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2022 First-Year Women Cohort

Heaven Buckham
Heaven joined the First-Year Female cohort last fall. She is working towards a dual degree in the business school as a Management Information Systems major and in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a Psychology major. Outside of class, Heaven is a tour guide within the Lodewick visitors center, a business academic senator, and the Vice President's Chief of Staff in the Undergraduate Student government.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heaven-angel-buckham/


Tania Cruz
Tania joined UConn’s Werth Innovators as a member of the First-Year Female cohort last fall. She is a double major in Political Science and Economics with a Pre-Law track and a double minor in American Sign Language and Crime and Justice. Apart from academics, Tania is involved in the women's club ice hockey team as well as the law and society club.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taniaacruz/


Claire Dobbins
Claire joined the F3 cohort during the fall of her first year at UConn. She is majoring in History and Economics, works for the UConn Archives and Special Collections, and is a member of the UConn Fed Challenge Team. Her interests include oral history preservation, financial markets, and entrepreneurship. She is also passionate about art and design, and has worked as a professional calligrapher. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and playing the piano.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/claire-dobbins-059037203/

 


Rachel Harris
Rachel joined the First-Year Female cohort last fall. She is majoring in Materials Science & Engineering. This summer, she plans on working to improve access to horses and horseback riding. When she isn't busy studying or working, she enjoys hiking, horseback riding, and skiing.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachelcharris/


Karla Perez
Karla joined UConn’s Werth Innovators as a member of the First-Year Female cohort last fall. She is majoring in communications and journalism. Apart from academics, Karla is also involved in The Daily Campus and the UConn Dance Company.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karla-perez-a03833271/


2023 Werth Innovators

Victoria Almazan
Victoria is a junior majoring in Psychological Sciences and English with a minor in Human Development and Family Sciences. As part of UConn, Victoria has been the treasurer and member of the scholastic resources committee of First Generation Club. She also was awarded a SHaW seed grant to fund the creation and implementation of the Mind Body Wellness Workshop Series for Stamford students. Most prominently, Victoria was a research assistant in the Family Resilience and Mindfulness Empowerment (FRAME) Lab under Dr. Na Zhang. She was recently awarded an IDEA grant to fund her independent research project on Latina mothers and co-residential grandparents’ communication as it relates to parenting under the mentorship of Dr. Cristina Mogro-Wilson, PhD, MSW. Through her involvement on campus, Victoria was awarded the Stamford Emerging Leader of the Year award in Spring 2023. When she’s not busy studying and researching, Victoria stays on campus playing with her dog, Elvis, reading, and finding new vegetarian recipes to try. As a Werth Innovator, Victoria hopes to combine entrepreneurship with her passions for mental health equity and accessibility.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victorialmazan/


Katelyn Archambault
Katelyn Archambault is going to be a sophomore during the 23-24 school year at UConn. She is originally from Connecticut and attended Pathways Academy of Technology and Design for highschool. While she is currently undecided, she hopes to major in Mechanical Engineering or Material Sciences with a minor in manufacturing. A passion she found through the classes she took at her highschool as well as the manufacturing internship she held in the past. She enjoys the arts and you can catch her creating a piece of art, making something or playing an instrument. Her hobbies also include hiking, reading, or exploring a new place with friends. Currently Katelyn is working as a Process Engineering intern, and will be joining the Makerspace team at UConn in the fall. Through the positions she currently holds she hopes to learn more and advance her skills within her field, while helping and working with others. Katelyn’s current dream job is currently a place of employment that will allow her to continue to participate in the process of creating new things or fixing current items. As well as allow her to travel and keep learning about the world and others around her.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katelyn-archambault/


Allen Counts
Introducing Allen Counts, a student with a strong entrepreneurial drive. He is passionate about learning and personal growth as he charts his path in the business world. Allen's diverse interests define his dynamic personality. Books are Allen's constant companions, offering insights and fueling his creative thinking. Whether immersed in business strategies or captivating fiction, he believes in the transformative power of literature. Outside the realm of books, Allen's adventurous spirit finds expression through biking. Exploring the world on two wheels energizes his mind, sparking innovative ideas. Among his diverse interests, finance holds a special place for Allen. He recognizes its crucial role in business and seeks to understand financial management to build ventures that are both innovative and financially sustainable. Driven by curiosity, an adventurous spirit, and a keen eye for opportunities, Allen Counts is determined to make his mark as an entrepreneur. He embraces challenges and eagerly anticipates a future full of exciting possibilities.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allen-counts/



Joseph Foy
Joseph Foy III is a dedicated student at the University of Connecticut's School of Business, where he is pursuing a degree in finance. As a Werth Innovator, he eagerly embraces new opportunities for growth. Beyond his academic pursuits, Joseph's life is anchored in his Christian faith, which guides his actions and values. In addition to his studies, Joseph finds fulfillment in a diverse range of interests. He enjoys engaging in sports, appreciating films, and exploring the world of auto-motives. These passions provide him with inspiration and a well-rounded perspective on life. With a goal to learn from those around him, Joseph strives to make a positive impact on the world. Through a combination of his strong educational background and the experiences gained at UConn he hopes to develop his skills further, and gain new ones. Joseph is determined to not only tackle challenges, but remain open to new ideas and fresh perspectives. His academic prowess, passion for finance, and diverse interests make him a well-rounded individual ready to leave a lasting mark in his field. In sum, Joseph is a dedicated student at UConn's School of Business. He embraces opportunities for growth and finds joy in sports, films, and auto-motives. With a strong educational background and a drive to make a positive impact, Joseph is poised to excel in any industry he finds himself.


