Who are we?
When you see us around campus, please feel free to say "hi!"
Meet the Staff
Director of Student Activities
Stephanie Grimes has been Director of Student Activities since July of 2004, but she is no stranger to Brandeis. Before becoming the director, she held positions including Associate Director of Student Activities, Activities Adviser and Quad Director. Her complete Brandeis experience includes 12 years of service. Before joining Brandeis, she worked as the Assistant Director of Student Involvement at Chowan College in Murfreesboro, N.C. She holds a master's degree in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Bryant College (now Bryant University). She manages the day-to-day operations of the department, including but not limited to staff supervision, budget management, marketing and promotion and vision for the department. She advises the Fall Fest (Family Weekend) program alongside the associate director and Senior Week. When not in her home in the Shapiro Campus Center, she is home with her husband and her son.
Gina Regonini liked college so much that she decided to make a career out of it! She works with Student Events and other organizations to "wow" the Brandeis community and help them get the most out of their time here. Before coming to Brandeis in July 2012, Gina worked at Boston University in Student Activities and received her masters degree from Northeastern's College Student Development & Counseling program. When she's not living vicariously through her students, Gina loves going to hip-hop yoga, cooking, and re-pinning way too many projects on Pinterest.
Kelly Whiffen joined Brandeis in 2010 as the Department Coordinator of Student Activities and Community Service. Before coming to Brandeis, she worked in several coordinating roles, including Weekly Ad Coordinator and Schedule Coordinator at CVS Caremark and Communications Coordinator at Camp West Woods. She also worked with students as a gymnastics coach. Kelly holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Ithaca College, where she was actively involved in campus life as a gymnast for the school's Varsity team, copy editor for the school's newspaper and co-director of a Christian retreat. Outside of Brandeis, Kelly enjoys running, reading and volunteering with her church.
Marketing and Box Office Manager
Leigh Hilderbrandt joined Brandeis in September 2000 as the Box Office/Subscriptions Manager for the Theater Department and moved over to Student Activities in July 2011, operating Brandeis Tickets, located in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium. She is excited to be able to work with student organizations and university departments to provide ticket services for various types of events held throughout campus, from theater and music performances to conferences and fund raisers. Prior to Brandeis, Leigh worked at the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company in Weston, VT and the Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville, FL. In addition to theater, she has entertained a variety of career interests, including 911-emergency communications and veterinary assistant. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theater and Visual Arts from Pennsylvania State University. Outside of Brandeis, Leigh enjoys spending time with her dogs and cats, volunteering for animal rescue groups, doing projects at her 1720 home, and working as a certified personal trainer.
Maria Alana Anderson
Student Activities Specialist
Maria joined Brandeis in 2011 as a Student Activities Adviser. Prior to coming to Brandeis, Maria worked at The Ohio State University as an Assistant Hall Director while earning her master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Maria also has a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts and Women & Gender Studies from Clark University. During her time at Clark, Maria served in several roles in the Office of Student Leadership and Programming, including the Student Activities Intern, Academic Orientation Coordinator, and Lighting Assistant. She also worked as a Technical Theater Assistant for the theater department, running lights for many department and club plays and performances. She is excited to be at Brandeis working with the Student Activities office, clubs and organizations to create engaging campus programs.
Student Activities Operations Specialist
Darryl David, a TYP alum and class of 2009 graduate, joined Brandeis October 2012 as Student Activities Operations Specialist. Prior to returning to Brandeis, Darryl spent two years working with Orchard Garden Pilot School’s special needs community and one year prior as the METCO Specialist at Lincoln Sudbury Regional HS. He received a degree in Sociology from Brandeis University and continues to use his professional and personal experiences to better his community. Outside of Brandeis, Darryl, a Brooklyn, NY native, enjoys DJ’ing at various clubs in the MA & NY areas.
Where are We?
The Department of Student Activities is located on the second floor of the Shapiro Campus Center. Please stop by to meet us and get involved.