DHS Wellness Staff


Jodi Tsapis Wellness Coordinator  tsapisj@sfusd.edu

Jodi is Downtown High School's Wellness Coordinator and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. As the Wellness Coordinator/School Social Worker, Jodi is in charge of implementing, coordinating and supervising the Wellness team that manages a majority of the mental health services at the school. Jodi earned her Masters degree from Cal State East Bay School of Social Work. Jodi has worked in the SF Unified School District for over 20 years and began as a classroom aide. She previously worked at Thurgood Marshall High School, McAteer High School and ER Taylor Elementary School. Jodi has found her "home" in the Downtown High community and believes that Downtown High is a hidden gem for students and their families offering a true alternative, high quality education and authentic, caring support for each student who enrolls.

Lawrence Festin, CHOW  festinl@sfusd.edu

My name is Lawrence Festin and I am the Community Health Outreach Worker at Downtown High School. My role as a CHOW is to connect the students and school to community based organizations, opportunities and resources. I was born in the Philippines and raised in New Jersey and the Bay Area. I am an avid fan of Hiphop, art, and nerdy things. I received my BS at San Francisco State in Political Science with a minor in Ethnic Studies and have been working on my MA in Ethnic Studies for way too long. When I am not working (and not in lockdown) I enjoy hiking, fishing, going to concerts, cooking, and checking out art galleries/museums.

Em Kane, RAMS Therapist  emkane@ramsinc.org

Em Kane is a RAMS (Richmond Area Multi-Services) Behavioral Health Counselor at the Downtown Wellness Center. She earned her Master’s of Social Welfare from UC Berkeley with a concentration on Children and Families. Em provides free, confidential individual and group counseling to students at Downtown High School. Em values relational, trauma-informed therapy and works in collaboration with students to identify a style that works for each individual. Em also assesses students who are referred to Wellness for support, conducts suicide and crisis support, and offers consultation and training to school staff.

Idil Arpacio, Nurse  arpacii@sfusd.edu

My name is Idil Arpaci, and I am the school nurse at Downtown High School. I graduated from the University of San Francisco in May 2015 with my BSN. Since then, I have accrued substantial experience as a Registered Nurse in several institutions; I was an ICU nurse and home health nurse in adult care. I have been a school nurse for 4.5 years. As a school nurse my role is to provide guidance on managing chronic health and acute illnesses and injuries, perform health assessments, vision and hearing screening, and to provide sensitive services and referrals to young people seeking assistance with sexual and emotional health.


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