Meet the Staff

Emy Cardoza
Associate Dean for Student Life

As the Associate Dean for Student Life, Emy engages holistic, co-curricular education and provides oversight and support for all Student Life programs and events to offer opportunities for student learning and personal development. Emy advises the Student Government Association and Nightline, and collaborates with all students and partners across the Student Services division to foster a vibrant and inclusive community. Born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, Emy received her BA in Religious Studies from Rollins College and has also earned a Master’s of Divinity from the University of Chicago and a Master’s of Education from Loyola University Chicago.



Deshawn Cook, D. Litt.
Assistant Dean for Student Life

Deshawn was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and currently resides in New Jersey. After receiving a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Ramapo College of New Jersey, Deshawn then received a master's degree in Liberal Studies. Deshawn also holds a Doctor of Letters in Fine Arts from Drew University. As the Assistant Dean for Student Life, Deshawn focuses on Social Justice Education in addition to advising the Governing Board at Barnard, the Senior Class, and the Mortarboard Yearbook. Feel free to stop by the Student Life office to chat about Social Justice or to engage in many of the workshops and programs centered on diversity and equity. 



Karina Beras
Associate Director
As the Associate Director for Student Life, Karina’s focus areas are leadership development and new student orientation (NSOP) in addition to advising the McIntosh Activities Council (McAC), the First Year Class Council, and some of our identity and publications-based clubs. Karina was born and raised in New York City (Harlem and the Bronx, specifically). She holds a bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Cornell University and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan.
Rebecca Lesperance
Program Coordinator for Community Development
As the Program Coordinator for Community Development, Rebecca focuses on programs that foster an inclusive campus community. Rebecca advises cultural/identity based and pre-professional clubs, Black History Month, Sophomore Class Council and manages Millie the Bear. She also co-leads the development and planning of the New Student Orientation Program- NSOP.  Rebecca is a proud North Jersey native with great a love for the city of Brotherly Love and Sisterly affection, Philadelphia where she received her BA in Political Science from Temple University and her Masters in Higher Education Administration from Drexel University. Feel free to contact Rebecca or stop by her office if you have any questions about student clubs, planning events to promote an inclusive campus community or just to say hello!
Allie Emmerich
Program Director for Arts Education
As the Program Director for Arts Education, Allie oversees the Glicker Milstein Theatre (GMT) usage, programming, and rentals. She advises performing arts-based student groups and helps them determine best practices. She comes to Barnard from Swarthmore College, where she served as the Production Stage Manager for the Lang Performing Arts Center. Allie has vast experience in professional theatre, dance, and events management. Some of her favorite roles include talent team member for the Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Parade, Production Stage Manager for TEDxSwarthmore, and Production Manager for Youth America Grand Prix, the world's largest dance networking organization.

Jess Malcolm '14
Glicker-Milstein Theatre Coordinator
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.
Yasmin Neil, Assistant to the Dean
Ruth Lopez, Department Assistant
Maria Pasquali, SGA Bookkeeper