MAC: Meet The MAC Officers

Meet the MAC Officers


{Photo of RamAberasturia} Ram Aberasturia: Chair


Ram, a Regional Job Center Director in the Hartford Office of the Department of Labor, has been employed with the state for over 14 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 four 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 Regional Job Center Director in 2008.  In this capacity, he is one of two individuals responsible for serving the employment needs of employers and job seekers alike in the 37 communities of North Central 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} Nancy Nicolescu: Vice Chair

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.

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Elise Kremer:  Secretary
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.


Debi Freund:  Treasurer

Debi Freund is the Director of Diversity and Equity for the Department of Children and Families (DCF).  Debi has been employed by the State of Connecticut for 27 years; where she has spent 16 years with the Department of Motor Vehicles and currently has 11 with DCF.  Debi served previously as the Secretary of the MAC when she was the representative for DMV.  She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut from which she holds an MA in Education and a BS in Human Development and Family Relations.  Debi also serves as the President of the Connecticut Association of Diversity and Equity Professionals (CADEP).


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