Meet our Mentors and Mentees

Meet our Mentees

Genevieve Rigler

Genevieve Rigler is a senior at the University of Connecticut pursuing Civil Engineering and German Studies. She spent a year abroad studying sustainability at the Albert- Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany where she learned to speak German fluently. In addition to planning network and academic events as the President of the UConn Chapter of Chi Epsilon and the National Civil and Environmental Engineering Honor Society, she is part of an exciting engineering and sociology research team granted by the National Science Foundation within UConn’s Environmental Engineering Department. This is a Project in International Research and Education (PIRE) which is working towards a solution for food and water security in specific communities in Ethiopia.

Katherine Yale

Katherine Yale is a junior at the University of Connecticut studying civil engineering with a double minor in environmental engineering and construction engineering and management. She currently serves as the vice president of the UConn Chapter of the Chi Epsilon civil and environmental engineering honor society. View Resume

Amanda Thompson

Amanda Thompson is a junior at the University of Connecticut studying civil engineering. At school Amanda serves as the president of the UConn Chapter of Chi Epsilon, the national civil and environmental engineering honor society, and is currently involved with research funded by the USDOT focusing on resilient infrastructure planning. Amanda is a (part time) project engineer for a heavy civil contractor in the Hartford area and hopes to continue to work in the construction industry after graduation.

Rebecca Woods, University of Connecticut
Claudia Dijmarescu, University of Connecticut
Flannery Mackin, University of Connecticut
Makyle Hawk, University of Connecticut
Jero Sneh, Central Connecticut State University
Emily Minor, Paier College of Art
Enaam Dahleh Sharqawi, Paier College of Art
Angie Flores, University of Hartford
Samantha Ng, University of Hartford

Meet our Mentors

Antonia Ciaverella

Antonia Ciaverella, EDAC, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C, Fitwel Ambassador

Antonia is an Architectural Designer with Tecton Architects in Hartford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech where she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, and is currently working toward a Master’s Degree in Neuroscience at the University of Hartford. Antonia is both a WELL Accredited Professional and a LEED Accredited Professional with Specialty, and has earned her Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification. She is very involved in both the AEC and scientific communities, with memberships in the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, the Environmental Design Research Association, the International Association of Applied Psychology and the Connecticut Green Building Council.

Emily Leyland

Emily Leyland is an interior designer with over six years of experience working as a commercial designer, focusing on healthcare and higher education. Her passion for human-focused design is evident in her ability to create spaces that anticipate the client’s needs, while supporting both wellness and sustainability. Emily takes great pleasure in creating renderings for projects that help clients see their space come to life as the design process progresses.

Emily received her Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Interior Design from Endicott College in Beverly, MA. She obtained her National Certification for Interior Design Qualification license (NCIDQ) in 2018. Emily is a committee member and graphics chair for the Hartford City center division of the New England Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). She also previously served as an adjunct professor, teaching Revit at Paier College of Art and Design.

Jenna Mcclure

Jenna M. McClure, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate – Amenta Emma Architects

With over 16 years of experience, Jenna serves as a Senior Project Manager, overseeing some of the firm’s most complex and notable projects in the academic, commercial and senior-living market sectors. She leads diverse project teams through all phases of design and construction, bringing thoughtfulness, creativity and careful design solutions to every project in which she is engaged. A LEED accredited professional, she also brings deep knowledge of and experience with sustainable design approaches to each project. Jenna received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and her Master of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and state University and is registered in the state of Connecticut. She is a member of CREW CT and serves as a Mentor for the CT Professional Women in Construction.

Debra Seay

Debra L. Seay, AIA, WELL AP, Associate – Amenta Emma Architects

Debra joined Amenta Emma in 2016, bringing with her more than 14 years of experience working on large scale, complex projects. Debra serves as Project Manager, and brings an exceptional level of organization, innovation and leadership to every assignment. Her current work includes several large headquarters renovations for global commercial companies. Debra earned her WELL AP credential in 2017 and is committed to incorporating health and wellness features into her projects. Debra received her Bachelor of Architecture from Philadelphia University and is registered in the states of Connecticut, North Carolina and New Mexico. She is a member of CoreNet and serves as a Mentor for the CT Professional Women in Construction.