Meet the Staff
Jessica Basile has been working at Brandeis for close to 20 years. She holds a joint master's in anthropology, and women's, gender and sexuality studies from Brandeis, where she is currently completing her doctorate in anthropology. She also holds a master's in the history and phenomenology of religions from the Graduate Theological Union.
As assistant dean, Jessica's work focuses on building community for graduate students across Brandeis' three graduate schools, along with crisis management and advocating for graduate student needs. Ensuring that all students have equitable access to their graduate education is fundamental to her professional pursuits.
Jessica spends as much time as she can in the woods with her dog and husband. Occasionally, her children may join them, but since her son is on his way to college and her daughter is busy with her own teenage life, she's lucky if they are all home to eat dinner together.
Steve Weglinski holds a master's degree in higher education administration from the University of Nevada, Reno. He has worked at Brandeis for five years and enjoyed the many relationships he has been able to form with students from all over the world. Steve is an active person and enjoys the outdoors. He lives in Central Massachusetts with his three children and lovable pets Chai (cat) and Reese (guinea pig).
Mai Dewees holds an MBA in nonprofit management from Lesley University. Prior to coming to Brandeis, she spent many years as an educator in the arts and for students with special needs. When she's not at work, Mai is busy tending to her perennial garden or getting in a few miles on the bike path.