Julia Ghagare
Julia Ghagare is a sophomore Marketing major and tentative Economics minor in the Honors Program from South Windsor, CT. Julia is a first-gen American college student and eldest daughter of Mexican and Indian parents. She enjoys biking and reading books from inspirational females authors in her free time. In the UConn community, Julia strives to be heavily involved in activities that support the student body's success and development. Julia serves as Vice President of External Relations for UConn Women in Business, member of the Special Events Committee in SUBOG, UNIV Facilitator for UNIV 1784 (a first-year Honors experience course), Mentor for the Financial Literacy Innovation Program (F.L.I.P.), volunteers for Husky Ambassadors, and works as an Intramural Official at the Rec Center. As a Werth Innovator, Julia wants to explore sustainability through an entrepreneurial lens, or in other words, ecopreneurship. Her eyes are set on discovering ways to change population habits surrounding overconsumption/production, and increase awareness of the environmental impacts caused by consumer choices. Leadership, authenticity, and persistence have been the cherished values contributing to Julia's success and will continue to be the driving forces behind her goals.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliaghagare/


Nikhil Ghosh
Nikhil is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science with the goal of using technology to support people. Currently, he is working on GoalTac, a UConn-based startup encouraging people to complete their tasks by unifying a productivity app with motivators like social accountability and gamification. In GoalTac, Nikhil leads a small team in software development, business strategy, marketing, and research, and also works in recruiting and networking. He has previously worked in teaching, business development, bookkeeping, and customer service roles. Nikhil's recent projects include prototyping an AI graphic novel generator at HackUConn and leading a semester of calculus classes as a Supplemental Instructor. In the UConn community, he is involved as a Floor Mentor in the Public Health Learning Community, an E-board leader in the club Diversability, and a volunteer at the Storrs Congregational Church food pantry. Nikhil is an explorer passionate about well-being and relationships. He joined Werth Innovators to cultivate his entrepreneurial mindset and enhance his ability to create value for others through innovative products and services. He is excited to grow and connect with others in this community.

LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/n-ghosh


Hannah Ginste
As a writer, music lover, smoothie enthusiast, and a pluviophile, Hannah is thrilled to begin her adventures as a Werth Innovator and put her entrepreneurial ambitions to the test. She's currently a rising sophomore at UCONN, aiming to study in the business school and continue to learn more about communications/public relations, anthropogenic global climate change and solutions, and programming throughout her academic career. Seeking to connect people and make the environment around her a happier, more accepting place, Hannah hopes to unite her creative aspirations with her dreams for a better world and create positive change for women, college students, and anybody else she happens to meet along the way :). In her free time, Hannah enjoys songwriting and playing her guitar and ukulele, skateboarding, spending time with her family and two dogs, and being outside in nature as much as possible!

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannahginste/


Tina Ngo
Tina is a sophomore Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship Major and a prospective Real Estate Minor. Tina is an administrative assistant for Global Business Programs in the Dean’s Suite of the business school; at this position, Tina and her team function as a hub for all global business related information such as study abroad opportunities, networking opportunities, internships, and scholarships. Through her experience at Global Business Programs, Tina has gained immense knowledge on global business concerns and also learned how to integrate into a corporate setting. Tina has helped to direct and lead Global Business Ambassadors, a community of like-minded individuals who have a passion for international issues and sustainability. Tina is also Vice President of the Net Impact Undergraduate Chapter, a new SOLID organization on campus that she is excited to initiate. Tina was also an editor for Her Campus where she wrote articles pertaining to fashion and lifestyle. In her free time, Tina loves to read and indulge in art. She also is an avid traveler and an ambitious individual.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tinamngo/


Spencer Thompson
Spencer is a rising sophomore, studying economics. He is active on campus participating in the UConn Investment Banking Society, Fed Challenge, Finance Society and other student groups across UConn. Spencer enjoys traveling and has a particular passion for international business. He previously studied in Ghana, working with various fintech, supply chain, and commodity companies, based in Accra. He is currently studying in London, where he will intern with a local consultancy group. In his free time, Spencer enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and trying new experiences. After his studies, Spencer is aspiring to a master's in quantitative economics.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencer-thompson-69ab4924a/



2022 Werth Innovators

Laura Braddick
Laura is a Management student at the University of Connecticut School of Business. Outfit Insider is her start-up, establishing an unbiased platform for communities to review, share, and analyze their purchases transparently. Formerly, she was on the UConn Division I women's rowing team. Originally from Kennebunk, Maine, she's passionate about entrepreneurship and sustainable fashion. She studied luxury design management at Parsons the New School in Paris and Polimoda in Florence.

