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Deb GouldDebra Gould Headshot

Director of Student Affairs

Deb (she/her/hers OR they/them/theirs) has been a part of the Peabody community since 2018 and currently serves as the Director of Student Affairs. Deb provides one-on-one support, including interventions, advocacy, referrals, and follow-up services for students who are experiencing difficulties related to any area of concern. Deb has experiences working at both public and private institutions and has had the pleasure of providing supervision and guidance to graduate and professional staff members. Their professional areas of interest include the navigation of campus systems and policies, while prioritizing student well-being and academic success and social justice and inclusion efforts.

Deb received her B.S. from Suffolk University (Boston, MA) in Public Relations and Black Studies and their M.Ed in Higher Education Student Affairs from Salem State University (Salem, MA)

When Deb cannot be found in her office, she is likely thrifting, road tripping, or watching movies with her partner and long-time cat companion, Errol.

Dan Pretz

Associate Director of Housing, Residence Life, and Summer Conferences

Dan (He/Him/His) joined Peabody in 2016 as the Associate Director of Housing, Residence Life, and Summer Conferences. Dan’s work centers on developing a residential environment that supports students as they transition in to both the Peabody & Baltimore communities. Dan supervises the Resident Assistant staff, as well as the Graduate Head Resident. These positions deliver a campaign of both passive and active programs meant to provide students the tools needed to adjust to the freedoms and responsibilities that come with their new role as Peabody students. Dan also works closely with the campus judicial and emergency response functions and serves as the on-call administrator for the campus.

Dan holds a M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a B.A. in Music Theory & Composition from McDaniel College, and an A.A. in Music from Howard Community College.

When he is not at Peabody, Dan can be found engaging with the Baltimore theater scene, poorly recreating crafts found on Pinterest, or contemplating life’s deepest questions such as “is a hotdog a sandwich?”

Chris Ambrose

Assistant Director of Student Engagement

Chris has worked for the Johns Hopkins University system for over two and a half years. Having joined the Residential Life team at JHU Homewood, Chris worked with first and second-year residents on the Homewood campus where he supervised RAs, executed a residential curriculum, and was actively involved with LGBTQ+ Life and Multicultural Affairs. Chris joined the Peabody Student Affairs staff in December 2019 in a re-envisioned role as the Assistant Director of Student Engagement. In his current role at Peabody, Chris leads New Student Orientation, manages  clubs and organizations, advises the Peabody General Assembly (PGA), plans large scale events, and works to enhance the overall student experience here at the Conservatory. Alongside his full-time position, Chris also serves the larger field of Higher Education and Student Affairs as the current President of the Maryland College Personnel Association (MCPA), our state’s chapter of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

Chris graduated top of his class earning his Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Stevenson University in Owings Mills, MD in Spring 2015 and Masters of Education in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA in Spring 2017.

Chris is a Baltimore native who is a lover of brunch, Demi Lovato, and his dog, Piper.

Sarah Herberger

Student Affairs Coordinator


Sarah (she/her/hers) joined Peabody in November 2018 after working for two years at the Homewood campus of JHU in Homewood Student Affairs. Sarah manages communication in the Office of Student Affairs, including the weekly campus newsletter and social media profiles. She also hires and manages the office’s student workers as well as planning campus-wide social programming. Additionally, Sarah provides direct, high-level support to the Director of Student Affairs, the Case Manager, and the Departments of Student Engagement, Residence Life, and Summer Conferences. Each spring, she coordinates the annual Off-Campus Housing Fair.

Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2015. As of the Spring 2020 session,  she is completing her final semester before earning her Master of Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys spending time with friends, travelling, and hanging out with her dog, Molly.

Student Affairs Assistants

Collin Ziegler

Graduate Head Resident