Who are We?

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



JV Souffrant

Katie McNamara


Elise Yonika

Where are We?

Shapiro Campus Center, Room 203
9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Meet the Staff

Director of Student Activities


Leigh Hilderbrandt
Marketing and Box Office Manager

Leigh 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 also assists with planning and implementing departmental programs, including coordinating the Fall and Winter Involvement Fairs. 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, 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 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.

JV Souffrant 

Operations Specialist 

JV joined Brandeis in the fall of 2017 as the Operations Specialist for the Department of Student Activities. After graduating from Brandeis in 2013, he spent some time working in a variety of fields, including immigration law, footwear, and youth development as a Trainer at the Posse Foundation for the Miami site. While at Brandeis, JV received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology. On campus JV served as a member of the Brandeis Campus Center Team, and was both an info booth member and a supervisor. He was also a member of Brandeis Student Government, and served one term as the Senator for Racial Minority Students. For fun JV enjoys reading, writing, boxing, and listening to various music from around the world.

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.


Graduate Assistant for Programming

Shannon Poppe joined Brandeis in 2017 as the Graduate Assistant for Programming. She is focused on developing the Campus Activities Board (CAB) and assisting with the Student Services Bureau. Shannon graduated from John Carroll University in May 2017 with her B.S. in Human Resource Management and Business Management. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Higher Education with a focus in Student Affairs from Boston College. In her free time, Shannon enjoys finding new coffee shops, podcasts, and keeping up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Elise Yonika 

Graduate Assistant for Leadership 

Elise joined Brandeis in 2017 and is working to develop new and existing resources for student leaders. After graduating from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Human Development & Family Studies and Psychology in 2014, Elise went on to work at Massachusetts Institutes of Technology managing federal sponsorship obligations in MIT’s Technology Licensing Office. She is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in Administration of Higher Education at Suffolk University. Outside of Brandeis, Elise enjoys distance running, spending time with friends, and exploring new places.