Laura Swanson, Executive Director
Ms. Swanson is the Executive Director of the Enterprise Center at Salem State University. The Center offers a broad cross section of business programs to support entrepreneurs, as well as small and medium sized business that are growing on the North Shore. As Executive Director Ms. Swanson is responsible for over 100 business programs offered by the Center, each year, as well as the management of the Center’s 53,000 sq. ft. building that houses approximately 40 tenants. She works closely with Salem State University and its entrepreneurship programs for students and manages the work of the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development.She has been with the Enterprise Center since 2008 and previously served as its Chief Operating Officer.
Before coming to the Enterprise Center Ms. Swanson worked with medical orthopedic practices for 20+ years and had her own business, where she provided consulting and project management services for physician owned practices. Ms. Swanson graduated magna cum laude from Salem State University with a degree in history, in 1997, and is a member of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.
Laura has played a very active role in the Salem community for many years. She was a member of the Salem City Council, serving as a Councilor-at-Large, as well as a Commissioner for the Salem Parks and Recreation Commission. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors for a variety of community organizations, including Salem Access Television, the Salem Harbor CDC, North Shore Medical Community Affairs and many others.
Laura lives in Salem with her husband and their two young daughters.
Noreen Hazelton, Assistant Director
Ms. Hazelton is the Assistant Director of the Enterprise Center at Salem State University. As Assistant Director Ms. Hazelton is responsible for working in close collaboration with Executive Director to set the strategic direction for the Center. She also oversees and manages the Center’s budget, staff, Professional Education Program, communications, and marketing. She joined the Enterprise Center in August 2016 and reports to the Executive Director.
Before coming to the Enterprise Center Ms. Hazelton worked in State and Federal Government for over 30 years and held key positions in the areas of professional development and training, economic development, program management and evaluation, contract management, audits, investigations, and public/business relations. Ms. Hazelton received her B.S.W from Salem State College, M.S.P.A. from the University of Massachusetts, and M.Ed. from Salem State University. She also earned certificates in Management and Government Auditing.
Noreen has volunteered for various charitable organizations, especially those involving the development of children. She lives in Peabody.
Terry Brancato, Administrative Coordinator
Ms. Brancato is the Administrative Coordinator of the Enterprise Center. She performs a wide range of executive administrative, database management and operational duties and is a welcoming presence and information source for tenants and visitors. Prior to joining the Enterprise Center Staff, Ms. Brancato enjoyed a 25-year career in the financial and insurance industry holding significant positions of responsibility in the areas of contracts, compliance, marketing, licensing, human resources and office administration. Terry has completed courses at North Shore Community College in Business Management and Human Professional Relationships.
Terry resides in Peabody. She enjoys quality time with her family & friends. Since she is an animal supporter, she has two cats and a dog.
Bill Ronan, Facilities, Operations and IT Support
Bill plays an indispensable role, overseeing all facility and operations related issues and making certain that everything in the Enterprise Center runs smoothly and seamlessly. As testimony to Bill’s skills and flexibility, he also is in charge of all AV & IT Support of Enterprise Center workshops.
Andrea holds a unique role at the Enterprise Center as an employee of Salem StateUniversity. In partnership with the Enterprise Center, Andrea brings over 30 years of program design and development experience. Her focus is on developing an array of Professional Development certification programs, workshops, and courses to support workforce development in and around the region.
Andrea holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Easter Nazarene College, as well as a Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Salem State College.
Before joining Continuing Education at Salem State, Andrea worked at General Electric Aircraft Engines in Continuous Improvement Training. In addition, Andrea is a Licensed, MA Real Estate Referral Agent, with Jack Conway, Swampscott.