Meet your Admissions Counselor

Assumption's admissions team is excited to meet high school students looking to attend college. Each counselor travels to different parts of the country to meet with students and school counselors. Most of the time, the person you meet at a college fair or high school visit is the person who will read your application. Since you share so much with us throughout the admissions process, we thought we'd share a little bit about ourselves with you. Feel free to click on our names if you would like to email us.

 

Brother Richard Gagnon

Name: Bro. Richard Gagnon, AA
Title: Transfer Counselor
Territory: All transfer students from U.S. and International
Where are you from? Born in Portland, Maine, and raised in Saco, Maine. I’m still a Mainer all the way, although I haven’t lived there for many years.
Education: B.A. from St. Francis College of the University of New England in Secondary Education and Foreign Languages
M.A. from Boston College in Education and Theology
Why did you choose to work at Assumption College? Assumption is the realization of our founder's dream for a Catholic university and continues to be sponsored by the Augustinians of the Assumption.  It is an important, motivating ministry for the entire order.
What is your favorite restaurant in Worcester? Since I love Italian food, I’ll say VIA.
Fun fact about yourself: As an Augustinian of the Assumption, I have lived in 5 different states and 2 foreign countries.

 

Yavuz Kiremit

Name: Yavuz Kiremit
Title: Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
Territory: City of Boston, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Texas
Where are you from? Worcester, Massachusetts
Education: B.S. from Worcester State University in Marketing
M.B.A. from Assumption College with a concentration in Marketing
Why did you choose to work at Assumption College? I spent a lot of time on Assumption’s campus while growing up in Worcester and always thought that it was one of the most beautiful places in the city.
What inspired you to work with students? I was the first in my family to go to college and was lost during the admissions process. I love working with all students but have a particular passion for helping first generation students that are in the same position that I was.
What is your favorite restaurant in Worcester? My favorite restaurant in Worcester is the 111 Chop House.
Fun fact about yourself:  I have built a race car and try to autocross as often as possible.

 

Andrew Kupec

Name: Andrew Kupec
Title: Assistant Director of Admissions
Territory: Connecticut (excluding Tolland, New London and Windham counties), Georgia and Florida
Where are you from? I am from Wyckoff, New Jersey, which is about a half hour outside of New York City.
Education: B.A. from Assumption College in Marketing
Why did you choose to work at Assumption College? It is extremely rewarding to work for a place that I believe in, am passionate about and at which I had a tremendous experience.
What inspired you to work with students? I truly believe in the value of higher education.  I have witnessed and experienced the value of finding the “right fit” for college. I hope to help students have as rewarding of a college experience as I did.
What is your favorite sports team? Assumption College football is my biased answer (I used to be a quarterback for the team). For professional sports, it is dangerous to admit, but the New York Yankees.  
What is your favorite restaurant in Worcester? For a sit down dinner, I love The Sole Proprietor. If I need a quick lunch, I usually go to New England Roast Beef.
Fun fact about yourself:  I am a 2008 Assumption College Dodgeball Champion.

 

Evan Lipp

Name: Evan Lipp    
Title: Vice President for Enrollment Management
Territory: Pennsylvania
Where are you from? New Castle, PA
Education: B.A. from Marietta College in Managerial Economics
M.A. from Western Michigan University in Educational Leadership
Why did you choose to work at Assumption College? Assumption’s location in Worcester, Massachusetts, was one of the biggest draws for me. Worcester is a hub for learning, with over 30,000 college students living here each year. I was also impressed with the highly regarded faculty who mentor and teach Assumption students.
What is your favorite sports team? Pittsburgh Steelers (I am from western PA. It’s everyone’s favorite sports team.)
What is your favorite book? I love To Kill a Mockingbird. It teaches life lessons about race, justice and defending what you believe in.
What is your favorite restaurant in Worcester? One of my favorite places to eat in Worcester is NU Café. It offers a great variety of sandwiches and smoothies.

