Executive Staff

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Executive Staff Member

Scott M. Roberts

President and CEO

Scott M. Roberts was named president and CEO of the University of Connecticut Foundation in April 2019. Prior to joining UConn, Roberts served as vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and president of the UNLV Foundation. During his nine-year tenure at UNLV, the university raised more than $500 million and saw a 56 percent increase in the number of gifts, and a 51 percent increase in donors. Before arriving at UNLV, Roberts was director of university development at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, where he led a $120 million comprehensive capital campaign. Roberts holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Ozarks and a master’s of public administration from UNLV.
Colleen B. Godino

Colleen B. Godino

Chief of Staff

Colleen works as a strategic partner with the president and CEO with responsibility for the central coordination of all functions and activities in the executive office, and the organization’s operations. Colleen has served the UConn Community for nearly 25 years. Prior to joining the Foundation, Colleen worked as a program manager in the School of Engineering dean’s office, where she coordinated all fundraising activity, department head searches, and managed the School’s internship programs. In July of 2000, Colleen was hired at the UConn Foundation. She has served as assistant to the vice president for development, executive assistant to the president and CEO, and director of principal gift operations.
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Suzanne M. O’Conor

General Counsel

Suzanne O’Conor manages and coordinates legal work for all departments within the UConn Foundation. Before assuming her current role as General Counsel in 2000, Suzanne served as a development officer in charge of planned gifts from 1995 to 1999. Prior to joining the Foundation, Suzanne was an associate at Shipman & Goodwin in Hartford, Conn. A member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the American Bar Association, Suzanne graduated with high honors with a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and with honors with a BA in economics from the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.
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Jerry Ganz

Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer

Jerry is the Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer for the UConn Foundation, overseeing all accounting functions and management of the funds benefiting the University. Jerry began his career in public accounting and moved into higher education in 1991, after which he became the chief financial officer of Johnson College in Scranton, Penn., and later Controller at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. Most recently he served as the CFO for the Florida State University Foundation. He holds a BSBA in business administration from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, and earned his MBA from Florida State University. Jerry is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA).
Executive Staff Member

Jake Lemon

Senior Vice President for Development

As Vice President for Development, Jake oversees planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, constituent, health, and athletic fundraising programs. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as assistant vice president for development and principal gifts at Florida State University, with gift planning, regional development, performing arts, and principal gifts in his purview. He also held development positions at the University of Mississippi as development officer for the School of Pharmacy and at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as assistant athletic director for development. Jake earned a BBA and MBA from the University of Mississippi and a certificate of financial planning from Florida State University.
Executive Staff Member

Montique (Mo) Cotton Kelly

Vice President, Alumni Relations and Communications

Mo Cotton Kelly leads the University of Connecticut Alumni Relations staff and hundreds of volunteers to connect UConn’s 255,000-plus alumni worldwide. With nearly 22 years in the higher education advancement field, she has a national reputation as a strategic and visionary leader in alumni relations. She joined UConn in 2014 and is a member of the Foundation’s Senior Management Team. Previously she was executive director of Bowling Green State University’s Alumni Association. Mo received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BGSU. She is active in the Council for Alumni Association Executives and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
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Brian Otis

Vice President of Principal Gifts

Brian plans and implements principal fundraising strategies, working with key UConn administrators and volunteers to identify and solicit the University’s top donors and prospects. Since joining the Foundation in 1998, he has held several major gift and management positions, including the assistant vice president for campaign planning and vice president of development positions overseeing athletics, health center, annual giving, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, and constituent fundraising programs. Brian earned a BA from Castleton University in Vermont and an EMBA from the School of Business at the University of Connecticut.

Teresa Johnston

Senior Director of Human Resources

Teresa Johnston is the Senior Director of Human Resources and oversees talent acquisition, employee relations, benefits, payroll, HR operations, and organization planning & development. Prior to joining the UConn Foundation in June 2015, she was the associate chief HR officer for Community Health Center, Inc. where she led a team of HR professionals responsible for staffing, employee relations, compensation, HRIS, and operations. Additional experience includes several HR consulting assignments, roles in higher education and positions of increasing responsibility in HR for companies in the for-profit sector. Teresa earned a BS in Business and BA in Personnel from the University of Kansas and a MA in Education from the University of Hartford.

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