Chief Audit & Compliance Officer – UConn and UConn Health
Executive Assistant, UConn
Angela joined OACE in October 2011. She began her career at UConn in Human Resources and Payroll Services in June 2010. She previously worked at MassMutual Financial Group located in Springfield and Chicopee, MA, Enfield, CT for fifteen years. She held various positions that included a Call Center Representative, Analyst, Trainer and Project / Program Manager.
Angela holds a B.S. in Communications from Southern Connecticut State University. As executive assistant Angela supports the Chief Audit and Compliance Officer and the OACE staff.
Administrative Program Coordinator
Michelle began her career at UConn Health in 2011 working in the Pediatric Dentistry department of Craniofacial Sciences. She has been in the Office of Audit, Compliance and Ethics for over 3 years supporting the Chief Audit and Compliance Officer, the Compliance Integrity/Privacy Officer, the Director of Internal Audit, and the entire OACE staff. She previously worked at Connecticut Hospital Association as a Financial Assistant, as well as a Retiree Benefits Analyst for a Medicare beneficiary group. Michelle holds an A.S. degree in Business Management.
Shannon Kelmelis, MEd
Shannon joined UConn Health in 2004. During her 13 years with UConn Health, she has worked for the Area Health Education Center, Human Resources and the Office of Audit, Compliance and Ethics. She became the Administrative Officer for the Office of Audit, Compliance and Ethics (OACE) in 2017. Prior to joining UConn Health, Shannon’s professional background includes 15 years of administrative experience in the non-profit world.
Shannon holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Individualized Studies from Charter Oak State College and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Post University.
In her current role, Shannon is responsible for the overall administrative management of the business of UConn Health’s OACE. She maintains OACE’s budget and also manages the administrative functions of the institutions monthly Exclusions Checking Program as well as those of the Privacy Officer.
Compliance – UConn Health
Iris Mauriello, RN, CHC
Compliance Integrity/Privacy Officer, UConn Health
Iris Mauriello is a registered nurse and has led the UConn Health Compliance Office since 2000. She has 28 years experience in healthcare as a clinical RN and Nursing Manager. Her diverse experience includes physical rehab, medical/surgical, psychiatric/substance abuse, emergency department, interventional radiology/nursing and risk management settings.
Her responsibilities as Compliance Integrity/Privacy Officer include the oversight of operations for five separate domains of the UConn Health Compliance Program. She is also the Privacy Officer, a designation required by the HIPAA Privacy regulation. As the Privacy Officer, Iris oversees the development, implementation and adherence to UConn Health policies and procedures covering the privacy of patient protected health information in accordance with Federal and State laws.
Iris received her B.G.S. from the University of Connecticut. She is an active member of the Association of American Medical Colleges Compliance Officers Forum, the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) and former chairperson of the Connecticut Hospital Association Corporate Compliance Officers Group. She also holds a certification in Health Care Compliance (CHC) awarded through the Health Care Compliance Association Board.
Kimberly Bailot, CHC
Associate Compliance Officer – Finance Domain, UConn Health
Kimberly Bailot joined OACE at UConn Health as the Associate Compliance Officer for the Finance Domain in February 2008. Her primary responsibility is to support the Compliance Integrity and Privacy Officer in overseeing the compliance activities related to the UConn Health’s financial operations.Prior to joining UConn Health, Kim served in the Compliance Department at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. Kim has 20 years experience in the health care financial field focusing on compliance, reimbursement, financial analysis, budgeting and managed care.
Kim holds a B.S. in Health Care Administration from Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York and is Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC).
Margaret DeMeo, RN, M.A., CHC, CHPC
Associate Clinical Compliance Officer, UConn Health
Margaret DeMeo joined the professional staff of OACE in September 2005. She has a clinical nursing and medical quality management background with expertise in general medicine, oncology, surgery, women’s health and clinical research. Prior to coming to OACE, Ms. DeMeo was responsible for designing and implementing the human subjects research compliance monitoring program for UCHC. She formerly served as a primary reviewer of research adverse events and co-chaired the Research Adverse Events Committee.
