Meet the Staff
Dr. Mary E. Dunn, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admissions
Expertise: admissions and management
Phone Number: 978.542.6200
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.
Bryan Boppert, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Expertise: travel schedule; includes high school visits, college fairs, panels
Phone number: 978.542.7350
Travel Territory: MA (Essex County, Barnstable County)
Bryan Boppert is the associate director of undergraduate admissions. Over the past decade, Bryan has worked for several different institutions of higher education from an art school to a private catholic college and now brings his enthusiasm and expertise to the Salem State admissions office. Bryan has a bachelor's degree in marketing and advertising from the University of Hartford and a master's in management from Harvard University. Working as a tour guide while still an undergraduate student, Bryan fell in love with the admissions process and helping others fulfill their goals through education. Since that time he has met with hundreds of students and families and helped them to achieve their dreams. Bryan looks forward to meeting you and helping you to do the same.
Anne McDonough, Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions and Marketing
Expertise: on campus admissions events, transfer admissions, marketing liaison
Phone Number: 978.542.6204
Travel Territory: MA (Bristol County, Norfolk County, Plymouth County), NH
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!
Evelyn Garcia '03, '07, Senior Admissions Counselor
Expertise: group tours, student ambassadors, fluent in Spanish
Phone Number: 978.542.6045
Travel Territory: MA (Worcester County), CT
Ms. Garcia has been at the institution for about 14 years. She received her undergraduate degree in education in 2003 and her master's degree in higher education and student affairs in 2007 both at Salem State. She joined the admissions team in 2012 and has previously worked in TRIO Student Support Services office. “I enjoy working with students on a daily basis to help them achieve their goals. At Salem State, the student always comes first.”
Nathan Jirka '11, Admissions Counselor
Expertise: international student liaison, admissions recruiter
Phone Number: 978.542.6716
Travel Territory: MA (Berkshire County, Franklin County, Hampden County, Hampshire County)
Nathan Jirka recently completed his undergraduate degree in communications at Salem State University. Over the past several years, Nathan has been involved in the admissions office first as an admissions ambassador and now as a counselor. Nathan’s love for admissions grew out of talking with potential students and explaining all the options and opportunities that are available. Nathan has a passion for travel and study abroad so ask him about all the opportunities that Salem State has to offer. Nathan is the liaison for international students; as a result he has learned more than he ever imagined about the Albanian grading system and the Chinese “Gao Cao” exams.