Staff Directory

UConn ECE Interim Director

Brian A. Boecherer

Executive Director

Director of Research and Development

Phone: 860.486.8828

Brian Boecherer is the Executive 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.

UConn ECE Assistant Director - Wendi Richardson

Wendi Richardson 

Assistant Director

Director of Enrollment Operations

Phone: 860.486.0702

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.

UConn ECE Assistant Director - Nella Quasnitschka

Nella Quasnitschka

Assistant Director

Academic Outreach 

Phone: 860.486.5581

Nella Quasnitschka is the Assistant Director of Academic Outreach for Early College Experience in the Office of Early College Program.  Nella is responsible for developing and strengthening academic relationships with partner high schools and managing UConn's Pre-College Summer Program.  Nella received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Connecticut and her Master’s in Education Administration from Illinois State University. 

UConn ECE Business Manager - Erin Blanchette

Erin Blanchette 

Administrative Coordinator

Phone: 860.486.1201

Erin Blanchette is the Administrative Coordinator 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.

UConn ECE Program Coordinator - Stefanie Malinoski

Stefanie Malinoski 

Program Specialist 

Phone: 860.486.8033

Stefanie Malinoski is the Program Specialist 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.

UConn ECE Program Assistant - Magda Narozniak

Magdalena Narozniak

Program Coordinator

Research & Development 

Phone: 860.486.6055

Magdalena Narozniak is the Program Coordinator for Research & Development and assists in the planning, development, and evaluation of program objectives and activities. Magda serves as a resource for staff and others regarding program information and research on concurrent enrollment partnerships.  She is the 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. She is currently pursuing a JD at the UConn School of Law.

UConn ECE Program Assistant - Jessica Dunn

Jessica Dunn

Program Assistant 

Registration Coordinator 

Phone: 860.486.4650

Jessica Dunn is the Program Assistant in 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.

UConn ECE Program Assistant - Melanie Ochoa

Melanie Ochoa 

Program Assistant

Academic Standards 

Phone: 860.486.3419

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.

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