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 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.


Jenn Wells
Assistant Dean for Student Life

In her position, Jenn works in the area of leadership and social justice education, including advising the Governing Board at Barnard, Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters, WBAR, Barnard ROOTS, and the Senior Class Council.  Jenn is also a member of the Being Barnard committee, facilitates the Women of Color Support Group with Furman Counseling, and advises the First Generation College Student Advisory Board at Barnard with the Dean of Studies Office. Jenn is passionate about identity exploration, the dynamic relationship between social justice and leadership, and building communities of empowerment and liberation.  Receiving her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, Jenn earned her master of arts degree in Higher Education Administration from New York University.  You might work with Jenn to coordinate leadership and social justice trainings and workshops, plan strategies to help with running your student organization, and discuss issues of equity, inclusion, and access on campus.



Denise Boneta
Program Director for Community Programs and Orientation

Denise Boneta is the Program Director for Community Programs and Orientation in Barnard Student Life. In her role, Denise oversees all aspects for the New Student Orientation Program. Aside from that, Denise also works on Community Programs which includes Urban NY, campus wide programs and providing resources and support for commuter students. Denise also advises McAC, Barnard's programming board, as well as Publication groups, SkipStop, and the Barnard Writing Collective. Denise received her undergraduate degree from NYU in Childhood/Special Education and her master’s degree from UMass Amherst in Social Justice Education. She is from, and still living, in Queens, NY with her rabbit, cat and treasured Netflix subscription. Denise welcomes students to email her at anytime if interested in getting involved, providing feedback or suggestions for NSOP, or for anything else that might come up.

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, 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, 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.
Emily Klein '15
Program Coordinator
As a Program Coordinator in Student Life, Emily creates opportunities for leadership development and social justice education on Barnard's campus. Emily advises identity-based and pre-professional student clubs, Native American Heritage Month, Latino Heritage Month, Women's History Month, and the Sophomore Class Council. Emily co-chairs the LGBTQ Leadership Retreat and also works on the Barnard BLUE series in addition to Barnard-specific orientation programs. Aiming to better integrate student experiences in the classroom with those outside of it, Emily works with Dean Wong and the Willen Faculty Seminar on Diversity in the Classroom to hold twice-semesterly conversations about identity and equity in the classroom. Emily is passionate about the intersection of identity, politics, and community building. Emily earned her bachelor's degree in Urban Studies with a concentration in Sociology from Barnard College in May of 2015.
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 Technicians for the GMT
Mariana Benjamin
Alyssa Zajan
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