As the Associate Compliance Officer for the Clinical Domain, she is responsible for overseeing the clinical compliance plan with respect to delivery of health care within the scope of regulatory, quality, safety and ethical parameters.
Ms. DeMeo holds a B.S. in Biology and B.S.N. in Nursing from St. Joseph College and a M.A. in BioEthics and Health Policy from Loyola University Chicago. She has published several articles and formerly reviewed toxicology manuscripts for the Journal of Emergency Nursing. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Nursing Honor Society, the John Dempsey Hospital Ethics, Patient Safety, Regulatory and Stem Cell Oversight Committees. She presently chairs the UCHC Clinical Compliance Committee and formerly co-chaired the Connecticut Hospital Association Compliance Officers Committee. She also holds a certification in Health Care Compliance (CHC) and Health Care Privacy Compliance (CHPC) awarded by the Health Care Compliance Association Board.
Virginia Pack, R.N., CCEP, CCP, M.S.
Associate Education/Administration Compliance Officer and Ethics Liaison, UConn Health
Virginia Pack joined OACE at UConn Health in September of 2005. Her responsibilities include the ongoing development, implementation and evaluation of educational programs related to all areas of compliance as well as Ethics Liaison. In addition, her role involves assisting with and overseeing adherence to State and Federal laws and UConn Health policies in the following areas: School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, Graduate School, Human Resources, Office of Diversity and Equity, Facilities Management, Campus Planning, Public Safety and Information Technology.
Virginia has 30 years of clinical and administrative health care experience in adult mental health and health care education. Most recently she was the Program Manager for Education and Training in UConn Health’s Correctional Managed Health Care.
Virginia holds an A.S. in Nursing from Mattatuck Community College, a B.S. in Psychology from Elizabethtown College, a M.S. in Nursing from Saint Joseph College and is certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
She is a member of the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) and the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE). She is certified as a Corporate Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) through the SCCE and as a Certified Compliance Professional (CCP) through the Health Ethics Trust, a division of the Council of Ethical Organizations.
Compliance – Storrs
Kimberly Fearney, CCEP, LPEC
Director of Compliance and Ethics Liaison, UConn
Kim joined the Office of Audit, Compliance and Ethics in 2006 as the Assistant Director of Compliance for Education and Administration. Before joining OACE, Kim worked in the University’s Department of Human Resources. Kim’s prior work experience includes employment classification and compensation, benefits administration, training, contract interpretation and employee discipline.
Kim’s OACE responsibilities include development, monitoring and day-to-day implementation of the University’s compliance program. In addition, she is responsible for the ongoing development, implementation and evaluation of educational programs related to all areas of compliance. She has held the position of Director of Compliance and Ethics Liaison since since 2011.
Kim holds a B.A. in Political Science from UConn. She is certified as both a Corporate Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) and a Leading Professional in Ethics and Compliance (LPEC). She is an active member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) and the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (ECOA).
Rachel Krinsky-Rudnick, JD, CIPP
Assistant Director of Compliance/Privacy, UConn
Rachel Krinsky Rudnick serves as the Assistant Director of Compliance/Privacy for Storrs and Regional Campuses at UConn. As Assistant Director of Compliance/Privacy, Rachel oversees development, implementation, maintenance of, and adherence to, University policies and procedures covering the privacy of, and access to, student and employee information. As part of her duties, Rachel also supports the University’s efforts towards overall compliance with Federal and State laws and oversees the coordination of responding to Freedom of Information requests received by the University.
Prior to coming to UConn, Rachel was an attorney in private practice with the law firm of Berchem, Moses and Devlin, P.C. in Milford, Connecticut where she advised boards of education and school administrators regarding general education, special education and employment matters.
Rachel holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and Connecticut Bar Association (CTBA).
Bruce J. Gelston, JD, CCEP
Compliance Investigations Associate, UConn
Bruce Gelston joined OACE as a Compliance Investigations Associate in 2013. Bruce is responsible for conducting compliance investigations involving alleged violations of University policies and procedures.
Prior to joining UConn, Bruce worked as an attorney in private practice for 15 years. He has a B.A. in Psychology from Western Washington University and a J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law.