Laura gained experience through a venture capital internship at Loeb.nyc this summer with their portfolio company Nunbelievable. She is a Werth Innovator and incoming Hillside Venture analyst. Currently, she's engaged in ClimateWerx and Build Hartford cohorts as well as continuing my position at Loeb.nyc this semester.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laura-braddick/


Charlotte Chen
Charlotte Chen is from Weston, Connecticut pursuing a dual major in Materials Science and Engineering and Molecular and Cell Biology with a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the Honors Program. She has experience as the Digital Editor of The Daily Campus and as the Vice President of Origami Club. She is also one of the co-founders of Geomate, an app that helps to ensure safe walking at night. When she's not working or in classes, Charlotte can be found crocheting the days away, tending to her mini plant army, and making noise with her violin.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlotte-chen-64563616a/


Kristina DeMichiel

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristinademichiel/







Nathan Catapano
Nathan is studying Communications at the University of Connecticut College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and disc golf. Nathan is also the founder of Swipestorm, a software company that offers digital solutions for restaurant management. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, leadership, and communication.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathancatapano/


Arav Parikh
Arav is a third year Honors Computer Science student at the University of Connecticut with minors in Mathematics and Computer Science. Arav is interested in applying the emerging fields of AI and data science for the social good and has already had countless opportunities in his time as an undergrad to do so. One of these opportunities as the Lead Data Scientist at UConn startup PatentPlus not only allowed Arav to hone his technical skills but also discover his passion for entrepreneurship. As a NursEng Fellow this year, he hopes to be able to explore entrepreneurial opportunities in the world of healthcare with a multidisciplinary team. In his free time, Arav enjoys playing and watching sports, running, cooking, and listening to music. As a Werth Innovator, Arav hopes to be able to network with like-minded individuals, refine his softer skills, and kickstart his entrepreneurial journey.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/arav-parikh/



Asley Perez
Asley Perez, a third-year undergraduate majoring in Physiology and Neurobiology with a minor in Communications at the University of Connecticut, is a versatile and detail-oriented professional. As an EMT with a strong commitment to healthcare, she has provided timely and compassionate emergency medical care at New Britain EMS. Simultaneously, Asley is an entrepreneur, owning Asley's Backyard LLC, a landscaping and masonry company in New Haven County, which champions women's empowerment in a traditionally male-dominated field. Her involvement in the Werth Innovators Leadership Development Program Cohort showcases her commitment to making a meaningful impact on her entrepreneurial journey. Her assistant research in Allied Health, focusing on the impact of social media on health promotion, demonstrates her commitment to improving the well-being of individuals and families, particularly pregnant or postpartum individuals. Asley's academic prowess, entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, and dedication to healthcare have shaped her into a versatile and driven professional.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asley-perez-7517b0223/




Jonathan Schoelkopf
Jonathan Schoelkopf is a 3rd-year Management & Entrepreneurship student extremely passionate about the ever-revolving door of businesses. He's been a part of the Werth Institute since the Fall of 2022 and currently participating in the Fall 2023 ClimateWerx cohort. Beyond that, he's involved with Hillside Ventures investing in early-stage startups and a former member of the Business Connections Learning Community. A few of his interests include sustainable fashion, small businesses, and seeing the world.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-schoelkopf/



2024 First-Year Women Werth Innovators

2021-2022 Werth Innovators

Poorna Balakumar
Poorna is a junior Honors student in the Special Program in Medicine, majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology, Pathobiology, and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and minoring in Healthcare Management and Insurance Studies. Entering college, Poorna was named a Dr. Bart Kamen Memorial Scholarship Recipient by FIRST Robotics, recognized for her success in research at the Yale School of Medicine and for her future potential for innovation in research during her undergraduate years; inspired by this experience, she hopes to serve others through the power of research, innovation and technology. Now, Poorna is an undergraduate researcher and SURF Award recipient in the Geary Laboratory studying human respiratory pathogens in order to better understand vaccine development and global health issues. On campus, Poorna is on the Executive Boards of UConn Rescue and Medical Minds Matter as Treasurer; she is also a Peer Research Ambassador and a member of the CLAS Student Leadership Board. In her free time, Poorna loves dancing and is the Captain of UConn Thunderaas, a nationally-competitive Indian dance team. As a Werth Innovator, Poorna hopes to advocate for unconventional forms of learning, developing student entrepreneurship in the crossections of innovation, creativity and the performing arts.


Hritish Bhargava
Hritish is a Junior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Engineering Physics with a plan to minor in Entrepreneurship. Hritish enjoys playing the guitar, spending time with his family, and playing/watching sports. Additionally, Hritish has been and is currently involved in a multitude of entrepreneurial programs at the University including CCEI's Traction, Get Seeded, and Student Ambassador programs. Hritish will also be participating in the Inaugural Stamford Startup Studio co-op in the Fall Semester with 6 other students. Hritish also has a passion for startups and has one of his known as the Collision Avoidance Safety System or CASS. He has developed a novel brake bar design with his team and is looking to significantly reduce the number of rear-end collisions to avoid the hassle and problems they cause to anyone involved. He feels that every driver should feel safe on the road regardless of how new their car is or how expensive. As a member of the WILD program, Hritish plans to further develop his startup CASS and reach as many drivers as he can.


Makayla Dawkins
Makayla Dawkins is a rising junior from the inner city of New Haven, CT. She is double majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a minor in Africana Studies at the University of Connecticut. When she isn't studying, she is serving with USG Student Services as a Sexual Health and Education Advocacy Coordinator where she has implemented a menstrual care package program and created legislation in solidarity of UConns queer community. She can also be found fulfilling her role as an RA in the arts learning communities or working with LGBTQ folks at Rainbow Center. She hopes to become a Healthcare Administrator overseeing a health facility while also serving families impacted by incarceration. In her free time, Makayla serves as an intern of Free All My Suns Inc., a nonprofit that connects families to the imprisoned and oversees their various programs. Additionally, she destigmatizes mental illness as an intern with the Holistic Huskies, a mental health podcast where she advocates for suicide prevention and mental health in communities of color.


