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

Find out here:  http://www.sfwellness.org/



The Lowell Wellness Center:  Staff

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


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

Hi! My name is Amber and I am one of the full-time counselors in the Wellness Center. I received my B.S. in Psychology and Child Development at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo and my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at San Francisco State University. I have worked in the Wellness Centers at both Galileo and Mission High School, as well. High school can come with many exciting, as well as challenging times, and my hope is to provide you with support through your journey here at Lowell. My office is in Room 118 and you can make an appointment with me directly or with Xavier, our CHOW. On my free time, I love to take my dog on hikes, hang out with friends, bake/cook, travel, and try new restaurants. I look forward to meeting you!


Veronica Tai joined the team as a RAMS (Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc.) Behavioral Health Counselor in November 2015. She is excited to work with Lowell students having been one herself. 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 their 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. Tai.png
Vanessa Compagno is Lowell High School’s new 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 joining Lowell High School and their Wellness Team and is looking forward to meeting all of you and working with this community. vanessa_photo.jpg