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.

Nicole Allen

Graduate Assistant for Pre-College Programs

Nicole received her BA degree at the University of Central Oklahoma in Humanities with a minor in Art History. She is currently pursuing her MEd in Higher Education from the University of Arkansas. While there, she works as a graduate assistant in housing as a Programming Assistant for two residence halls.

When not studying or working with her Resident Assistants, Nicole loves spending time reading and enjoying Netflix.  Having never spent time in New York City, she is looking forward to exploring museums and finding out what’s so awesome about the pizza!

At Barnard, Nicole is excited to work with the other Graduate Assistants, Program Coordinators, and Resident Interns to give our students an exciting summer filled with opportunities to learn both in and outside of the classroom!

Lauren Di Giovanni

Graduate Assistant for Pre-College Programs

Born in the Bronx, New York and raised in Pembroke Pines, Florida, Lauren earned a BS in Communications and a BA in English at Florida International University.

Lauren is currently a graduate student in University of Florida’s Student Personnel in Higher Education program, and works as an Academic Advisor and Career Coach for UF’s Heavener School of Business.

Over the summer at Barnard, Lauren will be part of a collaborative effort to provide a fun and positive learning experience to potential students through the Pre-College Program. Through this role she will be working alongside the Associate Director for Residential & Housing and Pre-College Programs, two other Graduate Assistants, as well as Program Coordinators, and Resident Interns.

Although raised in Florida, Lauren has been a frequent visitor to New York and is looking forward to exploring the sights and sounds of the city. Her favorite things about New York, besides seeing her extended family, are pizza and Italian ices. In her spare time, Lauren likes to spend time with her friends and family, and enjoys reading, traveling, and solving puzzles. 

Lauren Glaccum

Graduate Assistant for Pre-College Programs

Lauren received her BA in Journalism degree in Advertising from The University of Georgia, and she is also currently pursuing her MEd in College Student Affairs Administration from The University of Georgia.  During the tenure of her Masters, Lauren is the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Conduct there.

At Barnard, she will be working with the rest of the Pre-College Programs team to create an amazing experience for each and every one of its students through co-curricular learning opportunities.

During her free time, Lauren loves to travel anywhere and everywhere as well as spend time with her family and friends.  You can almost always find her reading a novel, listening to good music, sipping coffee, or with a shopping bag in hand.  While she is an avid lover of the beach, she is excited to live in NYC for the first time!