NERA Team

Julie Larkin

Julie Larkin

Lead Advisor for the New England Region Alumni Association (NERA)

Julie was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa in October of 2006. She is very proud to be affiliated with Phi Theta Kappa and a member and leader of the prestigious NERA association. Julie graduated in 2012 with her Associate in Science degree from Manchester Community College. After graduation Julie became involved with NERA immediately and served as the Executive Vice-President 2012-2013. She then served as the associations Treasurer from 2013-2014. Once completing her terms, Julie volunteered to be the lead advisor for NERA. She believed in the concept of ‘paying-it-forward’ out of gratitude and her personal and academic growth experienced in all other previous roles. Julie believes in being involved in community activities, participating in bringing awareness of Phi Theta Kappa and NERA, and continued access of the wealth of benefits and scholarships the society has to offer. Due to these beliefs she continues to work hard as the lead advisor for NERA by giving her full attention to the association and bringing awareness of the same to alumni throughout New England.

Leslie Collins

Leslie Collins

President, New England Region Alumni Association (NERA)

Leslie was inducted into the Alpha Xi Theta chapter of PTK in 2007 during her first time attending Gateway Community College in New Haven CT. After her first graduation she attended the Licensed Practical Nursing Program at Lincoln Technical Institute and graduated in 2008. After a two year break, she then enrolled at Southern Connecticut State University where she completed her B.S in Public Health in 2013. She became an active member of PTK her second time at Gateway Community College while pursuing her nursing degree in 2017. During this time, she served as the Vice President of Fellowship and instituted the bi-annual game night; which continues to this day and increased PTK’s presence on the campus and in the community by attending events such as AIDS Walk New Haven as a chapter. She also increased collaboration with the Chi Ro chapter in nearby Housatonic Community College. Upon graduation she became an active member of NERA, first serving as Secretary, then Executive Vice President and now serves as the President of NERA. She current attends Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT in the MSN in Operational Leadership program and will graduate in May 2019. Her hope is to continue to support the region in any way possible, increase collaboration throughout the chapters and assist every chapter in New England to become active.

Livinston Stuart Thomas

Livingston Stuart Thomas

Executive Vice President

Graduated from Staples High School, Westport, Conn. in 1983. Enlisted for four years in the US Marine Corps from 1983 to 1987.
Enrolled into Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, Conn. in 2001 to 2003. Joined the Black Student Union and was Club Secretary for two semesters.
Returned to Housatonic in 2008 until graduation in 2016, with an Associate’s Degree in Industrial Technology (Manufacturing/Engineering option)
2013 was ordained a Deacon at his church, Charity Christian Temple, Bridgeport, Conn.
In 2014 was inducted into three organizations at HCC, Phi Theta Kappa (ΦΘΚ), Sigma Alpha Pi (ΣΑΠ), and Epsilon Pi Tau (EΠΤ).
Livingston started attending the Chi-Rho chapter meetings of PTK in the fall of 2014. In 2015, he accepted the Chapter Secretary position for the Spring semester.
During the Fall semester of 2015, the Chapter President at the time chose not return to HCC. After a Mid-October unanimous vote, Livingston was chosen to be the new Chi-Rho chapter President. Over the next seven months Livingston led the chapter out of obscurity from a half-star level, non-visible on campus, non-viable chapter, to an actively participating regional four star level chapter. Due to graduation, Livingston stepped down as chapter President in May of 2016.

Leslie Collins

Anton Pettiford

NERA Central Vice President and Secretary

Anton was inducted into the Alpha Upsilon Alpha chapter of Phi Theta Kappa in Fall 2011 during his 2nd year at Manchester Community College. He learned about Phi Theta Kappa and the benefits of membership during as a first-year student at New Student Orientation. He knew then that he was destined to become a member. While waiting to acquire the requisite number of credits and meet the cumulative GPA requirement for membership, Anton,— eager to become involved in extracurricular activity—wasted no time to flex his leadership muscle. He sat in on Student Government meetings. He inquired about the college's Criminal Justice club—as he himself a Criminal Justice Major. When did it meet, how often—he wanted to know. He joined; and became President soon thereafter. After serving a one year term as MCC Criminal Justice Club President, Anton, now a member of the PTK chapter, focused his energy on engaging in a more active role in the chapter. He attended meetings and volunteered at chapter events. As his involvement increased so did the possibility of taking on a more enhanced role. In May 2012, he was sworn in as Chapter President. As President, Anton helped raise awareness for Breast Cancer by raising funds for research and sponsored a team of chapter members and other MCC students to walk at Hartford’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Under his leadership, efforts to collect books for children in Africa (Better World Books) continued. As well, on a local level, chapter participation continued in the annual Blue Angels Christmas Party—an event for underprivileged, Manchester youth—sponsored by the Manchester Police Department. With the help of an all-star executive board—of whom all shared a common goal—Anton and the Alpha Upsilon Alpha chapter in 2013 reached 5-star status. That same year Anton was chosen among 12 distinguished community college students to make the Connecticut All-Academic Team, each receiving the honor at a ceremony held at the Connecticut State Capitol. Anton completed his A.S in Criminal Justice and transferred to University of Hartford where he earned his Bachelors in 2015. He’s now employed as Care Coordinator for the Court Supported Services Division program at CHR in Manchester where he helps to divert low level drug offenders out of the justice system into treatment. And now as Central VP of NERA, Anton seeks not only to continue to promote the benefits of Phi Theta membership; but to tap into the endless potential of community college students in the New England Region and beyond!