Tyler Goodwin
Tyler is a rising junior at UConn studying marketing with a concentration in professional sales leadership. As a member of The Innovation House Learning Community and an OPIM Innovate lab specialist for The School of Business, Tyler looks to bridge the gaps between technology and business in order to develop modernized business practices and marketing strategies. Apart from his endeavors in entrepreneurship and technology, Tyler rows on the UConn Men's Crew team and has served as the social coordinator on the Werth residence hall association executive board. As a Werth Innovator, Tyler is excited to collaborate and network with others to further his ideas and hopes to do the same for his peers.


Sophia Manos
Sophia is a sophomore in the Honors Program majoring in Physiology and Neurobiology with plans to become a behavioral neuroscientist. In addition to a passion for science, she enjoys engaging in creative endeavors. As a member of the Honors Humanities and Arts Collective, she contributes to the creation of a semesterly zine that showcases students’ original work. Outside of UConn, she volunteers as a Greek school teacher, instructing kindergarten level students in language and culture. In recent years, she has developed a passion for making through involvement in maker spaces during both high school and college. As a Werth Innovator, she plans to encourage students of all backgrounds to explore the LCIZ Maker Space and discover their own innovative mindset.


Nidhi Nair
Nidhi is a junior and an Honors Economics and Mathematics-Statistics major at the University of Connecticut. She serves as the President of the UConn Economics Society, as the Treasurer of Women and Minorities in Economics, as a Local Coordinator for Students For Liberty, and as an ambassador for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Nidhi works as a research assistant in the Economics department and has completed research internships at think tanks like the Cato Institute and Our National Conversation. She is passionate about financial literacy and economic inclusion for underrepresented groups. As a Werth Innovator, Nidhi hopes to conduct a research project on financial knowledge asymmetries at the University of Connecticut, and develop novel ways of understanding the link between wealth inequality and financial illiteracy.


José Ortiz
José Ortiz is a sophomore and first-generation student who moved from Puerto Rico to the United States in 2011. At UConn, he studies chemistry on the pre-medical track and is a Mortensen Scholar, Connects Peer Mentor through the Academic Achievement Center, and Werth Innovator. Beyond UConn, José has been involved with the local community by volunteering at Hartford Hospital's COVID-19 vaccine clinic, where he contributed to a total of 33,263 vaccines being administered in under 3 months. At Hartford Hospital, he is also beginning work as a PCA while also volunteering in the Hospital's surgery rooms. After graduating, José aspires to attend medical school and eventually specialize in dermatology. As a Werth Innovator, he seeks to develop a product that's accessible for anyone, regardless of financial status.


Sandra Osei-Boasiako
Sandra Osei-Boasiako is a junior nursing major and human development and family studies minor here at the University of Connecticut. Sandra is an honors student, is involved in the John and Valerie Rowe Scholars Program, PATH to PCNP program. For the Fall 2021 semester, she hopes to begin research for her thesis on symptom reporting and making it more efficient. Sandra was an employee at the UConn Foundation, and her interests include improving healthcare access to marginalized communities and improving symptom reporting between patients and their primary care physicians. Outside of school and work: she likes to read and play tennis.


Sucika Perumalla
Sucika Perumalla is a junior majoring in Physiology and Neurobiology, with a Bioinformatics Minor. She is also a STEM Scholar and the Co-social engagement chair of the EBoard. Through Sucika’s involvement with TEDxUConn as Treasurer, she has developed a love for public speaking and spreading the innovative ideas of our community to a larger audience. As an undergraduate researcher in Behavioral/ Cognitive Neuroscience at the Markus lab on campus and at Boston Children’s Hospital, Sucika hopes to use the support of the Werth Innovators program to develop a platform for researchers to enhance their presentational skills. Additionally, she hopes to overcome the barrier research-specific jargon presents to larger audiences and inspire people everywhere to examine and comprehend the complexities of scientific research. In her free time, Sucika volunteers for a non-profit organization, Paper Airplanes, as an English tutor and Curriculum Designer to support internally displaced individuals affected by the Syrian and Palestine crisis.


Varsha Rathore
Currently a Sophomore, Varsha is an Honors student majoring in Computer Science and Engineering and minoring in Mathematics. As a part of the UConn community, Varsha is involved in multiple organizations and serves key roles on the coordinator boards: Operations Co-Coordinator at Camp Kesem at UConn, Treasurer and Education Coordinator for Honors in STEM, and Logistics and Event Planning Lead for HackUConn. She was also named a 2021 Holster Scholars Finalist for her research interests in the field of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Outside of the UConn community, Varsha has been involved with Major League Hacking (fellowship), Code Ninjas (volunteer work experience), Summer of Ideas by Infosys (summer apprenticeship), and First Lego League (mentor for 3 junior teams). Additionally, Varsha is a competitive tennis player who was nationally ranked and within the Top 21 in New England for Class of 2020. As a Werth Innovator, Varsha hopes to bring more insights into technology and entrepreneurship by promoting related events.


