Meet the Student Staff

Kristen Akey

Kristen is a rising junior from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin majoring in Political Science and Religion. On campus, she is involved in the Student Government Association’s Food Advisory Board, the Athena Leadership Center, the Barnard Bartending Agency, and is a Barnard Students Admissions Representative. This past year, she interned at U.S Senator Gillibrand’s New York City office and a criminal defense law firm. She is the Program Coordinator for the Athena Summer Innovation Institute and is super excited to work for PCP and meet all the students this summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Athena Abadilla

Athena is a rising junior from the beautiful island of Kauai, Hawaii. She is majoring in Religion with a minor in Education. Catch Athena being a happy brown girl on campus, making her mom proud as a Barnard Student Admissions Representative & First-Year-Focus RA and leading community programing with on-campus organizations such as Liga Filipina & Malama Hawaii. Want to know the best spots in the city to get those artsy Instagram pictures? Ask Athena, our fave freelance photographer and golden hour enthusiast! As someone who fell in love with Barnard during the summer, she's super pumped to be sharing NYC with all her lovely PCPers.

 

 

 

 

 

 Breana Beaudreault

Breana is a rising senior from the little city of Boston, MA. She is an English and Human Rights combined major with a concentration in American Literature, so you can imagine that she most often has her nose in a book or is listening to one of her favorite podcasts. You might also find her running down to the Hudson for iconic New York sunsets, rambling about her conspiracy theory of choice that week with friends, or decimating a bag of flavor blasted goldfish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Devon Bernsley

Devon is a rising junior from Los Angeles, California. She is majoring in Biology with a minor in Science, Ethics, and Public Policy. On campus, she is a First-Year-Focus RA and a member of the RA council. Devon is also a coxswain for the Barnard-Columbia women’s crew team and a member of the Community Service committee for her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. When she is not on campus, you can find Devon exploring brunch places around the city or finding hole-in-the-wall coffee shops. Devon can’t wait to spend the summer as a PCP RA and get to know all of you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Beshlian

Anna is a rising sophomore, majoring in American Studies combined with the ICORE (interdisciplinary concentration of race and ethnicity) track and minoring in Spanish. Anna is an RA during the year and a rower on the Barnard-Columbia women's crew team. A native Seattleite, Anna loves to hike, ski, and drink coffee. She also loves to explore the parks, museums, and restaurants of NYC and is hyped to help you do the same!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lili Cairl

Lili is a rising senior, English major, and dog-lover from Los Angeles, California. On campus, she's an actor and writer for Chowdah, Columbia's oldest sketch comedy group, and she had a blast working crew for the student-led musical production of "But I'm a Cheerleader" this past spring. She is looking forward to researching part-time at the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn this summer, and is absolutely thrilled to be joining the PCP Staff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marika Chrisanthopoulos

Marika is a rising senior from New York City majoring in psychology. She is interested in working with adolescents in the future as a clinical psychologist. As a lover of ballet, Marika is usually found in one of Barnard's studios taking dance class! Her favorite activities are dancing, reading, Netflix-ing, and spending time with friends. She is super excited to meet all of her new residents at PCP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yuval Dinoor

Yuval is a rising sophomore from Newton, MA who hopes to declare a major in American Studies next spring. Within the Barnard community, she is a health educator for Peer Health Exchange, a volunteer group that teaches sexual and mental health workshops in New York City high schools every week, as well as an Athena Scholar, Speaking Fellow in training, and dancer for a student dance group called Orchesis. She is passionate about local and national social justice activism, gift wrapping, vegetables, and spontaneous adventures in New York City. PCP is the reason Yuval fell in love with Barnard, and she is so excited to spend another summer basking in Barnard magic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaedyn Ellis

Jae is a rising junior from Macon, Georgia. As a Political Science major and Economics minor, she hopes to attend law school after Barnard. On campus, she is an Athena Scholar, a member of Barnard's Organization of Soul Sisters, a peer-advocate at the Sexual Violence Response Center, and a board member of the Athena Pre-Law society. When not on campus, you can find Jae trying various workout classes or exploring new parts of the city. As a former YWLI attendee, she is extremely excited to be an RA with YWLI this summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juliet Emerson-Colvin

Juliet is a rising sophomore from the San Francisco Bay area, majoring in Economics, minoring in French, and part of the Athena Scholar program. She's a writer for the Barnard Bulletin, a Barnard Babysitter, and very involved with theater, especially the King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe. In her free time, she loves to explore all the cafés, bookstores, and museums that the city has to offer. She is thrilled to spend her first summer as an RA with PCP and welcome all of you into the Barnard community!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pilar Ferreira

Pilar is a rising junior from the distant and amazing Brazil. She is very passionate about her Political Science major and Economics minor. You can find Pilar around campus giving tours as a Barnard Student Admissions Representative, conducting research for the Political Science department, travelling around the country to compete for Model UN, or in the front row of a concert downtown. Pilar is in love with Barnard, and is so excited to share her life here with the students of PCP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gabrielle Gaviola

Gabby is a rising senior from Berkeley, CA. She is majoring in Sociology with hopes of pursuing social work or guidance counseling after graduating from Barnard. On campus, she is a student caller at Columbia's Student Calling Center. When she isn't studying or working, you can find Gabby napping, reading (fave book: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie), exploring the city's unique food scene (fave restaurant: Lolo's Seafood Shack), or watching YouTube videos. She looks forward to sharing the Barnard experience with her residents and is excited for an unforgettable summer in New York City!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aastha Jain

Aastha Jain is a rising sophomore from New Jersey. She is passionate about environmental justice, animal welfare and women's rights. On campus, Aastha is a member of Delta Gamma, the PR Head for the South Asians Feminism(s) Society and involved in several sustainability initiatives. During the semester, Aastha works with a nonprofit theatre company, human rights law firm and a nonprofit promoting plant-based eating. When she is not working, you can find Aastha binging Netflix and spending time in nature!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sophie Kreitzberg

Sophie is a rising senior majoring in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies with a minor in Political Science. On campus, Sophie is a peer educator at Well-Woman and a facilitator for a student-led discussion group called AllSex. Sophie loves Oregon (her home state), eating meals outdoors with her friends, and the swing set in Riverside Park. She is excited to spend the summer in NYC with PCP students and staff!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ronda Kyle

Ronda Kyle is a rising senior from Cleveland, Ohio, majoring in English. She is a Writing Fellow during the school year and a student caller at Columbia’s Calling Center. She loves fashion and previously interned at ELLE magazine as an accessories intern here in New York City. She also served as the New York State intern at the Legal Action Center! When she isn't studying or working, she's behind her camera, listening to music, shopping, or writing poetry. Ronda is also a PCP alum (2014) and is excited to spend another summer in the city!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morgen Littlejohn

Morgen is a rising senior from Suffolk, Virginia, majoring in Psychology and Human Rights. She is passionate about dance, women, gender, & sexuality studies, Game of Thrones, education reform, and social justice, and is always down to talk for hours about any one of those things. She just spent a semester abroad studying health and community in Vietnam, South Africa, and Argentina. Morgen is super excited to be returning to Barnard to kick off her senior year with a second summer working with Pre-College Program as Head Resident Assistant!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Morrow

Anna is a rising junior from Boston, Massachusetts who is a History major concentrating in Colonization/Decolonization Studies. On campus, she is an active member of Columbia’s Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and Barnard Babysitting, and off campus, she tutors elementary school kids at Riverside Church. When she’s not studying, you can find her running in Riverside Park, jamming to pop music, watching Marvel and other superhero movies obsessively, and searching for the best food in the city. She’s excited to be back at PCP this summer after being an RA last year and can’t wait to welcome the new PCPers to the school and city that she loves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Izzie Rivera

Izzie is a rising junior from the Bronx, NY majoring in Political Science and minoring in Race and Ethnicity Studies. On campus, she plays in the Barnard Flute Choir, is a member of Mujeres, a club for Latinx women, and serves as an Associate Editor for the Columbia University Journal of Politics and Society. In addition to those activities, you may run into her giving tours around campus as a Barnard Student Admissions Representative. In her free time, she loves to hang out with her friends and catch up on her favorite feel-good Netflix shows like the Great British Baking Show. She can't wait to meet all the new PCP residents and spend her second summer with the program exploring the city, now as a Head Resident Assistant!

 

 

 

 

 

Joelle Santiago

Joelle is a rising junior at Barnard College. She is a dancer studying mainly modern, ballet and musical theatre, but loves learning many forms. She is also passionate about gender studies, learning languages and attending social dance events in the city (salsa, hustle, ballroom...). She is assisting with Dance in the City, and is thrilled to be part of the PCP Staff this summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dani Stoilova

Dani is a rising sophomore from Las Vegas, NV. She is an Economics and Mathematics major, minoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. On campus, she is involved with the Athena Pre-Law Society, Alpha Omicron Pi, and works in the anthropology department. Dani loves going to concerts, museums, and new art exhibits, but her favorite place in the city is the New York Public Library. She is currently on a mission to find the best gelato in NYC and cannot wait to spend the summer exploring everything that the city has to offer with PCP!

Brianna Sturkey

Brianna Sturkey is a rising junior majoring in Sociology and Human Rights. She is a member of the Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters (B.O.S.S.) and Columbia University's Black Student Organization (B.S.O). Brianna's favorite things to do in NYC are going to the MoMa and eating at Amy Ruth's. When she isn't exploring the city during the school year, Brianna works as a social media manager for the Student Employment Office at Barnard and as an intramural referee for Dodge Gymnasium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Tache

Julia Tache is a rising senior and is super excited to be one of your RA liaisons for YWLI! She is a Sociology major minoring in both Economics and English and is super interested in studying the intersections of the economy and inequality. On campus, Julia is an RA during the school year, the Associate Editor of the Arts & Entertainment section of the Barnard Bulletin, and a writer for Her Campus. In her spare time, you can find Julia drinking cortados in Joe's Coffee Shop, going to concerts, or dancing in her room to 70s disco.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ishya Verma

Ishya is a rising junior majoring in Political Science. Outside of class, she's a writer for the Columbia Spectator, on the board of the Athena Digital Design Agency, and involved with Columbia Democrats. In her spare time you can find her training for her upcoming marathon in Central Park, in the kitchen baking (she makes a mean cherry pie), or venturing downtown on her quest to find NYC's best donut. She can't wait to spend this summer in New York with PCP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mona Villesvik

Mona is a rising sophomore from the great Pacific Northwest (Seattle, to be specific). She's intending to major in East Asian Studies with a concentration in Statistics. In addition to working for the Pre-College Programs, Mona is also involved in APAHM, a campus organization involved in Asian and Pacific American cultural events. You can either find her reading her daily horoscope, hogging the treadmill at the gym, or consuming way too much caffeine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chantel Woo

Chantel is a rising junior from Hong Kong, majoring in Psychology. She is the 2018-2019 President of CU Generation, a hip-hop dance team, as well as the incoming co-President of CU Dance Marathon. She has served as Secretary for Barnard’s Student Government Association’s 2020 Class Council for the past two years and is also heavily involved in theatre on campus, as an actor and most recently also as a choreographer. Outside of Morningside Heights, you can find her at Broadway stage doors, walking the High Line, or trying to find cheap eats in Chinatown. She is so excited to be spending the summer in the city with PCP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Yoon

Karen is a rising sophomore from Irvine, CA and Seoul, South Korea. She is majoring in Linguistics with a minor in Translation Studies, and is also an Athena Scholar. When at Barnard during the school year, Karen is a member of the Barnard’s Student Government Association’s Arts and Culture Committee, and also works as a Production Assistant and Interviewer of Ratrock Magazine. She is usually running around doing lights or stage management for a student-run production, while interning at PEN America and somehow trying to pick up as many language classes as possible before she graduates. She is thrilled to be a part of the PCP team!