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 navigating health care services, understanding the student health insurance plan and immunization compliance, and ensuring food security.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    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

    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.