Meet the Team

Anna TakahamaAnna Takahama photo

Director of Student Activities and Leadership

Anna Takahama has been at Berklee since January 2017 and has been in higher education all of her professional life. She has worked in the Office of Admissions for the Northeastern University School of Law and, most recently, served as assistant director of campus engagement at Bryant University in Rhode Island.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts with a focus in photography in 2008 from Bridgewater State University. She completed her master's degree in applied educational psychology with a focus in college student development and counseling at Northeastern University in 2011, and will be pursuing her doctorate in higher education leadership at University of Massachusetts, Boston, beginning in the fall of 2018. She and her team offer programs and services that engage students and work with student leaders to develop their leadership skills. They provide leadership programs, support over 80 student clubs and organizations, and give off-campus and commuter student support.

Outside of work, she loves kayaking in the summer, photography, and anything crafty like knitting or crocheting. You can reach her at atakahama@berklee.edu.

Laurel DreherLaurel Dreher photo

Assistant Director of Student Activities and Leadership

Laurel Dreher has been at Berklee since July 2013. Previously, she served as coordinator of residential education at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, from 2009 until 2012, and as residential life area director at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2012 until 2013.

A recipient of the Park Scholar Award, she attended Ithaca College for her undergraduate degree, majoring in journalism and minoring in both Spanish and English. She received her master's degree from the University of Vermont's Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program. While there, her graduate assistantship was on the campus programs team in the Department of Student Life; she also served as a resident scholar through Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and lived in-house as an academic advisor and mentor to the Vermont Gamma chapter at the university. Now, as the assistant director for student leadership programs in the Office of Student Activities, her role provides direct oversight of, vision for, and implementation of programming aimed at complementing the professional development students receive inside the classroom with practical life skills and personal values exploration. This programming includes an Emerging Leaders series, Berklee VOICES panels, student leadership conference scholarships, and an in-house leadership resource library.

She has been taking classes in American Sign Language and recently enrolled in her second set of classes, joining students at DEAF, Inc., in Allston, Massachusetts. You can reach her at studentactivities@berklee.edu.

Meagan HartMeagan Hart photo

Assistant Director of Student Clubs and Engagement

Meagan Hart has been at Berklee since July 2017. From 2015 until 2017, she worked as a graduate assistant in campus life at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services. Concurrently, she also worked as a practicum graduate student at Northeastern University in the service-learning program.

She received her bachelor's degree in women and gender studies from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2017, she completed her master's degree in college student development and counseling at Northeastern University. In her role, she oversees the sustainability, growth, and development of student clubs within the Office of Student Activities. She works with student club leaders to secure resources for their events, programs, travel, professional development, and performances, among other things and serves as their main point of contact within the office.

From Ann Arbor, Michigan, she enjoys traveling, hammocking around the city of Boston, everything Halloween, college/pro football, and exploring with her mini-schnauzer, Phoebe. You can reach her at studentactivities@berklee.edu.