Meet The UConn Rescue Executive Board

President & Training Coordinator

Mitali Banerjee, Senior, Pre-Med

Hello, my name is Mitali, and I am currently a senior undergraduate student. I have been part of UConn Rescue since the fall of 2016, and love being able to combine my interests in medicine and education as an instructor for the training program and member of our board. I also enjoy finding new ways to help others through my involvement in EMS. 

Vice President

Jaelle Hersey, Senior, Pathobiology/Pre-Med

I am a senior pre-med student studying pathobiology at UConn. I have been an EMT since 2016 and I currently volunteer with two departments; Rocky Hill Ambulance Association and Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS. Currently, I teach Stop The Bleed and am a CPR instructor candidate with UConn Rescue. In my free time, I love to work with animals. Currently, I am helping to train and gentle a group of feral rescue horses who were brought to CT as fosters. In the past, I have volunteered to raise and train two Fidelco Guide Dog puppies. When I am not studying for exams, you'll  find me on the ambulance, teaching a class, or at the barn.

Executive Liaison

Michael Sullivan, Senior, Natural Resources

Hi all! My name is Michael Sullivan and I am currently a senior Natural Resources major. I have had my National Registry EMT Certification and my Massachusetts license since 2017. When I’m not studying you can find me working at the infirmary on campus. I love EMS and I am excited to be involved with this student organization. 


Giridhar Murali, Junior, MCB & Anthropology

Hey everyone! My name is Giridhar Murali, and I am a junior in the Honors Program at UConn as a STEM Scholar, majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology and minoring in Anthropology. I am from Shelton, CT. A fun fact about me is that I am a competitive chess player! I am currently a volunteer EMT at Echo Hose Ambulance Corporation in Shelton, CT and am the current Secretary of UConn Rescue! 


Jillian Fernandes, Junior, English and HDFS

   Hello my name is Jillian and I am a junior in the English and Human Development and Family Studies majors at UConn. I have been apart of UConn Rescue since the Spring of 2018. I love helping to teach the BLS courses on campus and being more involved with the club as treasurer. A fun fact about me is that I am a black belt in both Taekwondo and Shotokan!

Faculty Advisor

Michael Zacchera 

Michael Zacchera is the faculty advisor for UConn Rescue.  His office is in Koons Hall, Room 112.


Mike is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Allied Health, where he teaches AH 4092 EMT Training.  A paramedic since 1991, Mike currently works full time as an Educator at the Center for Education, Simulation, and Innovation at Hartford Hospital, and as a part time paramedic for the Suffield Volunteer Ambulance Association.


Feel free to contact Mike at