Matt Silverman
Matt Silverman is a maker who is passionate about tinkering with ideas to create new things. He is a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in computer science with the goal of one day playing a role in establishing off-earth manufacturing capabilities. As a student with varied interests, Matt has worked on a wide array of projects ranging from custom resin cast keycaps for mechanical keyboards to a Rube Goldberg task management machine for HackUMass and a prototype modular water measurement system for HackUConn. Currently, he is working on StressOut, a startup he co-founded that seeks to teach people how to manage stress through wearable technology and biosignals. Additionally, he is a contributing member of the UConn Association for Computing Machinery as the robotics subgroup lead where he is working to improve his proficiency with electronics by learning alongside like-minded students. In his spare time, Matt can usually be found in the makerspace working on whatever idea comes next.


Alicia Sleight
Alicia Sleight is from Killingworth, Connecticut. She studies Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Connecticut Storrs campus, and she is in the graduating class of 2023. Alicia hopes to pursue a career as an engineer in the medical device industry because she is passionate about improving the quality of medical care. For the summer of 2021, she had a design engineer internship at Precision X-Ray, which is a company in Connecticut that specializes in cabinet X-ray machines. Alicia is very involved on campus. She is a member of the Phi Sigma Rho National Engineering Sorority, the UConn Society of Women in Engineering (SWE), the UConn Concrete Canoe Club, the Engineering Learning Community, and several other organizations. Alicia joined the Werth Innovator Leadership Program in her junior year.


Victoria Song
Victoria is a rising sophomore majoring in Computer Science in the School of Engineering at UConn’s Stamford campus. She is currently interning with Microsoft this summer to develop a feature for the Whiteboard app, and previously she had interned with Yale University’s Department of Astronomy as part of her high school’s science research program. In her free time, she enjoys making digital art. Victoria hopes to leverage the WILD program’s resources to further explore her interests in art, technology, and entrepreneurship.


Swetha Tadepalli
Swetha is a third-year Molecular and Cellular Biology student at the University of Connecticut. In her time as an undergraduate, Swetha interned at Vistara Bioscience LLC under the guidance of Girish Nallur where she performed research studying the interactions between the proteins of the COVID-19 virus and human cell receptors. She is passionate about women’s health and cancer research and hopes to pursue an individualized major studying women’s and reproductive health in the context of politics, epidemiology, and global health policy. Aside from research, Swetha is secretary of a competitive inter-collegiate dance team on campus. The arts have always been a large part of who she is. She has touched every craft imaginable, including singing, dance, knitting, sewing, making jewelry, embroidery, and playing 4 instruments. She enjoys using these skills to upcycle thrifted clothing, which she sells on her Instagram page: @shrey&sway with her friend Shreya Dhume. If you would like to contact Swetha, she can be emailed at swetha.tadepalli@uconn.edu.


Eric Venables

Eric Venables
Eric is a Junior studying Mechanical Engineering at UConn Storrs. Having a great love for music and performance, he participates in both instrumental and choral groups at UConn, also pursuing a Minor in music. Outside of coursework, Eric is the music director of one of the Co-Ed A Cappella groups at UConn, Extreme Measures. His passions also extend to the stage where he has performed in musicals, and he cannot wait for live musical and choral performances to be allowed once again on campus and beyond. Besides his interest in the arts, Eric enjoys tackling big-picture tasks and has an affinity towards problem solving, both in group and individual settings, hence his pursuit of a degree in a STEM topic. Starting from his time at UConn, Eric has acquired interest in the function of college-level Entrepreneurial pursuits and other business/finance traits that aid those wishing to realize their innovative vision. His career interests, though varied, tend towards the business and legal procedures that are implicit to Engineering consulting, patent law, and engineering contracting. He hopes to apply his adaptability to his chosen field and perhaps oversee/consult with newer businesses on their Engineering needs during developmental stages.


Rashana Weerasinghe
Rashana is a junior studying Business Data Analytics at UConn. Currently, she is the Vice President of the Data Analytics Club and the Treasurer for the Financial Management Club. Rashana is an analyst on the newly formed UConn Student Venture Fund, Hillside Ventures. She is also a member of the Business Connections Learning Community, where she served as an Academic Mentor and Committee Chair. Rashana has a diverse background with experience in healthcare, investment banking, early-stage technology startups, and telecommunications. The common thread between her past experiences and future endeavors lies at the intersection of human behavior, entrepreneurship, and technology.

2021-2022 First-Year F3 Cohort

Jide Anifowoshe
Jide is a freshman from Holmdel, NJ. Jide is currently undecided in his major but shows interest in Economics or Business. Jide has many passion projects as he is currently working on developing a brand of non-dairy frozen desserts and a cookie business. On campus, he is part of the UConn Men’s Crew team. In Jide’s free time he likes to either bake or cook Jide hopes to be successful with his two passion projects.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jide-anifowoshe-95a55022a


Jewel Booker
Jewel is currently a freshman from West Haven, CT. Jewel is currently pursuing a degree in English. One of Jewel’s passion projects is working on educating people about hair and braiding hair as well, leading her to try out for the board for curls. Braiding and taking care of hair has always been a passion of Jewel’s and he hopes that she will be able to provide her insight and learn new things as well because she would love to be able to help people who are struggling with the obstacles she has overcome. In her free time, Jewel enjoys to braid, make TikToks, and paint. Jewel’s goal is to make her 5th grade self proud. When she looks back to that age, she remembers that she thought she was never going to be anything. Now it is Jewel’s goal to achieve whatever she wants to do, doing better than what she has done before, constantly improving. Jewel does not currently have a career path set for herself just yet, but she knows she wants to end up somewhere she is happy.

