LCSW, MPH, PPSC
My name is Marcus Christmas and I am the Wellness Coordinator for 2017-2018 academic year at Lowell High School. I am excited to join the Lowell Wellness Team. I look forward to meeting everyone, as well as our future collaborations. I recently moved to San Francisco from Jersey City, NJ and I have spent the summer adjusting to the Bay area and learning my new community.
I have worked in the field of social work for 17 years and I received my Master in Social Services from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. I began my career as a case manager working with homeless children and families in Toledo, Ohio. I eventually relocated to Philadelphia, PA where I worked as the director of an emergency shelter. I also led a program that aimed to reunify children living in foster care with their biological parents. Additionally, I served as the deputy director for a comprehensive domestic violence organization. While in that role I successfully collaborated with school districts in educating youth on the dangers of domestic violence. Immediately prior to moving to San Francisco I worked as an intensive in-home counselor (IIC) in Northern New Jersey. In this position, I worked with youth ranging from the age of 4 years old to 19 years old who faced emotional and behavioral challenges.
Carol received a Masters in Public Health and in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. She was previously the school social worker at Gordon J. Lau Elementary School, Francisco Middle School, and also interned at Lincoln’s Wellness Center. Prior to graduate school, Carol was a Program Coordinator at Prevention Institute where she worked on policy changes to improve physical activity, nutrition, and mental health while addressing health inequities. Carol is a Fulbright Scholar and a Critical Language Scholar and speaks Mandarin Chinese, Italian, and some Spanish. She believes in bringing self-compassion and a trauma-informed lense her work and enjoys supporting students both individually and within a systems context.
Community Health Outreach Worker
BSN, RN, PHN
Sarah graduated from The University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Music and Gender and Women’s Studies. Born and raised in San Francisco, Sarah is a youth worker, educator, teaching artist and cultural organizer who infuses her background in youth development, community organizing and arts activism to bring a social justice lens to the wellness field. When not in her role as a Community Health Outreach Worker, she works collaboratively with local artists and arts organizations to produce events and artistic content that is designed to foster social change. Sarah takes a holistic approach to health and wellness, and she is excited to connect the youth in her community to vital resources and programs that nurture the whole person.
Vanessa Compagno is Lowell High School’s registered nurse. She received a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from the University of San Francisco in addition to her public health certificate from the Board of Registered Nursing. Before becoming Lowell’s school district nurse, she worked within the district as a private duty nurse taking care of students with special needs. She has a passion for preventative healthcare and disease management within the community, with an emphasis in both adolescents and young adults. She promotes and teaches healthy living strategies including stress management, nutrition, and reproductive health. She is very excited to be working with Lowell High School and their Wellness Team and is looking forward to meeting all of you and working with this community.
Veronica Tai works as a RAMS (Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc.) Behavioral Health Counselor at Lowell since November 2015. She is excited to work with Lowell students having been one herself. She values building working therapeutic relationships with teens’ and their support systems to improve balance and purpose in life, positive relationships, self-determination, inner reflection and self-awareness, and non-judgmental self-kindness. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior at University of California, Irvine and her Masters in Social Work at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining the team at Wellness Center, Veronica interned at Huckleberry Youth Programs where she provided mental health services to adolescents and families. She loves to visit art galleries, go snowboarding, and bake. She looks forward to being a supportive and empowering person in Lowell students’ lives.
Ashley Hamilton is a full-time Lowell Wellness Behavioral Health Counselor, who works for RAMS (Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc., since November 2015. Ashley has worked as a Wellness Counselor a 3 SF High Schools and now Lowell H.S. since the Fall of 2016. Ashley graduated from The Wright Institute, Berkeley in 2015 with a Masters in Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy degree. Before working in the Wellness Centers Program, Ashley worked as a counselor and therapist in adolescent residential programs, conducting individual, group, and family therapy. Ashley has her Yoga Alliance Teaching Certification, has taught English in China, received the Gilman International Scholarship Award for study abroad in Argentina, and has extensive international travel experience. Ashley is passionate about supporting youth at such an impressionable and sensitive time in their life. When not in the role of therapist, Ashley enjoys hiking at the beach with her Vizsla, Louie, and being an SF ‘foodie.’