Meet the Team
Roy E. Pietro, Ed.D.
Tel: (860) 486-4252
Roy’s academic background includes a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Connecticut. In addition, Roy received a Master’s degree in Education (Sport Management) from Springfield College and a Doctor of Education degree (International Education) from the University of Bath (U.K.). His research interests include transformative global citizenship, critical service-learning, and sport for development and peace (SDP).
Roy has served as the Principal Investigator for numerous professional and academic exchange programs for UConn, funded by the U.S. State Department. He has also initiated academic partnerships and educational collaborations with various national and international higher education institutions, including the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS); the University of Maryland; the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel; Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey; Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong, China; the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa; and the UN-mandated University for Peace in Ciudad Colón, Costa Rica. He has also established partnerships with several highly regarded international NGOs, including TechnoServe, Ashoka, the Junior Chamber International (JCI), and the Institute for International Education (IIE). During his 20-year tenure at UConn, Roy has led efforts to secure approximately $12 million in federal and state contract awards. In 2008, he was selected as New England’s nominee for the prestigious Adelle F. Robertson Professional Continuing Educator Award.
Laura Labato, MA
Tel: (860) 486-0235
Laura provides administrative and program support for the Global Training and Development Institute’s programming for international participants. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on diversity, and a Master of Arts degree in International Studies with a focus on cultural studies. Additionally, she has completed three Graduate Certificate programs at UConn in Human Rights (2017); Culture, Health, and Human Development (2019); and College Instruction (2020). She enjoys learning about other cultures and working with the international participants involved in educational and professional exchange programs, which are funded through the U.S. Department of State and implemented by UConn GTDI.
Caitie Goddard, MPP
Academic Director - YSEALI Program
Caitie serves at the YSEALI Program's Academic Director working with young entrepreneurs from 11 countries in Southeast Asia. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Detroit-Mercy, and Master's degree in of Public Policy from the University of Michigan. Caitie Goddard is an experienced facilitator and capacity development specialist with 10 years of experience in international development and 13 years of leadership experience across several sectors. Caitie spent three years in New Zealand running a global social entrepreneurship training program before redesigning the program to target youth leaders in Oceania. The Global Youth Ambassador Program trained 450+ young people to “think global, act local, and start personal.”
Since 2015, Caitie has served as an instructor at the University for Peace (UPeace) Centre for Executive Education where she teaches the capstone course for their Diploma Program in Social Innovation. In this role, she began her work with the SUSI and YSEALI programs in partnership with the University of Connecticut (UConn). Caitie has presented half-day design thinking trainings at UConn and served as a facilitator in Casablanca, Morocco, for the SUSI Program. Additionally, Caitie has facilitated and led site visits throughout Washington, D.C., introducing YSEALI Program participants to local entrepreneurs. She is also the co-founder of GOOD Travel, a social enterprise dedicated to making the travel industry one of the largest agents for social good.