Meet the Wellness Staff

  • Kathy Marek 
    Kathy Marek, LMFT
    (408) 423-3219 |
    Mental Health Program Coordinator

    Kathy Campion Marek moved to California from the Midwest in 1995 to attend graduate school at Santa Clara University, after having been a high school English teacher for 6 years. She brought with her a passion for kids, teachers and families that remains at the heart of everything she does at Santa Clara Unified. As a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT), as well as a credentialed teacher, Kathy has served in many capacities since joining the district in 1997. She currently serves as Mental Health Program Coordinator and oversees the Wellness Coordinators who staff our schools with mental health services. When not a work, Kathy revels in being a chauffeur/mom to two teenagers.

    Sabine Reuter
    Sabine Reuter, LMFT, PPS
    (408) 423-3225 |
    Mental Health Program Coordinator

    Sabine Reuter and her family immigrated to the United states when she was 6 years old to Sacramento, California. From a very early age, Sabine was motivated to be of service to others and during middle and high school undertook volunteer positions in a program for the severely physically and mentally disabled and as a candy striper at a local hospital in Sacramento. Sabine left northern California to attend the University of California, Irvine where she graduated with a Bachelor's of Art in Psychology and Social Ecology in 1992. She moved back to northern California to attend Santa Clara University where she graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in 1996, haven fallen in love with working with children in the school setting during her practicum. She became a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT) in 2003. During the 20+ years Sabine has been with the district, she has taken on a variety of roles, all in the service of the students, staff and families of SCUSD. Currently she is a Mental Health Program Coordinator and oversees the counseling interns and trainees that provide services to our students and their families. Outside of work, she enjoys down time with her three cats, cooking, exercising and traveling.

    Jacqueline Armes
    Jacqueline Armes, M.A., LMFT
    (408) 423-3784 |
    Bowers Elementary School

    Jacqueline Armes, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), has worked with children, adolescents, and families for twelve years. She is experienced in working with families that have suffer from trauma and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). Another passion of Jacqueline, is working with self-harming children & adolescents and is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Jacqueline is located at Cabrillo Middle School.

    Her hobbies include cooking, snowboarding, hiking, and spending time with her family.

    Tina-Nihal Banga
    Tina K. Banga, LMFT
    (408) 878-4366 |
    Central Park Elementary School
    Laurelwood Elementary School

    Tina Deol is a Bay Area native born and raised in Fremont. She studied Psychology at Mills College and went on to pursue her Masters in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Therapy at John F. Kennedy University. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). For the past nine years, Tina has worked with children and adolescents in a school setting.

    She has been with Santa Clara Unified for 8 years and is currently a Wellness Coordinator at Central Park Elementary and Laurelwood Elementary. What she enjoys most about her job is connecting with students. During her free time Tina enjoys arts and crafts, baking and bike riding.

    Rita Barone
    Rita Barone, LMFT
    (408) 878-4393 |
    Westwood Elementary School

    As a first grader, Rita Barone sat in class where a counselor came in and passed around a "feelings" bear and each student was able to share his or her feelings about whatever was going on that week. At recess, Rita found the counselor and asked, "Can I be you when I grow up?". From this early moment in her life, Rita was sure that she wanted to follow the educational path that would make it possible for her to be a safe person for children to share about their feelings and get the support they needed to manage and handle whatever struggles and challenges they faced with confidence, positive coping skills and resilience. A Bay Area native, Rita attended San Jose State University B.A. Psychology and Child Development (2003), Notre Dame de Namur University M.A. Clinical Psychology (2006), and became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 2011. She has worked in Residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment Facility for youth, Community-Based therapy for youth, and School-Based therapy in Special Education and mainstream school settings. Rita believes in the importance of always taking a moment to breath and be grateful. Rita enjoys cooking, playing with her kids, gardening, and traveling to Sicily to visit family. Rita currently works at Westwood Elementary School.

    Jeff Bernard
    Jeff Bernard, LCSW
    (408) 878-4362 |
    Briarwood Elementary School
    Montague Elementary School

    Jeff Bernard is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), who has worked with children and families for twelve years. In addition to working for a foster care agency, Jeff has worked with students with emotional disturbances in elementary and high school settings. He is currently working on implementing a mindfulness curriculum for elementary students.

