- GRADUATE STUDIES
- STUDENT LIFE
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.
A Graduate Assistant 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 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.
Director of Residential Life
Kat is from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Towson University with her undergraduate degree in Graphic Design and Art History prior to pursing 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.
Administrative Coordinator for Residential Operations
Administrative Assistant for Residential Life
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 and her husband live in Rindge and they have 4 children, 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Outside of her job Peggy enjoys walking, kayaking with grandchildren, reading, and vacationing in Aruba.
Senior Experience Director
Cheshire, Edgewood, & Monadnock Halls
Chris Johnson is from Bath, Maine. He attended the University of Maine at Machias, where he graduated in 1999 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 16 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. He currently advises the Student Government Association, sponsors many children’s events that bring the residents of the surrounding towns to campus in interact with Franklin Pierce students, teaches the required math class, Foundation of Math, facilitates an alcohol workshop, and tries to interact with students in as many ways as possible.
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.
First Year Residents
Granite & New Hampshire Hall
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 conference and was a summer Resident Assistant. 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. In her free time she enjoys reading, playing volleyball, spending time with family and friends and anything crafty. Michelle is living in New Hampshire and 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.
First Year Residents
Mt. Washington Hall
Kelsey O’Connor is from Bedford, MA and graduated from Champlain College in Burlington, VT with a Bachelor of Science in Event Management. During her time at Champlain College Kelsey was very active on campus as a Program Coordinator, Orientation Leader and Resident Assistant, and President of the Campus Programming Board. When Kelsey is not working she enjoys playing spots, kayaking, and hiking and in the winter you will find her out hitting the slopes. Kelsey will be working with the First Year Students and is excited to show what doors can open for every student by getting involved on campus.
Mt. View & Northwoods Apartments
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.
Lakeview & Sawmills
Jeff is from Fitzwilliam, NH and a graduate from Keene State College. Jeff received his Bachelor Degree in Occupational Health and Safety in 2012 and is finishing his Master Degree also in Occupational Health and Safety at Keene State this summer. Jeff played college baseball for four years and is also serves as an Assistant Coach for the Ravens. In Jeff’s free time he enjoys playing golf and being with family and friends. Jeff is returning for his second year and is excited to continue developing our students and is looking forward to working with our seniors.