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 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.

Kat photoKat Dougherty
Director of Residential Life
(603) 899-4167

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 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 enjoys the community at Franklin Pierce because it is committed to creating individualized experiences for students and focuses on establishing a community of trust and respect.



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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 Selection.

Mary has been a member of the Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance for 26 years and is currently an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician. 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's photoPeggy Collum
Administrative Assistant for Residential Life
(603) 899-4176

Peggy has been employed in Residential Life for 20 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 incoming phone calls made to the office. Peggy lives in Rindge, NH and has 4 children, 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. In her spare time Peggy enjoys walking, reading, gardening, and kayaking with grandchildren.





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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 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 since 1999. 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 has been an advisor for the Student Government Association, sponsored many children's events that bring the residents of the surrounding communities to campus in interact with Franklin Pierce students and facilitated an alcohol workshop. In addition to his position in Residential Life, Chris teaches Contemporary Mathematics, is the Chairperson for the University's Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Committee, 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.




Michelle's photoMichelle Bourassa
Experience Director
First Year Residents
New Hampshire Hall
(603) 899-4359

Michelle Bourassa is a local gal from Keene going into her third year as an Experience Director in the first year area. This year she will be overseeing New Hampshire Hall which will house a third of the first year students. Michelle is excited to welcome the class of 2020 and looks forward to meeting each and every student. Michelle prides herself on building community and strong relationships through; intramurals, programming and through her involvement in the Alternative Spring Break Program. If you love traveling to new locations while giving back to the community surrounded by lifelong friend she's got the trip for you. Michelle is an energetic, charismatic gal who loves Franklin Pierce and can't wait to share it with you.


Kristina's photoKristina Lynch
Experience Director
Granite Hall

Kristina Lynch is from Reading, Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology. White at UNH, she worked as a Resident Assistant for two years in a first year residence hall. In Kristina's free time she enjoys listening to and playing music, skating and drinking coffee. This is Kristina's first year at Franklin Pierce and she is excited to welcome students to the first year area in Granite hall!



Misty's photoMisty Start
Experience Director
Mount Washington Hall
(603) 899-4352

Misty is from Thomaston, Maine and graduated from Franklin Pierce University with her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Philosophy. Prior to working with Residential Life, Misty served in the nonprofit sector in the United States and abroad for youth serving organizations. She is passionate about outdoor education, service learning, and mentor support as a means of connecting young people with their untapped, boundless potential. Misty is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Education from Franklin Pierce University, and in her free time, she enjoys many volunteer opportunities through Rotary International, Trekkers Incorporated, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.



Brian's photoBrian 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.



Jeff's profile photoJeff Pelkey
Experience Director
Senior Residents
Lakeview & Sawmills
(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 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 fourth year and is excited to continue developing our students and is looking forward to working with our seniors.