HSI Team

Karen Li, MD, Director of School Health/ HeartSafe

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, and collaborates with school district wellness coordinators and 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.

Karen Li, MD, Director of School Health/HeartSafe

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, and collaborates with school district wellness coordinators and 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.

Wellness Coordinators

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 Redwood City School District (RCSD), a K-8 district that serves approximately 9,000 students and their families, Ms. Garen leads the school district wellness program and oversees health and wellness programs and services for 16 schools. 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 Redwood City School District (RCSD), a K-8 district that serves approximately 9,000 students and their families, Ms. Garen leads the school district wellness program and oversees health and wellness programs and services for 16 schools. 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 the San Carlos School District as Wellness Director through the Healthy Schools Initiative 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. She enjoys outdoor learning, traveling, white water rafting, and skiing.

Mindy Hill, San Carlos School District

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

Mindy Hill began working at the San Carlos School District as Wellness Director through the Healthy Schools Initiative 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. She enjoys outdoor learning, traveling, white water rafting, and skiing.

Javier Gutierrez, Sequoia Union H. S. District

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

Javier Gutierrez coordinates health services, education programs, and proactive support for the students of Sequoia Union High School District (SUHSD). As a former high school teacher and middle & high school 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.

Javier Gutierrez, Sequoia Union H. S. District

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

Javier Gutierrez coordinates health services, education programs, and proactive support for the students of Sequoia Union High School District (SUHSD). As a former high school teacher and middle & high school 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, San Francisco State University

Kim Staff is the Menlo Park City School District (MPCSD)’s Coordinator of Wellness and Integrated Services, and has 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 of the Sequoia Healthcare District grant MPCSD has received since 2014, Kim has been able to provide district-wide behavior and social-emotional intervention, in addition to the two classes she teaches at the middle school called “Thrive” and “Pivot.” 

Kim Staff, Menlo Park City School District 

Education: BA History, UC Santa Cruz; MA Humanities, San Francisco State University

Kim Staff is the Menlo Park City School District (MPCSD)’s Coordinator of Wellness and Integrated Services, and has 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 of the Sequoia Healthcare District grant MPCSD has received since 2014, Kim has been able to provide district-wide behavior and social-emotional intervention, in addition to the two classes she teaches at the middle school called “Thrive” and “Pivot.” 

Maynell Palmer, Las Lomitas Elementary School District 

Education: BS Biological Sciences USC; Doctorate Physical Therapy, NYU

Maynell Palmer is the Wellness Coordinator for Las Lomitas Elementary School District (LLESD), which is comprised of schools located in Atherton and Menlo Park, CA. 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 Physical Therapy, NYU

Maynell Palmer is the Wellness Coordinator for Las Lomitas Elementary School District (LLESD), which is comprised of schools located in Atherton and Menlo Park, CA. 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 Woodside Elementary School District (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. When she is not busy with work she enjoys cooking, visiting her two sons in N.Y. and L.A., and caring for her pet rabbits.

Abbe Keane, Woodside Elementary School District

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

Abbe Keane is the Wellness Coordinator at Woodside Elementary School District (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. When she is not busy with work she enjoys cooking, visiting her two sons in N.Y. and L.A., and caring for her pet rabbits.

Elizabeth Boldt, Belmont-Redwood Shores School District

Education: BA Liberal Studies, San Francisco State University; MA Specialized Education, Notre Dame de Namur

Beth is a Bay Area native and a veteran teacher of over 15 years. Before coming to Belmont-Redwood Shores School District (BRSSD), Beth taught math and science to middle school students and special education in a TK – 2 grade classroom. Beth uses her school experience to maintain a culture of wellness in BRSSD with HSI sponsored programs such as school counselors, Social Emotional Learning, PE in TK-5th grade, and parent education nights. 

Elizabeth Boldt, Belmont-Redwood Shores School District

Education: BA Liberal Studies, San Francisco State University; MA Specialized Education, Notre Dame de Namur

Beth is a Bay Area native and a veteran teacher of over 15 years. Before coming to Belmont-Redwood Shores School District (BRSSD), Beth taught math and science to middle school students and special education in a TK – 2 grade classroom. Beth uses her school experience to maintain a culture of wellness in BRSSD with HSI sponsored programs such as school counselors, Social Emotional Learning, PE in TK-5th grade, and parent education nights. 

Kristen Shima, Portola Valley School District

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

Kristen Shima leads the Wellness Team in the Portola Valley School District (PVSD), 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 became the Dean of Students and is now the Assistant Principal at Corte Madera school 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 Portola Valley School District (PVSD), 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 became the Dean of Students and is now the Assistant Principal at Corte Madera school and coordinates parent education nights, health education, social emotional learning, Positive Behavior Intervention and Support, and staff wellness.