Meet the Team

  • Associate 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.

  • Director of Student Wellness Promotion and Services

    Lee Helmken Cherry has been at Berklee since February 2018 and joined Berklee’s Health and Wellness team in January 2021 as the director of Student Wellness Promotion and Services. In this role, she oversees the team, which offers programming, education, services, and resources to set students up for success during and after their time at Berklee. She works to build campus relationships and ensure that Berklee students have access to health resources and are empowered with the knowledge that they need to make informed choices for themselves and their wellbeing.

  • Student Health Liaison

    As the student health liaison, Audrey Foxx (she/her) works to deliver essential holistic wellness education and resource information to a diverse community of student musicians and performing artists. She works in collaboration with the professional counseling staff, administrative staff, contracted wellness service providers, graduate interns, and student employees to foster a lifelong ethic of care so that students may thrive during and after their time at Berklee.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Case Manager

    Bri Tagliaferro (she/her), case manager in Health and Wellness, works with students to help them connect with resources both on campus at Berklee and in the larger Boston area. She works to promote student well-being and assists students in overcoming challenges that they may encounter during their time at Berklee. She also assists students with inquiries related to the school-sponsored health insurance program, food and other basic needs assistance, counseling referrals, and navigating medical care.

  • Health Coordinator

    As the health coordinator, Shannon Williams (she/her) works under the health services administrator to oversee immunization compliance, assist students with the school-sponsored health insurance program, and provide general assistance as an office manager in the Health and Wellness suite. She also works directly with students to book appointments with counselors or the case manager. She is also maintaining her responsibilities as the COVID-19 administrative coordinator by collecting and approving test results, providing CoVerified support, and managing testing compliance.


Counseling Services

The department also includes the team from Counseling Services.

  • Director of Counseling Services

    Courtney Baczko is a licensed independent clinical social worker who brings extensive experience in clinical and administrative supervision and operational management across diverse settings to her role as counseling director. She embraces a collaborative and inclusive approach in both her staff supervision and management.

  • Counselor

    Sandra Capecelatro is a licensed independent clinical social worker with extensive experience using various therapeutic approaches such as dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, narrative, and expressive arts. She takes a holistic, creative, and thoughtful approach to care with a dedication to empowering each individual in their personal steps towards growth and success. 

  • Counselor/Multicultural Specialist

    Esther Chi (she/her) is a licensed independent clinical social worker with eight years of clinical experience, including extensive experience in community-based mental health treatment. She is dedicated to increasing culturally sensitive, equitable mental health access and counseling services for marginalized populations. Her clinical areas of experience include addressing racial trauma, complex trauma, identity development, anxiety, and depression. 

  • 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/Multicultural Specialist

    Allison Lara is a Latinx, first-generation American and bilingual in Spanish. She works from a social justice framework, focusing on increasing access to and understanding of mental health services among Black, indigenous, and people of color. Her clinical areas of expertise include identity development, complex trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.

  • Counselor

    Casey Pons (they/them) is a social worker who has been living and working in mental health and wellness services in Boston for more than 20 years. 

  • Counselor

    Sumana Shankar is a mental health counselor with an M.Ed. in counseling. Her therapeutic philosophy focuses on approaching people with curiosity and empathy while helping them strengthen their self-efficacy, resiliency, and self-inquiry practices.

  • Counselor

    Shirblina Thelismond is a licensed clinical social worker who views counseling as a collaborative endeavor that requires an honest and nonjudgmental space to work through life’s challenges. She draws from a variety of methods tailored to each student's needs to promote their maximum success.