- 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 resisential, 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.
Director of Residential Life
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 fourteenth year in Residential Life and tenth 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. Ken is in his tenth year as part-time instructor at the University, currently teaching the Business core curriculum class, Challenges of Business in Society, each semester. He also continues to be actively involved in basketball as he is the Head Boys Basketball Coach for Monadnock Regional High School in Swanzey, New Hampshire.
Administrative Coordinator for Residential Operations
Mary is originally from Mineola, New York and moved to Rindge thirty-six 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-one years and is a proud member of the Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance Service for also twenty-one years. In addition Mary serves as a New Hampshire State Instructor Coordinator for the last sixteen years, teaching and preparing Franklin Pierce students and community members for the National Emergency Medical Technician certification/license.
Administrative Assistant for Residential Life
Peggy has been employed in Residential Life for 15 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.
Meg is from Troy, New Hampshire and a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Human Resource Management and Organizational Leadership. As a student, Meg enjoyed taking part in various clubs and organizations, being in a sorority and working as a Resident Assistant. After her time at SNHU, Meg worked as a Residence Director and in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts for two years. This will be Meg’s first year at Franklin Pierce University. In her free time Meg likes to be with friends and family, enjoys shopping, watching movies and traveling.
Mt. Washington Hall
Rebecca is from Lancaster, MA and a 2011 graduate of Nichol’s College Dudley, Massachusetts. Rebecca received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and was a Resident Assistant for one year and a Head Resident Assistant for two years. This will be her second year at Franklin Pierce University and she is looking forward to continue working with first year students!
Rebecca enjoys travelling, listening to country music, and spending time with family and friends.
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 14 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 is married and lives with his wife on campus. Often times he can be found having conversations with students around campus. When Chris is not working he is an avid reader, enjoys video games and is an aspiring writer.
Mt. View and Northwoods
Breanna is originally from southeast New Hampshire, growing up in Windham. Breanna majored in Childhood Studies and minored in Dance and Psychology at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire and graduated in 2009. This year will be marking Breanna’s 8th year working in Residential Life.
Breanna is returning for a fourth year as an Experience Director and has been influential in our students’ experiences by serving on the University’s Asian, Latino, African-America, Native American (ALANA) Board, Residential Advisory Committee, and Commuter Student Program, which has provided Commuter students the opportunity to further connect with their peers by offering study and social lounges within the residence halls. This will be Breanna’s second year working with junior class-level students.
Breanna recently completed her Master’s in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs Administration. During her free time, Breanna enjoys boating on Lake Winnipesaukee, dancing, and also teaching dance to children and teenagers.
Casey is a 2010 graduate of Adelphi University in Long Island, NY. Casey received his Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Sports Management. Casey also works with our Men’s Basketball Team and has begun his Master’s of Business Administration through Franklin Pierce University. This is Casey’s second year at Franklin Pierce and he looks forward to working with residents in the Senior Area. Casey likes to spend his free time exercising, playing basketball, and spending time with his family and friends.
James Hussey Jr.
New Hampshire Hall
James is from Farmington, NH. He graduated from Rivier University in Nashua, NH with his Master’s in Business Administration. 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 first year at Franklin Pierce and he is looking forward to meeting everyone and getting involved!
Lakeview & Sawmills
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 is a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT with a B.S. and M.S. in Physical Education and Elementary Education, respectively. He has 6 ½ years of experience in college and university residence life ranging from being a Resident Assistant, up through Area Coordinator. He is excited to be a part of Franklin Pierce’s community and looks forward to helping residential students succeed, inside and outside the classroom. Steve looks forward to starting an M.B.A. program 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.