Meet the Staff
Dr. Mary E. Dunn, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admissions
Expertise: admissions and management
Phone Number: 978.542.6200
Travel Territory: MA (Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties), Cape Cod Community College
Dr. Dunn serves as the assistant dean of undergraduate admissions. With over 25 years of admissions experience in higher education, she previously held the positions of director of transfer admissions at Salem State, director of undergraduate admissions at Regis College, director of transfer admissions at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and other admissions positions in college admissions at Fisher College and Salem State. Dr. Dunn holds a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, a master’s in business administration from Suffolk University and a bachelor's degree in education from Salem State. Dr. Dunn is actively involved in many professional education organizations and enjoys meeting people and traveling.
Jacklyn Haas, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Expertise: On-campus events, travel schedule; includes high school visits, college fairs,
Phone number: 978.542.2149
Travel Territory: MA (Essex County)
Jackie loves the positive energy of the campus and is continually impressed by Salem State’s incredible growth and commitment to a first-class educational experience. Jackie’s favorite part of admissions is working closely with students and their families and assisting them in finding a school that is the right fit! It is amazing to see students walking around campus and hearing about their great Salem State experience!
Jackie completed her BA in social studies education at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, and her MEd in higher education at Northeastern University, Boston. She comes to Salem State with 10 years of admissions experience.
Anne McDonough, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Expertise: Transfer Admissions, Art Liaison
Phone Number: 978.542.6204
Travel Territory: MA (Norfolk County), Bunkerhill Community College, Mass Bay Community College, Massasoit Community College, North Shore Community College
Anne joined Salem State University quite appropriately on a beautiful Halloween day in 2011. Previously Anne worked for over four years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as assistant director of undergraduate admissions. While a student at RPI, Anne received her BS in electronic media, arts and communication in 2007 and her MS in management in 2011. Anne discovered her passion for working in higher education while an undergraduate student due to her positive experiences in residence life, conference services and admissions. She enjoys working with students to help them see their possibilities and potential at Salem State!
Jovan Sempa '13, ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR
Expertise: Multicultural Recruitment, Admissions Ambassador Program, Athletic Liaison
Phone Number: 978.542.7457
Travel Territory: MA (Hampden and Suffolk County), Quinsigamond Community College, Roxbury Community College, Springfield Technical Community College
Jovan Sempa joined the admissions team in 2013 after graduating from Salem State with a bachelor degree in business marketing. During his undergraduate career at Salem State University, he worked as a resident assistant where he discovered an interest in working in higher education. Being a first generation student, Jovan has a keen interest in working with multicultural prospects who tend to be the first ones in their families to go to college. Jovan is pursuing a graduate degree in business administration.
Jessica Raposa, Admissions CounselorExpertise: International students
Travel territory: MA (Middlesex County)
Jessica joined the admissions team in September 2015. She earned her bachelor's degree from Wheelock College, where she majored in juvenile justice and youth advocacy, human growth and development, American studies. She is currently completing her MS in Organizational Leadership at Wheelock College.
She loves working for a university that is so committed to its students and the community. She finds the energy and excitement at Salem State to be contagious. The most rewarding part of her job is working closely with students and their families to help guide and counsel them through this exciting journey!