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The Lowell Wellness Center:  Staff

Joanne Ruby, Temporary Wellness Center Coordinator

Joanne received a Master Degree in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley.   Her career interest has been in the field of child, youth, and family services with a focus on prevention to support mental health.  She has worked extensively in the health care arena as well as in the schools, in San Francisco and Oakland. 

She worked with SFUSD directing the Primary Intervention Program for the district via Edgewood Children’s Center, and while working as a clinical social worker at UCSF/ Mount Zion Department of Pediatrics, she helped to establish a community collaborative to address the impact of violence on children and teens:  Living in a Nonviolent Community (LINC).  In that capacity, Joanne brought education and training to high school students and teachers about healthy relationships.

She has supported the growth of school based health centers while working as a Planner at La Clinica de La Raza in Oakland, and is excited to be at Lowell Wellness Center, practicing prevention and supporting student success.  Joanne loves travel, has lived abroad, and enjoys using her Spanish, French & Hebrew.


Joanne Ruby, MSW, PPSC

Wellness Coordinator, Lowell High School, San Francisco Unified


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Note:  Carol is currently on maternity leave.

Carol Chao Herring received a Masters in Public Health and a Masters in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. She has previously worked in the district and was the school social worker at Gordon J. Lau Elementary School and Francisco Middle School. She also interned at Lincoln 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 a smattering of Spanish. She is very excited to be joining the Lowell High School Community and looks forward to working together.
Carol Chao Herring, MSW, MPH, PPSC
Wellness Coordinator, Lowell High School, San Francisco Unified
Part-Time Instructor, Health Education Department, City College of San Francisco



Maryann Rainey is the school district nurse at Lowell High School, a part of the Wellness Center.  She provides the medical expertise that enables the Wellness Center to address physical health issues such as asthma, diabetes and nutrition.  She also counsels and educates students about reproductive health and collaborates with teens and their families to ensure that students receive primary care, vision and dental services in the community.
Maryann Rainey obtained her undergraduate degree in nursing at SFSU.  She then practiced at UCSF and other local hospitals before returning to school.  She obtained her Masters in Nursing at UCSF, becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner.  She became a part of the Wellness Centers in 2001. 
“Nurse Rainey” can be found in
room 129 or at extension 3173.
Xavier Salazar is in his first year of being a Community Health Outreach Worker (CHOW) for the Wellness Center. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2009 with a major in Social and Cultural Anthropology, and has worked at many elementary and high schools in the Bay Area since. He is also a founder of Spread the Word, a college outreach program. At his last job, with the Principal's Center Collaborative for adjudicated high schoolers, he became more interested in working with Wellness Centers. His passions are hiking, backpacking, traveling, and of course helping and talking to teenagers. Xavier.jpg
Kin Leung was born and raised in Hong Kong and he came to San Francisco at the age of 14 with his familiy. After finishing high school as a Washington Eagle (Yay!!!), he went on to obtain his Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Berkeley and Master's degree in Counseling at San Francisco State University. Kin has been working as the Behavioral Health Counselor at the Wellness Center at Lowell since 2006. Outside of his role as a counselor, Kin enjoys playing basketball and hanging out with Coffee, his 5-year-old Welsh Corgi. Kin Leung.jpg

Do Other San Francisco High Schools Have Wellness Centers? What is the S. F. Wellness Initiative?