The College

Donovan Program Team

This group of individuals supports, advocates, and outreaches to people in recovery or substance-free within the Brown Community.

  • Lindsay Garcia

    Lindsay Garcia

    Associate Dean of the College for Junior/Senior Studies and Recovery & Substance-Free Student Initiatives
    Areas of Expertise Commencement Speakers, Degree Completion, Mid-Year Completion Ceremony, Substance Use/Recovery, Junior/Senior Class Studies, Personal and Health Concerns

    Lindsay Garcia (she/her) is the Associate Dean of the College for Junior/Senior Studies and Recovery/Substance-Free Student Initiatives at Brown University. She is also a socially-engaged artist, scholar, educator, and person in long term recovery. As director of Brown’s Donovan Program for Recovery and Substance-Free Initiatives, she oversees multidimensional support for students, faculty, and staff in recovery or who identify as substance-free for any reason, including co-facilitating support groups, making referrals to additional professional, social, and emotional supports, advising the SoBear Student Activities Club, and managing the Donovan House, a 17-bed substance-free program house.

    She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from William and Mary, her MFA in Visual Art from Purchase College, State University of New York, and her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design.

  • Katie Haley ‘23.5

    Katie Haley ‘23.5

    Recovery and Substance-Free Program Coordinator

    Katherine "Katie" Haley (she/her) is the Recovery and Substance-Free Program Coordinator at Brown University. Before transferring to Brown, Katie graduated from Bristol Community College in 2021 with an AA in psychology. She is a person in long-term recovery, dedicated to both the Donovan Program and community endeavours for people struggling with substance use. In collaboration with Dean Lindsay Garcia, Katie helps with the management of the substance-free program house on campus, designs events and workshops around addiction and recovery, and fosters community among the substance-free students. She will graduate with her BA in psychology from Brown in December of 2023. 

  • Angelina Cho ‘24

    Angelina Cho ‘24

    Donovan Communications Assistant

    Angelina Cho (they/them) concentrates in Biology, Public Health, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. They have participated in many Sobear events, were on its board, and lived in the Donovan Program’s substance-free house for two years. Currently as the Donovan Communications Assistant, Angelina designs flyers, graphics, and advertising material for the Donovan Program to raise awareness of its events supporting substance-free students and those in recovery. 

  • Argent Martinez ‘25

    Community Coordinator, Substance-Free Thematic Community at 219 Bowen Street (2023-2024)
  • Ava Ward ‘25

    Ava Ward ‘25

    President, SoBear Activities Club (2023-present)

    Ava Ward is a junior studying Environmental Science and Economics. Outside of planning programming for SoBear, she is Vice President of Research for the Brown Initiative for Policy, Vice President of Brown Renewable Energy and Sustainability Society, and a volunteer for Brown Market Shares. In her free time, Ava enjoys reading, writing, and event planning.

  • Madhu Subramanian ‘23.5

    Madhu Subramanian ‘23.5

    Outgoing President of SoBear Activities Club (2021-2023), Outgoing Community Coordinator of Substance-Free Program House at 219 Bowen Street (2022-2023)

    Mahadevan (Madhu) Subramanian is an undergraduate student in the Class of 2023.5 concentrating in Biology and Public Health from Portland, Oregon. Since his first year, he has been involved with SoBear Activities Club, which runs weekly fun, free, sub-free events for undergraduate and graduate students as well as organizes an annual off-campus Spring Weekend Retreat for 60 students during a time of increased substance use on-campus. Madhu has also served as the Community Coordinator for the Donovan Program’s substance-free program house at 219 Bowen St. After Brown, he plans on applying to medical school in order to become a Pediatrician.

  • Jason Roderick, LICSW

    Jason Roderick, LICSW

    Facilitator of the Early Recovery Group (EROB)

    Jason Roderick is a licensed clinical therapist in Providence, Rhode Island. He has been in private practice since 2012. Along with his practice, Jason serves as the Wellness Coordinator at Providence Country Day School and has been the facilitator of the Brown University EROB Program for the past seven years, supporting Brown students in recovery and those who are interested in recovery. He has also been deeply involved in the Rhode Island recovery community for the past twenty-eight years.

  • Taryn Wyron ‘09, LICSW

    Taryn Wyron ‘09, LICSW

    Facilitator of the Skills for Harm Reduction Group (SHR)

    Taryn Wyron (Brown ’09) is a licensed clinical social worker with a background in trauma therapy. She has offered behavioral therapy focused on harm reduction and chronic illness support as researcher at Brown SPH. Currently, she works with Brown undergraduate and graduate students in groups on campus and in private practice. Taryn has facilitated Skills for Harm Reduction since 2021 and Chronic Community, a group to support students with chronic illness, since 2022. Her groups draw on body-based mindfulness skills and center whole-person healing.