Jewel’s Work: https://www.newhavenarts.org/arts-paper/articles/author/jewel-booker

https://jewelbooker03.wixsite.com/safestsafespace

LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/jewelbooker


Cindy Calle
Cindy is a freshman from New Haven, CT. Cindy is currently pursuing a degree in Management and Engineering for Manufacturing. One of Cindy's passion projects is working on starting her own company. The company is focused on the redesign and modernization of menstrual products. Though catered for women, she is actively ensuring her vision and company altogether is able to help anyone who menstruates regardless of gender and hopes to provide comfort and acceptance for all when it comes to periods and period products. Cindy is extremely involved on campus as she is a member of the Honors Program, Global Business Program, Real Estate Society, and Women in Business. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, networking and writing. Aside from business, another passion of Condy’s is screenwriting and poetry. Her favorite screenwriter and director is Guillermo del Toro. In the future, Cindy hopes to be able to venture into the world of business and independence through entrepreneurship. Her goal is to be able to create successful companies focused on helping and uplifting women. Feminism is and has always been both important and necessary for Cindy. Thus, she wants to do her part to cater to women in a manner that respects, validates and helps them. Cindy intends to pitch her ideas and maintain a feminist focused purpose as well as prevail within a dominted field as a Hispanic woman.

LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/cindy-calle-3320b8228


Riley Fallon
Riley is a freshman from Medford, MA. Riley is pursuing a degree in Marketing. Riley has many passion projects as she is always working on different baking endeavors and currently is brainstorming a lot for her upcoming summer project. Any free time she has usually is dedicated to experimenting in the kitchen. Her involvement on campus includes being a Delta Sigma Pi Theta lota brother, and a member of the UConn Marketing Society. In her free time, Riley loves to bake and do anything that involves being creative alongside spending time with her friends and family. Riley hopes to become a successful entrepreneur. She wants to cultivate her passions and turn it into a business she can continue to grow for the rest of her life. Riley hopes to get to the point where she can be a successful owner of a business that is profitable, woman run, and one that betters the world in which we live in.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/riley-fallon


Audrey Hannah Larson
Audrey is a freshman from Wallingford, CT. Audrey is pursuing a degree in Materials Science and Engineering and Civil Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Environmental Engineering. She is a researcher in the Li Environmental Engineering Laboratory where she works on a research project, developing methods for microplastic removal from wastewater systems. In addition, she works on a project through her lab in conjunction with the Wille Civil Engineering Laboratory and Adamson Chemistry Laboratory looking at how we can integrate plastic waste into concrete. Audrey is in the process of creating a new business named Unfolded LLP, a clothing company. Audrey is extremely involved on campus, she is a part of the Honors Program, Healthcare Engineering Club, Society of Women in Engineers, and the Naval Science and Technology Concentration Program. In her free time, she enjoys to crochet, bike, paint and hike. Audrey’s career goal is to create environmentally-friendly building products.

Audrey’s Work: https://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=11029133.PN.&OS=PN/11029133&RS=PN/11029133

https://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=10722842&OS=10722842&RS=10722842

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-fourteen-year-old-inventor-trying-to-protect-other-children-from-being-shot-at-school

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/audrey-larson-b546a51b2/


Zeming Liang
Zeming is a freshman from Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China. Zeming is majoring in Physiology and Neurobiology with a minor in Cognitive Science. A current passion project he is involved in are soft drinks. Zeming is developing a fruit flavored soft drink that help people focus better and reduce anxiety. Also, he is developing a fashionable clothing line as a side venture. At the University of Connecticut, Zeming has a variety of involvements. Zeming is the senator in Undergrad Student Government, and he represents all the students living in Alumni Quad Residential Halls. Zeming is passionate about music. He is a beatboxer and a violinist, and he performed on Chinese national television channel during Chinese New Year. Zeming is also the beatboxer of UConn A cappella group Hus-keys at the University of Connecticut. In sports, Zeming has passion for fencing and international football. He is a member of the UConn fencing club competing in foil and representing the University of Connecticut. In leisure, Zeming dedicates his time to fashion clothing, painting and cooking - a good recipe always brings joy and a smile on his face. He wants to accomplish an entrepreneurship in neuroscience application into artificial intelligence.

LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/zemingliang/


Pascal Mukendi
Pascal is a freshman from Brox, NY. Pascal is currently pursuing a degree in Financial Management but plans to switch to a major in Finance. A passion project Pascal is involved in an application for the Change Grant at UConn to hopefully fund a campus tour/basketball game trip to Storrs for the students at his former junior high in Harlem. He hopes that it will promote the idea of college and higher education in an area where he can speak from experience and claim it is not considered much. Pascal’s involvement on campus includes, the African Student Association, Business Connections Leadership Community, Financial Man agement Committee, and the Entrepreneurship Committee. In his free time, Pascal enjoys playing basketball, listening to music, playing video games here and there, reading, and playing chess. Pascal hopes to have a successful career as an entrepreneur, in the hopes to take care of his family and himself.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pascal-mukendi-598619228/


Aime Mulungula
Aime is a freshman from New Haven, CT. Aime is currently pursuing a degree in Management with a minor in Studio Arts. Aime is on the verge of starting a clothing brand using his artistic designs such as paintings and drawings, as a collaboration of his entrepreneurial and artistic abilities. Aime is involved in a variety of on campus organizations such as, being a member of the Business Leaders at UConn, Business Management Society, the African Association, as well as a Werth Innovator Intern in the Werth Institute. In his freetime, Aime enjoys listening to music and drawing. With a concentration in entrepreneurship prior to graduating, Aime hopes to start his own business in hope to do international businesses and invest in real estate as well as become a professional artist and designer.

Aime’s Work: https://www.newhavenindependent.org/article/nxt_hvn_june_2021

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aime-mulungula/


Shivam Patel

Shivam is a freshman from Newington, CT. Shivam is majoring in Finance with a minor in Computer Science. A current venture he is involved in is working on a startup of a financial coaching business. Shivam is currently a part of the UConn Consulting Group and the Business Connections Learning Community. In his free time, he enjoys playing poker, skiing, and watching football. Shivam hopes to become a successful entrepreneur and a strong community leader.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/s-pat


Lesley Rendon-Hernandez
Lesley is a freshman for Meriden, CT. Lesley is currently pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences. One project Lesley is currently working on is becoming a McNair Scholar. She recognizes that she might not become one, however this will not impede her from attempting to be a part of the McNair Scholar Program. Lesley is involved in the Student Support Services (SSS), and the METAS Peer Mentorship Program at the Puertoican Latin American Cultural Center here at the University of Connecticut.

Lesley’s Work: https://www.instagram.com/lrpaintz/?hl=en

LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/lesley-rendon-hernandez-42805522b


Anna Vladimirskaya
Anna is a freshman from Norwalk, CT. Anna is pursuing a degree in Computer Science here at the University of Connecticut. She is a part of the research team for the nano-electronics department at UConn. Another one of Anna’s passion projects is that she is part of a group working on a proposal for NASA’s 2022 Extreme Motor Terrain Challenge. Her involvement on campus includes the Robotics Team, Engineering Ambassadors, and the CSE Diversity and Equity Committee. In her free time, Anna enjoys spending time with her pets. Anna’s ultimate career goal would be to start her own small robotics company.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-vladimirskaya-355293220/


2023 Stamford Werth Innovators

Victoria Almazan
Victoria is a junior majoring in Psychological Sciences and English with a minor in Human Development and Family Sciences. As part of UConn, Victoria has been the treasurer and member of the scholastic resources committee of First Generation Club. She also was awarded a SHaW seed grant to fund the creation and implementation of the Mind Body Wellness Workshop Series for Stamford students. Most prominently, Victoria was a research assistant in the Family Resilience and Mindfulness Empowerment (FRAME) Lab under Dr. Na Zhang. She was recently awarded an IDEA grant to fund her independent research project on Latina mothers and co-residential grandparents’ communication as it relates to parenting under the mentorship of Dr. Cristina Mogro-Wilson, PhD, MSW. Through her involvement on campus, Victoria was awarded the Stamford Emerging Leader of the Year award in Spring 2023. When she’s not busy studying and researching, Victoria stays on campus playing with her dog, Elvis, reading, and finding new vegetarian recipes to try. As a Werth Innovator, Victoria hopes to combine entrepreneurship with her passions for mental health equity and accessibility.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victorialmazan/


Danielle Bernard
Danielle Bernard attended a small catholic high school in Bridgeport, CT, where she graduated as the salutatorian of her class. She is a member of the National Honors Society. She received over ten awards, some of them being The Bridgeport Rotary Club Service Above Self Award, the Philip Broadhurst Award, and The Cornell Book Award. Danielle is also the Co-Founder of the mentorship and scholarship program, T.O.P. She is currently working towards her degree in Human Development and Family Sciences. She is on the Dean’s list and finished her first year of college with a 3.9. Danielle hopes to mentor and educate students while enforcing diversity, equity, and inclusion principles in the education system. She hopes to bring opportunities and introduce entrepreneurship skills to students. Danielle is committed to change, activism, education, inspiring others, and making a difference in the community.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielle-bernard-42a945228/



Allen Counts
Introducing Allen Counts, a student with a strong entrepreneurial drive. He is passionate about learning and personal growth as he charts his path in the business world. Allen's diverse interests define his dynamic personality. Books are Allen's constant companions, offering insights and fueling his creative thinking. Whether immersed in business strategies or captivating fiction, he believes in the transformative power of literature. Outside the realm of books, Allen's adventurous spirit finds expression through biking. Exploring the world on two wheels energizes his mind, sparking innovative ideas. Among his diverse interests, finance holds a special place for Allen. He recognizes its crucial role in business and seeks to understand financial management to build ventures that are both innovative and financially sustainable. Driven by curiosity, an adventurous spirit, and a keen eye for opportunities, Allen Counts is determined to make his mark as an entrepreneur. He embraces challenges and eagerly anticipates a future full of exciting possibilities.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allen-counts/


Nathaly Herrera
Nathaly is an incoming junior Honors student studying Financial Management on the UConn Stamford campus. At school, Nathaly is a part of the Business Connections Learning Community, heavily involved in the Honors program as a Communications Coordinator and PATH Mentor, a part of the Student Government Association, and is a School of Business Peer Advisor on campus! One of her passions is playing tennis, coaching tennis, and giving back to the community! With this, her goal is to create a program that would support and teach students tennis while also giving back to their local community. This could be through volunteering efforts, community service efforts etc. Nathaly hopes to find others within the Werth Institute to work together on this project, or even possibly merge her ideas with someone else’s. More than anything she is excited to network with and meet other entrepreneurial students and get to share ideas with them! One of her goals is to also obtain a leadership position within the Werth Institute, and try and recruit more UConn Stamford students to join the new Stamford cohort! Outside of school and tennis, Nathaly enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, going to concerts, working, and playing with her cat!