Minor Protection Coordinator, UConn and UConn Health
Omar Andujar joined the Office of Audit, Compliance and Ethics in December 2015 as the Minor Protection Coordinator for Storrs, Regional and UConn Health Campuses at UConn. He is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of University-wide Protection of Minors efforts, including developing and delivering training and educational resources, implementing risk reduction strategies, managing the central registration of activities involving minors, and carrying out compliance monitoring activities.
Omar’s previous work experience includes managing Protection of Minors efforts and organization-wide compliance efforts within the higher education and non-profit sectors.
Omar is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP). His educational background includes a B.B.A. in Supervisory Management, and a M.B.A. in Corporate Innovations. He has frequently presented and published articles on the topic of minors on campus and is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the University Risk Management and Insurance Association.
Compliance and Records Management Specialist, UConn
Under the supervision of UConn’s Privacy Officer and in close collaboration with our Records Management Liaison Officer (RMLO), Laurie educates University faculty and staff on policies and procedures that are applicable to managing state records. She also contributes to other departmental projects on an as needed basis.
Laurie is a 2012 UConn alum graduating with a B.A. in Psychology. Prior to the start of her professional career at UConn, Laurie held an array of jobs ranging from an employee at a tropical greenhouse to a student worker at the University’s Child Labs and Homer Babbidge Library.
Elizabeth (Liz) Vitullo
Compliance and Public Information Specialist, UConn
Liz Vitullo joined OACE in 2007 as a Compliance and Public Information Specialist. Prior to joining the University, she was employed by the City of Hartford and worked in the private sector.
She is responsible for supporting the Director and Assistant Directors of Compliance. She also assists with Freedom of Information requests, various investigations and Code of Conduct training.
Liz holds a B.A. in English from Fairfield University. She has a paralegal certificate from the University of Connecticut.
Cheryl Chiaputti, CPA
Director of Audit Services, UConn and UConn Health
Cheryl started her career at UConn in 1997 as an internal auditor. She became the Director of Audit Services in September of 2007, providing leadership and administrative management to audit staff at all university campuses including the Health Center. In addition, she oversees the design, planning and implementation of all internal audits.
Prior to joining the university, Cheryl worked as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
She is a licensed CPA in Connecticut and a current member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA), the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors (AHIA), the New England Healthcare Internal Auditors (NEHIA), the Healthcare Compliance Association (HCCA), the Connecticut Society of Governmental Accountants (CSGA) and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).
Tom DiStasio, CPA
Internal Auditor, UConn Health
Tom joined OACE as an Internal Auditor in May of 2016. His primary focus is conducting financial and operational audits at UConn Health.
Tom began his career as an auditor at Blum Shapiro & Company, P.C., a public accounting firm based in West Hartford, Connecticut; where he participated in the completion of audits over clients in the manufacturing, governmental, and non-profit industries. He left public accounting to become an Internal Auditor at Travelers Insurance, where he performed audits over several of the company’s business segments. Tom also has experience as an Associate Accountant in the Fiscal Services division of the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addition Services.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s degree in Accounting & Taxation from the University of Hartford. Tom is Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Thomas Dyer, M.S., CISSP, CISM, CISA, CFE, SSCP
University Auditor IT, UConn and UConn Health
Thomas joined OACE as a University Auditor IT in July 2012. He previously held internal audit, information security and special investigation positions in the personal insurance and healthcare industries.
Thomas holds a B.S. from Eastern Connecticut State University and an M.S. in Information Technology from the University of Maryland.
He currently holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) certifications. Thomas is also a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2.
Priscilla Fretz, CPC, CCP
Internal Medical Auditor – UConn Health
Priscilla Fretz joined OACE as an Internal Auditor-Medical in September 2013. Her responsibilities include conducting medical and compliance audits at UConn Health.
Priscilla previously worked in the Reimbursement and Financial Systems department as a Senior Reimbursement Analyst for the past 6 years. Prior to UConn Health, Priscilla was employed by Grove Hill Medical Center for over 5 years as a Compliance Medical Coder and Auditor.
Priscilla holds a B.S. in Law- Social Studies and a MBA. Priscilla has been credentialed through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) as a Certified Professional Coder since 2004 and Board of Medical Specialty Coding as a Certified Compliance Professional.
