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HSI Wellness Team

Karen Li, MD, Director of School Health

650.421.2155 Ext. 204   

Education:  BS, UCLA; MD, UCSF; Pediatric Residency, Children’s Hospital, Oakland

Dr. Li identifies health and safety needs, formulates plans and goals, provides vision and leadership to the HSI Wellness Team, and collaborates  with community partners. Dr. Li was the former Wellness Coordinator at Sequoia Union High School District and local pediatrician.

Karen Li, MD, Director of School Health

650.421.2155 Ext. 204  

Education:  BS, UCLA; MD, UCSF; Pediatric Residency, Children’s Hospital, Oakland

Dr. Li identifies health and safety needs, formulates plans and goals, provides vision and leadership to the HSI Wellness Team, and collaborates with community partners. Prior to working at the District, Dr. Li was the Wellness Coordinator at Sequoia Union High School District. She brings with her a wealth of medical knowledge and expertise in working with children and adolescents from her former career as a pediatrician.

Andrea Garen,RD, Redwood City School District 

Education: BA English, University of Michigan; BS, MS Dietetics, San Francisco State University

As the Director of Health and Wellness for RCSD, a K-8 district that serves approximately 9,000 students and their families, Ms. Garen leads the school district wellness program. Prior to working in Redwood City School District, Ms. Garen spent ten years managing a variety of marketing and nutrition education programs for Dairy Council of California.

Andrea Garen, RD, Redwood City School District 

Education: BA English, University of Michigan; BS, MS Dietetics, San Francisco State University

As the Director of Health and Wellness for RCSD, a K-8 district that serves approximately 9,000 students and their families, Ms. Garen leads the school district wellness program. Prior to working in Redwood City School District, Ms. Garen spent ten years managing a variety of marketing and nutrition education programs for Dairy Council of California.

Mindy Hill, San Carlos School District

Education: BS, Teaching credential, University of Colorado, Boulder; MA Teaching, Lewis & Clark College

Mindy Hill began working at SCSD as Wellness Director  in December, 2013. Prior to becoming Wellness Director, Mindy pursued a career as a K-8 educator and administrator. She also had the great pleasure of working as an Associate Director for a nonprofit organization that works to prevent drug and alcohol abuse using a community-coalition model. 

Mindy Hill, San Carlos School District

Education: BS, Teaching credential, University of Colorado, Boulder; MA Teaching, Lewis & Clark College

Mindy Hill began working at SCSD as Wellness Director  in December, 2013. Prior to becoming Wellness Director, Mindy pursued a career as a K-8 educator and administrator. She also had the great pleasure of working as an Associate Director for a nonprofit organization that works to prevent drug and alcohol abuse using a community-coalition model. 

Javier Gutierrez, Sequoia Union H. S. District

Education: BS Business Management, Santa Clara University; Teaching credential, MA Education, UC Davis

Javier Gutierrez coordinates health services, education programs, and proactive support for the students of SUHSD. As a former teacher and administrator, this position continues Javier’s efforts to develop the whole student while positively impacting academic success. He works with professionals and community partners to develop physical, mental and behavioral health, and socio-emotional support programs.

Javier Gutierrez, Sequoia Union H. S. District

Education: BS Business Management, Santa Clara University; Teaching credential, MA Education, UC Davis

Javier Gutierrez coordinates health services, education programs, and proactive support for the students of SUHSD. As a former teacher and administrator, this position continues Javier’s efforts to develop the whole student while positively impacting academic success. He works with education professionals and community partners to develop physical & mental health, behavior, social, and emotional support programs.

Kim Staff, Menlo Park City School District 

Education: BA History, UC Santa Cruz; MA Humanities, SFSU

Kim Staff is the MPCSD’s Coordinator of Wellness and Integrated Services, having worked for the last 15 years at Hillview Middle School as a teacher, mentor, and social-emotional support. With the support and resources of HSI since 2014, Kim has been able to provide district-wide behavior and social-emotional intervention, in addition to the two “Thrive” and “Pivot” classes she teaches. 

