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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.
(978) 542-7039

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.
(978) 542-7576


   Abby_Grant_Head_shot_IMG_4218Abby Grant, Senior Programs Manager

Abby focuses on developing and coordinating workshops as well as special programming that includes the CEO Groups, Million Dollar Women, and the Business Plan Competition.

Abby has more than 20 years in the communications field as well as several years in the staffing industry working with creatives and marketing professionals. She has held business development and account management roles for several Boston-based public relations firms and advertising agencies.

Abby holds a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and a M.A. from Emerson College.

Abby volunteers at local career centers, where she leads workshops on networking and social media for effective job searching. In addition, one of her passions is animal rescue. She lives in Swampscott with her husband, 2 teenagers and 5 pets (that’s today’s count, anyway).  Her motto is, “If we all helped a little, it would help a lot.”
(978) 542-2021

Farleny Ramirez, Office Administrator

Farleny Ramirez joins the Enterprise Center as Office Administrator and will be responsible for bookkeeping, human resources, office leasing, & tenant needs. Farleny is a dynamic individual with a versatile background that has allowed her to discover her passion for developing organizational systems, creating office solutions and building team spirit. She has extended her efforts within each organization  she has been a part of to truly understand the nature of the business and contribute towards that organization’s mission.
Farleny attended Marian Court College where she completed her Associates degree in Accounting and is now pursuing a B.A. in Finance & Accounting from Northeastern University. Farleny’s professional background is in accounting, human resources and office coordination. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.
(978) 542-7097

Terry Brancato, Administrative Coordinator


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.
(978) 542-6605

DSCN0020Andrea Swirka, Associate Director, Corporate Outreach and Special Programs, Salem State University

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.
(978) 542-6302