Meet The Staff


Meet Our Staff

Alina S. Wong, PhD
Associate Dean for Student Life

As the Associate Dean for Student Life. Alina's responsibilities include supporting Student Life programs and events, advising the Student Government Association and the Governing Board of Barnard, and working with all students to foster a vibrant and inclusive community. Alina serves on various committees and collaborates with campus partners to bring holistic, educational, co-curricular programs to Barnard. 

As a facilitator and educator, Alina specializes in community building, identity exploration, and inclusive leadership. Alina's research examines the processes of racial identity construction using critical theory and intersectionality to understand racial identity construction as one part of decolonization projects. Alina's research is included in The Misrepresented Minority: New Insights on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the Implications for Higher Education (2013) and in the forthcoming Intersectionality and Research in Higher Education. Alina is available for workshops, trainings, facilitation, and lectures in identity exploration and social justice education.


Jenn Wells
Assistant Dean for Student Life

In her position, Jenn works in the areas of social justice education and leadership development. Receiving her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, Jenn earned her master of arts degree in Higher Administration from New York University, where she also worked professionally in residential life, student government advisement, new student programming, and the MLK Scholars program. Most recently, Jenn comes to us from Mills College, where she fell in love with women-centered, educational spaces that allow for leadership development through a social change lens. Jenn believes that Barnard will be a great place to continue nourishing her passion for social justice education and collaborative leadership development. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Michael C. Abamont
Program Director for the Glicker-Milstein Theatre and Arts Initiatives

Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts from DeSales University in Pennsylvania and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. After school, Michael returned home to New York City to begin his career as a theatre technician. In his travels he has had the pleasure of working with the wonderful people of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre and the Utah Shakespearean Festival just to name a few. As the Theatre Coordinator for the Glicker-Milstein Theatre, Michael oversees all scheduling and technical aspects for any productions that take place in the theatre, no matter how large or small.

Denise Boneta
Program Director for Community Programs and Orientation
Denise graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Childhood/Special Education and went on to earn a Masters in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Originally from Queens, Denise is excited to be living and working in the city that she loves. In her role as Program Director for Community Programs and Orientation, Denise will be overseeing the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP) and advising McIntosh Activities Council, First-Year Class Council, publication clubs, pre-professional clubs & special interest clubs. 
Jessica Malcolm
Glicker-Milstein Theatre Technician
Jessica earned her Bachelor degree in Theatre Arts focusing on Sound Design from Barnard College. Since graduating, she has worked as a sound designer, audio engineer and stagehand in venues around the country. She has had the pleasure of working with a variety of artists and performers in spaces like Second Stage, New World Stages, BAM, and New York Live Arts. As the Glicker-Milstein Theatre Technician, Jessica will provide support for performances in the GMT and assist with advising student clubs, in addition to support for Student Life Arts Initiatives.
Luz Ovalle
Program Coordinator
Luz graduated from Skidmore College with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature, and after graduating pursued a career in education. As a Brooklynite, she is thrilled to be working and living in the city she calls home. As a Program Coordinator, Luz will work with the Heritage, History and Awareness Month committees; advise student clubs; and assist with other programs and events.  She is excited to have the opportunity to contribute to students’ social and emotional development.

Gloria Anderson, Assistant to the Dean

Sabine Lissain, Assistant to the Directors

Maria Pasquali, SGA Bookkeeper


Student Life Office Assistants

Kayla Hug

Samantha Smalls

Tatiana Vera

Maria Awwa

Milana Larin

Mimi Belhaj-Bouabdallah

Student Technicians for the GMT

Mariana Benjamin

Maya Halbert

Alyssa Zajan

Megan Schwarz (Occasional)