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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: Assistant Director of Admissions
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.

Katelyn Bigelow

Name: Katelyn Bigelow
Title: Admissions Counselor
Territory: Maryland, Norfolk County in Massachusetts and Upstate New York
Where are you from? Holyoke, MA
Education: BSBA from Western New England University in General Business
What inspired you to work with students? College is such an important opportunity for students. It is a great way for students to grow both personally and intellectually and I love being able to work with students individually through this experience and learn more about them and their goals!
What is your favorite restaurant in Worcester?: New England Roast Beef has to be my favorite – their sandwiches are delicious!
What is your favorite sports team?: Boston Red Sox for sure!
What is your favorite thing about Assumption?: I love that there is so much support for students on campus, as well as the location here in Worcester gives students so many opportunities for internships and other experiential learning opportunities!

Name: Michael DiPiazza
Title: Director of Admission and Recruitment
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 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.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.

Alison Koning

Name: Alison Koning
Title: Admissions Counselor
Territory: Middlesex County (Massachusetts) and Texas
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.

Andrew Kupec

Name: Andrew Kupec
Title: Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
Territory: Connecticut (excluding Tolland, New London and Windham counties), Georgia, Florida and International territories
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, M.B.A. from Assumption College
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.

Daniel MacElveen

Name: Daniel MacElveen
Title: Undergraduate Admissions Counselor
Territory: South Shore, California, Arizona
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 Martin

Name: Allyson Martin
Title: Assistant Director of Admissions
Territory: Cities of Auburn, Shrewsbury and Worcester, Massachusetts, Maine
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!

Brion Morro

Name: Brion Morro
Title: Regional Admissions Representative
Territory: North and South Carolina, Delaware, New Jersey, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester Counties in New York and Pennsylvania
Where are you from? Nazareth, Pennsylvania (The home of Martin Guitars!)
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!

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).

Ricardo Valentin

Name: Ricardo Valentín
Title: Assistant Director of Admissions
Territory:  Latin America, The Caribbean, Essex and Suffolk Counties in Massachusetts
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 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 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