Meet The Staff

Alina S. Wong, PhD
Associate Dean for Student Life

As the Associate Dean for Student Life. Alina engages holistic, co-curricular education and provides support for Student Life programs and events. Alina advises the Student Government Association, the Governing Board at Barnard and Nightline, and works with all students to foster a vibrant and inclusive community. Alina serves on the President's Task Force for Diversity, the Commencement Planning Committee, and collaborates with faculty and staff to address campus climate and equity issues. 
As a facilitator and scholar, Alina specializes in social justice education, and uses critical theory and intersectionality to consider the ways students develop a whole sense of self. Alina's research is published in The Misrepresented Minority: New Insights on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the Implications for Higher Education (2013) and Intersectionality and Research in Higher Education (2015). Alina also provides workshops, trainings, facilitation, and lectures in identity exploration and social justice education.


Assistant Dean for Student Life
The Assistant Dean for Student Life provides visionary leadership in social justice education, leadership and community engagement.  This position is currently open.


Denise Boneta
Associate Director for Student Life

In her role, Denise is responsible for the overall management of the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP), social justice education programs, and providing support for commuter students and first year college transition. Denise manages the Social Justice Resource Room, the Prayer/Meditation Space, and assists in supporting student organization spaces including the Commuter Student Lounge, the Publications Suite, and others. As a Student Life staff member, Denise advises publication groups (Barnard Bulletin, Echoes, HerCampus, Hoot Magazine, and Barnard Bite), the Writing Collective, WBAR, Nightline, Clay Collective, Skip Stop, and the First Year Class Council.  Denise was raised and still residing in Queens, NY and received her undergraduate degree from New York University in Childhood/Special Education and her master’s degree from UMass Amherst in Social Justice Education. Denise welcomes students to stop by or email her at anytime if interested in getting involved, seeking spaces to have conversations around identity and power, or would like to provide feedback or suggestions for NSOP. 

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

Michael oversees the day-to-day and long-term operations of the Glicker-Milstein Theatre (GMT), including scheduling of the GMT and its support spaces and vetting technical support for productions. Michael also advises approximately thirty performance-based and art initiative-based groups including Ancient Drama Club, Bacchantae, Columbia, Musical Theatre Society (CMTS), Barnard Collaborative Dance Collective (Collab), Columbia University Ballet Ensemble (CUBE), Kings Crown Shakespeare Troupe (KCST), New Opera Workshop (NOW), NOMADS, Orchesis, V-Day, WBAR and X-Mas! to name a few. Michael received his Bachelors of Arts from DeSales University and his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. For any information regarding the Glicker-Milstein Theatre or Arts Initiatives, please feel free to contact Michael at
Ana Angeles
Program Coordinator

Ana Angeles is a Program Coordinator at Barnard Student Life. She works on leadership and social justice education initiatives, including the Barnard BLUE series and the monthly students, staff, and faculty identity-based socials. Ana also co-chairs the Students of Color Leadership Retreat (SOCLR) and advises identity-based and pre-professional student clubs, the Senior Week Committee, the Senior Class, BOSS, Queer Awareness Month, Black History Month, and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Ana also works on the areas of joint community programs between Barnard College and Columbia University and identity-based programs at Barnard for the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP). Ana is from both Manila, Philippines and Vallejo, California (the San Francisco Bay Area) and received her undergraduate degree from Cal State Monterey Bay in Business Administration and her master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University. Ana welcomes students to stop by or e-mail her if they have any questions about student clubs or ideas about programs related to leadership and social justice.

Karina Beras
Program Coordinator
In her role as a Program Coordinator for Student Life, Karina’s focus is on creating opportunities for leadership development and social justice education on Barnard's campus. Karina co-chairs the LGBTQ Leadership Retreat and advises identity-based and pre-professional student clubs, Native American Heritage Month, Latino Heritage Month, Women's History Month, and the Sophomore Class Council. Karina was born and raised in New York City (Harlem and the Bronx, specifically) and received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Hotel and Restaurant Administration and her master’s degree from the University of Michigan in Higher Education Administration. Feel free to reach out to Karina if you have any questions about student clubs, planning events on campus, exciting ideas for making Barnard a more vibrant and inclusive campus community, or just want to chat/need a listening ear.

Jess Malcolm '14
Glicker-Milstein Theatre Technician
Jess earned her bachelor's degree in Theatre with a concentration in 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. In her position, Jess advises performance groups, manages technical rehearsals and performances in the Glicker-Milstein Theatre, and assists with arts initiatives across campus.
Gloria Anderson, Assistant to the Dean

Ruth Lopez, Department Assistant
Maria Pasquali, SGA Bookkeeper
Student Life Office Assistants
Mei Suet Loo - Class of 2016
Nadira Rahman - Class of 2017
Mia Ciallella - Class of 2019
Rachel Andres - Class of 2019
Sukrana Uddin - Class of 2019


Student Technicians for the GMT

Mariana Benjamin - Class of 2016

Alyssa Zajan - Class of 2017

Christine Aucoin - Class of 2018

Shira Harris - Class of 2018