New England Regional President
Evan Leslie is the New England Regional President of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He was born and raised in Windsor, CT, where he was a part of the public school system for a number of years. At an early age, he developed a love for learning which enhanced his ability to think critically, communicate effectively and become a well-rounded individual. He was also a gifted athlete growing up and competed in baseball, football and swimming. It was through his accomplishments and failures in these two areas that have continued to motivate him in all of his endeavors. In 2014, he graduated high school with distinction and as a member of the National Honor Society. He decided to continue his colligate career at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, CT, to pursue his AA in Liberal Arts, AS in General Studies, and a Health Career Pathways Certificate. During his time at ACC, he became very involved on campus through means such as clubs, activities and even work. He cofounded and is President of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Club, President of Phi Theta Kappa’s Alpha Lambda Zeta Chapter, Vice President of Student Activities, Senator at Large in the Student Government Association and a Student Ambassador. He has also been involved in several community service opportunities such as The Reach Foundation's Shop-With-A-Cop Event, the creation of a food pantry here on campus and several food & clothing drives. These experiences have provided the skill set needed to be successful in his future aspirations. This upcoming fall, he plans on transferring to Elms College for their accelerated nursing program. He plans on continuing my education further by pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Yale University.
Southern Vice President
Johanna Connors is currently a student at Asnuntuck Community College that will be graduating in May 2017 with an Associates in Business Administration as well as with a certificate in Accounting Assistance. She will be continuing her education by transferring to Western New England University with the goal of obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Finance. She currently holds the position of Regional Vice President of the Southern New England States in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as well as the Vice President of Scholarship in her chapter, work at the business office on campus and volunteer at Johnson Memorial Hospital in their Accounting department. Her career goal is to become a financial analyst in the corporate or private sector. She is driven to be successful so that she continue to be a positive role model to her children, motivate others to be successful despite their current situation and to break the poverty cycle that has existed in her family.
Officer at Large
Samantha Lamoureux, aslo known as Sam, is currently study psychology Cape Cod Community College. Her home is in Yarmouth and has lived on the Cape her entire life. She comes from a small place, but she am not one to keep her head down, nor is she afraid to be the first to say hello.
Making the decision to enroll at 4C's after dropping out of high school a few years prior changed her life. At that time she never imagined she’d be in the positions she holds. Currently, she is proudly serving as the President of the Alpha Upsilon Mu chapter for her college and she became an addition to the New England Regional Officer Team.
Her level of involvement with her campus community has increased so much since she became a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and because of this the opportunities have followed. She has formed a close sense of family with her advisor and fellow members, learned how to appreciate the power of a team, and developed leadership skills that otherwise would exist. She is very excited to join the Regional Officer Team and continue her wonderful experience with everyone and she knows we'll all have a great time!
Central Vice President
Messanvi Amenounve was born in Togo West Africa. At age of three, he became handicapped due to poliomyelitis. In this condition, he went to college and earned a master’s in Economics (to be converted to the U.S. standards) at age of twenty-four. After being a vice president of the handicapped association on campus, his leadership roles inspired him to found a nonprofit organization (Youth Association for Education and Employment). He fought illiteracy among the women population in my country, he created a three-year curriculum that helped them to be able to read, write and add at a third-grade level and do a little book keeping for their businesses and get microcredit loans. His organization helped hundreds of young to create their own business through free seminars that he offered.
In 2003, he fled his country for political reasons, leaving all needy people behind. In the U.S., he delivered newspapers and took classes for auto body because of his passion of fixing cars. His situation did not make him competitive on the job market, but he never gave up on my dreams. He became a temporary worker at factory, and was laid off after three years. This qualified him for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. Now, he has his Associate’s in Accounting, and he is a winner of the academic award 2016. He’s going for a double major now in Business Administrations. He became the president of the Middlesex Community College Phi Theta Kappa’s chapter. This new beginning helped him prepare taxes as volunteer this year in his community. He is searching for job and will pursue his education in actuarial science. He chose the community college because it is affordable and the education offered is not different from the one offered in the other colleges beside the four-year programs.
Thomas Scecina is finishing his second year at Gateway community college in New Haven, Ct where he is majoring in food service management. He first discovered his love for baking in his grandmother’s kitchen as he watching the sheer volume of deserts she could whip up in a day. Thomas is like a cookie mad scientist always thinking about ways to incorporate new ingredients to improve on a traditional recipe. Thomas becomes crazy with happiness when things taste so good. It is his imagination and endless curiosity that keeps him going until he finds that magic formula.
Thomas finds comfort in being a part of a team. He believes he has just as much potential as anyone else. I have never seen Thomas treat anyone else anything less than an equal, a fellow human being. Thomas volunteers for the annual iron chef elm city competition which benefits the culinary students as his school. Thomas is internally motivated and has the confidence to assume leadership. He serves as Vice president of service for the Alpha Xi Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa as well as the Regional officer at large.
After high school Thomas moved to San Diego, California and was employed as an insurance claims adjustor. He now lives in Wallingford, Ct with his wife and 11 year old daughter. He spends his free time listening to music and playing the guitar.
Michelle is an Associate Professor of Biology and the Science Coordinator at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, CT. She has taught at various institutions in Massachusetts and Connecticut-- Westfield State University, Springfield Technical Community College, and Holyoke Community College. Before getting into education, she served as a Manager/ Microbiologist at MicroTest Laboratories, Inc. While there, she became a registered Microbiologist and gained field experience that she utilizes in her teaching. She has her Bachelor's degree in Biology and is a certified MA Elementary Education teacher. She then furthered her education to achieve a Master's degree in Business Administration from UMASS in Amherst and a Master's degree in Biology from University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, CT.
She began her involvement with Phi Theta Kappa as an advisor in October 2012. She has served as the contact advisor at Asnuntuck Community College and has been on the NE regional advisory board. In March 2015, she was appointed as the New England Regional Coordinator.
Associate Regional Coordinator
Susan started her career at the former Greater New Haven State Technical College in 1983. In 1996, she became involved with the Gateway Community College Foundation as a development assistant. In 1998, she worked with Admissions, College Life, Grants, Multicultural Affairs, Enrollment Management, Public Relations and Marketing, and Institutional Research. She is a trained Facilitator at the college.
Since her appointment as Advisor to Gateway’s Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Xi Theta, the chapter has received the Pinnacle Award for increasing membership. She served on the New England Regional Advisory Board from 2009 until October 2013 when she was selected to serve as the New England Region Associate Regional Coordinator.