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 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.

Residential Life Office Hours

Monday- Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Appointments can be scheduled in person or on the phone at (603) 899-4176

Office Locations

The Residential Life Office is located in the lower plaza level of New Hampshire Hall.

Staff Office Locations
Granite Hall: 002
New Hampshire Hall: 224
Mount Washington: 021
Cheshire Hall: 203
Northwoods Apartments: 005
Kat Dougherty
Kat Dougherty
Director of Residential Life
(603) 899-4167

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. 

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

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.

Katherine Potts
Katherine Potts
Experience Director
First Year & Second Year Residents
Granite Hall
(603) 899-4353

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!

Marisa Najarian
Marisa Najarian
Experience Director
First Year Residents
Mount Washington Hall
(603) 899-4352

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! 
Camille Caliendo
Camille Caliendo
Experience Director
Junior Residents
Mountainview & Northwoods Apartments
(603) 899-4358
Camille is from Windsor, Connecticut and is an alumna of Franklin Pierce University. She graduated in 2016 with her B.S. in Health Sciences with a minor in Psychology. Camille was devoted to Campus Recreation as a student, including large-scale event programming and participating in intramurals. After graduating, Camille began working as a Graduate Assistant for Residential Life and Student Conduct while working towards obtaining her M.B.A. in Health Administration. In her free time, Camille is certified as a Basic Emergency Medical Technician and enjoys a lot of outdoor activities including hiking, paddle-boarding, and kayaking. Camille is excited to meet the upperclassmen residents and assist in developing their roles as leaders in the Franklin Pierce community. 
Michelle Bourassa
Michelle Bourassa
Experience Director
Senior Residents
Lakeview and Sawmills
(603) 899-4359

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.