Our Staff

College Re-Rentry Program Director, Jason

Anna Guimaraes, LMSW, Program Director

Anna Guimaraes is a licensed social worker and Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher. She earned her MSW from Columbia University, where she focused her field and academic work on both mental health and substance misuse populations, with a particular focus on integrating holistic health practices into her practice. She has worked at Fountain House since 2010, where she honed her skills in positive engagement, Motivational Interviewing, and served as a liaison and advocate between adults with mental illness and community resources. She helped create the College Re-Entry Core program, focusing on wellness initiatives, course development, coaching approaches, and community building activities. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bates College

 

College ReEntry Instructor, Anna

Julie Wolfson, LMSW, Director of Outreach and Research 

Julie Wolfson is a licensed social worker with special interests in strengths-based approaches and early intervention. She has a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MSW from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Julie completed an internship at UNC's specialized outpatient clinic for young adults experiencing early episode psychosis and also founded the Mental Health Caucus at the UNC School of Social Work. She previously worked at Green Door in Washington, DC, a community mental health clinic and Clubhouse with an emphasis on advocacy, psychoeducation, and engaging young adults. She has been with College Re-Entry since its inception and helped to develop the Core curriculum.
 

 

 

 

 

Danielle Henderson, Academic Coach

Danielle Henderson first found her passion for working with students as a teacher for toddlers with   Autism and Down Syndrome at the New York Institute for Special Education for five years. She earned   her MA in Psychology at the City College of New York and her Bachelor of Arts Psychology at Purchase   College. She also completed an internship at the Purchase Wellness Center where she worked with   university students by providing group counseling related to addictions, trauma, and stress   management. Prior to joining the College Re-entry team, Danielle worked for the Homes For The   Homeless Foundation as a case manager advocating for therapeutic services and financial resources   for homeless single-parents.

 

 

Ben Collins, Academic Coach 

Ben has a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan and an MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He has five years of clinical experience working for Wediko Children Services and the Boston Public School system providing academic, behavioral, and emotional support for students with emotional impairments. He has previous research experience looking at social cognition in children, specifically how they conceptualize revenge. In addition, he has co-authored several academic papers examining the interpersonal and social support systems of LGBTQ+ young adults in Sub-Saharan Africa. In his free time, he enjoys exercising, traveling, reading, and playing video games. 

 

 

 

Peter Potulicki, MSW Intern 

I’m Peter! I was born and raised in NYC, but have been living in Mill Valley (a small town in northern  California) for the past 3 years. I’m very happy to be back in New York! I graduated from Hunter   College in 2009 with a B.A. in History. My mom is originally from Egypt and my dad is from Poland. I   have two older brothers who also live here as well. I have a ton of interests and hobbies! I love   traveling, history, astronomy, Arabic, tutoring, cooking, exercise, meditation and more. My favorite   food is probably Middle Eastern (but it's always hard to choose). I’m really excited to be interning at   CRE and getting to know you all!

 

 

College ReEntry Fitness Coach, Sarah Grimaud

Lucas Hall, Creative Expression

Australian born wellness specialist Lucas Hall is a yoga/meditation/sound healing instructor, certified personal trainer, and creative expression facilitator. His years of training and experience working both as a professional actor/singer/dancer and corporate wellness educator adds to his versatility, creativity, and understanding of working with a wide variety of people.

Creative Expression Specialist, Lucas Hall

Shiv Kotecha, Critical Reading, and Writing Instructor

Shiv Kotecha is a poet, critic, and writing instructor living in New York City. He is the author of several books of poetry and is currently a PhD candidate at NYU, completing a dissertation titled "Decomposition as Explanation: The Forms of Duration from Poe to Post­Conceptual Writing."

Shiv Kotecha, Critical Reading and Writing Instructor

Christine Zehner, Meditation and Yoga Instructor

Christine first stepped onto the yoga mat ten years ago and was immediately inspired by the transformative power of an alignment based practice. She chose to study at World Yoga Center because of its deep lineage and connection to Anusara principles and received a 200-hour teacher training certificate in 2014. Christine also holds certificates through advanced training in kids yoga from OM Schooled, restorative yoga, focus for older adults via BomerPlus, meditation, classical myths, and the in-depth mentoring program at Twisted Trunk. Along with teaching at various yoga studios and schools across the city, her downtown loft provides an inspired space for private practice geared towards teens and a creative community seeking precision through joyful action.

Christine Zehner, Meditation and Yoga Instructor

Jenn Patel, Student Skills Instructor

Jenn Patel is an educator and community organizer in NYC. As a Learning Specialist, her focus is on executive function skills for college students with mental health conditions, ADD/ADHD, learning differences and other challenges that impact academics. With Jenn, students learn sustainable academic success strategies that integrate physical and emotional wellbeing. She grounds this work in culturally relevant pedagogy and the Freirean model of education. Jenn holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English from St. John's University, where she focused on post-colonial literature and the application of Critical Race Theory in the classroom. In addition to her work in Higher Ed, she co-facilitates an Undoing Racismaccountability hub connected to The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond. 

Marcia Owens

Marcia Owens, Cooking Instructor

Marcia's cooking instruction is rooted in the belief that 'Food feeds the body and cooking feeds the soul'. Trained at the French Culinary Institute, the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC and Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Marcia brings her expertise to the College Re-Entry program teaching practical cooking skills and healthy meals to busy college students.