FYE Office Staff
The first year experience staff are here to provide support and guidance as students go through their first year at the university and beyond. To contact any of the staff or faculty, please utilize the online directory or email the FYE office directly.
First Year Mentors
The first year mentor staff are upperclass students who assist in supporting first year students and help coordinate programs and events on campus. Learn more about the first year mentors.
Mathew Chetnik, director
Mathew received his master's degree in student development from Appalachian State University and his bachelor's in English and black studies from SUNY New Paltz. As a first generation college student, Mathew has worked in residence life, orientation and student leadership at a number of institutions and has been involved in a number of initiatives related to the first year experience here at Salem State University. He has worked closely with NACURH, a national student leadership organization, was named outstanding mentor by ACPA, the American College Personnel Association, and was a finalist for the First Year Advocate Award through the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience. Mathew is currently in his first year of a doctoral program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, in higher education administration.
J.D. Scrimgeour, faculty fellow for the first year experience
J.D. Scrimgeour holds a BA and MA in English from Columbia University and an MFA (in poetry) and PhD in american literature from Indiana University. He has published a collection of poetry, The Last Miles (2005) and two books of creative nonfiction, Spin Moves (2000) and Themes For English B: A Professor’s Education In and Out of Class (2006), which won the AWP Award for Creative Nonfiction. With the musician and composer Philip Swanson, he released a CD of poetry and music, Ogunquit & Other Work in 2010. He most recently published Territories (2013), a collection of poems. Scrimgeour served as coordinator of creative writing at Salem State for several years, and the director of the Salem Poetry Seminar. He serves on the executive board of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and is a founding member of the Salem Writers’ Group.
Anne Noonan, faculty fellow for the first year experience
Anne Noonan is a faculty member in the psychology department. She earned a PhD and MA in psychology at Boston University, and a BA in psychology at Framingham State. Her research interests include the subjective and relational aspects of social class, paid employment, and economic mobility. She has served as principal investigator of federal research grants including a National Science Foundation (NSF) study of social support for science and math persistence among urban high school students, and two National Institute of Health (NIH) studies (one on religiosity, sexuality, and family relationships among adolescents, and the other on the relational resources of older workers).
Peter Sampieri, faculty fellow for the first year experience
Peter Sampieri is a professional stage director, playwright, and university professor who has served as guest faculty at New York University, Brown University, Providence College, New England Conservatory, Huntington Theatre Company, Northwestern University, and The Brown/Trinity Consortium. His professional directing credits include the Off-Broadway world premiere of On The Line at The Cherry Lane Theatre, and The Three Same Guys at The Public Theatre, in New York. His regional work has been seen at Trinity Repertory Company, Portland Stage, and The Gamm Theatre, where his direction of Radio Free Emerson received an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Play in 2008. His playwriting credits include Kafka in Tel Aviv, a 2014 Regional Finalist for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He is a 2002 recipient of a Pell Award Scholarship for Artistic Excellence, and an assistant professor of theatre at Salem State University, where he loves teaching.
Meghan Campbell, graduate retention fellow
Meghan received her bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in management from Sacred Heart University. While there, she was involved as a resident assistant, orientation leader, student ambassador for admissions, member of the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority, president of the panhellenic council, and senator with the student government association. Meghan is currently enrolled in Salem State's masters in higher education in student affairs program, is interning at Northeastern University, and spent the summer doing an internship at Northern Essex Community College. Meghan is primarily responsible for advising the First Year Advisory Board (FAB), coordinating the Outstanding First Year Advocate Award process, and overseeing the FYE Student Success Station program.
Kelly Desisto, graduate retention fellow
Kelly received her bachelor's degree in English communications with minors in psychology and religious studies from Emmanuel College. As an undergraduate, she worked in disabilities services, alumni relations, and career services as well as serving as a summer housing assistant and residence hall association board member. Kelly also was the student coordinator for the first year experience Student Adjustment Guided Effectively (SAGE) mentoring program. She has worked in Wheelock College's academic advising office, Berklee College of Music and Mount Ida's residence life offices, and the president's office at Salem State University. Kelly is currently enrolled in Salem State's masters in higher education in student affairs program and is spending the summer working at Brown University. Kelly is primarily responsible for advising Alpha Lambda Delta and supporting the living learning communities.
Josie Margiotta, graduate assistant
Josie received her bachelor's degree in education concentrating in early childhood with a minor in dance from Salem State University. As an undergraduate, she was a choreographer and dancer in the student run Repertory Dance Theater and was inducted into the Pi Lambda Theta National Honor Society. Josie also spent a year as an academic mentor in Peabody Hall helping first year students gain valuable academic success skills. Josie is currently enrolled in Salem State's masters in higher education in student affairs program. Josie is primarily responsible for FYRE (the First Year Reading Experience) and coordinating the Meet Your Major program.
Rachel Seavey, graduate retention fellow
Rachel received her bachelor's degree in classics with a civilization track from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is currently in the the masters in higher education in student affairs program at Salem State University. During her undergraduate years, Rachel worked as a summer peer advisor with orientation, a teaching assistant, a member of the choir and theater guild, and completed the ROTC Civilian Track of Advanced Physical Conditioning course. After studying abroad in Orvieto Italy, Rachel spent several years working full time in marketing and event planning positions. She spent the summer working at University College Dublin's Alumni Relations Office in Ireland and is interning with Service Learning at Salem State. Rachel is primarily responsible for coordinating the Student Success Series and supporting the learning communities.
Hannah Tweeddale, graduate assistant
Hannah received her bacelor's degree in psychology and business administration from Stonehill College. As an undergraduate, she had the opportunity to study abroad at Griffith University in Gold Coast, Australia. She has held internships with the American Cancer Society and E.M. Freedman Insurance Agency. While at Stonehill, Hannah was the captain of the dance team and actively involved in service projects including volunteering for the Special Olympics Basketball Tournament and participating in an alternative spring break trip to Europe. Hannah is primarily responsible for The ONE Program, a mentoring program between graduate students and first year students.