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Boston Public Schools Health & Wellness Department

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Boston Public Schools
Health & Wellness Department
370 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125

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The Health and Wellness Department is a team of health fanatics inspired to create change in the way students eat, play and live.  We work with schools, families and community partners to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Your ideas are welcomed.  Click here to meet and contact our staff: Health & Wellness Staff
Meet our staff:

J Carter Web PicJill Carter, Executive Director
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Kim_PhotoKim Connolly, Assistant Director, Operations & Grants
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Kim Connolly joined the BPS HWD in July 2015 as the Asst. Director of Operations and Grants. Kim was previously the Director of Partnerships & Development with two BPS schools, the Trotter and Mather Schools. Kim oversees the day to day operations and compliance of grant management, reporting, and budgeting. In addition, she seeks opportunities to increase sustainability of the department’s work through grant writing, improvement of school-based support systems, and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining BPS, Kim was the COO at College Bound Dorchester, and the Asst. Director of Loan Management at the COB, Department of Neighborhood Development. She earned a BA in Economics from Boston University and MBA from Babson College. Kim is an avid golfer who loves to meet new people at her home course, Franklin Park.




Frank Cacia, Physical Education Instructional Coach
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Frank rejoined the HWD in November 2015 as the PreK-12 PE Instructional Coach after serving as the K-8 Middle School Instructional Coach from SY10-11 through SY12-13. Between working in the Health and Wellness Department he was a PE teacher at the Donald McKay K-8. Prior to joining the HWD in 2012 Frank spent five years teaching Health and Wellness at Ridgeview HS in Orange Park FL. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts in Human Performance and Fitness and has recently completed course work for a Masters in Educational Leadership at Cambridge College.  In his spare time, he enjoys coaching soccer, running and spending time with family and friends.





Steph Campbell resized Stephanie Campbell, PREPP Program Coordinator
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Stephanie Campbell joined the Health and Wellness Department of Boston Public Schools in December 2014 as the PREP Program Coordinator. She supports the implementation of sexuality education in the middle schools. Stephanie has over 10 years of experience in the field of youth development and sexuality education in a variety of settings including nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations and universities. Prior to the joining BPS, Stephanie served as the Training and Technical Assistance Manager at the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy. Stephanie is a graduate of Howard University and holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and taking zumba classes at the Zspot.




Ali EttisProject Coordinator
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Ali joined the Health and Wellness Department of Boston Public Schools in November 2015 as the Project Coordinator. She serves as a part of operations to support fundraising and communication efforts necessary to advance the department’s strategic objectives. She truly believes in the mission of this department and is passionate about creating a healthy school environment for all children. Prior to joining BPS, Ali worked in a variety of roles in both small business and the corporate setting as a Marketing and Event coordinator, Administrative Assistant and Business Analyst.  Ali attended the University of Tampa where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing. In her spare time she likes to take yoga classes, coach youth basketball and spend time with family and friends.



K. Elisa-McLarenKenyia Elisa-McLaren, ETTH Program Manager
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Kenyia joined the Health and Wellness Department of Boston Public Schools in October 2013 as the HIV/STD Grant Manager.  She supports the development and implementation of The Empowering Teens Through Health (ETTH) Program, a 5 year initiative funded by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  ETTH addresses HIV/STD and Pregnancy Prevention among youth at disproportionate risk. Prior to joining BPS, Kenyia served as the Community Health Worker Initiative Director at Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD).  She holds a Masters of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration and has managed several Public Health, Human Service, and Workforce Development grants for the City of Boston.



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Jessica GreenePhysical Education Program Director
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In September 2013, Jessica Greene became the Physical Education Program Director for the Health and Wellness Department. Jessica joined the department in SY10-11 as the physical education coach of high schools.  Before employment in Boston, she served as a Physical Education Specialist and curriculum developer in Los Angeles, California.  She started her career teaching PE, HE, APE and coaching at all levels in Cranston, RI.  Jessica attended the University of Rhode Island for her undergraduate program in Kinesiology and attended the University of Massachusetts for her graduate program in Urban Education Administration.




Abby Lowe-Wilson: Wellness Policy and Promotions Manager
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Abby joined the Health and Wellness Department in August 2014 as the Wellness Policy and Promotions Manager. In this role, Abby works with schools and at the district level to build the capacity of School Wellness Councils and to support greater implementation of the BPS comprehensive District Wellness Policy. Prior to this, Abby worked at the CDC-funded University of North Carolina Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention to develop and disseminate guidance to public health practitioners on how to implement policy and environmental change interventions to prevent obesity. Abby holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, Abby enjoys spending time with family, cooking, and getting outside.




Katia Miller, Data & Evaluation Manager
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Katia joined the Health and Wellness Department of Boston Public Schools in September 2015 as the Data and Evaluation Manager. She supports the surveillance and evaluation of several school health initiatives including the Boston Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Prior to joining BPS, Katia was a Research Analyst at Tufts University and interned with the World Health Organization in Amman, Jordan. She holds a Masters of Public Health degree from Tufts University with dual concentrations in Epidemiology/Biostatistics and Health Communication as well as a Masters in Social Work degree from Boston College in Global Macro Social Work practice. In her spare time she teaches Zumba classes.



Pat Santin Wellness SummitPat Santin, Health Education Program Director
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Patricia is an experienced and skilled classroom teacher with over 20 years of service in the field of education. She has taught in schools in California, Massachusetts and Vermont and was the Department Head of Health Education at an urban, multi-racial school in the city of Leeds, England. Pat achieved the much sought after national distinction of Advanced Skills teacher role.  A position which allowed her to mentor new, as well as, veteran teachers and to assist in curriculum development, instruction and implementation, and to influence policy making in schools. Pat then became the Lead Consultant for Health Education for a large urban school district in Leeds England, a position with a focus towards fostering effective change within educational systems and individual schools. She graduated from Bridgewater State with a license to teach and went on to complete a Master in Education degree from the University of South Carolina.



S. Spressert WESuzy SpressertSexual Health Education Project Manager
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Suzy Spressert has been an educator and consultant for fifteen years. Suzy has worked primarily with 5th-12th grades teaching health, specifically sexual health education and ‘life skills’ and running youth leadership development programs, focused on service learning, and most recently through Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Suzy has taught in a variety of settings including public, private and charter schools, state institutions, boys and girls clubs, camp classrooms (indoor and outdoor) and religious programs.  She has also enjoyed a variety of administrative roles and responsibilities within the public and non-profit sectors. Suzy received her BA in English from Davidson College in North Carolina and is currently completing her Master’s in Education at Boston University. In her free time, she enjoys walking and running outdoors with her dog Mack, practicing yoga, and volunteering.




M. Williams WEMary Jane Williams, Safe Routes to School Program Manager
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Mary Jane is a multi-faceted Wellness/Physical Education Professional who has integrated wellness and physical activity programming into diverse work settings.  She has worn hats serving as the Health Specialist at Charter Health Plan Inc., Director of Wellness & Recreation at Albion College and Wellness Consultant at DuPont Company. Mary Jane comes to us from the Boston Public Health Commission, were she was the Wellness Coordinator. She worked on numerous initiatives to increase access to physical activity and healthy food for residents of Boston.  Her vision is to reduce health inequities that exist in Boston through policy change and the promotion of physically active and healthy environments.  Mary Jane received her BS in Physical Education from Springfield College in Springfield, MA and her MS in Health Fitness Management from American University in D.C.