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.

2013 Res Life Staff photo

An Experience Directoris 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 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.

Ken ErvinKen Ervin
Director of Residential Life
(603) 899-4167

Ken is from Rochester, New Hampshire and graduated from Franklin Pierce with both his undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Ken played on the Men’s Basketball Team and graduated in 1996 with his Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Marketing.  Ken returned to Franklin Pierce in the summer of 1999, worked in Residential Life and in the Athletics Department with the Men’s Basketball Team, and in 2003 attained his Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Leadership.  Ken is in his fifteenth year in Residential Life and eleventh as Director.  
Ken lives in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire and is married to Liz Nelson, 1998 Franklin Pierce alum, and they have three children: Zachariah, Isaiah, and Victoria.  Ken and his family are often seen on campus during the evenings and weekends enjoying and supporting students in their academic, athletic, and social experiences.  


Mary Call
Administrative Coordinator for Residential Operations
(603) 899-4360

Mary is originally from Mineola, New York and moved to Rindge thirty-seven 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-two 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
Administrative Assistant for Residential Life
(603) 899-4176

Peggy has been employed in Residential Life for 16 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.



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

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 15 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.  



Nate Bayuk
Experience Director
Junior Residents
Mt. View and Northwoods
(603) 899-4359 

Nate is from Foxborough, MA and a Boston College graduate.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications in 2011 and a Master’s Degree in Administrative Studies in 2013. Nate has worked in Residential Life at Boston College during his graduate studies. Also while at Boston College, Nate was a pitcher on the baseball team. In his free time, he likes listening to all types of music, talking to students, and following Boston sports. This is Nate’s first year at Franklin Pierce and he is looking forward to being a part of the Raven culture.



James Hussey Jr.
Experience Director
First Year Residents
New Hampshire Hall
(603) 899-4179 & lt; /a>

James is from Farmington, NH. He earned both his Bachelor of Science degree in 2011 and his Master’s degree in Business Administration in 2012from Rivier University in Nashua, NH. James worked in many facets of Residence Life while pursuing his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Rivier and was involved in many on campus organizations such as SGA and the Rivier Theater Company. This is James’s second year at Franklin Pierce and he is looking forward to meeting everyone and getting involved!



SteveSteve Sheridan
Experience Director
Senior Residents
Lakeview & Sawmills
(603) 899-4355

Steve is from “everywhere” U.S.A., as a military officer’s son, with the majority of his life spent living and working in eastern Connecticut.  Steve graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT with a Bachelor of Science in 2001 and Master of Science in Physical Education and Elementary Education in 2005, respectively.  He has 7 years of experience in college and university residence life ranging from being a Resident Assistant, up through Area Coordinator.   During the academic year Steve works with students guiding their senior year experience while preparing them for their life after Franklin Pierce.  In the summer months Steve serves as the Summer Conference Coordinator and assists the Director of Conferences and Events by planning and providing for guests visiting the University.  Steve is looking forward to returning to the classroom and pursuing a Masters of Business Administration this fall.  Steve enjoys spending his free time with his family and friends.  Steve is a fan of sports, movies, traveling, and stand-up comedy.


Jeff Pelkey
Experience Director
First Year and Sophomore Residents
Granite Hall
(603) 899-4358

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. Jeff played college baseball for four years and now is an Assistant coach at Keene State. In Jeff’s free time he enjoys playing golf and being with family and friends.

Samantha DanicoSamantha Danico
Experience Director
First Year Residents
Mt. Washington Hall
(603) 899-4352

Samantha is from Manchester, NH and graduated from Saint Anselm College with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology.  During her time at Saint Anselm, she enjoyed learning about the arts and getting a greater understanding for creativity.  This was especially helpful in her three years as a Resident Assistant. Samantha also enjoys writing and doing film photography in her spare time. This will be Samantha's first year at Franklin Pierce and she is very excited to work with the incoming freshmen.