Meet the Staff

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John Armstrong serves as the Associate Dean of Students and the Director of Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services at the University of Connecticut. In this role, John serves as a University liaison with the Connecticut State Police, property managers, faith leaders, citizens and town officials.  He is a member of the Town-University Relations Committee as well as the International Town and Gown Association.

John has a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Maine and a Masters of Education from Springfield College. During his tenure at UConn, John has held leadership roles in Residential Life, Facilities Management and Community Standards. Armstrong is a member of UConn’s Veteran’s Advisory Council and has been a long standing instructor for the First Year Experience class (FYE). Before entering higher education, John served proudly as a soldier in the United States Army.







Ashley O’Connell (she/her/hers)  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 and Commuter 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 Assistant Director in the planning and marketing of OCCSS 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.