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Student Involvement Staff




(203) 392-5782

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.


Eric Lacharityeric lacharity

interim associate director

(203) 392-5792

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.   


Daphney Alston

Assistant Director, clubs and organizations

(203) 392-7297

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.

Charlene CammarasanaCHARLENE Cammarasana

assistant director, fiscal administration

(203) 392-8964

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.


joey linebarger

Graduate Intern
student activities/programming

(203) 392-7114

Joey Linebarger is in his second year as a Graduate Intern in the Office of Student Involvement at Southern. He graduated from Southern in 2015 with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a concentration in Community Recreation and Youth Development. As an undergraduate, Joey worked diligently with The Office of Residence Life in numerous capacities as with the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA. 

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. Joey also serves on numerous committees throughout the university, as well as assisting the office in the many programming opportunities throughout the year. 

Rachel noto

Graduate Intern
community engagement/greek life 

(203) 392-8965

Rachel recently graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in May 2015 with her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. During her undergraduate career, Rachel was eager to help students develop their passion and discover their voice through on-campus involvement.

Rachel will be pursuing her Master's degree in Counselor Education: Student Development in Higher Education at Central Connecticut State University. As a Graduate intern in the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development, she will serve as an advisor to the Service Commission, a co-advisor for the Greek Life community, and work closely with the office to plan university-wide community service events.

Kate Lonardo
Leadership Development
(203) 392-8998

As the Graduate Intern for Leadership Development, Kate works closely with the student body to promote leadership as an attainable goal for all students equally and is working to improve the quality of the university experience for commuter students. Kate graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2014 with a BA in Human Development and Family Studies. As an undergrad, Kate worked in the Office of Student Services & Advocacy and subsequently completed a year-long internship at UConn's CLAS Academic Services Center following graduation. Kate is pursuing a M.S. in Counselor Education with a Specialization in Student Development in Higher Education at Central Connecticut State University.