ABOUTWe have an amazing team of professionals dedicated to helping communities thrive by supporting youth and adults as they travel on their wellness journey!
Lotus was founded in 2013 with the belief that connecting the worlds of education and mental health would benefit EVERYONE in a community. We began by focusing on getting mental health resources, support and services to students and educators in Shasta County. Within three years we had expanded into all of Northern California. Now we are able to provide our trainings and other services throughout the United States. Next we will become a global force and increase mental health literacy all over the world which will result in reducing stigma & discrimination, increase help-seeking and not only improve lives, but also save lives.
Our Mission & Vision
MISSION: To educate, equip & empower ANYONE who wants to learn more about Mental Health, Addiction & Suicide Prevention.
VISION: We envision empowering entire communities to attain optimal health & well-being by giving each individual what they need to become the best version of themselves.
We strive to Make Meaningful Connections with our clients, training participants, students & community members. We connect them to mental health resources, trainings, support and services while helping to strengthen healthy neural connections within their brains.
Founder and Director
Marcia has over 35 years of experience as an educator, counselor and trainer. Her passion is providing prevention and early intervention services, programs and trainings to youth and those who work with youth. She loves balancing her work-week with time spent working directly with the students, and time also supporting parents, guardians, educators and community members.
In her spare time you will find her somewhere outside, either in her RV traveling, in the hills hiking or in the water playing!
Administrator to the Directors
Megan has 18 years of experience in the medical field, including patient access, medical insurance, billing, claims correspondence, clinic registration and A/R supervision. Megan worked at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio for 9 years before becoming the Administrative Assistant to the Directors at Lotus Educational Services in March 2018.Megan and her husband enjoy biking, hiking, kayaking and being outdoors.
THERESA RICKARD-TIBBETT, MA
Training & Outreach Coordinator
Theresa joined Lotus Educational Services in August 2020 and has worked in the field of education, training, and community outreach for nearly 20 years. She is knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate about prevention and early intervention in mental health and wellbeing. Theresa enjoys working with people, sharing resources in our community, and helping others reach their goals. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and practicing mindfulness.
MELISSA MORRIS, PPS
ERMHS Clinician, School Counselor, Local Schools Team Mentor
Melissa joined Lotus Educational Services, Inc. in November 2017 and provides virtual counseling along with services and support as the local School Counseling Director. Melissa has worked with children and families in the educational setting for over 20 years. Melissa finds immense joy exploring the Pacific Northwest with her family beachcombing, kayaking, and attending concerts or recharging by creating art.
Melissa Shaheen, PPS
ERMHS Clinician, School Counselor
Melissa joined Lotus Educational Services in August 2017. She currently provides counseling services at local schools along with virtual counseling for students all over California. Melissa has worked with high risk youth and families in Shasta County for over 12 years in both educational and public settings. Melissa enjoys coastal camping, hunting and fishing along with spending time with her 3 dogs. She is a Disney fanatic as well as an avid fan of the San Jose Sharks and San Francisco Giants.
STEPHANIE SANDERS, LCSW
ERMHS Clinician, Team Mentor
KRISTINA NORDLIN, LMFT
LISA WYNER, ACSW
Lisa is an Associate Clinical Social Worker with Lotus and lives in rural/frontier northern California. She has been an advocate for homeless and foster students in the school setting since 2015 and currently works with children, adults and families. She was drawn to social work by a passion for social justice with a focus on rural and Indigenous communities. She loves road trips, camping and reading while floating in an inner-tube on the Trinity river.
CHRISTINA ROGERS, APCC, NCC, PPS
Just like the lotus, we too have the ability to rise from the mud,
bloom out of the darkness, and radiate into the world.
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