Full Service Community School Health Center
Denise Hajjar, M.S. Health N Wellness Services, LLC
– Our Service Providers –
Denise began her journey as Administrator of the Full Service Community School Health Centers and partner to the Board of Education in Paterson for over 9 years. Along with her husband, George Hajjar, they began providing Pediatric Services to include a Doctor and Physician Assistants, Dental and Vision Services, Behavioral Health Counseling, and Nutrition/ Wellness Education for parents and guardians. Sadly, George Hajjar passed away in August of 2014 and Denise continued to develop the Full-Service Community School Health Centers in his honor; to carry out their passion to inspire families in Paterson to become educated in preventative health care and render Health Care Services so desperately needed in this inner city. Denise is passionate about the holistic perspective of development for each child. She believes education is half of the equation in order for children to develop intellectually, emotionally, and physically and achieve their hopes and aspirations. She feels extremely privileged to collaborate with the Board of Education in Paterson and to be working with such amazing children and families. Through the years she has brought yoga, dance, mindfulness ,meditation, and hygiene workshops for students in these Full-Service Community School. She appreciates any suggestions from families to further develop the successful outcomes for the students in Paterson. Denise holds a Masters Degree in Holistic Nutrition she has four wonderful children, a daughter-in-law, son-in-law and 2 adorable grandsons and a granddaughter. She is surrounded by their love and is supported by the Health Centers’ compassionate and caring Treatment Coordinators and Clinical Staff. Seven Clinics! And the past few years have welcomed School 9/ Charles J. Riley by offering Counseling Services to our incredibly strong Syrian Refugee Families. This year we are pleased to announce the opening of John F.Kennedy High School Complex and School 2.
PEDIATRIC SERVICE PROVIDERS:
Dr. Mannan Razzak, MD, FAAP
Dr. Mannan Razzak is a Board Certified Pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP). Dr. Razzak grew up in Paterson and attended Paterson Catholic Regional High School. He attended the University of Notre Dame prior to leaving for early admission in a medical school in Bangladesh. He obtained his medical degree from Bangladesh Medical College and completed a pediatric residency at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School with training at University Hospital and Hackensack University Medical Center.
Dr. Mannan Razzak has worked in four of the five major hospitals in the area as a Pediatric Emergency Room Physician and Hospitalist. Immediately after residency, Dr. Razzak worked at Clara Maas Medical Center as a Pediatric Hospitalist and as a Pediatric Emergency Room Physician at Trinitas Hospital and Hackensack University Medical Center. He has also covered several pediatric practices as a locum tenens provider. Dr. Razzak currently works as a Pediatric Emergency Room Physician at Chilton Memorial Hospital and The University Hospital. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Razzak helps train medical students, physician assistant students, pediatric, family medicine and emergency medicine residents at The University Hospital. Dr. Razzak also maintain a pediatric practice: Woodland Park Pediatrics and offers his Nurse Practitioner as well to do ‘Health Center Round’ on Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays throughout our district Community School Health Centers.
Cecilia Chan MSN, FNP-BC
– Behavioral Health Team –
Melissa Elliott, LCSW/ Behavioral Health Director
Melissa Elliott, LCSW CGP
Melissa Elliott is the Director of Behavioral Health at the FSCS Health Centers. This is my eighth year at the Health Centers and I feel we have created a great program that can help students in our schools individually, with their families and in Groups. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and over the last 25 years of practice, I have worked in schools systems, Outpatient mental Health Centers, and private practice. I started my training at The Yale Child Study Center, have worked on Child Study teams in two schools. I have been a Certified Group Psychotherapist for over 10 years and apply this knowledge to our groups here at the Health Center. I also have the pleasure of supervising Master level graduate student interns at our program representing Columbia University, Fordham, Ramapo College and Rutgers University and this year NYU.
The FSCS Health clinic benefits all the families who attend our schools. The Health Clinic offers all students receiving Behavioral Health Services to receive them while they are in the school setting which benefits families with their work schedules and time restraints.
Jennifer Hutchinson, LCSW
Jennifer Hutchinson recently received her Master of Social Work from Fordham University. Jennifer worked as an intern for the Full-Service Community Health Center during the 2014-15 school year and is thrilled to be rejoining the community this year as a social worker. Jennifer will be spending most of her time at school 15 and the New Roberto Clemente this year! She is looking forward to a productive and meaningful year for everyone.
