Anna Antonell, Career Coach
Anna joined Trinity in 2020 as a career coach with a background in working with undergraduate students in career counseling services and programming at Wake Forest University School of Business. She also holds previous experience working with diverse higher education populations at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. As a Career Coach at Trinity College, she coaches students and alumni on career exploration and development topics including résumé and cover letter development, job and internship planning, interview preparation, professional networking, graduate school planning while also planning career development events.
Anna received her M.A. in counseling from Wake Forest University and B.S. in hospitality management and tourism with a business minor from the University of Kentucky.
Joseph Catrino, Executive Director of the Center for Student Success and Career Development
Joseph (Joe) leads the team in working to identify and implement creative and forward-thinking programs and initiatives that address evolving employment/educational trends and fully support the College’s mission. Joe joined Trinity in 2015 as Senior Associate Director of marketing in the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Success. Prior to joining Trinity College, Joe spent time at Quinnipiac University, Yale University, and the University of Hartford. Joe worked in admissions, enrollment, marketing, and career development at those institutions. He started in his career in the corporate world of advertising at Disney/ESPN, Inc.
Joe holds an MBA from Quinnipiac University, an M.A. in communication from the University of Hartford, and a B.A. in history and communications/public relations from Marist College.
Olivia Corso, Assistant Director of Operations and Marketing
Olivia’s career has included roles within both academic and corporate spheres, along with an entrepreneurial turn, as well! Olivia’s greatest impacts most often are centralized around her passion for mentoring and dedication to continuous improvement. As Assistant Director of Operations and Marketing, Olivia serves in a holistic, multi-functional role within the Center for Student Success and Career Development, orchestrating smooth and successful large-scale event logistics along with creative development of the Center’s brand. Olivia enjoys the opportunity to build relationships with Trinity students, both as coordinator of the Center’s Service Ambassador program and also through her accessibility to students in support of the Center’s mission.
Olivia received both her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Western New England University.
Olivia’s desire to continue meaningful work in higher education, especially in Student Success, continues to grow, and she is grateful for the chance to be part of an industrious team at Trinity College.
Rebecca DiSciacca, Assistant Director, Student Success
Rebecca’s career focuses on meeting students where they are, listening to their experiences helping to make connections and increase insight about their growth as a person. Throughout her fourteen years as an independent school educator, Rebecca taught life, earth and environmental science, outdoor education and human-growth and development. She enjoys planning programs with and for students based on their needs.
Prior to joining Student Success, Rebecca taught yoga and led wilderness trips with Trinity students. Throughout this experience, she was whole-heartedly impressed by the quality of the thinking and reflection communicated in conversation.
Rebecca received a Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College, majoring in environmental studies, and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University. She is thrilled to be part of the Trinity College community.
Katie Franklin, Administrative Assistant
Katie joined the Center for Student Success and Career Development in spring 2020 to support the team, administratively and operationally, with facilitation of programs and services that help our students complete and graduate college. Katie adds depth to the team by participating in the implementation of programs and logistical support. She helps to further the team’s capacity to continuously improve services by being data-informed. As lead administrator, Katie will connect students and families with the most appropriate campus resource to meet their needs.
Prior to joining Trinity College, Katie held administrative leadership roles within both the retail and private sectors. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from Central Connecticut State University and a Master of Science in Forensic Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Katie is excited to have been welcomed into such a pivotal role in the Center for Student Success and Career Development at Trinity and is eager to deepen her expertise in higher education.
Heather Hodge, Assistant Director, Career & Personal Preparation
Heather arrived at Trinity in 2010 from the Office of Career Development and Placement at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. While there, she worked with both undergraduates and a number of graduate programs, including Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nursing, Education and Athletic Training. At Trinity, she is the lead career coach for the Engineering, Physical Science, IT Career Community and for the Health Care, Life Science Career Community. In this role, she serves as the liaison for pre-health advising as well as the main adviser for the college’s Independent Degree Program (IDP) students.
Heather holds an MBA in strategic management from the Jack Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University and a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Sacred Heart University. Outside of Trinity, Heather enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, and traveling.
Emily Merritt, Senior Assistant Director, Career & Personal Preparation
Emily joined the Center for Student Success and Career Development in 2018 after spending four years as a career consultant at the University of Connecticut. In her current role, she supports the career growth and development of students and alumni through program implementation, resource development, and one-on-one career coaching. In addition, she oversees the office’s Career Development Interns, the Career Studio, career coaching services, and co-leads the Career Communities model. Emily serves as the lead career coach for the Social Good, Education, and Human Services Career Community.
Emily has presented at the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE) on developing a career coaching activities toolkit and at the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) on personalized career plans. Emily and her colleagues were the recipients of the 2016 National Association of Colleges and Employers Member’s Choice Award.
She holds an M.A. in higher education from Boston College and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Vermont.
Roberta Rogers, Director of Student Success
Roberta’s career centers on identifying and interceding on behalf of observed trends and helping constituents effectively navigate transitions. Roberta has developed and implemented robust orientation and transition, student leadership, and peer mentor training programs and implemented a strategic plan for Student Success. She mentors and supervises both professional and student staff and though she supports all students and families at Trinity, Roberta is steeped in experience with transfer, first-generation, post-traditional, student-athletes, and high-achieving students. As Trinity College’s Director of Student Success, Roberta is the architect of Trinity’s retention strategy, collaborating with key divisions to continue the cultivation of a data-informed retention eco-system.
Roberta is deeply connected to the mission and power of higher education and is not only a Trinity alum (Bachelor’s and Master’s), but she is also a ‘legacy’ (Roberta’s mother graduated among the first class of women at Trinity ’73) and is the parent of a student-athlete from the class of ’18. #ProudBantFam
Severn Sandt, Assistant Director, Strategic Partnerships and Outreach
Sev came to Trinity in 2014 with over 20 years of experience in journalism and television production. After college, she joined ABC News as a production assistant, advancing to coordinating producer on such programs as PrimeTime Live, The Century with Peter Jennings, and Hopkins 24/7. At ESPN/ABC Sports, she moved into finance and operational roles, overseeing teams covering the PGA Tour, the X Games, Thoroughbred horse racing events including the Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup, national and international figure skating championships, and two NFL Super Bowls. She is the winner of two Emmy Awards.
At Trinity, Sev serves as the principal liaison between Career Development and employers outside of Connecticut from a variety of industries and sectors. In concert with companies and organizations across the nation, she generates internship and full-time opportunities for Trinity students, enabling them to lay strong foundations for their professional lives
Sev holds a B.S. in mass communications with a concentration in marketing management from Boston University. Outside of Trinity, she’s an outdoor adventure seeker, with rafting the Grand Canyon, kayaking and snorkeling Belize’s Blue Hole, and hiking the Canadian Rockies among her favorite trips to date. Beyond these, listening to the BSO on the lawn at Tanglewood, getting lost in the galleries of the Met, and wandering the paths of Elizabeth Park are some more placid endeavors that bring her great joy.