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Meet the 2016-17 SAAC Executive Board

Meet this year's SAAC Executive Board.
Aug. 31, 2016

On behalf of the Counseling Program for Intercollegiate Athletes and the Department of Athletics, we would like to introduce this year’s SAAC Executive Board members.  The Board is composed of 11 leaders from a variety of teams. 

The members have the unique responsibility and privilege to serve as the voice of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, which represents the entire student-athlete body. 

The mission of SAAC is to encourage student athletes to uphold the values of pride, responsibility, respect of the University of Connecticut while allowing these athletes to develop skills that help their larger local communities and foster a positive student-athlete image.

The Executive board will work throughout the year to establish mutually beneficial relationships with the Athletic Department staff, community, and student-athlete body.  They will establish, promote, and participate in a variety of Service initiatives, including SBMCF funded programs, Husky Reach and Goal Line, as well as professional development initiatives during the school year. 


Read below to find out more about the 2016-17 Executive board!

President - Shea Flanagan, Senior



Nickname: None

Sport: Women’s Tennis

Major: Political Science

Favorite Quote: “When you know your why, your what has more impact”

Fun Fact: I’ve met Bill and Hillary Clinton.


Vice President - Parker Goldstein, Senior

Nickname: None

Sport: Men's Tennis

Major: Finance

Favorite Quote: "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."- Abraham Lincoln

Fun Fact: I'm the chip guy at a Mexican restaurant.


Vice President – Alexandra Lersch, Senior

Nickname: Lexi

Sport: Women’s Ice hockey

Major: Finance

Favorite Quote: "be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods"

Fun Fact: Dangerous Blackjack player.


Treasurer – Oluwatosin Adeniyi, Junior

Nickname: Tosin

Sport: Women's Volleyball

Major: MIS (Management Information Systems)

Favorite Quote: "today you are you, that is truer than true, there is no one alive that is you-er than you" - dr. Seuss

Fun Fact: I love popcorn, like any type of popcorn. If I had to have one food for the rest of my life, it would be popcorn.


Secretary - Kelly Harris, Senior

Nickname: None

Sport: Women’s Ice Hockey

Major: HDFS

Favorite Quote: "not all those who wonder are lost"

Fun Fact: I can say the alphabet backwards


Community Outreach - Anna Middendorf, Senior

Nickname: None

Sport: Field Hockey

Major: Political Science

Favorite Quote: Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard

Fun Fact: My favorite song of all time is Mambo Nr. 5


Community Outreach - Michael O'Donnell, Junior

Nickname: Mike

Sport: Cross country/ Track and Field

Major: Environmental Studies/Geography

Favorite Quote: positive attitude equals positive results

Fun Fact: I love the show tiny house hunters on HGTV



Graphic Design and Broadcasting – Margaret Tripodi, Senior

Nickname: Maggie

Sport: Women’s Lacrosse

Major: Communications

Favorite Quote: "Only make moves when your heart's in it" - Biggie

Fun Fact: I draw portraits with colored pencils.


Communications and Social Media - Olivia Bolles, Senior

Nickname: None

Sport: Field Hockey

Major: Communications

Favorite Quote: "Life's a climb, but the view is great" - Hannah Montana

Fun Fact: I want my own show on HGTV.



Communications and Social Media – Marisa Maccario, Junior

Nickname: Reese

Sport: Women's Ice Hockey

Major: Sports Management

Favorite Quote: Always be humble and kind

Fun Fact: I’ve been writing a book that I hope becomes a best seller one day



Alumni Relations - Christopher Toner, Senior

Nickname: Chris

Sport: Men’s Tennis

Major: Management & Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM)

Favorite Quote: "Ever tried ever failed, no matter, try again fail again, fail better" - Samuel Beckett

Fun Fact: I shaved my eyebrow freshman year