Meet our Mentors and Mentees

Meet our Mentees

Lariab Afzaal

Lariab Afzaal is a senior at the University of Connecticut pursuing Civil Engineering.





Rebecca Feldman

Rebecca is a junior studying Civil Engineering at the University of Connecticut with a double minor in Environmental Studies and Construction Management. On campus, Rebecca is an intern for the Academic Achievement Center where she mentors her peers and provides presentations on academic success. she also serves as Mental Health & Wellness Subcommittee Co-Chair within the Undergraduate Student Government, and is involved in research. Currently, Rebecca is working on initiating an on-campus apartment composting program through a research grant scheduled to pilot in spring 2020 semester. Off campus, Rebecca is interning at a local civil firm within their stormwater management team. View Resume

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.

Jerry Manavalan Sr.

Jerry Manavalan Sr. Electrical EngineerKohler Ronan Consulting Engineers

Mr. Manavalan is a senior electrical engineer at Kohler Ronan. In this role, he conducts site surveys and designs electrical systems for multi-faceted projects, requiring close coordination between other engineering disciplines and project team members. Practicing since 2012, he has over seven years of relevant industry experience across a variety of building types including academic, cultural, residential, and institutional. Mr. Manavalan has developed an acute sense of how electrical and building systems must function, as well as how occupants function within a building. His portfolio highlights include The Statue of Liberty Museum, the University of Virginia Rotunda Restoration, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Skylights Renovation/Replacement, and UConn Hartford.

Mr. Manavalan holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY, and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Andrew Tarpill

Andrew Tarpill, AIA, Associate – QA+M Architecture

With more than 20 years of experience, Andrew is a proven leader who serves as a Project Manager for the firm’s public housing, municipal, community, and corporate projects.  He is highly adept at all aspects of design, coordination, documentation, contract, and construction administration.  Seeing his imagination become a permanent part of a community is Andrew’s greatest validation.  He believes that good design simplifies and enhances people’s interactions with the built environment.  Andrew received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Norwich University and is a registered architect in the State of Connecticut.