Meet Our Staff!

Academic Center Staff


My name is Ari and I will be tutoring in writing! Alongside tutoring at the APAC, I am also the social media coordinator for Becca Rose Wellness, where I coordinate their social posts, write for their social media as well as for their all women’s app, and I work in store. An interest of mine is doing tarot readings, for myself as well as others!





Hi, I’m Benjamin LeBlanc. I’m a junior and a marine science major. This semester I’ll be tutoring in writing as well as Math 1131Q and Chem 1128Q. I’ve recently transferred from Southern Connecticut State in New Haven and I enjoy reading and fishkeeping.







My name is Bobby Dolan and I am the Q course coordinator at the Academic Center. I started as an Assistant Professor in Residence at Avery Point in 2020. My research interests are in numerical algorithms for fluid-fluid interaction and math education. I love showing students how math can be applied to the real world!




Dennis GagneDennis

Dennis, 2018 BGS degree at Avery Point.  I’m a volunteer tutor and academic specialist in the APAC.  Recently I’ve taken on the task of assisting students by coordinating the UConn Connects mentoring program.  Always ready to help out tutors as well.







Hey, This is Devan . I am a sophomore majoring in Marine Sciences. My strong subjects for tutoring are Chem I&II. I am on the Avery Point Basketball Team and hope to meet some new faces, even with masks on, at the Academic Center this year.






Hi, my name is Erin! I’m a Psychology and English major and I’m planning to minor in Classics. I usually tutor everything from Psychology to Writing. I absolutely love listening to podcasts, writing, and drawing in my free time. I can’t wait to meet you all!






Hi, my name is Fatimah and I am a freshman studying Biology. This semester I’m tutoring Chem 1127Q, Math 1131Q, Bio 1107, and WGSS 2124. I am also the vice president of the Pre Health club and the comedy chair for our student government. In my free time I enjoy baking, reading and watching Netflix. 







Hi, My name is Manny I’m an intended major in accounting. I’m a desker and I like soccer, tv and movies





Jacob CuevasJacob

Hello, I’m Jacob, I’m an Avery Point alumni with a degree in Maritime Studies, and am serving as one of the Academic Specialist at the APAC . Beyond handling a lot of the behind the scenes aspect of our center, I am really interested in pursuing creative projects that can help our tutors develop new skills and academic assets. As a tutor I specialize in Econ, stats, bio and just about anything Mast. Off hours, you can usually find me running, gaming, hiking, or deep diving into my weekly interest.




Julie D

My name is Julie, but you can call me JD! I am a recent UConn graduate and one of the Academic Specialists. I also tutor for various writing and chemistry courses, though I specialize in time management and science writing! My hobbies include creative writing, bullet journaling, and hanging out with my cat.





Katelyn LampreyKatelyn

Hey everyone, my name is Katelyn! I’m a Sophomore English Major at Avery Point and I tutor Writing, COMM 1100, SOCI 1001, DRAM 1101, HIST 1502, BIOL 1102, ENGL 2600, PHIL 1104 and ENGL 2276W. In my free time, I love watching films, writing both creatively/academically, and yes, anime is still my jam.




Selfie of Kelsey our tutor


Hi! My name is Kelsey (she/her) and I’m an environmental engineering major as a second year student. I’m the President of the EcoHusky club at Avery Point, and I tutor most Q subjects— primarily chem and calc. Also, I love music and play guitar!





Tutor photo of Math tutor Mahmoud. Slightly dated. Mahmoud

Hi, my name is Mahmoud Salha. I am a freshman biology major. This semester I will be tutoring Math 1131Q and Chem 1127Q. I enjoy meeting new people, and on my free time I enjoy lifting, martial arts, and rowing.





I’m the writing coordinator for the Avery Point campus, so you can come talk to me about First-Year Writing, W courses, and creative writing. I’m an Associate Professor of English, specializing in American Literature, Popular Culture, and Writing Program Administration. I like to write about detective fiction, science fiction, and utopia.





I’m the Academic Center manager and I’ve been teaching English at Avery Point since 2011. At the Academic Center, I’m especially interested in the ways that tutoring supports students in their academic work and beyond, and helps Avery Point students transition into college life. My research interests are in tutoring centers, Irish and American literature, gender studies, and music, and I’ve taught American, British, and Irish literature, first year writing, and other courses here at Avery Point and at Three Rivers Community College, the Coast Guard Academy, and Boston College. Off campus, I’m into running, hiking, and keeping up with my kid.



Reva BourassaReva

Hello all! My name is Reva , and I am a sophomore majoring in history and minoring in political science. I tutor mainly history, political science, and writing classes here at the APAC, but I also tutor PHIL 1106, STAT 1100Q, ANTH 1500, and PSYC 1100 as well. In my free time I enjoy creative writing and baking. I am excited to work with all of you this year!




Tutor photo of Sara, a tutor. Sara A

Hi!! My name is Sara and I’m a psychology major (pre-med) and WGSS minor at UConn as a second-year student. At the APAC, I mainly assist students with their writing in subjects such as English and History, as well as Biology. I am also the President of Avery Point’s Pre-Health Club. I LOVE listening to rock music (& T-Swift) and reading about politics. See you around! 🙂




Sarah M

Hey, my name is Sarah M, and I’m a junior English major! This semester I will be tutoring in writing in addition to AMST 2276W, ENGL 1010, 2100, 2407, 2201, and 2600, ARTH 1138, HDFS 1070, HIST 1400, MATH 1030Q, PHIL 1104 and 1106, POLS 1402, STAT 1100Q, WGSS 1105, 2124, and 2267. In addition, I am President of the AP Creative Writing Club, a member of Husky Ambassadors, and work as a writing fellow for 1010S. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, and watching the latest crime shows.




Sarah S

My name is Sarah and I am an Academic Specialist. I graduated from Avery Point in 2017 and I’ve most recently gotten my Master’s degree in English from NYU. In addition to teaching English 1010 at UConn, I also teach at Three Rivers Community College. I love reading (I have a weakness for Young Adult literature), writing (academically and creatively), photography, and painting.





Hey there! I am Sakshee Patel and I am a sophomore. I am majoring in Accounting and minoring in Mathematics and Data Analytics. I tutor in any level of Math below Calculus III and Writing. I am the Secretary/ Treasurer of our Student Government and the Eco-Husky Club. I love meeting new people, learning and sharing knowledge so be sure to stop by if you need any academic help:)




Hey! I’m Zachary , a freshman Political Science major. For this semester, I’ll be a tutor for writing and statistics. I’m also the Vice President of our Associated Student Government and I’m a Husky Ambassador. In my free time, you’ll find me listening to music, reading, or watching YouTube!