Meet the Staff

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John Armstrong has been the Director of Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT since 2012.  In this role, John serves as the University’s primary liaison with the Connecticut State Police, local Faith Leaders, and Town of Mansfield Officials.  He chairs the Community Campus Partnership and serves as a member of the Town-University Relations Committee.  John is also an academic instructor for First year and Senior Year Seminar Courses at UConn. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Maine and a Masters of Education from Springfield College.  Prior to this role, John held various management roles in Residential Life at UConn and Keene State College.  Before entering higher education, John served proudly in the United States Army.








Ashley O’Connell is the Assistant Director for Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services at the University of Connecticut. Ashley started at UConn in 2007 and has been with OCCSS since 2008, when the office first opened.  She has been instrumental in creating and developing new initiatives and programs that benefit the UConn Commuter Student population, community members and leaders.  Ashley received both her Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s Degree in Educational Technology, focusing on Higher Education, from Eastern Connecticut State University. She specializes in program management, marketing, roommate mediation, lease review and landlord/tenant mediation. Ashley oversees all of the programs provided by and supported by Off-Campus Student Services.  The Community Education Program was initiated by Ashley and has subsequently developed into a premier outreach and educational initiative in our office.

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Bianka Horvath is the Program Assistant for Off-Campus  and Commuter Student Services. As a Program Assistant, Bianka assists the Program Coordinator in the planning and marketing of OCSS programs and events and provides administrative support for the office. She acts as a front line resource to students, faculty and staff for information on off-campus housing. Bianka also assists in overseeing the Off-Campus Community Leader Program. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2015 where she received her Bachelors degree in Communication. 







Morgan LaFlamme is the current Graduate Assistant for Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services. Morgan is a graduate student pursuing a Master’s Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs here at UConn, which she started in the fall of 2019.  Prior to this time, she received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Eastern Connecticut State University. As a student who commuted during her time at ECSU, Morgan hopes to utilize her own experience to better support the commuter student population at UConn.