 

Christopher Miemiec

Name: Christopher Miemiec
Title: Admissions Counselor
Territory: Middlesex County in Massachusetts
Where are you from? I grew up in Hebron, Connecticut.
Education: B.A. from Central Connecticut State University in Criminology
Why did you choose to work at Assumption College? I would say Assumption College chose me.  I can remember the first day I walked on campus, something just felt right.  The students on campus were so nice, and the faculty and staff were phenomenal.  I can definitely say that I look forward to coming into work every day.
What is your favorite sports team?  The Montreal Canadiens are my favorite sports team.  Montreal is an awesome city, and I try to go twice a year. Go Habs!
What is your favorite restaurant in Worcester?  Without a doubt, my favorite restaurant in Worcester is New England Roast Beef.  All the sandwiches there are really good.
Fun fact about yourself:  I used to coach the Youth Climbing Team at my local rock climbing gym while in college.

 

Sarah Neithercut

Name: Sarah Neithercut
Title: Assistant Director of Admissions
Territory: Norfolk County in Massachusetts
Where are you from? Worcester, MA
Education:  B.A. from Assumption College in Organizational Communication
M.A. from Assumption College in School Counseling (anticipated 2015)
What is the best part of your job?  The best part of my job is working with students and their families.  The college process can be a bit overwhelming for some, so having the ability to work with students and families to ease their anxieties makes my job worthwhile.
What is your favorite thing about Assumption?  My favorite thing about Assumption is the sense of community.  Every faculty and staff member cares about the students they interact with and want to see their students succeed both in and out of the classroom.  
What is your favorite sports team?  New England Patriots; watching the Pats is a Sunday tradition in our house.
What is your favorite restaurant in Worcester?  I love to eat! If I had to narrow it down I would say Baba Sushi, O’Connors, Pepe’s, and La Scala are my favorites.
Fun fact about yourself: I have a huge extended family; a Christmas at our house that has less than 60 people is considered small.

 

Ryan O'Keefe

Name: Ryan O’Keefe
Title: Admissions Counselor
Territory: Arizona, California, Upstate New York, Plymouth County, the Cape and the Islands, and Western Massachusetts
Where are you from? West Warwick, RI
Education: B.S. from Johnson & Wales University in Business Management and Marketing
What is your favorite thing about Assumption? I love the athletics at Assumption College. The students show so much pride in their teams, which makes going to games really fun. #HoundNation
What is your favorite book? My favorite book is Freakonomics because I love the correlation of economic principles in daily life.
What is your favorite restaurant in Worcester? I love to grab lunch at Ciao Bella!
Fun fact about yourself: I’m a musician, and my band has played with Reel Big Fish!

 

Mike Perron

Name: Mike Perron
Title: Assistant Director of Admissions
Territory:  Worcester County in Massachusetts, except for the cities of Worcester, Shrewsbury and Auburn
Where are you from?  Worcester, Massachusetts
Education: B.A. from Assumption College in Psychology
M.A. from Assumption College in Counseling Psychology
C.A.G.S. from Worcester State University in Educational Leadership and Administration
What inspired you to work with students? I began my career working as a guidance counselor and guidance director for more than 35 years. I have always had an interest in helping high school students think about and plan for their futures.
What is your favorite book? My favorite book is actually a trilogy written by Edmund Morris about Teddy Roosevelt’s life.  I like it because Roosevelt was a larger than life, fascinating, dynamic character and leader.
What is your favorite restaurant in Worcester? This is a tough one because there are many good restaurants in Worcester, but 111 Chop House, Café Nuevo, Sole Proprietor and O’Connors are my top choices.
Fun fact about yourself:  I am a charter member of Assumption College’s first football team (1967).

 

Karen Puntillo

Name: Karen Stoyanoff Puntillo
Title: Senior Associate Director of Enrollment Management
Territory: Cities of Worcester, Auburn and Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and Illinois
Where are you from? I was born in Worcester and now live in Shrewsbury.
Education: B.A. from Assumption College in Accounting
M.B.A. from Clark University
Why did you choose to work at Assumption College? I chose to come back to work for my alma mater because I believe in the education we provide and the transformative experiences our students have. We truly “Light the way” for students to achieve their goals.
What is your favorite thing about Assumption? What I like most about Assumption is the challenging, but caring and supportive environment our professors provide. They push students to do their best and are available for guidance every step of the way.
What is your favorite restaurant in Worcester? Mezcal has great Mexican food and is in the perfect location in downtown Worcester.
Fun fact about yourself: I spent 4 weeks in Israel on an Archeological dig.

