Who are we?

When you see us around campus, please feel free to say "hi!"


Stephen Pagios








Meet the Staff

Steve Pagios
Director of Student Activities

Steve joined Brandeis in the spring of 2014 as the Associate Director of Student Activities and in spring 2017 was promoted to Director. Prior to Brandeis, Steve worked at Quinnipiac University (CT) and at The University of Akron (OH). He graduated from Bowling Green State University (OH) with a master's degree in College Student Personnel and Assumption College (MA) with a bachelor's degree in Organizational Communication. At Brandeis, Steve's major responsibilities include overseeing the day to day operations of the department; advising the student programming board, Student Service Bureau, and Cholmondeley's Coffeehouse (Chum's); and providing overall support to students organizations, as needed. Outside of Brandeis, he is also heavily involved in volunteering regionally and nationally with the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA). When not wearing his "work hat," Steve can be found at a local concert, Red Sox game, or traveling the country to explore new places!

Katie McNamara 
Senior Department Coordinator

Katie McNamara joined Brandeis in 2017 as the Senior Department Coordinator of Community Service and Student Activities. Prior to Brandeis, she worked as the Campus Programs Assistant at Dexter Southfield, managing summer camp and after school programs. Katie earned her bachelor's degree from Saint Michael's College, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. Outside of Brandeis, Katie enjoys skiing in Vermont, traveling, New England sports, and spending time with friends. 

Leigh Hilderbrandt
Marketing and Box Office Manager

Leigh Hilderbrandt joined Brandeis in 2000 as the Box Office and Subscriptions Manager for the Department of Theater Arts and moved over to Student Activities in 2011 where she handles marketing for the department and manages Brandeis Tickets. Leigh coordinates with student clubs and organizations and university departments to provide ticket services for events held throughout campus, including theater performances, music concerts, cultural shows, dance parties, lectures, conferences, as well as some off-campus trips and events. 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 tourism sales, 911-emergency communications, veterinary assistant, and certified personal trainer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in theater and visual arts from Penn State University. Away from Brandeis, Leigh spends time with her dogs and cats, volunteers and advocates for animal-related causes, and does DIY projects at her 1720 home.

Robert Steinberg
Student Activities Specialist

Robbie joined the Department of Student Activities in the fall of 2014. After graduating from Brandeis in 2013, he spent a year working in a variety of fields, including outdoor theater production, corporate banking, and audiovisual services for corporate events and weddings. He left Brandeis with degrees in Psychology and Education Studies, and a minor in Theater Arts. While on campus, he served as a Theater Assistant for the Shapiro Campus Center Theater, Coordinator of Student Production Services, and as President of Tympanium Euphorium. Away from work, Robbie enjoys seeing theater productions and going on adventures.

Johnny Wilson
Operation Specialist

Johnny joined the Department of Student Activities in the spring of 2016 and oversees the Shapiro Campus Center, Usdan Game Room and the Campus Center Team.  He graduated Brandeis in 2013, double majoring in Women and Gender Studies and Health: Science, Society and Policy and is also a TYP Alumni. During his time at Brandeis, he worked as a Campus Center Team Supervisor and worked part time as a DJ for colleges in Boston. Before coming back to Brandeis, Johnny spent three years working as a Teacher and Athletic Director at Epiphany Middle School in Dorchester. When Johnny is not at work, he is out DJing in Boston or teaching young students how to DJ.

Where are We?

The Department of Student Activities is located on the second floor of the Shapiro Campus Center in room 203. Please stop by to meet us and get involved.

We are open Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

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