JASON BOWMAN, DIRECTOR
Jason designed and oversees the College Re-Entry program’s unique curriculum to help students who have experienced a mental health crisis develop the skills and well-being to re-enroll in college and succeed in their education. Jason manages strategic partnerships with mental health professionals, higher education officers, and community organizations to ensure that College Re-Entry benefits as many students as possible.
Jason is a leader in community-based mental health and has worked at Fountain House for more than 15 years, creating some of its most innovative programming. From 2004 to 2013 Jason was Director of Fountain Gallery, expanding it from a small volunteer program into the premier venue in New York City representing artists with mental illness. Fountain Gallery has been recognized by both the mental health and professional art fields as a successful model for meaningfully integrating people with mental illness into society.
Jason earned a BA in Sociology from Marymount Manhattan College and received his master’s degree in public and nonprofit administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
ANNA JARASHOW, LMSW, ACADEMIC COACH
Anna Jarashow is a licensed social worker and Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bates College and earned her Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in 2010. At Columbia she focused on issues related to mental health, with a particular focus on integrating holistic health practices. 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 is thrilled to work with the College Re-Entry program and helped create the College Re-Entry Core curriculum, including the establishment of wellness initiatives, coaching approaches, and community building activities.
JULIE WOLFSON, LMSW, ACADEMIC COACH
Julie Wolfson is a licensed social worker with special interests in strengths-based approaches and early intervention. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During graduate school, Julie completed an MSW internship at UNC’s specialized outpatient clinic for young adults experiencing early episode psychosis and co-coordinated a mentoring program for at-risk youth. She previously worked at Green Door in Washington, DC, a community mental health clinic and Clubhouse with an emphasis on engagement, advocacy, and psychoeducation. She is thrilled to be a part of the College Re-Entry team and to have helped develop the Core curriculum, including the Core Workshop Series, community building initiatives, and mentoring program.