Meet Your Wellness Team


Carol Chao-Herring


Wellness Coordinator

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.



Sarah Cargill

Community Health Outreach Worker


Vanessa Compagno


School Nurse

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Veronica Tai


RAMS Therapist

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Yufei Chen


RAMS Therapist

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Jocelyn Gutierrez

Youth Engagement Liaison (Americorp Volunteer)

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, freelance curator 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.




Yufei Chen is a RAMS (Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc.) Behavioral Health Counselor at Lowell High School. Growing up in both China and the Bay Area, Yu Fei values bringing cultural sensitivity and trauma informed care while working with adolescents. Prior to graduate school, Yu Fei worked in Corporate America, where she realized her passion lies in empowering and supporting people to build a fulfilling life instead of working for the man. Yu Fei received her B.S. in Human Development at Cornell University (she got bored with the consistently foggy/sunny weather in the Bay Area and wanted to experience seasons), and her M.S. in Clinical Psychology at San Francisco State University (realized the winters in upstate New York are terrible and the Bay Area weather is actually the best). In her free time, Yu Fei likes to play badminton, go on bike rides, and watch cat videos.


Jocelyn is the 2018-2019 AmeriCorps Youth Engagement Liaison for The Wellness Center. She is a recent graduate from San Francisco State University with a B.S. in Kinesiology. Her emphasis includes Social Science, and is primarily focused on empowering young women to pursue athletics/physical activity. Jocelyn has experience with coaching youth basketball and soccer. She has an academic background in community organization, and youth empowerment. In her spare time Jocelyn is a fitness instructor, experiments with film, and likes exploring San Francisco.