Kim Staff, Menlo Park City School District 

Education: BA History, UC Santa Cruz; MA Humanities, SFSU

Kim Staff is the MPCSD’s Coordinator of Wellness and Integrated Services, having worked in MPCSD for the last 15 years at Hillview Middle School as a teacher, mentor, and social-emotional support. With the support and resources o HSI since 2014, Kim has been able to provide district-wide behavior and social-emotional intervention, in addition to the two ‘Thrive” and “Pivot” classes she teaches.

Maynell Palmer, Las Lomitas Elementary School District 

Education: BS Biological Sciences USC; Doctorate PT, NYU

Maynell Palmer is the Wellness Coordinator for Las Lomitas Elementary School District. Prior to joining LLESD in 2016, Ms. Palmer was a physical therapist for nearly 12 years, working in a variety of settings including Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Throughout her career, Ms. Palmer specialized in pediatrics and enjoyed educating her patients on wellness-related topics. 

Maynell Palmer, Las Lomitas Elementary School District

Education: BS Biological Sciences USC; Doctorate PT, NYU

Maynell Palmer is the Wellness Coordinator for LLESD. Prior to joining LLESD in 2016, Ms. Palmer was a physical therapist for nearly 12 years, working in a variety of settings including Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Throughout her career, Ms. Palmer specialized in pediatrics and enjoyed educating her patients on wellness-related topics. 

Abbe Keane, Woodside Elementary School District

Education: BS Nursing, SJSU; Teaching credential, Sacramento State

Abbe Keane is the Wellness Coordinator at WESD. She has worked for nearly thirty years as a public health nurse as well as a school nurse and consultant to numerous schools along the Peninsula. Abbe has been involved in teaching science and health education classes and currently works as the school nurse for both the Woodside and Portola Valley districts. 

Abbe Keane, Woodside Elementary School District

Education: BS Nursing, SJSU; Teaching credential, Sacramento State

Abbe Keane is the Wellness Coordinator at WESD. She has worked for nearly thirty years as a public health nurse as well as a school nurse and consultant to numerous schools along the Peninsula. Abbe has been involved in teaching science and health education classes and currently works as the school nurse for both the Woodside and Portola Valley districts.

Kristen Shima, Portola Valley School District

Education: BA Environmental Sciences, UC Berkeley; MA Education, SJSU

Kristen Shima leads the Wellness Team in the PVSD, which is comprised of 2 schools: Ormondale (grades K-3) & Corte Madera School (grades 4-8). Kristen started her career as a middle school teacher, and then worked as a middle & high school counselor for 10 years. She is now the Assistant Principal at Corte Madera and coordinates parent education nights, health education, social emotional learning, Positive Behavior Intervention and Support, and staff wellness.

Kristen Shima, Portola Valley School District

Education: BA Environmental Sciences, UC Berkeley; MA Education, SJSU

Kristen Shima leads the Wellness Team in the PVSD, which is comprised of 2 schools: Ormondale (grades K-3) & Corte Madera School (grades 4-8). Kristen started her career as a middle school teacher, and then worked as a middle & high school counselor for 10 years. She is now the Assistant Principal at Corte Madera and coordinates parent education nights, health education, social emotional learning, Positive Behavior Intervention and Support, and staff wellness.

Kristen Sevillia, Belmont-Redwood Shores School District

Education: BA Speech Communications, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; Teaching Credential, SFSU; MA School Administration, NDNU

Ms. Sevillia is the Education Services Wellness Coordinator for BRSSD. Prior to her current role, Ms. Sevillia has served as the Assistant Principal at Sandpiper School, having also spent the previous 4 years as a Coordinator in the Curriculum and Instruction at the San Mateo County Office of Ed. Kristen is devoted to making a district-wide impact by supporting programs aimed at the whole child.  

Kristen Sevillia, Belmont-Redwood Shores School District

Education: BA Speech Communications, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; Teaching Credential, SFSU; MA School Administration, NDNU

Ms. Sevillia is the Education Services Wellness Coordinator for BRSSD. Prior to her current role, Ms. Sevillia served as the Assistant Principal at Sandpiper School, having also spent the previous 4 years as a Coordinator in the Curriculum and Instruction at the San Mateo County Office of Ed. Kristen is devoted to making a district-wide impact by supporting programs aimed at the whole child.  

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