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WBA was founded by mental health clinicians who have been working with young people for more than twenty years. Based in education and experience in mental health and wellness.


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Jennifer Krasner, LCSW

Co-Founder, CFO

As a licensed clinical social worker, Jen has developed, implemented, and coordinated school-based wellness services for students and their families. Her extensive experience includes the provision of : on campus individual, group, and family counseling; crisis intervention; clinical consultation for parents, school administration, faculty and counselors; development and delivery of comprehensive health and wellness curriculum; coordination of school-wide health awareness events; design and implementation of school health policies; and the promotion of a positive overall school climate. In addition to her school-based work, Jen owns and operates a private psychotherapy practice serving adolescents, adults, and families in the Bay Area, as well as a nationwide coaching practice where she supports individuals in achieving their goals. Jen believes that in order to truly raise a generation of successful, healthy individuals, we must first lay a strong foundation, educating the entire child for life outside the classroom.

Jenene Slatt, LMFT

​Co-Founder, CEO

Jenene has been providing school-based counseling services to youth for over 15 years. As a researcher, health educator, behavioral interventionist, and licensed psychotherapist, Jenene’s career spans a wide breadth of settings and populations. From the analysis of cognitive development in preschoolers to the investigation of how exercise and nutrition directly influence positive outcomes in overall physical health, Jenene is well versed in transforming research into practice. As a school-based mental health counselor, Jenene has offered individualized psychotherapy to students and their families, as well as clinical consultation for school faculty. In her most recent role as a high school health and wellness educator, Jenene has created and implemented a unique curriculum designed specifically for the population she now serves. Her work with adolescents has revealed the need for earlier intervention and implementation of school-based wellness programming, as the majority of teens have already faced a number of physical, social and emotional challenges prior to entering high school.


Taryn Estebez

Lead Health Educator

Taryn Estébez Is a proud SF native who has lived in LA, Europe, and South America, but can never stay away from the Bay Area too long. With a background in education and public health, she has spent most of the last decade serving thousands of youth in classrooms and after school programs. Her passion is providing judgment free, compassionate education that supports healthy youth development, relationships, decision making, mental health and wellness. She is Well Beyond Academics’s Lead Educator who trains and supports all incoming WBA educators. Taryn is the kind of person who believes in a second stomach for dessert, and that there is no such thing as laughing too loud, putting a Christmas tree up too early, or being too old to have a dance party in your room. In and outside of professional settings, she holds the power and magic of vulnerability, connection, and community dear.

Sarah Shapers

Program Coordinator and Health Educator

Sarah, a San Francisco native, brings over 7 years of experience as a sex educator, with 3 years dedicated to her role at WBA, where she has become an integral part of the team. In addition to her role as a P.R.E.P. Beyond educator, she serves as WBA’s Program Coordinator, overseeing the organization of all our partner relations. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from UCSC, where she not only completed her academic pursuits but also conducted lectures and workshops on consent and sexual health for college students. Having been involved with various startups and advocacy groups committed to sexual health, Sarah passionately advocates for comprehensive, inclusive, and medically accurate sex education that involves both the students and the adults who raise them. Recognizing the importance of early education in this field, she shifted her focus from ‘response’ oriented education for adults to ‘prevention’ for children. Sarah finds great fulfillment in working with kids. Outside of her professional life, she enjoys cooking, reading, and swimming in the ocean.

Elissa Asch

Health Educator

Elissa Asch is a graduate of Middlebury College. She majored in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and is a fluent Spanish speaker. As part of her studies, Elissa conducted research at universities nationwide on the impact of student hookup culture, pornographic and romantic media on youth. In 2023, she founded Consent Wise, which offers consent education to young adults. Elissa is also trained in survivor centered and trauma informed approaches, having worked for a sexual/domestic violence hotline and in restorative justice. Elissa’s role on the management team at Camp Tawonga has given Elissa invaluable experience in a broad range of current adolescent health and wellness issues. In her spare time, Elissa likes to have homemade pizza nights with her friends, relax on blankets in the sun, and swim in any lake or river she can find.

Simone Tift

Health Educator

Simone is a Southern California native who moved to the Bay Area 7 years ago and graduated from UCSC with a double major in Anthropology and History of Art and Visual Culture. After graduating, Simone worked as a museum educator at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz teaching children of all ages how perspective and appreciation can be gained from studying art. There she discovered her joy of working with youth and finding creative ways to engage their developing brains. Simone combines her extensive training at Well Beyond Academics with her passion for art and creativity to engage youth in age appropriate, fun and dynamic ways. Outside of work Simone can be found visiting museums and art exhibitions around town or somewhere outside in nature, hiking, camping, and backpacking whenever possible!

Justin Cutter

Remote Health Educator

Justin has worked in education for 8 years, first as a co-director of The David Lynch Foundation for Conscious-Based Education in Japan, and starting in 2011, as the Founder and Chief Educator of Compass Green with which he has taught over 53,000 students around the USA. Through Compass Green, Justin has focused on educating youth about the impact of conventional agriculture has on their bodies and the environment, and the ways in which they can use their power as eaters to positively influence the planet. If he’s not in the classroom or one of the many community gardens in Oakland that he manages, Justin can probably be found in the waves off Ocean Beach, or backpacking somewhere in the Sierras.

Brady Gill

Remote Health Educator

For the last 16 years, Brady Gill has been working to create safe and playful spaces for kids. This journey began with years of working at Camp Tawonga in almost every role possible (including last summer as an Assistant Camp Director), as well as 6 years being a Camp Director for Camp Galileo and directing the After School Program at Park Day Elementary. Brady has also traveled the country working for Playworks as a play consultant, teaching schools how to have a physically and emotionally safe and inclusive recess. Brady is overjoyed to be working with the Prep team again this year. He loves the opportunity to speak openly and honestly with kids about all the complicated parts of growing up and treating each other and ourselves with respect and kindness.

Join us in building a healthier generation

Growing List of School Partners

Alamo Elementary, San Francisco

Archbishop Mitty, San Jose

Bentley School, Oakland

Cathedral School for Boys, San Francisco

Jean Parker Elementary, San Francisco

Kids Connection School, Foster City

Live Oak School, San Francisco

Marin County Office of Education, Marin County

Marin Primary and Middle School, Marin County

Mount Tam School, Marin County

North Bridge Academy, Marin County

Our Lady of Angels, Burlingame

Pacific Elementary, Davenport

Presidio Hill, San Francisco

Redwood Day School, Oakland

San Domenico School, San Anselmo

San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco

Seven Hills School, Walnut Creek

Sonoma Country Day School, Santa Rosa

Spring Valley Elementary, San Francisco

St Brendan’s Parish School, San Francisco

St Charles School, San Carlos

St Timothy School, San Mateo

Tahoe Expedition Academy, Truckee

Town School for Boys, San Francisco

Woodland School, Portola Valley

Community-Based Workshop Partners

Throughout the Bay Area