Sandy Johnson, LCSW/ Supervisor
Sandy Johnson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and therapeutic yoga teacher (RYT-200). Sandy received her master’s degree from New York University and her yoga certification from Integrative Yoga Therapy. Sandy worked for Children’s Aid & Family Services as a clinician within their therapeutic group homes and outpatient family services programs. Sandy acts as clinical supervisor and leads therapeutic groups for New City Kids, an outreach for at-risk children and teens, in Jersey City and Paterson. Sandy continues to work with families involved in the child welfare system and maintains a private practice with a focus on the needs of children and families.
This includes behavioral and emotional concerns that may arise as a result of an adjustment to school, divorce, adoption, neglect, abuse and/or loss of a parent or caregiver. Sandy incorporates the practices of mindfulness and yoga into her mental health work in order to promote self-regulation skills, and improved attention and focus. Sandy believes that children may be our best teachers if we take the time to embrace what they have to teach us. Sandy is working with the students and families at the Frank Lautenberg school and with be a clinical supervisor of members of our team this year!
Silvia Henriquez, LSW
Silvia Henriquez is a Licensed Social Worker and received her Master in Social Work from Rutgers University in 2016. Silvia worked as an intern at Full-Service Community Schools Health Center and is excited to have joined the team in 2018. Silvia has worked in various clinical settings, most recently Unaccompanied immigrant/Refugee Children in Transitional Foster care. Silvia has had previous supervisory experience in foster care, outreach and preventative programs in NJ and NYC. Silvia will be working at the Napier Academy and Sen. Frank Lautenberg schools this year!
Dominique Focazio, LSW
Hi! I’m Dominique and I am a Licensed Social Worker. I received my Master’s in Social Work from NYU. I am so happy to be here! My areas of practice have been primarily in direct practice, working individuals as well as leading support groups. My favorite population to work with is late adolescents and young adults. My experience has been in both outpatient clinics in New Jersey and counseling centers for the State University of New York. My areas of focus have been anxiety/ depression, identity development, the LGBTQ population, and personality disorders. My certifications include Mental Health First Aid and Dialectal Behavior Therapy. My home is the new behavioral health center at JFK High School, a place to go when life “happens.”
Alex Miles, LAC
My name is Alexander Miles, I’m a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and New Jersey Board Certified Licensed Associate Counselor. I graduated from Kean University’s CACREP Accredited Counselor Education program in June, 2015. I have an undergraduate degree from the New York State University of Buffalo in Social Science (BA). I have worked in the behavioral health field for over fifteen years and spent the majority of my work experience with New York City’s Department of Human Services; Administration for Children Services. I enjoy working with various populations but especially providing clinical therapeutic services to early, middle and late adolescents. My therapeutic approach is eclectic and encompasses various therapeutic philosophies. I believe in Health and Wellness and support the mission of the Full Service Community School Health Center. I am looking forward to helping educate the inner city community about healthy social, emotional and behavioral lifestyle choices. I am excited to be a part of the Health N Wellness Services family.
Jennifer Long, LSW
Jennifer Long is a Licensed Social Worker having received my Master in Social Work from Rutgers University in 2000. This will be my first year with Full Service Community Schools Health Center in Paterson and I am excited to join this amazing team! My focus in my Master’s program was on administration, social policy and planning. I have worked as a Director of shelter programs, medical day care centers and a Supervisor with Behavioral Health Programs. My experience has been working with children, adolescents, adults, seniors, individuals with emotional and mental health needs as well as intellectual and developmental disabilities. I am currently the Director of the local chapter of Royal Family KIDS Camp, a one-week, sleep-away camp for children in foster care. I have made the shift into clinical social work with FSCS, Northern Region Education Commission and I am also a Master’s Level in-home therapist with a local clinical provider. This year, I will be at School 2 and Senator Frank Lautenberg School for FSCS! I look forward to bringing hope and seeing every child reach their potential.
Tara Sym, LCSW
Hi, my name is Tara Sym and I am a licensed clinical social worker. My undergraduate degree is from the University of Pennsylvania and my Master’s from Hunter College School of Social Work. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in mental health facilities, school-based programs, and private practice settings. I am trained in many evidence-based interventions, and incorporate concrete skill development and self-care strategies to help you feel better. I also use mindfulness to bring awareness and self-compassion to your life experiences. Our work together will incorporate your unique skills and personal beliefs in the therapeutic process. My approach to treatment is upbeat, compassionate, and solution-focused. I am excited to be working in the behavioral health center at JFK High School this year!