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathaly-herrera/


Alexa Molina
Alexa is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and Psychological sciences. She is on a fast track to the Master’s in Public Health program. At UConn, Alexa has been involved with Honors in leadership as the Chair of the Honors Student Leadership Board and secretary for Politics and First Generation Club. This summer, Alexa will present a paper at the 2024 National Academy of Public Administration Social Equity Leadership Conference focused on the intersection of Latino youth and insurance disparity rates. Currently, Alexa is a research assistant for the Cirights Human Rights Data Project and a congressional intern at the US House of Representatives, where she is learning more about human rights at the federal government level. Alexa is very passionate about giving back to marginalized communities and, as a Werth innovator, hopes to create a solution for refugees adapting to new living conditions.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexamolina25/



2020-2021 First-Year F3 Cohort

Georgiette Adejayan
Major: Allied Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2024


Allie Davenport
Major: Undecided
Graduation Year: 2024


Zoey England
Major: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2022


Serene Feng
Major: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2024


Ilana Goldner
Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Graduation Year: 2024


Sasha Hussain
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2024


Raina Jain
Major: Undecided
Graduation Year: 2024


Madeline Kizer
Major: Marketing
Graduation Year: 2024


Rachel Laemle
Major: Communications
Graduation Year: 2024


Phoebe Liou
Major: Biological Sciences
Graduation Year: 2024


Sudiksha Mallick
Major: Political Science | International Relations
Graduation Year: 2024


Marianella Salinas
Major: Computer Science | Math
Graduation Year: 2024


Yuliana Tsapar
Major: Marketing | Spanish
Graduation Year: 2024


2020-2021 Sophomore/Junior Cohort

Celine Aliko
Major: Neuroscience
Graduation Year: 2023


Kathryn Atkinson
Major: Classics & Ancient Mediterranean | Nutritional Sciences
Graduation Year: 2023


William Baofo
Major: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2022


Bryce Bisset
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2023


Alexander Candow
Major: Management & Analytics
Graduation Year: 2022


Jamison Cote
Major: Digital Media and Design
Graduation Year: 2022


Florencia De Armas
Major: Chemical Engineering | Chinese
Graduation Year: 2023


Astou Diallo
Major: Management Information Systems
Graduation Year: 2023


Taylor Domingue
Major: Molecular and Cell Biology
Graduation Year: 2023


Aditi Dubey
Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Graduation Year: 2022


Nishitha Edupuganti
Major: Management Information Systems | Economics
Graduation Year: 2022


Zoey England
Major: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2022


Gabriel Millan Garcia
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2023


Mahitha Juttu
Major: Physiology and Neurobiology | Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2023


Sumeet Kadian
Major: Molecular and Cell Biology
Graduation Year: 2023


Jack Kassimis
Major: Finance
Graduation Year: 2023


Neal Krishna
Major: Physiology & Neurobiology | English
Graduation Year: 2026


Katie Lavigne
Major: Allied Health Science
Graduation Year: 2023


Rachel Poulos
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2023


Hannah Resnick
Major: Management & Communications
Graduation Year: 2022


Tyler Shoban
Major: Computer Science Engineering
Graduation Year: 2023


Yazmine Uvidia
Major: Digital Media & Design
Graduation Year: 2023


Zac Will
Major: Business Management
Graduation Year: 2023


Ava Zahedi
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2022

2019-2020 Sophomore Cohort

Michael Aisevbonayea
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2022


Jessica Daley
Major: Human Development and Family Studies | Nursing
Graduation Year: 2022


Aditya Dubey
Major: Computer Science & Engineering
Graduation Year: 2022


Sabaa Fayazi
Major: Physiology & Neurobiology
Graduation Year: 2022


Kevin Fiddler
Major: Economics
Graduation Year: 2021


Mitchell Hornak
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2022


Sana Kasmani
Major: Physiology & Neurobiology
Graduation Year: 2022


Jody Kung
Major: Management Information Systems
Graduation Year: 2022


Natalie Lacroix
Major: Digital Media and Design
Graduation Year: 2022


Devin McNamara
Major: Economics
Graduation Year: 2021


Sarah Nedwick
Major: Exploratory
Graduation Year: 2022


Eva Quigley
Major: Animal Science
Graduation Year: 2022


Faith Sporbert
Major: Digital Arts | Computer Science | French
Graduation Year: 2022


Olivia Tirelli
Major: Spanish | Physiology & Neurobiology
Graduation Year: 2022


Raisa Vasquez
Major: Undecided
Graduation Year: 2022


Jake Winter
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2022