    Lidio Bueno, LMFT
    Lidia Bueno, LMFT
    Hughes Elementary School
    Mayne Elementary School

    Andrea Carandang, LMFT
    Andrea Carandang, LMFT
    (408) 878-4439 |
    Mission Early College High School
    Wilson High School

    Sara Cerrillo
    Sara Cerrillo, LCSW
    (408) 878-4363 |
    Haman Elementary School
    Pomeroy Elementary School

    Sara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families in residential, outpatient and school settings. Sara's goal as a Wellness Coordinator is to provide a safe and unconditional space where students, families and school staff can find support and resources that strengthen the school community. She enjoys salsa music, long hikes, beach days and a strong cup of coffee. ~ "It's a beautiful thing when a career and passion come together. 

    Yvonne Hirsch
    Yvonne Hirsch, LCSW, PPS
    (408) 878-4371 |
    Bracher Elementary School
    Millikin Elementary School

    Yvonne Hirsch is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a credential in Pupil Personnel Services and has over 15 years of experience in the field. In assessing needs and developing strategies to effect meaningful change, she finds school-based mental health services to be crucial in improving the school climate and mental wellness for the students and school community. As a volunteer, she has received recognition for her work with the Girl Scouts and PTA. She enjoys exploring the Bay Area with her husband, teenagers and rescue dogs. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, keeping backyard chickens and growing an edible garden. 

    Sharon Kwan
    Sharon Kwan, LCSW, PPSC
    (408) 423-2416 |
    Wilcox High School

    As the saying goes, "it takes a village to raise a child." Teens continue to need their village as they navigate their high school years. The mission of Wellness Coordinator Sharon Kwan is to support the students at Wilcox, as well as their village. Their village typically includes their parents/guardians and their teachers. It may also include other supportive adults at school and outside of school. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with eleven years of experience working in Bay Area school prior to joining Santa Clara Unified School District in 2015, Sharon uses her knowledge and experience to provide emotional support to students, to raise awareness on issues related to students' social-emotional well-being, to coordinate mental health services on campus and to help adults in their lives build a stronger village by listening to their needs and connecting them to appropriate resources. She seeks to learn about the unique perspectives, challenges, as well as the internal and external resources that students and their support persons bring to the table. She believes in the connection between students' social-emotional well-being and their ability to achieve their full potential at school and in life.

    Maritza Meraz
    Maritza Meraz, LMFT
    (408) 423-2114 |
    Santa Clara Community Day School

    Maritza Meraz, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who was born and raised in the bay area. Maritza has been working with parents, education, and disabilities in some capacity since 2002. Maritza currently is onsite at Santa Clara Community Day School providing services for the students on-site and feels grateful to be able to provide a safe confidential space to students who are in need of support. In her spare time, she enjoys the beach, hiking, and traveling.

    Ashlee Narvaiz, LMFT
    Ashlee Narvaiz, LMFT
    Cabrillo Middle School

    Katerina Pogosov
    Katerina Pogosov, LMFT
    (408) 878-4404 |
    Peterson Middle School 

    Katerina Pogosov's mission is to empower youth and young adults to embrace who they are and to feel comfortable with themselves, especially those within the POC Community.  After that she'd like to find a way to make a substantial living off of eating pizza, donuts, playing with animals, listening to music and napping.  She was born and raised in the LA area until moving up here to go to Santa Clara University where she majored in Psychology and minored in Philosophy.  A few years later she attended The Wright Institute up in Berkeley and completed a masters in Counseling Psychology.  Now she's a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has over 10 years experience within the education and mental health fields.  She's worked with a variety of youth over the years from recently released from juvi to foster youth.  In her free time she's attempting to regain her Spanish skills, while learning Russian, and trying not to confuse the two.

    Nuzhath Quadri
    Nuzhath Quadri, LMFT
    (408) 423-4376 |
    Don Callejon K8

    Nuzhath Quadri is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), who has worked with children and families in the District for the past nine years. For the past three years, she has worked within an elementary therapeutic classroom and is now enjoying working with kids and families at Don Callejon. Nuzhath also is interested in in increasing mental health awareness among underserved populations and also works part time to bring awareness and services to the Muslim Community in Santa Clara. Nuzhath has three children of her own and resides in San Jose, CA.