– Behavioral Health Interns – 2020/2021 –
Hi everyone! My name is Phoebe Livanis and I will be an intern at FSCS Health Center this year! I will be at School 2 and 5 this year! I am very excited to meet everyone! I am studying at NYU for Social Work it is my first year. I am a certified Family Advocate and a Preschool Teacher. I have worked with children since I was thirteen years old and I absolutely love kids! I am very excited for this upcoming school year!
Cassie Spector is a Master level graduate student intern at Full-Service Community Schools Health Center this school year. Cassie is currently in her second year of the Master’s in Social Work program at Rutgers University, with a certificate in Promoting Child and Adolescent Well-being. Cassie earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware, majoring in Human Services, with minors in Psychology and Disability Studies. Last year, Cassie interned at Care Plus NJ School-based Program at Manchester Regional High School. She is excited be working at Napier Academy and JFK High School this school year. Cassie is looking forward to a successful year of supporting families and children by providing clinical therapeutic services.
Hello, my name is Yuriria Martinez. I am currently an advanced standing graduate student at Ramapo College of New Jersey. I will be completing my master’s in social work this upcoming Spring. This year, I was granted the opportunity to intern with Full-Service Community Schools in Paterson Public School’s #2 and #15. I look forward to working with the elementary school-aged population as it will give me a better understanding of working with young children and adolescents.
My name is Sarah D’Alessio and I am a graduate social work student intern at Full-Service Community Schools. I am in my second and final year of the social work master’s program at Rutgers University and I am also part of their Promoting Child and Adolescent Well-Being certificate program. I went to The College of New Jersey for my undergraduate degree in Psychology. My field placement last year was in the Bloomfield School District. This year I will be interning at School 15 and the New Roberto Clemente Middle School in Paterson and I am excited to be a part of the FSCS team!
Hi, my name is Amanda George, I’m in the advanced standing program at NYU and I’ll be graduating in Spring 2021. I’m one of the Social Work Interns at the School 2 as well as the high school. I’m excited to meet and get to know everyone!
Hello, my name is Angelica Ferreira. I am a graduate social work intern at Full-Service Community Schools. I am currently an advance standing graduate student at Rutgers University. I will be completing my master’s in social work this upcoming spring. My field placement last year was at the Collaborative Center for Community- Based Research and Service. I had the opportunity to mentor students at the New Brunswick Middle School. This year I will be interning at School 4 and School 6 in Paterson. I am excited to be a part of the FSCS team!
Hi everyone! My name is Samantha Miranda and I am an Intern with the Behavioral Health Team at The FSCS Health Center. I am currently perusing my Master’s Degree in Social work at Rutgers University. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Latino & Caribbean Studies and Sociology from Rutgers University in 2018. I will be interning at public school number 5 this year. I am excited and looking forward to working with the Paterson Community!
My name is Adriana Correa, I am a social work intern from Ramapo College of New Jersey in the advanced program. I am in the NRC and the JFK high school. My goal is to really get to know students well and to establish a good relationship with them.
– Treatment Coordinators –
Diane Savage – Senator Frank Lautenberg School
Hi, I am Ms. Diane, the Treatment Coordinator for The Senator Frank R. Lautenberg School (formally known has school 6). I am a mother of four beautiful children; 2 girls and 2 boys. I graduated from Dover Business Colleges in 2011, with my certification in Medical Billing and Coding. I also have a license in Cosmetologist and Salon owner. I have been the Treatment Coordinator for the past 6 yrs. This has been a plus with all my experience to help the families at Senator Frank R. Lautenberg School.
Nargish Akther – School 5
Treatment Coordinator Supervisor
My name is Nargish Akther. I was born in Bangladesh. I moved to the USA when I was in 6th grade. Moving to a new country and going to a new school was not easy especially when you barely spoke English, but I was very ambitious and hardworking. I never gave up and always tried my best. My hard work paid off when I graduated from William Paterson University in May 2015 with a bachelor degree in public health. I also minored in Psychology. I’m a Certified Nursing assistant also certified in first aid and CPR. I love to learn new things; I believe there’s always something new to learn. Therefore, I like to participate in different programs. I have been with Health n Wellness/Full Service Community School Health Center since 2015 and did my internship at OASIS, A Haven for Women and Children.
