Meet the Team

The Health and Wellness team is led by Jeff Klug (Associate Dean, Student Health and Wellness), supported by an administrative assistant. 

  • Assistant Director of Student Wellness Promotion and Services
    María Cabané facilitates the alcohol and other drugs education programs, as well as other programming and events to educate Berklee students around the seven dimensions of wellness.
  • Case Manager/Student Health Liaison
    Leona Chau connects students to appropriate campus and community resources, such as finding health care near campus, understanding the student health insurance plan and immunization compliance, and ensuring food security.
  • Associate Dean, Student Health and Wellness
    Jeff Klug's role is to fulfill the Health and Wellness Department's mission: to foster a lifelong ethic of care so that students may thrive during and after their time at Berklee; to affirm students’ personal and social identities and experiences; and to create safe, compassionate, healing, inclusive spaces that inspire learning, positive growth, and global citizenship.
  • Survivor Advocate
    Kate Richey, a confidential survivor advocate, works with students who have experienced sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, stalking, domestic violence and/or dating violence; additionally, she supports friends and loved ones of students experiencing these issues.

Counseling Services

The department also includes the team from Counseling Services.

  • Counselor/Multicultural Specialist
    Folake Afolayan, a licensed clinical social worker, specializes in group psychotherapy, treatment of psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, complex trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety disorders, grief and loss, and chronic illnesses.
  • Director of the Counseling Center
    As director of the counseling center, Elizabeth Alvarez is committed to the mentoring and supervision of the counseling services staff and promoting centered and compassionate care.
  • Counselor
    Daniel Goldberg, a licensed independent clinical social worker, takes an approach to counseling that embraces individual uniqueness and values personal choices while working collaboratively to strengthen one's self-awareness, communication, and relationship skills toward enhancing wellness.
  • Counselor/Rapid Access Specialist
    Kathleen Irving, a licensed independent clinical social worker, specializes in suicide and complex trauma interventions; family therapy; working with individuals developing their own sexual, gender, racial, ethnic, and wellness identities; and helping people to reconnect to their unique strengths and resources when adjusting to life changes.
  • Counselor
    Ruby Stardrum, a licensed mental health counselor, specializes in Internal Family Systems therapy, mindfulness, and LGBTQ+ mental health and identity development.