Meet the Staff

Mary Dunn

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, panels

Phone number: 978.542.2149

Travel Territory: MA (Essex County)

Jackie joined the admissions team in May 2014. 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, NY and her MEd in Higher Education at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. She comes to Salem State with 10 years of admissions experience.  

Annie McDonough

Anne McDonough, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Expertise: Transfer Admissions, Art Liaison, Admissions Website, Marketing 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!


Izabela Kaczynska '12Admissions Counselor

Expertise: Transfer Admissions, International Admissions
Phone Number: 978.542.6716
Travel Territory: MA (Middlesex County), NH, Middlesex Community College, Northern Essex Community College

Izabela joined the admissions team in the summer of 2013. She is a recent graduate with BS degree in Communications from Salem State University and is currently enrolled in the Master’s in Higher Education in Student Affairs program also at Salem State. Originally from Poland, Izabela has transferred to Salem State from Middlesex Community College (MCC) where she received her AA in Liberal Arts. It was at MCC that Izabela learnt her passion for working with international students when she was actively involved in the International Club. Her interest grew when she transferred to Salem State and became involved with the International Student Association group on campus. Izabela’s career in higher education started during student employment first at MCC then Salem State working in international students’ office, transfer services and graduate admissions. She is looking forward to working with a diverse student population and welcoming you to the campus. 



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. 

Jobita Rodriguez-Rios '14, Junior ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR

Expertise: Music Liaison

Phone Number: 978.542.2807

Travel Territory: MA (Plymouth and Bristol County), Bristol Community College