Our Staff

College Re-Rentry Program Director, Jason

Anna Guimaraes, LMSW, Program Manager

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, Outreach and Research Manager

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.

College Re-Entry Instructor, Julie

Michaela Hinson, LMSW, Academic Coach

Michaela joined College Re-Entry in 2018, with a dynamic background in student support. Michaela first found her passion for working with students as a program coordinator for an out-of-school enrichment program in rural North Carolina. This experience eventually led her into a therapeutic role at a public day school in Richmond, Virginia. After practicing social work in a variety of academic and educational settings, Michaela honed her approach, pairing clinical perspectives with practical solutions. Prior to joining the College Re-Entry team, Michaela worked with university students undergoing the transition to off-campus living. Michaela earned her undergraduate degree at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC and her Masters of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

Ana Irma Patete, MEd, Academic Coach

Ana is a licensed bilingual school counselor. She earned a BA in Hispanic Studies from Brown University and a MEd in School Counseling from Hunter College. Ana completed her fieldwork at two high schools in New York City, where she counseled students living with mental health conditions and developmental disorders. She approaches academic coaching through a strengths-based, motivational lens, encouraging students to embrace their unique gifts when considering undergraduate majors and vocational paths. Prior to joining the team at College Re-Entry, Ana worked as a Program Coordinator for Street Lab, animating public spaces across the five boroughs through pop-up, outdoor learning rooms. She is well versed in college admissions and financial aid, having worked with over a hundred college applicants throughout her fieldwork.

College Re-Entry Academic Coach Michaela Hinson

Sarah Grimaud, Fitness Coach

Sarah Grimaud has been in the Health and Wellness industry for over 7 years.  She is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Fitness Expert. Sarah’s fitness credentials include Personal Training and Group Fitness Instructor certifications from both the National Academy of Sports Medicine as well as the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.  Her passion is helping clients find success in life by reaching their goals by integrating enjoyable, healthy habits into their busy schedule.

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.