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Jane Bogart, MA, CHES

Director for Student Wellness

Jane Bogart joined CSW in September 2008. Previously she was Coordinator of Student Health Outreach and Promotion (SHOP) at the University of California, Santa Cruz for three years, and, prior to that, she was Director of Health Promotion at NYU from 1995-2005. At both NYU and UCSC, she oversaw education and outreach related to sexuality and relationships, alcohol and other drugs, emotional health and stress management, and nutrition and fitness. At NYU, she served as a Model School Site Liaison for an ACHA-CDC Cooperative Agreement “HIV Prevention in College Students at Risk,” was instrumental in bringing the first Sexual Assault Prevention and Education program to NYU, and was a recipient of the “Arnold Grossman Outstanding Staff/Faculty Service to the LGBT Community Award.” 

Bogart has also been on the faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University, from which she earned a Masters degree in Health Education and is currently pursuing her Doctorate. She is a trainer for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) working with Y-Peer Program in Eastern Europe and the Arab States, as well as Past-Chair of the Health Promotion Section of the American College Health Association, and an appointed member of the City of Santa Cruz Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women. She holds several certifications including HIV Pre and Post Test Counselor, Rape Crisis Advocate, and BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention in College Students). Her work has been published in numerous journals, and she has appeared a "Sexpert" on MTV’s The First National Sex Quiz. You can find her "Howcast" videos about Understanding STIs on YouTube. Her first book, Sexploration: The Ultimate Guide to Feeling Truly Great in Bed (Penguin, 2006) was reviewed positively by both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.

Before working in the field of College Health, Jane was a Health Education Specialist at the Washington Heights-Inwood Healthy Heart Program, a Research Assistant in the Department of Health and Behavior Studies at Teachers College, and a Fashion Marketing Assistant at Associated Dry Goods. She is a former dancer who appeared on the TV show "Fame" and danced with Mickey Mouse, a Certified Exercise Instructor, and received she B.S. in Design and Marketing from Cornell University . She is currently finishing her Doctorate in Health Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

When not working, she competes in Triathlons, Duathlons, Open Water Swims, and is running the NYC Marathon this year for the 2nd time. Jane loves crafts, volunteers for Make-a-Wish Foundation, and collects Folk Art. She loves living in New York City with her cat, Pluto.

Justin Laird, PhD

Assistant Director for Health Promotion

Justin Laird joined CSW in August 2010.  Prior to that, he was the Senior Health Promotion Specialist for the Alice! Health Promotion Program, part of Health Services at Columbia (Morningside Campus).  In this role he helped oversee health promotion efforts related to fitness, nutrition, and sexual and reproductive health. Justin also led several initiatives related to the prevention/intervention of high risk drinking.  Prior to joining Health Services, he was an assistant professor of health science at SUNY College at Brockport, where he also served as a faculty-in-residence. He was an instructor at the University of Texas and Baylor University, and worked for 3M in their corporate wellness department.

Justin was a contributing author for the Prevention Science chapter of Pharmacology and Treatment of Substance Abuse: Evidence and Outcome Based Perspectives (Routledge, 2009).  Over the years, Laird has enjoyed presenting on a variety of health and student development topics at numerous conferences, including annual meetings of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, American College Health Association, and NASPA.

Justin grew up living in several different states, and lived abroad in Brussels and Athens. When not at work, he enjoys playing in a flag football league, running, relieving stress at the gym, snowboarding, and the occasional trip to Montreal.

Stephanie Garman, LCSW, CASAC

Director of the AI:MS Program

Stephanie Garman received her Master’s in Social Work (2008) and Bachelors in Psychology (2002) from Kutztown University and is currently a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor. She has over 14 years of experience providing wellness, counseling, and education services to a breadth of demographics and communities. 