Elizabeth (Libby) Gallo, CPA
Internal Auditor – UConn Health
Libby joined OACE as an Internal Auditor in March of 2017. Her primary focus is conducting financial and operational audits at UConn Health.
Libby began her career as an auditor at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, a public accounting firm out of Hartford, Connecticut. Her prior experience includes a variety of accounting and auditing assignments, including manufacturing, financial services, higher education and not-for-profit. Libby’s most recent experience was in Internal Audit for a small insurance company in Cheshire, Connecticut. In the past, Libby has also worked as an elementary educator in Connecticut.
Libby holds a B.S. in Accounting from Providence College and a M.A. in Education from Saint Joseph’s University. Libby is Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a current member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).
Katherine A. Goss, CPA, CFE
University Auditor, UConn
Katherine A. Goss joined OACE staff as an Internal Auditor in the fall of 2005. Her duties include the performance of operational, financial, and compliance audits and special projects as requested by management. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Prior to joining OACE, Katherine was in public practice in Vermont for eight years.
Katherine holds a B.S. from Cornell University. Katherine is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA), the Connecticut Society of Governmental Accountants (CSGA) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Heather Hildebrandt, RN, CPA
Audit Manager – Medical, UConn Health
Heather joined OACE as an internal auditor in April of 2011. Her responsibilities include conducting medical, financial and operational audits at UConn Health.
Heather was previously employed as a charge nurse in the cardiac intervention unit of Baystate Medical Center. She also has ten years of healthcare finance experience in the academic medical, insurance and consulting settings. Her previous employers include Brigham and Women’s Hospital, United Health Group and Deloitte and Touche.
Heather holds a B.A. in Economics from Colgate University and a B.S. in Nursing from The University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She is licensed both as a Registered Nurse and a Certified Public Accountant.
David Hook, CFE
University Construction Auditor, UConn and UConn Health
David joined OACE as an Internal Auditor in September 2008, specializing in construction auditing. David’s prior audit experience includes procurement, contracting and Medicare reimbursement audits. In addition, David spent 10 years in the construction field working different aspects of the industry.
David holds a B.S. in Business Administration. David is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). He is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Elaine C. Zincavage, M.A., CPA
University Audit Manager, UConn
Elaine Zincavage joined the professional staff of internal auditing in July 2006. Prior to joining OACE, she worked as a Grant Manager in the Office for Sponsored Programs at UConn.
Elaine’s prior relevant experience spans 12 years in a variety of public and private accounting and auditing assignments, including manufacturing, financial services, sales and distribution and governmental organizations. She has also worked as an educator in public education and corporate training.
As audit manager, Elaine performs operational, financial and compliance audits and upon department request, special projects and also assists in planning, developing and executing the University’s overall internal audit functions.
Elaine holds a B.S. in Psychology and M.A. in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Connecticut and a member of the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA), the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the Connecticut Society of Governmental Accountants (CSGA) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Angelo Quaresima, CIA, CFE, CHRC
University Auditor, UConn
Angelo Quaresima rejoined the Office of Audit, Compliance and Ethics in July 2015. He has over 15 years of experience in compliance and audit with a background in government, higher education, clinical research administration and healthcare industries. Prior to joining UConn, Angelo was employed by Hartford HealthCare where he managed the Research Compliance Program and assisted with implementing best practices. He also held positions with UConn Heath and CT Auditors of Public Accounts where he was responsible for conducting financial, compliance and operational audits. Angelo began his career with regional public accounting firm Kostin, Ruffkess & Company, LLC in January 2001.
Angelo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University. He is a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified in Healthcare Research Compliance. Angelo serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners CT Chapter. He also has been a volunteer for the Southern New England Chapter of the IIA since September 2012 and currently serves as the Vice President of Education.
Audit Assistant, UConn
Karen Violette has been employed at UConn since 1985. As the Audit Assistant, Karen assists internal auditors with operational, financial and compliance audits at various levels of the University. In addition Karen assists the Director of Audit Services and the secretary to the Joint Audit and Compliance Committee (JACC).
Karen is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA).