Meet the Student Staff



Dina Asfaha - Office Assistant 

Dina is a rising junior majoring in Sociology with a concentration on Race and Ethnicity. In the community, Dina serves as an active member of the CU African Students Association and the CU Gospel Choir. In her free time, Dina enjoys reading and drinking soy iced chai lattes at funky cafes.





Eva Baransky - Resident Intern 

Summer Science Seminar

Eva is a rising sophmore hoping to major in Biochemistry and eventually work in a food science laboratory. If you do not find her soaking up some sun in the Quad or playing rugby with friends, she is organizing school events with McAC, a club focused on enriching the Barnard experience and running traditional events like Big Sub and Midnight Breakfast. Having just experienced her first year at Barnard, Eva cannot be more excited to discuss the 'real' first year college experience, what you can expect, what you do not need to worry about and how to find where you belong with this summer’s PCP students. We are all ready for a great summer!



Gina Borden - Resident Intern 

Liberal Arts & Dance in the City

Gina is a recent Barnard graduate who majored in Dance with minors in Italian and History.  She is also an Athena Scholar.  During her four years at Barnard she was actively involved in student dance and theater, particularly The Varsity Show, Orchesis, Columbia University Performing Arts League, and Columbia Musical Theatre Society.  Hailing from Long Island, Gina plans to pursue a career as a dancer and choreographer, and will be working as the Trisha Brown Dance Company's Interim Archives Manager next year.  She is proud and excited to be a part of the 2014 PCP team!



Shannon Browning - Resident Intern 

Liberal Arts & Young Women's Leadership Institute

Shannon is a rising junior at Barnard, a double major in English and Psychology, and a PCP alumna (shout out to YWLI!) On campus, she is a peer educator at Well Woman, a group focused on health and wellness outreach, a member of Alpha Chi Omega, and holds two on-campus jobs. Shannon loves writing, particularly poetry, and seeing shows on Broadway whenever she can. Originally from the suburbs of Detroit, she will probably show more enthusiasm than necessary when she meets a fellow midwesterner. Her career aspirations range far and wide, from editing and publishing to public health, but she's really passionate about exploring different fields and discovering what she loves. She couldn't be more excited to return to her PCP roots and be part of this year's team!


Erin Bryk - Resident Intern 

Liberal Arts & Young Women's Leadership Institute

Erin is a rising sophomore at Barnard College and is interested in majoring in South Asian Studies. She is an active member of Barnard's Student Government Association. This year she was First-Year Class President, and next year she will be a University Senator! Originally from Albany, Erin participated in Barnard's Pre-College Program before her junior year of high school. She is excited to be a part of the 2014 PCP team and make this experience as amazing as possible!



Layla Caroni - Resident Intern 

Liberal Arts & Entrepreneurs-in-Training

An international student at Barnard, Layla is a rising sophomore double majoring in Political Science and Human Rights and minoring in Art History. Originally from Rome, Italy, she is passionate about culture and would like to work towards protecting, regulating and facilitating the international exchanges and restitutions of museum artwork. On campus Layla is involved in Postcrypt Art Gallery, she is an Events Analyst at the Spectator Publishing Company and shares her love for fashion and beauty by writing and working as makeup artist for Hoot Magazine. As she fell in love with Barnard by participating in PCP during the summer of her junior year, she cannot wait to make this year's students' experience as fantastic as hers!


Darcy Cassidy - Resident Intern 

Summer in the City

Darcy is a rising sophomore studying Biology and anything else she can get her hands on. She dreams of living in the jungle, doing research on either big insects or small primates. She is VP of the Episcopalian student group on campus- the Canterbury Club, and has also been involved with the Columbia Orchestra, FemSex, and CU Democrats. She loves yoga, crafting, fancy desserts, and interfaith discussions. Darcy is an RA for first-year students during the academic year and is so excited to work with the PCP team this summer!



Regina Coyle - Resident Intern 

Summer in the City

Regina is a rising sophomore from Lynn, Massachusetts. She has had an exciting first year at Barnard, working with several student theatre groups as an actor and stage manager. Regina also babysits around the city through the Barnard Babysitting Agency and is a member of Columbia's Greek community. She hopes to continue studying theatre and psychology. But most importantly, Regina is absolutely thrilled to be a part of PCP 2014 and cannot wait to meet everyone!!




Devon DeSimone - Trip Coordinator

Devon is a rising senior at Barnard double majoring in English and Psychology. Although she hopes to become a published author in the science fiction and fantasy genres, she is also interested in teaching English in either the United States or a foreign country after graduation. When she isn't working or writing, she is searching for the best food on and off Manhattan. Despite growing up in a small town in Connecticut, she spent much of her time as a kid exploring NYC. Devon is excited to be a part of the 2014 PCP team and can't wait to show off her favorite city.



Heather Floyd - Resident Intern 

Summer in the City

Heather is a rising-Junior at Barnard (and PCP alum!) originally from the Greater Cincinnati area. She is an English major/Religion minor with plans to go West after college to pursue a career in television and entertainment. Most days you'll find her laughing (almost always), soaking up sun in Riverside Park with a coffee, or attempting (mostly failing) to find celebrities hanging around in the city. She loves sports, Hollywood, and traveling- a diehard fan of the Cincinnati Reds, Grey's Anatomy, Beyoncé, all things comedy, and the beach (any beach). She truly believes she and Amy Poehler will be best friends...if they ever actually meet.  Heather is returning to PCP for her second summer now, and is a program alum herself (PCP '10)...she just can't get enough!



Molly Forgang - Young Women's Leadership Institute Program Coordinator

Molly is a rising senior from Westchester, New York majoring in American Studies with a concentration in Gender & Sexuality and minoring in Psychology. She is also an Athena Scholar, a member of the Student Advisory Board for the Athena Program, a Barnard Student Admissions Representative, and a Barnard Babysitter. Molly is an active member of the theatre community on campus, serving as the Special Events Coordinator for the Columbia Musical Theatre Society, as well as having performed with Columbia University Players, King's Crowne Shakespeare Troupe, and the Barnard College Theatre Department. Molly cannot be more excited to be a member of the 2014 PCP family!



Maya Halbert - Resident Intern 

Architecture & Dance in the City

Maya is a rising senior at Barnard majoring in Architecture.  Hailing from Music City, USA, she is passionate about the visual and performing arts (especially dance).  Over the past three years, she has worked as a theatre assistant, a répétiteur and costumer, a ballet dancer, a cultural event planner, and an intern for public arts programs in NYC.  Maya is looking forward to being a part of the Architecture and Dance Pre-college Programs and meeting you all this summer!



Jada Hawkins - Entrepreneurs-in-Training Program Coordinator 

Jada is a rising sophomore at Barnard College who was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Economics. On campus Jada is the president of Barnard’s Entrepreneur Club, a brother of the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, a sister of Kappa Alpha Theta, a Speaking Fellow, an Athena Scholar, and co-founder of the on campus web agency, Athena Digital Design. Jada is drawn to entrepreneurship, because it allows you the freedom to pursue your dreams and improve the world we live in, which is why she is so excited to coordinate the Entrepreneurs-in-Training camp this summer!


Camille Houferak - Resident Intern 

Summer Science Seminars

Camille is a chemistry major and rising senior here at Barnard! Currently working in an applied physics lab at Columbia, Camille is excited about gaining lab experience in order to pursue a PhD in chemistry after graduating.  In her free time, Camille loves hanging out in the park, going to concerts, and cooking! She is incredibly excited to meet everyone and to be a part of this awesome program!



Ariella Israel - Office Assistant 

Ariella is a rising sophomore at Barnard majoring in Economics.  She is an active participant in McAC (Barnard College's Activities Council) and loves planning events as a member of the Multicultural Committee.  When not in class or studying in the library, Ariella can be found working out at the gym at ungodly hours.  Originally from the suburbs of Maryland, Ariella participated in Barnard's Summer in the City Pre-College Program before her senior year in high school and is thrilled to be part of the 2014 PCP team this summer!



Lily Kaplan - Resident Intern 

Summer in the City

Lily is a rising junior at Barnard majoring in English with a concentration in Film and minoring in Psychology. Aside from English, she is interested in theater, writing and fashion. While at Barnard, she has interned for VOGUE magazine, been the Layout Editor and Design Coordinator of the Barnard Bulletin, participated in on-campus theater, and is a member of the Sigma Delta Tau sorority. Originally from Newton Massachusetts, Lily is a former PCPer herself and is looking forward to being a part of the 2014 staff!



Zoe King - Resident Intern 

Summer in the City

Originally from the 518 (a.k.a. Albany, NY), Zoe is a rising senior at Barnard College majoring in Psychology while becoming certified in Childhood Education. When not studying, Zoe can be found watching the Giants (hopefully they do better this season), helping her sorority with all things Delta Gamma, and drinking coffee…. constantly. As both a PCP alum herself and a returning Resident Intern, Zoe knows and loves everything PCP and cannot wait to spend another summer with the program.




Katie Malen-Gamley - Resident Intern

Summer in the City

Katie is a rising senior at Barnard College majoring in Psychology.  After returning home from studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, Katie is stoked to be back with Barnard's Pre-College Programs for her second summer.  For the past two years, she has tutored with an on-campus volunteer organization and has also worked with after school programs and Barnard Babysitting Agency.  On the weekends, you can find Katie exploring the Highline and Central Park, or just watching romantic comedies in her Barnard room with friends.  She can't wait to meet all of the students and share her favorite parts of the city with them!


Gina Masino - Resident Intern 

Liberal Arts & Young Women's Leadership Institute

Gina is thrilled to be spending her first summer in New York City as a Residential Intern! She is a rising junior and an English major who enjoys seeing live music and theater almost as much she enjoys reading Toni Morrison. Originally from San Francisco, Gina is transfer student. Since coming to Barnard, Gina has performed in LateNite’s Spring Anthology, discussed issues of women and gender in FemSex and written articles for The Fed, Columbia’s mock newspaper. In addition, Gina will intern part-time at the Center for Urban Community Services, where she will continue to pursue her longstanding interest in human rights.


Aviva Nassimi - Resident Intern 

Liberal Arts & Young Women's Leadership Institute

Aviva is a rising senior at Barnard College majoring in psychology and is arguably one of Barnard's biggest fans. Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Aviva has always loved the Big Apple and is so happy to be at school in Morningside Heights. Over the past three years Aviva has enjoyed traveling with the Columbia Mock Trial Team, playing prop for Women's Rugby Football Club and coaching her peers as a Barnard Speaking Fellow. Most of all, she has loved every second of being a First Year Focus RA, and could not be more excited to be back in Sulzberger Hall sharing the magic of Barnard with the Pre-College Program students in Summer 2014.


Cole Neuffer - Resident Intern 


Cole is a rising junior at Barnard majoring in Architecture and minoring in Art History. Originally from Japan, she moved to the suburbs of Washington, DC when she was six. Although she dedicates most of her time in the studio building architecture models, Cole is also involved with Postcrypt Art Gallery, which is the student-run gallery in the basement of the Columbia University chapel. She acts as the club's space manager and helps in the hosting of some amazing shows. She is extremely excited to be involved with Barnard's Pre-College Program for summer 2014 and can't wait to meet all the students!



Elizabeth Rodgers - Resident Intern 

Liberal Arts & Young Women's Leadership Institute

Lizzie is a rising junior at Barnard majoring in History with a concentration in Rights, Law, and the State, and minoring in Psychology. Over the past two years at Barnard, Lizzie has worked in Barnard’s Office of Development, written for Columbia’s Double Exposure film blog, and is currently a layout designer for the Barnard Bulletin magazine. She eventually hopes to go to law school. When Lizzie is home in Boston, she loves to sew clothes and quilts. She can’t wait to spend the summer in NYC working with the PCP team!



Lina Smorra - Resident Intern 

Liberal Arts & Young Women's Leadership Institute

Lina is a rising junior at Barnard majoring in Economics and Math.  On campus, she is a member of coed a cappella group Nonsequitur, performs with the Columbia Musical Theatre Society, and is an active member of co-ed business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi. Additionally, she works as a BSAR and looks forward to interning at Clearchannel Media this summer. Although she hails from Caldwell, New Jersey, Lina considers herself a city girl at heart and loves exploring all of the wonderful opportunities New York has to offer. She is so excited to be a Resident Intern and can’t wait to share her love of Barnard and New York with all of the wonderful students in the PCP!


Mallorie Thomas - Life After College Program Coordinator

Mallorie is a rising senior studying Urban Studies and Sociology. Her favorite thing about living in NYC is getting to explore all the different neighborhoods, specifically all the different foods/restaurants around the city! Over the past three years she have been involved with an on-campus organization called Camp Kesem, a week long summer camp for children in the tri-state area who have a parent affected by cancer. She also participates on the club volleyball team! She is originally from Miami, FL and a PCP alum as she attended the program as a rising high school senior. Mallorie is excited to be a Program Coordinator for a second summer and to meet all the students!



Sara Vallancourt - Resident Intern 

Liberal Arts & Young Women's Leadership Institute

Sara Vallancourt is a rising senior from Middletown, NJ with a double major in Psychology and Religion and is so excited to be returning as a Resident Intern for a second time. On campus, she works as a Barnard Student Admissions Representative and as a Research Assistant in a Barnard psychology lab, but she can also be found cooking, playing badminton, and eating at her favorite NYC restaurant, Awash. Sara is looking forward to another wonderful summer at Barnard!


Ivy Vega - Resident Intern 

Liberal Arts & Dance in the City

A true Jersey girl at heart, Ivy Vega spent most of her high school years cruising down the Garden State Parkway, going on midnight diner-runs (milkshakes and disco fries!), and spending summers fishing "down the shore" with her family. She is currently a rising senior majoring in Psychology and Dance and when not in class, she can either be found attending endless rehearsals for Orchesis, a dance group on campus, daydreaming about what it would be like to be Jane Goodall (because honestly, who doesn't love monkeys?), or binge watching her favorite TV shows. Ivy is incredibly excited to be a Resident Intern and is ready to take NYC by storm with the PCPers!