of the UConn courses offered at the high schools. In addition, Melanie oversees the collection and maintenance of syllabi records while fostering and helping develop the collegial relationship between secondary and postsecondary faculty that is key to successful concurrent enrollment. Melanie attended the University of Connecticut where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.