We’ve been inspired by seeing people we know who have taken turns for the better in their lives, often by exploring and starting over with new approaches and ideas. With that in mind we’re creating Startover to be a place where people who want to make positive change in their health or life style can meet with experts and other people like themselves to learn and exchange ideas.

John Rolander is an experienced coach and consultant with a broad perspective gained from working with large companies, non-profit organizations and public schools. He is a good listener who enjoys helping people from all walks of life. John is passionate about yoga and long-distance running. He studied psychology, religion and business at Yale, Harvard and Columbia. John lives in New York City with his wife and three teenage daughters.

Srini Venkateswaran has been a trusted advisor to colleagues and friends. He has lived and worked in India, Europe and the US. He is driven by a desire to have a meaningful impact on people. He recently developed a passion for ‘concerned photography’ of vulnerable subjects, such as the elderly and disabled. Srini studied business at Columbia. He lives in New York City in a studio apartment with a collection of mostly unread books.

Alyssa Swart is a writer, editor, and educator; passionate about finding the perfect word to communicate an emotion or idea. Alyssa received her BA in English from New York University, and then worked in online retail for five years. Eager to start over, she enrolled in Bank Street College's dual degree Literacy and Childhood General Education program. She loves working with readers, ages five through nine, at Bank Street School for Children and as a literacy tutor in NYC. She supports their phonological awareness, strengthens their phonics skills, develops their critical thinking, and most importantly, fosters a love of reading, words, and their infinite possibility. Additionally, Alyssa is a freelance creative consultant, who provides creative feedback for TV and film scripts in development and edits music video treatments for recording artists. She considers herself hopelessly curious, and is endlessly grateful to be so easily bewildered and inspired. If you need to find her, she's either walking her two beloved dogs or at the movie theatre.

Susie Rolander is all about people. After graduating from UC Berkeley, she started her teaching career in early childhood in a dual immersion program in northern California. After her move to NYC 20 years ago, she received her master's from Bank Street College and began as a literacy specialist at a NYC public school. For the past three years Susie has been on the faculty at Bank Street College teaching graduate level courses to teaching candidates. Even before COVID, Susie specialized in on-line teaching, for her courses. Currently she is a doctoral student at Fielding Graduate University in their Leadership for Change program. Susie is passionate about learning, teaching, and connecting with people.


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