Student Involvement Staff
As the Director of Student Involvement, Denise Bentley-Drobish supervises the daily operations of the Office of Student Involvement, clubs and organizations, the New Student Orientation Program, Programs Council and is the primary adviser to the Student Government Association. Denise earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from Southern Connecticut State University.
Shortly after graduating, she began working in Residence Life as a hall director, then was promoted to area coordinator, and eventually the assistant director of Residence Life. During that time, she earned a master's degree in counseling. In the fall of 1997, Denise was promoted to Assistant Dean of Student Affairs where she assumed responsibility over all clubs and organizations on campus. Denise has played an integral role in implementing a comprehensive New Student Orientation Program, which has served more than 10,000 new students since 1998. In the spring of 2000, Denise was officially named the Director of Student Involvement.
interim associate director
Eric LaCharity joined the Office of Student Involvement in September of 2007 after spending his first year as an administrator in the Office of Judicial Affairs. As the Interim Associate Director, Eric coordinates the Greek Life program, oversees Programs Council, manages the Office of Student Involvement website, and helps supervise the daily operations of the office. In the fall of 2009, Eric became the Director of the new Office of Campus Recreation. Eric holds a bachelor's degree in communication/video production and a master's degree in recreation and leisure studies.
Assistant Director, clubs and organizations
Daphney currently oversees our over 100 clubs and organizations. She supports students in creating new organizations as well as supporting the daily logistical functions related to club and organizations, which includes managing the University’s OwlConnect page.
Daphney attended the University of Connecticut and received as a bachelor's degree in human development and family studies. She then attended Central Connecticut State University, where she worked as a program advisor in the Department of Student Activities and Leadership Development and received a master's degree in counseling with a specialization in Student Development in Higher Education. Prior to coming to SCSU, Daphney worked at Bryant University as the assistant director for the Office of Campus Engagement.
interim Assistant Director, campus recreation
As the Interim Assistant Director of Student Involvement for Campus Recreation, Mandi Kuster oversees the Campus Recreation Office, which includes our club sport and intramural program. Prior to returning to SCSU, Mandi worked at Norwalk Community College, Worcester State University and Central Connecticut State University. She comes to us with a wide variety of experiences in Student Affairs. She received her bachelor’s degree in art education and a master’s degree in recreation administration from Southern Connecticut State University.
assistant director, fiscal administration
Charlene Cammarasana has worked at Southern Connecticut State University since 1999 as secretary in the Office of Student Involvement. Charlene assists club and organization members and advisers in all of their endeavors. She is responsible for managing the student staff and provides administrative support for the director and assistant director. Charlene earned her bachelor's degree in communication in May 2007.
Student involvement Secretary
Joanne Gandolfi started her career at Southern Connecticut State University in January 1991 as a clerk-typist in the Bursar's Office. Joanne did accounts payable work during her tenure there for two and a half years. Upon moving on to the Student Center in August 1994, she enjoyed working for over 13 years as a secretary. She worked closely with Programs Council, organizing various on- and off-campus activities. In 2007, she took her career in a new direction and gained experience working in the Health Services department to assist staff and sick students.
Recently, she relocated to the Office of Student Involvement as the secretary. She is very excited to continue serving students at Southern, working with their clubs and organizations, and supporting the various events on campus.
Joey is a recent graduate of Southern Connecticut State University, and earned his Bachelors Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a concentration in Community Recreation and Youth Development in May 2015. As an undergraduate at the University, Joey worked with The Office of Residence Life as a Resident Advisor and Desk Attendant and also very closely with the Residence Hall Association and Hall Councils. He also has worked at the Woodruff Family YMCA in Milford in numerous capacities.
At Southern, Joey will be pursing his Masters Degree in Business Administration. As a Graduate Intern with Student Involvement and Leadership Development, he will be serving as the advisor for Programs Council and the Special Events Committee as well as assisting the office in the many programming opportunities throughout the year.