Founder and Director
Marcia has over 25 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.
In her spare time you will find her somewhere outside, either in the hills hiking or in the water playing!
KATIE POWERS, PPS LMFT
ERMHS ClinicianKatie Powers has been working with children and families for over 12 years. Her background is in mental health with a focus on behavior in children within the education system. Katie started with Lotus in spring of 2018 and really enjoys helping students through virtual counseling. In her free time, Katie likes to run, travel, and play with her dog, Teddy while also teaching undergraduate Psychology courses at Azusa Pacific University.
ASHLEY BOGDAN, PPS
School Counselor, ERMHS ClinicianAshley Bogdan began working with Lotus Educational Services in August 2017 as a School Counseling Intern while completing her Masters in Educational Counseling. After completing her Masters and credential, she continued on with Lotus working at Happy Valley School District as well as Inspire Charter Schools. She has worked with youth for over 12 years ago in both educational and mental health setting. When not working Ashley enjoys hiking with her husband and her dog, spends time practicing her culinary and baking skills, and loves traveling.
Britt-Marie Gustafsson, PPS
ERMHS ClinicianBritt-Marie Gustafsson has been working with students and families in public education for over 20 years. Over the years, Britt has worked with students and families all over California. When not at work, Britt enjoys being outdoors, hiking and camping. Indoors she enjoys teaching step aerobics classes at the gym and getting out on the dance floor for an evening of swing dancing or country line dancing.
ELAINE ELLERS, LCSW
ERMHS ClinicianElaine Ellers has been working with children and families for over fifteen years. In addition to working with Lotus Educational Services, Elaine works with teen parents, providing case management services for these clients in Sacramento.
In her free time, Elaine enjoys gardening, traveling and reading. She spends time walking with her dog, Maggie May and doing some amateur astronomy.
Human Resources DirectorJessi Gaal has been a Human Resources Professional for over 15 years. She started work in Columbus, Ohio while completing her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at Otterbein College. She also holds a Professional in Human Resources Certificate from the Society for Human Resources Management. Jessi and her husband live in the Denver area and she loves playing with her kids, listening to music, running, and exploring the great outdoors!
Administrator to the DirectorsMegan 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.
MELISSA MORRIS, PPS
ERMHS Clinician, School CounselorMelissa 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.
POLLY BAMBAUER, PPS
ERMHS ClinicianAlong with being a Clinician with Lotus Educational Services, Polly provides school psychology services to a county office of education in Northern California. She brings 11 years of experience working with students in both primary and secondary education. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping, traveling, and attending live musical and theatre performances. She loves to play with her treat-obsessed rescue schnauzer-mix and visit with her four adorable grandchildren.
Melissa Shaheen, PPS
ERMHS Clinician, School CounselorMelissa 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.
Nicolette Gillespie, LMFT
ERMHS ClinicianNicolette Gillespie is a licensed marriage and family therapist located in Chico California. Her passion resides in helping adults, children and families reach their own personal goals and grow as human beings. She considers herself a holder of hope as she joins with individuals and families for a brief part of their journey. Things she does that bring her joy are photography, quiet mornings with a hot cup of coffee, traveling, DIY projects, reading and creative writing.
SARAH CALIBOSO-SOTO, LCSW
ERMHS ClinicianSarah Caliboso-Soto has provided direct services to the children, youth and families of South Los Angeles. She has also led the development and establishment of several programs including an intensive community-based mental health service, 0 to 5 assessment and intervention services and piloted a multidisciplinary assessment program for children entering foster care. In her free time, Sarah enjoys gardening, biking and the beach. She is an avid Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers fan.
SYMONE JACKSON, LCSW
ERMHS ClinicianIn addition to her work with Lotus Educational Services, Symone is also a full-time Forensic Mental Health Clinician serving persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. When not at work, Symone enjoys going to the beach with her dog, playing softball with her teammates, and trying new restaurants with friends.
STEPHANIE SANDERS, LCSW
ERMHS ClinicianStephanie is located in the San Diego area and enjoys working with children and families. She is committed to using strengths-based and trauma informed practices to empower individuals and families to achieve their goals. When not working, Stephanie enjoys reading, crafting amigurumi, and traveling with her family.
LHIA CASAZZA, LCSW
ERMHS ClinicianLhia has been working in the field of Social Work for over 20 years, many of those spent in the hospital and outpatient clinic setting. Currently employed as a Full Time Social Worker/Care Coordinator in a healthcare setting she has remain employed with Lotus Educational Services since September 2017.In her personal life she spends time with her family and two cats, runs half marathons and marathons and enjoys reading, hiking and traveling the world.
Maegan Nelson, LMFT
ERMHS ClinicianMaegan has worked in the mental health field for over a decade. In addition to her work with Lotus Educational Services, Maegan is a full time therapist working with teens, adults, couples, and families; specializing in relationships, anxiety, depression, and trauma. When she isn’t working she enjoys being at the beach, traveling, reading, and listening to music.
Kayla Pippitt, LMFT
ERMHS ClinicianKayla has worked in community mental health with adults, kids, and families since 2010. She has been working with Lotus Educational Services since September 2018 after working with a local SELPA as an ERMHS Clinician for the past three years. Kayla also has a private practice working with kids, teens, adults, and families. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, returning to visit the Pacific Northwest, reading, and baking for all occasions.
RAJDEEP RANDHAWA, LMFT
ERMHS ClinicianRajdeep has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2011. She loves working with children, teens, and families. She started with Lotus in late 2019, and is enjoying helping students meet their social & emotional goals to help them see that they can be successful in their education and in life.
John Carberry, PPS, LMFT
ERMHS Clinical SpecialistJohn has been working with children and families for over 20 years. He is both a LMFT and a School Counselor with his PPS credential. He has worked in residential, non-public schools, county reunification, and after school ERMHS services including individual counseling, parent consultation and social work services. In his free time, John enjoys traveling, computers, restoring old cars and working with electronics.
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Lotus Educational Services, Inc.
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