Some of her areas of clinical expertise are: Addictions, Anger Management, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ Issues, Stress Reduction, and Trauma. Stephanie has counseled a diverse collective of individuals, couples, and families for over a decade empowering them to build stronger, healthier self-images and relationships.  She employs a variety of methodologies as it takes “more than just a hammer to build a house.”  As she also states, “The more tools you employ, the stronger structure you build.”  Some theories/techniques include but are not limited to Humanistic, Cognitive, Gestalt,  Bioenergetic therapy, and Biofeedback. 

Throughout her career, Stephanie has founded and/or co-founded a number of social justice and mental health programs, cultivating her deep passion for working with communities as well as individuals.  In 2005 she co-founded R.A.F.T. (Recovering Adolescents and Families Together), an outpatient substance abuse program for adolescents and families.  In 2007, she co-founded ASAP (Association of Students Advocating Peace), a coalition of high school and college students working to provide non-violence training and counter-recruitment services to the communities youth.  In 2008, as Graduate Coordinator of the President’s Roundtable on Alcohol and Other Drugs for Kutztown University, Stephanie founded, developed, and implemented a program called “Open Alternative” that provided late-night alcohol-free events to college students and local community members.

Coupled with being the Director of AIMS, Stephanie also maintains an active private practice in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  Both she describes as "outrageously rewarding." Beyond her devotion to work, Stephanie is incredibly passionate about her family and particularly fond of her dog named Dezi.  During downtime she enjoys reading, yoga, surfing, and interpretive dancing especially to 80's songs! 

Yelimar Rodriguez

yoga instructor

Yelimar Rodriguez's first yoga class was at a local gym in NJ. As a stressed out nine to fiver going to class was a breath of fresh air, one of the very few things that got her through the week. She undertook Sonic Yoga's Teacher Training in 2006, and continues to study Core Strength Vinyasa  with founder Sadie Nardini. She currently teaches at various different studios in Midtown and the Upper West Side. Her classes are invigorating, challenging, and playful. They revolve around deep core integration, alignment, building strength/flexibility, and simple yet powerful balancing adventures.

Colleen Durham

pilates instructor

Colleen Durham has had a full career as a performer, director, choreographer and teacher.  While dancing in a Broadway show she sustained a serious dance injury resulting in two knee surgeries. As part of the rehabilitation process Colleen first came to Pilates. Not only did the Pilates program get her back on her feet, she resumed a full dance career for the following 10 years.  Colleen is certified in “Classic Pilates” and “Im=X Pilates” and teaches group mat classes at various studios in Manhattan as well as working with private clients. She has designed a class that draws from traditional Pilates, Im=X Pilates, and 25 years as a professional dancer to create a class that is fun, challenging, and accessible for all level students.  Presently Colleen divides her time between fitness and dance. She continues to direct and choreograph theatre productions, and is the co-founder of the entertainment company New York Originals.  Colleen teaches group and private Pilates classes at various studios throughout Manhattan.

Jeffrey Duval, MFA

yoga instructor

Jeffery Duval is a Sonic Yoga Graduate, has an MFA in Dance from NYU's Tisch School for the Arts, and dances with Tiffany Mills Company, a modern dance company based in New York.  Some interesting facts about Jeffrey:  Jeffrey was born in Fargo, North Dakota (yeee-aaahh, fur shur!).  Jeffrey's mom got her yoga certification at age 67, and Jeffrey's cat Eowyn is a true yogini, starting each day with Eka Urdhva Hastasana.

Vidya (Mardi) Sykes

yoga instructor

After participating in her first yoga class as part of a job description, Vidya Sykes was charmed.  She spent the next few years examining many different approaches to the practice of yoga, studying with remarkable teachers from all over the country.  Vidya continues to learn by teaching and to teach in the spirit of learning, inspiring an atmosphere of courageous curiosity with her students through dynamic vinyasa flow classes.  She balances mindfulness with a playful disposition, encouraging her students to explore their own personal expressions of yoga through music, breath, creative movement, and meditation.


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