Kathleen Meagher Psy. D. is a Clinical and Educational Psychologist in Lynn Community Health Center's School-Based Health Center at Lynn English High School (LEHS) and the Lynn Evening Educational Program (LEEP), in addition to working in the community site at LCHC Market Square Family Health Services. She appreciates the privilege of being invited into each student and family's unique life story, as they are creating next steps toward a hopeful, healthy future. She is also a Transition Coordinator for Shore Educational Collaborative, working to enhance positive outcomes for students with disabilities transitioning from high school into their future visions for themselves. This integrated professional history spans PreK through higher education, across health/wellness/psychology domains (ie: special education teacher, school administrator, school psychologist, clinical psychologist, field and post-doctoral supervisor, mentor for new teachers, clinicians, and administrators), and is involved in multiple local, state, and national initiatives focused on the importance of collaborative partnerships working to enhance student resilience, engagement, competence, and self-determination; social justice, health and wellness, and inclusive, hopeful opportunities for all.
Rita's specialty areas of interest have been in pediatric cardiology, rehabilitation, primary and acute care delivered in the school setting and non-conventional settings, as well as in community health centers. Dr. Olans teaches pediatrics, adolescent health, and community health at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, and works part time as Nurse Practitioner Hospitalist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Center.
Dr. Olans immigrated with her husband to the US Virgin Islands after her daughters graduated from university to work with their Department of Health in HIV/STD/TB care. It was here she learned the importance of telling a story with epidemiological data and how systems of care are co-created with the aid of the Center for Disease Control and Health Resources & Services Administration.
Caitlin Hanson, MA is the Director of Boston Public Health Commission’s School-Based Health Program. In this role she oversees six School-Based Health Centers serving eight public high schools in Boston providing medical and mental health care. Before discovering School-Based Health, Caitlin received an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Clark University in Worcester, MA, where she stayed to earn a master’s degree in Community Development and Planning. Caitlin spent four years working for Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts in a variety of roles, from Grassroots Organizing & Political Action, to Health Care Assistant, to Central Massachusetts Outreach Coordinator. Caitlin recently returned to Massachusetts after eight years working in School-Based Health in New York. She was formerly the Director of School-Based Health and Adolescent Medicine at the Institute for Family Health (IFH) in New York City. In that role, Caitlin oversaw a SBHC program of five locations around Manhattan serving ten public schools including elementary, middle and high schools. She spent much of her time working to grow and expand SBHCs while in New York both in her organization, opening new SBHC locations, and in the SBHC field, serving as a Board Member of the New York School-Based Health Alliance. Caitlin is dedicated to health care access work in Massachusetts, and sits as a board member of the Jane Fund of Central Massachusetts, which exclusively raises money to provide micro-grants to women who are unable to afford the cost of their healthcare.
Emily Wilcox is a pediatric nurse practitioner working for the Boston Public Health Commission. She is the medical provider at Boston Latin Academy and also sees students at the Snowden International School. Emily has been working in school health for 11 years. She loves working with teens and completed a Leadership Education in Adolescent Health fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2008.