I have always been very passionate about helping others. I believe it’s preeminent to use my education and knowledge in a field where I know I make a difference. I have always worked in places where I’m surrounded by many people with the feeling that my presence actually means something. I enjoy spending time communicating with different people especially when someone comes from a different county. You can learn so much from them. For example, I work in a nursing home, with the aging population. When I spend time with them I feel as if I am actually doing something great. I began working at the School 5 Full Service Community Health Center as a treatment coordinator in 2015. I’m very blessed to have this job not only because this job provides me with many opportunities to further my skills and knowledge but I believe being a Treatment Coordinator is a perfect fit for me because I can apply my skills that already are inherent. For example, on a daily basis, I interact with many parents and children, where I am able to use my communication skills and foreign language skills to help them. This position also gives me the opportunity to enhance my computer skills and time management abilities.
Victoria Vargas- Rivera – The Napier Academy
Warm Greetings To All!
My name is Ms. Victoria Vargas-Rivera. I’m proud and humbled to introduce myself as the FSCS Treatment Coordinator for The Napier Academy School #4 Health Center. I am bilingual in Spanish. I began in 2015 and continue my passion for helping families. Before this position, I worked as a translator for Social Services and New York Hotels prior, I finished a year term of services at School #15 for AmeriCorps. where I served gratefully the Community of Paterson! It is a blessing to be here and to work with a great Health Center team!
I am looking forward to a successful year working with families & children providing great services at the FSCS Health Center! I am here to support and assist the students to meet their health care needs. Please stop by The Full Service Community School Health Center, Room-105. I’ll be honored to meet you all!!
Brenda Clark – School 2
I am Brenda Clark, the Treatment Coordinator for The Full Service Community Schools Health Center at School #2. I was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States at the age of four. Both, the USA and the Dominican Republic have been my home throughout my life. This has given me the opportunity to experience great cultural diversity. I have a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Montclair State University and aspire to obtain a Teaching degree in the same Subject. My experience as a Treatment Coordinator has been one filled with thrill. To help students and their families make their journeys a bit less difficult, gives me immense gratification every day. I am beyond thankful for the team of professionals that work by my side to make this a better Community for our future adults.
Taylor Weber, MS – John F. Kennedy Educational Complex
Nutrition & Wellness Educator
Hello! My name is Taylor Weber and I am the Nutrition & Wellness Educator here at FSCS Health Center. I received my Master’s Degree in Nutrition Education and Food Science from Montclair State University in May 2019 and I have a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from William Paterson University. My home is in John F. Kennedy Educational Complex as Treatment Coordinator, but I provide nutrition services in all of the FSCS Health Center schools. My areas of practice include providing educational events, individual and group education to families and children. I worked as an intern in Spring 2019 and I am thrilled to be back joining the FSCS Health Center family. I am so happy to be sharing my passion with the Paterson Community because I truly believe that food can heal the whole body!
Shalika Ulloa – School 15
My name is Shalika Ulloa, I have been with the Full-Service Community School Health Center at School 15 since 2014. I am a mother of four beautiful children and worked as a Dental Assistant for a dental office for about 8 years. I left to attend American Institute to pursue a certification in dental assistance along with other credentials needed in the field of dentistry. Becoming a Treatment Coordinator of a Health Center has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Being able to grow a relationship with all the children in the clinic is what I look forward to every day. Whether it is providing services to them or just having them stop in to say ‘hi,’ the children of the Full-Service Community School Health Center have become my children too. My promise is that I will go above and beyond to provide everything that they need.
Jenny Cepeda – New Roberto Clemente
“Life doesn’t make any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, the better for us all.” Erik Erikson
Hello, my name is Jenny Cepeda. I am the Treatment Coordinator for FSCS Clinic at the New Roberto Clemente middle school in Paterson. I was born in the Dominican Republic and I arrived in the United States with my family at the age of 3. My parents came to this country in search of a better financial opportunity and educational system for their children. We have lived in Paterson for over 35 years and we love it. I am a mother of 2 boys who attend the Paterson Public School district and I’m very involved in their education. I am Fluent in two languages Spanish and English which I can read, write and translate very well. I have attained two Degrees one from Passaic County Community College for Early childhood education in May 2015, and my most recent degree in December 2017 from William Paterson University with major in Psychology. I enjoy working with children and helping them understand and evolve into the next stage of personal growth. I have been a part of this Full Service Community School Health Center Family since 2018!
– Nutrition Interns – 2020/2021 –
Hello, my name is Titiana Huzien. I’m currently an undergraduate student at Montclair State University in the Nutrition & Food Science program. I was granted the opportunity to intern with Full-Service Community School Health Centers in Paterson Public School’s.