Meet the Team

  • Student Health Liaison

    Hyatt Aronoff (He/Him) is a public health practitioner who is passionate about community health and health equity.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Brett Dixon is a licensed mental health clinician (LMHC). His areas of expertise include treating substance use, trauma, anxiety, depression, and grief. Influenced by humanist, existential, and contemplative treatment perspectives, Dixon seeks to assist each individual in meeting their goals and getting in touch with their most authentic self. He believes that healing happens through building strong, positive relationships and always strives to create a safe, comfortable, and open environment for all. 

  • Counselor

    Dan Drolet (he/him) is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW). He views the most important task in therapy as being the work you do on your relationship with yourself. Drolet hopes to cultivate understanding, compassion, and self-trust as you navigate your stressors. His areas of interest and expertise include anxiety, depression, stress, and navigating uncertainty. He has focused his career on supporting young adults and LGBTQ people. 

  • Health Services Administrative Assistant

    As health services administrative assistant, Julia Dunn (she/her) assists students with immunization compliance and fields health-related questions and concerns. She additionally supports the counseling team by scheduling appointments for students. 

  • Case Manager

    Anne-Sophie Gerald (she/her) is a case manager with Health and Wellness, and comes to this role with previous experience as a student success advisor at Berklee.

  • Counseling Trainee

    Edythe Heins (she/her) is a doctoral-level intern pursuing her Psy.D. in clinical psychology with a concentration in Asian mental health. She received her bachelor's in psychology at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, and her master's degree in mental health counseling at William James College where she continues her Psy.D. program. She has experience working in a number of community mental health settings, as well outreach in public schools with children and families.
    Heins utilizes a person-centered approach to therapy and is passionate about creating a safe and collaborative space to help guide individuals from every walk of life to their own solutions while feeling respected and heard. She utilizes a number of modalities but has the most experience incorporating creativity in session through art and play. In her free time, Heins can be found working out their stress in the gym/doing CrossFit classes, working on paint by numbers and other crafts, FaceTiming her dog, and re-watching favorite TV shows.

  • Associate Director of Counseling Services

    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.

  • Assistant Vice President, Student Support Services

    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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  • Director of Counseling Services

    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.

  • Case Manager

    Candace Ng (she/her) is a case manager in health and wellness committed to helping students access resources to improve their health and well-being.

  • Case Manager

    As a case manager in Health and Wellness, Kelly O’Connor (she/her) assists students in accessing on and off campus resources useful for success and wellbeing. She uses strengths-based and solution-focused approaches to support students in overcoming challenges and achieving their goals during their time at Berklee.

  • Counselor

    Zaki Sabuwala (pronounced like zucky sa-boo-wa-la) (they/them) is a licensed clinical social worker. They view their counseling approach as a collaborative effort to reclaim one’s story through redefinition of language, understanding bodily/energetic experiences, and exploration of the self. They draw upon a variety of theories to tailor fit the best experience for the student as an individual.

    Out of the office you’ll find Sabuwala enjoying a wandering stroll with no destination, enjoying a nap, or listening to music while cloud watching.

  • Senior Case Manager

    As a case manager, Sarah Shadow (any pronouns) works collaboratively with students to connect them with on- and off-campus resources, build self-advocacy skills, and reach their success and wellness goals.

  • Counselor

    Katherine (Katt) Sparks is a licensed social worker with seven years of experience working in community mental health, crisis management, and counseling. Sparks specializes in life transitions, depression, anxiety, self-esteem building, and crisis management. As a woman of Latina and Black descent, she enjoys exploring how culture, family, and societal norms affect our own inner voice and decision-making. 

  • Counselor / Multicultural Specialist

    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. 

  • Counseling Trainee

    Tennille Crawford (she/her) is a doctoral-level clinical psychology student who is interning at the counseling center. She received her undergraduate degree at Barry University for psychology with a minor in Africana studies, and she is currently going to school to complete a doctor of psychology degree (PsyD) at William James College. Her approach is rooted in a collaborative process to tailor the therapy experience to meet the different needs of students. She is committed to social justice and challenging systems of oppression. Outside of being a student, Crawford enjoys going to concerts, traveling around the world, and spoiling her French bulldog.

  • Counselor

    JT Timms (they/them) is a licensed social worker. 

  • Director, Health and Wellness Services

    Samantha Wilson (she/hers) develops and monitors immunization compliance systems and helps students track their vaccination status. She serves as a primary liaison to the Tufts Medical Center team and coordinates local student health resources. To maintain a safe campus, she develops public health guidance in line with the CDC, MA DPH, and American College Health Association guidelines.

  • Survivor Advocate

    Katy Yarbrough graduated with her Bachelor of Arts from Biola University and has been working in victim services for eight years. She is a certified sexual assault/domestic violence counselor advocate.