Bert Wachtelhausen ’81 (ED)

2020 Distinguished Alumna

A recognized expert in health care and wellness, Roberta “Bert” Wachtelhausen ’81 (ED) is president of WellSpark Health, a health and wellness company and a subsidiary of ConnectiCare, and former senior vice president, chief sales and marketing officer, at ConnectiCare, one of the largest HMOs in the state. Wachtelhausen, who has more than 30 years of experience shaping products and programs at national and regional health plans, was appointed in 2019 to the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame Board of Trustees and also named 2019 chief marketing officer of the year by the Hartford Business Journal. A former UConn women’s basketball player, she is a featured speaker on wellness at regional and national conferences.

“There are people who are unique in the way that they go about changing the world. Sometimes they break glass along the way, or go at it in an untraditional way, and that’s Bert. That’s who she is. She’s an original, she’s unique and one of a kind.”

— Eric Galvin, CEO, Connecticare


Acceptance Speech from Bert

Congratulations, Berta!! We are so proud of you. Bob and Doris are, too.

— Love, Dick, Lori, Todd, and Chris


Congratulations! I’m so delighted for you!!

With best wishes,

A big congratulations to “Aunt” Berta!
Thank you for all you’ve done for UCONN and for teaching me how to make rice crispy treats!