    Amy Saggese
    Amy Saggese, LMFT, LPCC
    (408) 878-4380 |
    Braly Elementary School
    Scott Lane Elementary School

    Amy's career has evolved around supporting students and families with school based services. She grew up in Argentina and came to the United States after graduating high school. Attending college was challenging, as a second language learner, but it was well worth the effort. She wanted to be in a field that contributed to people's lives. Now, it is with great joy that she uses her cultural background and personal story to establish a positive connection with the diverse population at SCUSD. She feels fortunate to have the role of Wellness Coordinator and being able to make a difference in students' lives. Amy has fully embraced the California lifestyle and loves being outdoors. When not working, you can find her at the beach, biking in the Santa Cruz mountains, doing yoga or skiing.

    Michelle Sandoval
    Michelle Sandoval, LMFT
    (408) 423-2614 |
    Santa Clara High School

    Michelle Sandoval wants to live in a world where coffee flows like water, temperatures never go below 65 degrees outside, and everyone at Santa Clara High School has a safe, confidential space to be heard and supported. Providing a place at Santa Clara High School where students, staff, and parents as well, can talk to someone about life's challenges with unconditional positive regard, understanding and kindness is Michelle's main goal as SCHS's Wellness Coordinator. Michelle received a B.A. in Psychology in 2007 from UCSC and and M.A. in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in 2011. She became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in 2015. Her role at SCHS is to coordinate mental health services on the site, provide crisis support and to be the warm connection between school staff, community support and families. Michelle enjoys working with youth and families, has a calming presence and also brings her own brand of humor to keep life fun. If you have any questions or need her help, you can reach out to the schools front office.

    John Shafer
    John Shafer, LMFT
    (408) 878-4382 |
    New Valley High School
    Wilson High School
    Santa Clara Community Day School

    Helping people overcome life challenges so that they may live as fulfilled a life as possible is John Shafer's commitment to humanity. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who has been counseling children and families in school, community and clinic based settings for the past 16 years. He has worked with children of all ages and with families from varied cultural and socio economic backgrounds. John knows that there are many paths to wellness and fulfillment and each individual must find their own way. But, he has a firm belief that everyone possesses the inherent strength needed to reach their full potential. His educational background includes an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Campbell, CA. and a B.A. in Psychology is from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota.

    Marcia Takaki
    Marcia Takaki, LCSW
    (408) 878-4387 |
    Sutter Elementary School

    Marcia Takaki is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a background in providing mental health services to emotionally disturbed children in the school setting. She has also worked with families affected by domestic violence. She has worked collaboratively within the legal profession, mental health agencies and community groups. Marcia currently works as a Wellness Coordinator at Sutter Elementary School, empowering children to improve their social, emotional and mental health functioning through direct services, supportive services to education staff and linking families to community resources.

    Ralene Wasielewski
    Ralene Wasielewski, LMFT, PSCC
    (408) 423-1737 |
    Buchser Middle School

    Ralene Wasielewski has been working as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) for nearly 20 years. She has spent most of her career working with children, adolescents, parents and families. She has worked in group homes, schools, an on-call crisis program and private practice. She works with those struggling with anxiety, depression, anger, school issues (social, academic, etc.), high risk behavior and transition, to name a few. She is certified in mindfulness and has completed the Mentor Program with Michelle Garcia Winner with the Center for Social Thinking. She teaches anxiety and stress management groups, anger groups, and parenting groups. She also has her PPSC credential and has worked as both a school academic and mental health counselor.

    Joye Wegener
    Joye Wegener, LMFT
    (408) 878-4389 |
    Washington Open Elementary School

    Joye Wegener is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She has been employed by Santa Clara Unified School District for 17 years, working with middle and high school students and their families in the emotionally disturbed programs for the last 10 years. She currently also enjoys working as a Wellness Coordinator which includes parent coaching, case management and promoting community wellness.

    Kristi Yeh
    Kristi Yeh, LMFT
    (408) 878-4391 |
    Ponderosa Elementary School

    Kristi Yeh, MA, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who graduated from Santa Clara University in 2011. Kristi has worked with children and families in a variety of settings, and also has specialized experience working with people in recovery from eating related disorders and substance abuse issues. Kristi is passionate about supporting the wellness needs of her elementary school site through a strength-based approach. Kristi supports the Ponderosa community in promoting an overall positive school climate through social and emotional learning presentations for students and caregivers, in addition to overseeing the school-based counseling training program.