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.

Kayleigh Swan

Graduate Assistant

Kayleigh was born in New Haven, Connecticut and raised in a few too many states to list, finally landing in Rhode Island.  She graduated in May of 2015 with a Bachelors in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Luxury Operations from Niagara University. She is currently pursuing her Masters in College Student Personnel Administration at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. In addition to taking classes at Canisius, she also serves as a Hall Director for a very energetic second year building. When she is not working with students or in class, Kayleigh can be found crafting, binging Supernatural on Netflix, or adventuring to find new and exciting places with friends.

Bess Tracey

Graduate Assistant

Bess Tracey was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. After spending 4 years in DC at the Catholic University of America, where she studied History and Secondary Education, Bess made her way up north to central Maine to pursue her MEd in Student Development in Higher Education at the University of Maine. In addition to taking classes, Bess works as an Assistant Community Coordinator for the Office of Residence Life at UMaine. She’s pumped to be back to city living for the summer and is looking forward to exploring New York! When not working or studying, Bess can be found drinking coffee, crafting, or watching The West Wing on Netflix.