Meet the Salem State STEP Coaches
Information about the STEP Coaches
Megan Wigton, Success Coach, Coordinator of STEP
Hello! My name is Megan Wigton and I coordinate the Student Transition and Engagement Program at Salem State. I started the program in 2012 and have watched it grow and expand over the last five years. I deal with all the administrative aspects of the program in addition to coaching the peer mentors, first-year and second-year students. I love my job! One of my passions is to increase access and equity in higher education, which I get to focus on every day through STEP. I am originally from Juneau, Alaska but went to college in Santa Cruz, California. I moved to the East Coast in 2006 to pursue my first graduate degree in Theology. In 2008 I got married and settled in Rockport, MA. I graduated with my Masters of Education in Higher Education in Student Affairs from Salem State in 2013. I spend my free time cooking and eating yummy food, chasing after my 2 year old son, and preparing for the arrival of my daughter who is due in August 2017! I am looking forward to meeting you and getting to know you more this fall!
Anastaisa Lima, Success Coach, Graduate Retention Fellow
Hi! My name is Tasia Lima and I am a Success Coach for the STEP program and a graduate student in the Higher Education in Student Affairs program here at SSU. I grew up nearby in Gloucester, MA but I currently live in Lynn, MA. My undergraduate degree is in Film and TV production from BU, and I have a masters degree in Communication and Critical Cultural Studies from UMaine, Orono. I also spent a few years conducting postgraduate research in film studies at King's College London. Needless to say, I really love to learn! But I also love teaching and supporting students. I am a licensed public middle and high school English teacher, and worked as an ABA/Behavior Specialist in various public schools throughout the state, as well as a residential manager for non-profit homes that support adolescents and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. I've taught college courses including radio and video production, advertising, international communication, and film studies. Working in higher education is my passion and I am so excited to meet you and help support your success! In my free time I love to do yoga, listen to music and watch/talk about movies and TV, travel, cook and bake, and spend time with my friends and family and my two orange cats, Harry and Fuzz (That's Harry in the photo!).
Brianna Araya, Success Coach, Graduate Retention Fellow
My name is Brianna Araya and I am one of the success coaches for STEP! I'm originally from Framingham, MA but now reside in Waltham, MA. I graduated from Framingham State University in 2016, with a bachelors in Communication Arts with a concentration in Integrated Visual Media. I just finished my first year in Salem State's Higher Education in Student Affairs masters program. This will be my second year working with STEP and I'm so excited to get to know and start working with all of our new students in the fall!