Meet your Admission Counselor

Assumption's admission 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 admission process, we thought we'd share a little bit about ourselves with you.

Caitlin D'AmoreCaitlin D'Amore
Admissions Counselor

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Territory: Norfolk County (Massachusetts), Maryland, Upstate New York, Virginia, Washington, DC

Where are you from? Norton, MA

Education: B.A. in Political Science from Saint Michael's College

Why did you choose to work at Assumption College? Assumption offers the best of both worlds with a small campus community, while also being located close to downtown Worcester which offers students many opportunities outside the classroom.

What inspired you to work with students? College is an important time for students to grow in their personal and academic lives. I enjoy being able to work with students on their goals and the best way to achieve them.

What is your favorite restaurant in Worcester? The Fix is delicious!

What is your favorite sports team? I love the U.S. Women's National Soccer team!

Fun fact about yourself: My eyes are two different colors!

Michael DiPiazzaMichael DiPiazza
Director of Admission and Recruitment

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Territory: Long Island, NY, and Tennessee

Where are you from? I grew up in Albany, NY, but moved to Massachusetts via Long Island.

Education: Iona College, BA, MBA

What is your favorite thing about Assumption? The Greyhound Chili is outrageously good, especially on a brisk Friday night at an AC football game!

What is your favorite sports team? Born and raised New Yorker, let’s go Yankees!

What is your favorite restaurant in Worcester? Not sure I can name just one. O’Connor’s has a great atmosphere.

Fun fact about yourself: I eat ice cream every night, and my favorite flavor is Turkey Hill Choco Mint Chip.

Brother Richard GanonBro. Richard Gagnon, AA
Transfer Counselor

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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.Ed. 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

Tyler HarringtonTyler Harrington
Undergraduate Admissions Counselor

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Territory: Barnstable, Dukes, Nantucket, and Plymouth Counties in Massachusetts, Arizona, Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Idaho, South Carolina, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, New York City, New Jersey, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming

Where are you from? Haverhill, Massachusetts

Education: B.A in Political Science from Bates College

Why did you choose to work at Assumption College? I wanted to work at a school that values the role of a liberal arts education in a student’s growth. Assumption provides students the opportunity to grow and learn on their own path, which drew me to the school.

What inspired you to work with students? Throughout my high school and college careers, I had great mentors. Having those people as a support system only helped improve that experience for me. I want to give back and do the same for prospective students.

What is your favorite sports team? Any Boston team, but The New England Patriots are my favorite!

Fun fact about yourself: Tom Brady once told me my throwing form was “solid”, forever the height of my athletic career!

Alison KoningAlison Koning
Admissions Counselor

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Territory: Middlesex County (Massachusetts) and California

Where are you from? Carlisle, MA

Education: BSBA in Sports Management with a Concentration in Marketing and a Master of Science in Management with a Concentration in Sports Leadership from Mount Ida College

What inspired you to work with students? I enjoy counseling students on to the next phase of their educational career. I always had someone there to guide me and I enjoy being that person for others.

What is your favorite restaurant in Worcester? Corner Grill – The Caesar Salad Pizza is awesome!

Why did you choose to work at Assumption College? I loved the best of both worlds feel that the campus provides. You are set back on a beautiful suburban campus but, you are minutes from the second largest city in Massachusetts which provides students a lot of opportunity.

What is your favorite thing about Assumption? I love the school pride and the community feel. I also love how involved students are in clubs, intramurals, athletics and organizations.

Daniel MacelveenDaniel MacElveen
Undergraduate Admissions Counselor

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Territory: Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, and New Haven Counties in Connecticut, Georgia, International East (Europe, Asia, Africa), Orange, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties in New York, and Direct Entry Nursing Applicants

Where are you from? Poughkeepsie, NY

Education: BA in Sociology from Hartwick College

Why did you choose to work at Assumption College? My brother worked here before me and he always told me how amazing the community is; how dedicated the faculty are; and how Assumption truly cares about the individual. These attributes are important to me and are ideals that I believe in.

What is your favorite sports team? The Giants, sorry New England!

What is your favorite thing about Assumption? The Community is so special here. The atmosphere is very friendly and open so you will never feel like an outsider.

Fun fact about yourself: I can walk on my hands longer than most people can on their feet!

allyson martinAllyson Martin
Assistant Director of Admissions

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Territory: Cities of Auburn, Shrewsbury and Worcester, Massachusetts, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Direct Entry Nursing Applicants

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!

AnastasiaAnastasia Miller
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

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Territory: Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rockland and Westchester Counties in New York, and Ohio.

Where are you from? Maybrook, NY

Education: B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Rhode Island and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University

Why did you choose to work at Assumption College? I wanted to work at an institution that values its students, provides countless opportunities, and believes in enriching society with well-rounded educated graduates.  Assumption does all those things and more! I feel lucky to be a part of such a special and unique community.

What inspired you to work with students? As a first-generation college student, I found navigating the college search process and transitioning to college to be very overwhelming experiences. I was lucky enough to have support and guidance from family, friends and mentors in my life. I quickly discovered, through my college opportunities, that working with students and their families was a way to combine my love of helping others and my passion for education. 

What is your favorite sports team? As a native New Yorker, the Yankees and Giants of course!

Fun fact about yourself: I’ve been to 17 out of the 30 Major League Baseball stadiums (with plans to finish them all by 2021) and I’ve swam with manatees (my favorite animal)! 

Mike PerronMike Perron
Assistant Director of Admissions

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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).

ricardo valentinRicardo Valentín
Assistant Director of Admissions

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Territory: Essex and Suffolk Counties in Massachusetts, American Samoa, Florida, Guam, International West (Latin America), Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Where are you from? Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico

Education: American International College, B.S., MBA

What inspired you to work with students? As a first-generation college graduate who had little guidance during my college search, I strive to provide guidance with a more personable approach. Having the ability to work one-on-one with students and their families throughout the process and becoming a mentor to some students, provides a heart-warming experience for me.

What is your favorite restaurant in Worcester? When I need to satisfy my seafood cravings, I prefer The Sole Proprietor. Otherwise, I absolutely love Sazon Latino; it’s a nice taste of home right in the heart of Worcester.

Why did you choose to work at Assumption College? The community here is phenomenal. From the first time I stepped foot on campus, all of the faculty and staff members were extremely welcoming and made me feel right at home.

susan wynneSusan Wynne
Regional Admissions Representative

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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 and their families is a perfect fit for me. As the mother of two recent college grads as well as a college sophomore gives me a perspective which resonates with students and parents alike. Helping students during this time of transition is very rewarding.

What is your favorite restaurant in Worcester? There are so many to choose from in Worcester and the list keeps growing!  If I have to choose, it would be for seafood at The Sole Proprietor or for take-out, Ed Hyder’s Mediterranean Marketplace on Pleasant Street