 

Mario Silva-Rosa

Name: Mario Silva-Rosa                
Title: Director of Undergraduate Admissions       
Territory: International and US Territories
Where are you from? Bayamon, PR
Education: B.A. from Worcester State University in Communications and Spanish
M.A. and C.A.G.S. from Assumption College in Social and Rehabilitation Counseling, with a concentration in School Counseling
What is your favorite thing about Assumption? I love the school spirit at Assumption, especially at Midnight Madness where we kick off the basketball season.
What is your favorite sports team? The New York Yankees - for obvious reasons.
What is your favorite restaurant in Worcester? O’Connor’s Restaurant
Fun fact about yourself: Even though they are banned at some schools across the world, I do/may have one of the best looking “Cartwheels” on the planet. A must see!

 

Allison Sherlock St. Pierre

Name: Allison Sherlock St. Pierre    
Title: Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
Territory: Essex County in Massachusetts; Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York; Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; Colorado; Delaware; Hawaii; Idaho; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Mexico; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Utah; Virginia; Washington; Washington D.C.; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming
Where are you from? I have lived many different places but my longest stay was Franklin, MA.
Education: B.A. from Assumption College in Visual Arts
M.A. from Assumption College in School Counseling (anticipated 2015)
What is your favorite sports team?  Hands down, I am one of the most loyal fans of our local, professional soccer team, the New England Revolution. I also love to attend games for and support our national men’s and women’s soccer teams.
What is your favorite book? Wuthering Heights
What is your favorite restaurant in Worcester? My Worcester favorites are getting seafood from the Sole Proprietor and Chinese food from Nancy Chang’s. Of course, I’ll never turn down a trip to Moe’s either.

 

Mariko Watt

Name: Mariko Watt    
Title: Regional Admission Counselor
Territory: New Jersey, New York (NYC boroughs, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, Ulster, and Dutchess counties)
Where are you from? I was born in California but grew up in Portland, Oregon.
Education: B.A. from Boston University in Photojournalism and Psychology
M.A. from Emerson College in Theater Education
What is the best part of your job? The best part of my job is working with students. I love meeting students with amazing stories to share – whether it’s an experience that they have had, or their goals in life, or something that they have overcome.   It’s so impressive to see what high school students have accomplished!
What is your favorite thing about Assumption? I like how invested the faculty are in the growth of the programs and the college.  Almost every faculty member I have talked with is extremely passionate about their program and how it can be better.  As someone that didn’t attend Assumption as a student, I feel like I have been welcomed with open arms, and I know that students have a similar experience with their professors!
What is your favorite restaurant in Worcester?  This is tough….so many options! Probably The Citizen or The People’s Kitchen @ The Citizen.  
Fun fact about yourself:  I’m also a singer and a voice teacher, and try to do as much performance as I can in my free time.In the past two years, I’ve been singing with a group that works with the NY Pops, so I end up singing between 5-8 shows in Carnegie Hall every year!

 

Susan Wynne

Name: Susan Wynne
Title: Regional Admissions Representative
Territory: Bristol County in Massachusetts, New London, Windham and Tolland Counties in Connecticut and Rhode Island
Where are you from?  I grew up in Central Massachusetts and currently reside in Rhode Island.
Education: B.A. from Assumption College in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies
M.A. from Assumption College in Rehabilitation Counseling
What inspired you to work with students?  Working with college-age students is the perfect fit for me.  Being the mother of a high school junior, college sophomore and a recent college graduate gives me a unique perspective which resonates with students and parents alike.   It’s a pivotal time in a student’s life and I find it very gratifying if I am able to help a student transition from high school to college by uncovering a student’s passion and matching that with the dynamic opportunities at Assumption.
What is your favorite sports team?  My favorite sports team is a local favorite. Rhode Island’s own Cumberland American Little League All Star Team won the New England title and went on to the Little League World Series this summer!  Not only were the players talented, but they displayed incredible team spirit, sportsmanship and are all-around great kids!
What is your favorite restaurant in Worcester?  Any place that offers Middle Eastern cuisine, especially Ed Hyder’s Mediterranean Marketplace on Pleasant St.