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.
Monday- Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Appointments can be scheduled in person or on the phone at (603) 899-4176
The Residential Life Office is located in the lower plaza level of New Hampshire Hall.
|Director of Residential Life|
Kat grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA 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 continues to look forward to meeting students who choose to join the Franklin Pierce University community.
|Senior Experience Director
Cheshire, Edgewood, & Monadnock Halls
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.
First Year & Second Year Residents
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. In her free time she is a licensed pyrotechnician for Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group performing throughout New England. This summer, Katherine traveled to Vietnam to represent the United States at the DaNang International Fireworks Competition where Atlas Pyrovision (Team USA) placed second! If she is not on a firework site you can find her competing through the equestrian show circuit in New England! Katherine is looking forward to working with our students this year!
First Year Residents
Mount Washington Hall
Marisa Najarian is from Andover, Massachusetts. She graduated from American International College with a Bachelor of Arts with a degree in Liberal Studies. She is currently studying Leadership at Franklin Pierce University in order to receive her MBA.In her free time Marisa enjoys listening to podcasts, yoga, DIY, reading thrillers, and drinking lots of coffee. This is In Marisa's second year at Franklin Pierce University and overseeing first year students in Mount Washington Hall!
Mountainview & Northwoods Apartments
Lakeview and Sawmills
Michelle is from Keene, NH originally and attended Keene State College for her undergrad. She graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Media and Marketing and is currently seeking her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health counseling from Antioch University. Michelle is excited to be starting an internship in the fall working at the Cheshire County House of Corrections counseling individuals. In her free time she enjoys reading, playing volleyball, spending time with family and volunteering with Rotaract a local community service organization. Michelle is going into her 5th year with Franklin Pierce and is currently living in Lakeview working with the senior class.