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Staff Directory

Director

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Ryan Kocsondy

Director

Ryan is an IT professional with over sixteen years of experience. He previously managed UConn's Network Engineering and Data Center Operations teams-having started his career as a junior network technician in the summer of 2001. More recently, and just prior to joining CEN, Ryan spent five years restructuring and revitalizing IT service and support as the Director of UConn Hartford ITS.

Email: ryan.kocsondy@uconn.edu
Phone: (860) 622-4563


Network Engineers

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Rick Cheung

Network Technician 4

Rick joined the CEN team as a Network Technician 4, providing leadership, direction and oversight to the Network Engineering team. He brings 18 years of experience from Sprint Corporation, where he served in various capacities in network operations.  For the last 6 years he performed the role of Senior Engineer.

Ricks holds a B.Sc. in Applied Science and Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology, with a concentration in Telecommunications, Management and Military Leadership.

Email: rick.cheung@uconn.edu 
Phone: (860) 622-4567

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Ray Carcano

Network Engineer

Ray Carcano has over 30 years of experience, which began in data center operations and progressed through several levels of technical support roles. Currently Ray holds the position of network engineer at CEN. Prior to joining CEN in 2005, Ray spent 24 years in private industry. He set up some of the very first LANs in 1981 and then progressed to supporting wide area networks in the US for multi-national companies with offices in South America, Europe, and Asia. In his spare time, he enjoys bicycling, playing guitar, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Email: Ray.Carcano@uconn.edu 
Phone: (860) 622-4564

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Rafael Morales

Network Engineer

Ralph is a highly motivated and dedicated network engineering professional with 23 years of technology experience, including 5 years as a technical lead. He has hands on experience in infrastructure design, implementation, network capacity analysis, and administration. Ralph is recognized by management for his strong attention to detail and objectives. Proficiencies include project management methodology and planning for large enterprise network rollouts, and upgrades. Cisco Certifications: CCNA R&S Certified, CCNP R&S Certified, and CCIE R&S Written.

Email: Rafael.Morales@uconn.edu 
Phone: (860) 622-4565

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Mike Pennington

Network Engineer

Mike Pennington is an IT Professional with more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of the field. After graduating Eastern Connecticut State University (2000) with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, he started working for Manchester Public Schools. After ten years of building a solid infrastructure and framework, he decided to focus his career on networking. In 2011 he joined the Connecticut Education Network as a Network Engineer. In his free time, he loves playing volleyball, practicing his jiu-jitsu, kayaking, and hanging out with his family and friends (and chickens!). He is also the Secretary to the Connecticut Poultry Association and on the Tolland Technology Advisory Board.

Email: Michael.Pennington@uconn.edu
Phone: (860) 622-4566

Nandini Viswanathan

Student IT Systems/ Network Specialist

Nandini is a student IT systems/network specialist with CEN. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Analytics and Project Management at the University of Connecticut. She has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Engineering, from Anna University, Chennai, India. Prior to this, Nandini has two years of work experience in Fidelity Investments in Data Engineering and Analytics. She is also a passionate singer and violinist and has given over 150 concerts back in India.

Email: nandini.viswanathan@cteducation.net

Phone number: (860) 622-4587

 

Vishnuventhira B R

Student IT Systems/ Network Specialist

Vishnu is a student IT systems/network specialist with CEN. Vishnu is responsible for automating tasks in Network devices through Ansible. He is currently pursuing his Master's in Business Analytics and Project Management at the University of Connecticut. He received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Anna University, Chennai, India. Prior to working with CEN, Vishnu has three years of work experience in Tata Consultancy Services as a Data Analyst. In his spare time Vishnu enjoys playing cricket and badminton.

Email: vishnubr@cteducation.net

Phone number: (860) 622-4575


Member Relations

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Paul Tarsa

Member Relations Manager

Paul joined the Marketing, Communication and Member Relations team at CEN in December 2015. In his role he engages and connects with CEN members to ensure delivery of excellent customer service and to grow the member network. Prior to CEN, he established multiple K-12 tutoring businesses and also enjoyed engineering and operations management roles at UTC and Kimberly-Clark Corp. Paul earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. from Western New England University. Paul’s favorite past times include tennis, hockey, and golf.

Email: paul.tarsa@uconn.edu 
Phone: (860) 622-4573

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Wendy Rego

Member Relations Specialist

Wendy has been working for the Connecticut Education Network since 2006. She started as an Administrative Professional and is now the Member Relations Brand Representative. Wendy has been working in the field for 30+ years. She loves working with people to get them connected to the network. In her free time, her passion is advocating for people in poverty, the homeless or disadvantaged.

Email: wendy.rego@uconn.edu
Phone: (860) 622-4571

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Rachael Collard

Marketing & Publicity Coordinator

Rachael joined the CEN Marketing team in February 2018.  She brings nearly 15 years' private sector sales and marketing experience, most recently with Superwinch in Dayville, CT.  Rachael has a track record of success helping organizations grow through improved communications, service and outreach. She is excited to bring new ideas and perspectives to CEN's engagement activities.  Rachael graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University where she earned a BSBA degree.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children and family, travel, off-roading, dance, reading romance novels and watching chick flicks with her two cats Gemma and Theo.

Email: rachael.collard@uconn.edu
Phone: (860) 622-4588

Emma Case

Student Marketing Intern

Emma is a student Marketing intern at CEN. She is a senior at the University of Connecticut, majoring in English. Prior to working with CEN she worked as a Marketing intern for KidsPlay Children's Museum in Torrington, CT. In her free time, Emma loves to paint and enjoy the outdoors.

Email: emma.case@cteducation.net
Phone: (860) 622-4562

Deanna LaVoie

Student Graphic Illustrator Intern

Deanna is a student Graphic Illustrator intern at CEN. She is in her senior year at the University of Connecticut. She is a Fine Arts major, with a concentration in Graphic Design. Prior to working with CEN, Deanna worked as a brand ambassador for Big Fish Promotions, an advertising company located in Glastonbury, CT. In her free time she enjoys playing sports and making art.

Email: deanna.lavoie@cteducation.net
Phone: (860) 622-4591

Prachi Jain

Student Member Relations Analyst

Prachi joined CEN's Member Relations team in July 2019. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Analytics and Project Management at the University of Connecticut. She brings nearly 4 years of business analytics experience working with Accenture's Financial Services clients. She is excited to apply analytics into CEN’s engagement activities to drive valuable business insights. Prachi graduated from Mody University of Science and Technology where she earned a BTech degree. She is also a public speaker, Indian classical dancer, and a pianist, and is loving her time exploring the United States.

Email: prj18003work@uconn.edu
Phone: (860) 622-4583

Business & Administrative Services

To Be Announced

Business Services Supervisor

To Be Announced

Program Assistant

CEN is accepting applications for this position through September 24, 2019.

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Kayla Rettburg

Financial Assistant

Kayla started at CEN as a student worker in 2007 and joined the team full time as their Financial Assistant in 2014. She received her associates degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Manchester Community College and is finishing her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University in June 2019. Kayla is the go-to person for any questions about your invoices or E-Rate. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her aussiedoodle Quincy and drinking excessive amounts of coffee.

Email: kayla.rettburg@uconn.edu
Phone: (860) 622-4568

 

Melody Li

Student Accounting Assistant

Melody is a student accounting assistant with CEN since 2018. She is currently a Junior at the University of Connecticut, majoring in Accounting with statistics and data analytics minors. In her free time she likes to play a traditional Chinese instrument, Hulusi, and listen to music. 

Email: wel15112work@uconn.edu
Phone: (860) 622-4592