Residential Life Staff

We're here to make sure your residential life experience at Franklin Pierce is rewarding, safe and fully-integrated with all aspects of living and learning in a liberal arts community. You will meet three types of staff in your residence hall. Each has a role in helping students adjust to college life and make the most of residential, social and academic life at Franklin Pierce.

An Experience Director (ED) is a professional staff member that lives in the residence halls and oversees the development of their residents. Each has the experience and skill to supervise, provide leadership and act as a role model for their respective staffs. Experience Directors are responsible for establishing a civil and respectful living community while promoting student involvement in the University community. They also serve as a Judicial Officer and are responsible for meeting with their residents when alleged policy violations occur.

A Graduate Assistant (GA) is a professional staff member who resides in campus housing. Their role is to be an adult presence within their area, uphold University policy, as well as assist their respective Experience Director in day-to-day tasks. 

A Community Assistant (CA) is a carefully selected upper-class student leader who assists in developing a community. CA's fulfill many roles including programmer, administrator, and policy enforcer. They are familiar with the University's goals, services, policies and procedures. Community Assistants are directly supervised by the Experience Directors.

Residential Life Office Hours

Monday- Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Appointments can be scheduled in person or on the phone at (603) 899-4176

Community Assistant Office Hours
Sunday- Thursday: 8:00 pm – 12:00 am
Friday- Saturday: 8:00 pm – 2:00 am
Office Locations

The Residential Life Office is located in the lower plaza level of New Hampshire Hall.

Staff Office Locations
Granite Hall: 002
New Hampshire Hall: 224
Mount Washington: 021
Cheshire Hall: 203
Northwoods Apartments: 005
 
 
Kat Dougherty
Kat Dougherty
Director of Residential Life

(603) 899-4167
 
 
 
Kat from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Towson University with her undergraduate degree in Graphic Design and Art History prior to pursuing her graduate degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington. Kat has been working in Residential Life since she was an undergraduate student leader at Towson. Kat's passions within Residential Life include; developing learning communities, facilitating student leadership programs and recognizing the success of students. Kat is excited to join the Franklin Pierce team and looks forward to working alongside a wonderful staff and meeting the students that make this University such a unique and beautiful place.
Mary Call
Mary Call
Administrative Coordinator for Residential Operations
(603) 899-4360
 
 
 
Mary is originally from Mineola, New York and moved to Rindge thirty-nine years ago.  Mary began working at Franklin Pierce in 1983 and is responsible for a number of data entry processes, to include: housing assignments, room changes, meal plan changes, student withdrawal/leave of absence, student re-admission, and dorm damage, and returning student Room Lottery.

Mary has been an Intermediate Emergency Medical Technician for twenty-two years and is a proud member of the Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance Service for also twenty-four years.  In addition Mary serves as a New Hampshire State Instructor Coordinator for the last seventeen years, teaching and preparing Franklin Pierce students and community members for the National Emergency Medical Technician certification/license.
Peggy Collum
Peggy Collum
Administrative Assistant for Residential Life

(603) 899-4176
 
 
 

Peggy has been employed in Residential Life for 18 years and is the first person students and families see when entering the office and in most cases she is on the other end of any phone calls made to the office. 

Peggy lives Rindge and has 4 children, 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Outside of her job Peggy enjoys walking, kayaking with grandchildren, reading, and vacationing in Aruba.

Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson
Senior Experience Director
Sophomore Residents
Cheshire, Edgewood, & Monadnock Halls
(603) 899-4354
 
 
 

Chris Johnson is originally from Bath, Maine.  He attended the University of Maine at Machias, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Level Education with a concentration in English.  He has been working in Residential Life at Franklin Pierce for a number of years.  While in college, he was a Resident Assistant for a year, as well as a Head Resident Assistant for two years.  Throughout his time at Pierce, Chris has been involved in many different facets of the community.  Some of his past involvements are: advisor to the Student Government Association, class advisor, part-time faculty, he has also sponsored many children’s events that bring the residents of the surrounding communities to campus to interact with Franklin Pierce students, and facilitated an alcohol workshop.  Currently, Chris teaches a math class, serves on the Student Affairs Leadership Committee and is the Chairperson of the Franklin Pierce University Alcohol and Other Drugs Committee.

Chris, his wife, and their son, Wesley, live on campus.  When Chris is not working he is an avid reader, enjoys video games and is an aspiring writer.

Michelle Bourassa
Michelle Bourassa
Experience Director
First Year Residents
Granite & New Hampshire Hall
(603) 899-4359
 
 
 

Michelle Bourassa is from Keene, NH. She attended Keene State College, where she graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Media and Marketing. While at Keene State College Michelle was active on campus, she played intramural sports, was a Resident Assistant, and was involved with summer conferences.. After graduating Michelle lived in Boston as an Area Sales Manager for a beverage company, promoting, selling and sampling the beverage to local vendors and at events. Michelle returned back to the area to become a Correctional Officer for Sullivan County Department of Corrections in Claremont, NH. Michelle is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University in Keene.  In her free time she enjoys reading, playing volleyball, spending time with family and volunteering with the local Rotaract group. Michelle is going into her 4th year with Franklin Pierce and is currently living in New Hampshire Hall. Michelle  will be working with the first year students, she can’t wait to meet the students and looks forward to showing them what Franklin Pierce University has to offer.


Katherine Potts
Experience Director
(603) 899-4000
 
 
 
Katherine is from Jaffrey, New Hampshire and a graduate of Cazenovia College with her Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with minors in History and Pre-Law. During her time at Cazenovia College she was the Co-Director of the 14th Annual Wheler Conference on World Affairs on Justice and a Master Student for the First Year Seminar, Freedom for The Thought We Hate: A History of the First Amendment. She was a Resident Advisor for two years and a member of the Varsity Equestrian Team. In her free time she is a licensed pyrotechnician for Atlas PyroVision Entertainment performing throughout New England. This is her first year at Franklin Pierce University. She is excited to meet all of the students and help mentor them as they grow as intellectuals inside and outside of the classroom.

Marisa Najarian
Experience Director
First Year Residents
Mount Washington Hall
(603) 899-4000
 
 
 
Marisa Najarian is from Andover, Massachusetts. She graduated from American International College with a Bachelor of Arts with a degree in Liberal Studies. While attending AIC, she worked as a Resident Assistant for two years in a female residence hall as well as being very involved on campus. In Marisa's free time she enjoys listening to podcasts, yoga, photography, and drinking lots of coffee. This is Marisa's first year at Franklin Pierce and she is excited to welcome students to the first year area in Mount Washington Hall!
Brian Bator
Brian Bator
Experience Director
Junior Residents
Mt. View & Northwoods Apartments

(603) 899-4179
 
 
 
Brian Bator is from Erie, Pennsylvania and graduated from Franklin Pierce in 2009 with a BA in Fine Arts and Art Education.  He was a member of the Ice Hockey and Baseball programs during his undergraduate years.  Brian spent the last five years teaching Photography and Digital Media along with general art classes in both public and private high schools while coaching many different sports teams.  Alongside his teaching and coaching duties, he was also a student adviser and dorm parent.  In his free time Brian continues his work as an artist, and enjoys all sports and creating music.  Brian looks forward to meeting his residents and inspiring our leaders of tomorrow.