All In The Campaign for Blair Academy 2018-2025
Virtual Women’s Symposium Connects Through Health & Wellness
Ashley Schreyer

In the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2023 Stress in America survey, women continue to report feeling higher levels of stress than men. Women were also more likely to report feeling like they could use more support. “This data underscores the…need for tailored wellness interventions for targeted demographics,” licensed psychologist Taisha Caldwell-Harvey, PhD, told the APA, and their research shows that a strong network of support can help combat the physical and mental health issues that are associated with prolonged stress.

This Women’s History Month, Blair Academy will host the fourth annual Women’s Symposium in three virtual sessions to build that stronger network. The goal of the symposium is to motivate, uplift and connect through conversation and to learn from diverse, insightful speakers around topics that affect women today. This year’s virtual symposium will consist of dynamic dialogue with Blair faculty, alumni and staff on the topics of wellness, mindset and health.

“Moving the Women’s Symposium to a virtual format allows us to meet the greater Blair community where they are with the tools to help take control of their health and well-being,” Director of Alumni Relations Courtnay Stanford ’95 explained. “We are hoping to connect more alums who can relate to one another’s experiences.”


Nutrition & Fitness with Rosalyn Zamora MSN, APN, FNP-C 
March 6, 2024, 12:00-12:30 p.m.

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Blair’s Director of Health Services, Rosalyn Zamora MSN, APN, FNP-C, is a family nurse practitioner with more than 10 years of experience as a registered nurse in emergency room trauma nursing, and she joined Blair’s Health Center staff in 2020 as the nursing supervisor. Prior to coming to Blair, Rosalyn served as operations manager of the emergency department at Geisinger Wyoming Valley in Wilkes-Barre, a registered nurse at Morristown Medical Center, and a clinical nurse supervisor at Pocono Medical Center in Stroudsburg. A certified family nurse practitioner with experience in management, customer service and leadership training in the healthcare setting, she holds a master’s degree in nursing leadership and administration from Capella University, a bachelor’s degree in health science from Mercy College and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

In this first session, Rosalyn will be speaking about her challenges and how facing them with improved mental and physical health empowered her to better not only her health but also herself in the long term. “I joined a running group that jump-started my weight loss journey, and I have raced in two marathons and several half marathons, competed in the bodybuilding bikini division and continue to reach many goals and milestones,” Rosalyn said. She has received her yoga instructor certification and loves to teach, train and help others with their health goals. During the symposium, she will discuss her motivations and the importance of tailoring your journey to individual goals and health.
 
Mindfulness & Meditation with Sarah O’Neil
March 13, 2024, 12:00-12:30 p.m.

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Sarah O’Neil came to Blair in 2005 after teaching for two years in AmeriCorps and completing her undergraduate work at Wesleyan University. Sarah earned a master’s degree from Middlebury Language Schools in 2009 and taught Spanish for 13 years before bringing her language expertise to the English department in 2018. She currently teaches English 1 and a mindfulness elective in the religion and philosophy department. Sarah coached field hockey and lacrosse at Blair for 15 years before earning her yoga teacher certification in 2020. She now runs a yoga and mindfulness program available to all varsity athletes in the afternoons, and she offers two meditation sessions each week to the entire community. Sarah is currently studying with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield in the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, due to graduate in January 2025.

Sarah’s intention for the symposium is to offer an introduction to mindfulness and share a bit about how the practice has transformed her life, particularly in many of the areas where women typically suffer—confidence, self-esteem, body image, etc. “Mindfulness can help us transform our relationship with ourselves, which can be the catalyst for lots of positive change elsewhere in life,” Sarah said. She will lead a guided meditation practice, and then open the session up for questions or discussion. 

Work-Life Balance with Tara Prezioso ’96
March 20, 2024, 12:00-12:30 p.m.

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A proud graduate of the Blair class of 1996, Tara (Williams) Prezioso returned to Blair in 2022 as school counselor. On the hilltop, she advises the Healthy Relationships Committee and provides support to health and wellness programs like Project Ally and Be Well @ Blair. A licensed clinical social worker in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Tara previously worked as director of Children’s Services at Allies Inc. In this role, she oversaw the program directors and clinical teams who treat at-risk youth through residential programs. Her experience includes performing diagnostic evaluations via telehealth and working as an in-patient clinician for behavioral health as part of the Atlantic Health System in Newton, New Jersey, clinical coordinator of Morris County Juvenile Services in Morristown, New Jersey, and an in-patient clinician at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Since 2017, Tara has supervised independent contractors providing in-community therapy to at-risk adolescents and their families through an LLC in her name. A 2005 graduate of Kean University, she earned a master’s in social work.

To conclude the symposium, Tara seeks to foster a deeper dialogue around the idea of work-life balance, which looks different to every individual. “We always talk about finding balance and I want attendees thinking, ‘What is it and what can we do to achieve it?’” Tara explained. The counseling team at Blair is committed to providing individualized care aligned with students’ unique needs and the goal of this session is to help uncover a path to one’s own sense of balance.


Each session will be via Zoom and registration is at www.blair.edu/virtual-womens-symposium. Please plan to join us for one or all three 30-minute sessions from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. EST. 
 

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