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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.

 

Erik Abramson

Name: Erik Abramson
Title: Admissions Counselor
Territory: New Hampshire, New York City, Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties in Massachusetts, and Vermont
Where are you from? Deerfield, MA
Education: B.A. from Assumption College in Marketing
What inspired you to work with students? Before my senior year in college I worked as a summer ambassador and continued as a tour guide during the academic year. I really enjoyed meeting and working with students. I love learning about their goals and interests and showing students how Assumption can help them achieve those goals.
What is your favorite restaurant in Worcester? I love eating at Peppercorns on Park Ave.
Fun fact about yourself: I was a member of the Assumption College football team and one of the captains for the 2014 season.

 

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: Suffolk and Essex Counties in Massachusetts and 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.

 

Allyson Martin

Name: Allyson Martin
Title: Assistant Director of Admissions
Territory: Cities of Auburn, Shrewsbury and Worcester, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC
Where are you from? Worcester, MA
Education: B.A. from Assumption College in Psychology and Education
M.A. from Assumption College in Rehabilitation Counseling
Why did you want to work at Assumption College? I chose to work at Assumption because I believe that the liberal arts education offered to Assumption students prepares them well and in many cases opens the door to an array of interests and career opportunities that students may not have considered or even knew were a possibility.
What is your favorite thing about Assumption? I love that the Assumption pride and the sense of community can be felt throughout campus!
What is your favorite sports team? I love the New England Patriots!

 

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.

 

Brion Morro

Name: Brion Morro
Title: Regional Admissions Representative
Territory: Delaware, New Jersey, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester Counties in New York and Pennsylvania
Education: B.A. from Moravian College in English and Rhetoric
What inspired you to work with students? In 11th grade I was fortunate enough to have a teacher who inspired me and truly became a mentor. He noticed that I had a passion for working with and tutoring younger students. He really motivated me to pursue a career in education.
What’s your favorite book? I really like Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls and The Things they Carried by Tim O’Brien.
What’s your favorite thing about Assumption? My favorite thing about Assumption is our students. Without them Assumption wouldn’t have the vibrant campus it does. I also think Pierre is the coolest mascot!

 

Ryan O'Keefe

Name: Ryan O’Keefe
Title: Assistant Director of Admissions
Territory: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana,Plymouth County, the Cape and the Islands in Massachusetts,Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Upstate New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
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).

 

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!

 

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 in 2014!  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.