Meet the Professional Staff


Lizeth Jaramillo

Associate Director for Residential Life and Pre-College Programs

Lizeth is a New York City native. As a first generation college student, Lizeth received a BA in Psychology from William Paterson University in 2009 and an MA in Counseling from Centenary College in 2013. Lizeth was actively engaged in residence life departments since her undergraduate years, beginning her reslife journey as an RA primarily in first year communities. Prior to Barnard, Lizeth has held professional positions at NYU and The Juilliard School.  Lizeth enjoys blue water beaches, spin class, walking miles and miles in NYC, traveling and being a dog mom of an adorable pit bull. 

Joelle Tolifero

Associate Director for Residential Life and Pre-College Programs

Joelle Tolifero started her journey in higher education as an RA and student leader at West Chester University where she studied Political Science and Social Studies Education. After graduation, she taught Peace and Conflict Resolution in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Joelle pursued her Master’s degree in International Education with a focus in Peace and Human Rights at Teachers College, Columbia University. She took the skills she learned at TC to Thessaloniki, Greece where she taught and oversaw the student affairs aspects of students studying abroad in their first year of college through Northeastern's N.U. in program. Continuing her passion for immersive educational experiences, Joelle transitioned back into Res Life at Georgetown University and now Barnard College. In her current role, Joelle focuses on increasing the level of engagement that students have with the Office of Residential Life at Barnard through departmental programming and the development and assessment of their Residential Curriculum.

Elizabeth Williams

Senior Programs Assistant for Pre-College Programs

Elizabeth hails from Chicago, Illinois and graduated in 2016 with honors from Barnard College. She holds a BA in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a concentration in Race and Ethnic Studies. During her time as an undergraduate, Elizabeth worked as a Head Barnard Student Admissions Representative, an Office Assistant for the Women's Studies Department, and served on the Athena Center Student Advisory Board. As a former PCP student herself (YWLI '11) and the 2015 Program Coordinator for the Young Women's Leadership Institute, she's passionate about sharing all that PCP has to offer with interested students and parents. She spends her free time exploring New York City parks with her dog and watching the latest Netflix or HBO series.

Elzbeth Islas

Summer Programs Graduate Assistant 

Elzbeth is a second-year graduate student at the San Diego State University (SDSU) Student Affairs Master's program. She is from Tijuana, Mexico, and California. Elzbeth received her B.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego. She combines her passions for social justice, mental health, and student-centered work through her involvement in identity-based resource centers that focus on equity, community building, and mentorship. During her down time, she likes to watch YouTube videos, have one-on-one conversations, and day-dream about hamsters and puppies. Elzbeth is honored and pumped to work at Barnard this summer!

Tanasia Morton

Summer Programs Graduate Assistant 

Tanasia is a rising second year student in the Higher Education Student Affairs Master’s program at Eastern Michigan University. Born and raised in the inner city of Cleveland, Ohio, she developed a passion for politics and social justice. Tanasia received her Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science at Eastern Michigan University. On campus, Tanasia serves as the President for the Higher Education Student Association and as a mentor for first-year students. Tanasia also serves as the President of the Michigan State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In her spare time, Tanasia enjoys hanging with her friends, chasing her little sister around the house, and traveling. Tanasia also enjoys pizza, cupcakes, and all things Beyoncé. Tanasia is excited to be working with PCP this summer!

Lauren Percy

Summer Programs Graduate Assistant 

Lauren is a second-year Master's candidate at Teachers College studying Higher and Postsecondary Education, and holds a Bachelor's in History from the University of New Hampshire. Born and raised in the nation's first primary state, Lauren is a complete government guru. She also loves pirates - so much so that she wrote her undergraduate thesis on pirates in New Hampshire! When she's not chilling with the girls at Barnard, you can find her trying to decipher hieroglyphics (yep, she took a class on this too!) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, sketching dogs in Central Park, or even dancing on Broadway (at the corner of W 116th Street, of course)! Lauren is beyond excited to be a part of the Barnard PCP team, and is pumped to meet all of the PCP participants!

Maite Torres

Summer Programs Graduate Assistant 

Maite is a Florida native who finds her roots in Colombia. She is a rising second-year graduate student pursuing her Master’s in the Student Personnel and Higher Education program at the University of Florida. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Miami where she majored in Creative Writing and minored in Psychology. Maite is a lifelong sister of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc., and takes their principle of cultural awareness to heart. She is always reading up on the intersections of identities such as race and ethnicity, to shed light on the experiences of womxn of color in their communities. In her free time, you will likely catch her listening to music and dancing along, exploring a farmer's market for an ingredient in one of her dishes, or scrolling through boutiques on Instagram. Maite is excited to join the Barnard team as a Hall Director this summer and put her knowledge of student development theory to the test.