MAC: Meet The MAC Officers

Meet the MAC Officers


{Photo of RamAberasturia} Ram Aberasturia: Chair


Ram, a Director of Labor Operations, Employment Services in the Wethersfield Office of the Department of Labor, has been employed with the state for over 19 years.  He began state service after graduating from the University of Connecticut with dual baccalaureate degrees in Political Science and Spanish.  His first post was as a caucus assistant for the Speaker of the House, followed by the position of legislative aide for 4 House of Representative Members.  He was later appointed as Clerk of the Banks Committee for the Connecticut General Assembly.

After his General Assembly work, Ram accepted a Connecticut Careers Trainee position at the Department of Labor.  During his tenure at the Labor Department he held several positions, each with greater responsibilities, leading to his present position as Director of Labor Operations, Employment Services in 2013.  In this capacity, he is responsible for serving the employment needs of employers and job seekers alike in Connecticut.

Ram holds a Masters in Public Administration and a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration on Labor Relations, both from the University of New Haven.  Active in his community, Ram served on the Board of Education for over five years, and is currently a Town Council Member for the Town of East Hartford. 

Nancy Nicolescu: Vice Chair  {Nicolescu}

Nancy Nicolescu is the Director of Education and Communications for the Connecticut Office of State Ethics.  The Office of State Ethics is charged with enforcement of ethics provisions for state-wide elected officials, legislators, appointed public officials, state employees and lobbyists, issuing opinions to guide ethical conduct of the regulated community, and administering both the lobbyist disclosure system and the financial disclosure system for public officials and state employees. 

Prior to joining the Connecticut Office of State Ethics, Ms. Nicolescu was employed by the State Elections Enforcement Commission as a member of senior management.  She was responsible for the administration of the Commission’s public campaign financing program, and for all communication functions including media relations, written publications, web site and educational programs.  In addition, she worked on that agency’s legislative team and served as liaison to professional organizations.  She began her career in government as a legislative and regulations specialist for the Department of Public Health.

Ms. Nicolescu is a member of the Management Advisory Council and serves as a judge for the School for Ethical Education, Laws of Life Essay Program.  Ms. Nicolescu is from Connecticut, is married with three children and enjoys spending weekends with her family.

{Photo of Elise Kremer} Elise Kremer:  Secretary

Retired April 2018

Elise is an administrator at the Department of Public Health, where she is currently spearheading a $88 million project to build a new State Public Health Laboratory.  She joined the managerial ranks of the Department in 1983, having previously held positions at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and the University of Connecticut Health Center, and the Wheeler Clinic. 

Elise holds a baccalaureate degree in psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and a doctoral degree from the University of Connecticut.  She is a Connecticut-licensed psychologist.


Elise has been a member of MAC since 1992, serving as its Secretary from 1994 to 1996, as its Vice-Chair from 1996 to 2002 and 2004-2008, and as its Chair from 2002 to 2004. Her interests outside of work include scuba diving, photography, and training and showing her Golden Retrievers in field, agility, and obedience competitions.


Maura Welch:  Treasurer

Maura Welch is a Certified Supervising Examiner in the Financial Regulation Division at the Connecticut Insurance Department (“CID”).  The Financial Regulation Division monitors the financial condition of all insurance companies authorized to do business in Connecticut.   Maura joined the CID in 1992 as part of the Financial Examination Sub-division and spent thirteen years conducting on site financial examinations of insurers. 

In 2005 she was promoted to her current position and is responsible for approving the licensure of new Connecticut domestic insurers and applications submitted by foreign insurers seeking a Certificate of Authority to write business in the state.

Maura holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Boston College and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants.  Maura is also the current Vice-president of the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Financial Examiners and has been a member of MAC since 2013.


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