Meet the Professional Staff

Ann Dachs

Director of the Pre-College Programs

Ann is the Director of Pre-College Programs at Barnard as well as a Senior Admissions Officer for the Barnard College Office of Admissions. She received her JD degree from Columbia Law School and is a Barnard alumna, class of ’81. Born and raised in NYC, Ann is an avid lover of the Upper West Side, Pilates, historical fiction, and foreign films. In the summertime, Ann enjoys traveling (once PCP is done, of course!) and sunscreen. 

Josh Conway

Associate Director for Residential Life & Housing and Pre-College Programs

A Chapel Hill, NC native, Josh received his Master's in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina in 2006. Prior to joining the Barnard team in August, 2014, Josh worked as the Resident Director for Ordal and Stuen Halls at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, the Community Director for Morrison Hall at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC, and the Area Coordinator for Integrated Learning Communities at Fordham University in Bronx, NY.

Josh also held a career in the performing arts, where he was seen in Big League Production's 2011-2012 National Tour of "My Fair Lady" and Matt Murphy Production's 2012-2013 Off-Broadway and National Touring production of "The Berenstain Bears: LIVE!" under the stage name Josh Giles Alexander.

Samantha Grecco

Assistant to the Director of Pre-College Programs 

Samantha graduated from Barnard in May 2012 with a BA in Psychology. As a student, she worked at the Barnard Store, in the Barnard Center for Toddler Development, as a Transfer RA and was also a Tow Fellow. Samantha began her work towards an MA in Education Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University as a part-time student in the fall of 2013.  In the summer, she likes to eat at rooftop restaurants, run in Riverside Park along the water, and travel back to her native Jersey for some time at the shore.

Kathleen Burns

Graduate Assistant

Kathleen Burns was born and raised in Northern California. She received her BA in Psychology at Sonoma State University. Kathleen recently moved to the East Coast to pursue her MEd in College Student Affairs at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. At Rutgers, she works as a Hall Director for a special interest community. She also interns with the Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance where she works on large scale programming to raise awareness as well as prevention of interpersonal violence on campus. When she isn’t planning events or working with students, Kathleen can be found at a concert, a comedy show, or honing her banjo skills in a park. Kathleen is so honored to have the opportunity to work at Barnard this summer. She hopes that in her time with students and leaders, she will help foster a safe, inclusive, and fun community. Kathleen has thoroughly enjoyed her time on the East Coast and is excited to spend the summer working with amazing people in an amazing city!

Jaylyn Jones

Graduate Assistant

Jaylyn Jones is a California native from Sacramento. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in College Student Personnel at Bowling Green State University. Jaylyn graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor's in Sociology. As a USC alum, Jaylyn is a huge Trojan Football fan. She left the sun and fun of Los Angeles to work at Ohio Northern University where she is a graduate assistant in the Office of Residence Life and the Office of Multicultural Development. When she is not working with students, you can find her binge watching Survivor, preparing to teach a Zumba class, or attempting to learn Spanish. Jaylyn is obsessed with hair bows, grande white mochas, and having a good laugh. 

Andrea Pope

Graduate Assistant

Andrea Pope is currently a graduate student studying student affairs at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. In addition to taking classes, she also serves as a Hall Director for first-year students and works in the Center for Multicultural Student Services. Ultimately Andrea hopes to follow her passion for student affairs into a career in higher education supporting underrepresented students. When she's not working or studying, Andrea enjoys binge-watching TV shows on Netflix and practicing yoga. She also likes (the results of) exercising and enjoys cooking (read: finding recipes on Pinterest).