Healthy bodies, healthy minds.
The Health and Wellness Department at Marymount seeks to educate our students so that they are healthy and well-adjusted young women. Through education and support, we help our students learn solid coping skills, develop resilience, and engage in good decision-making.
Social and Emotional Learning
Social and emotional learning provides a road map for our students as they navigate childhood and the often bumpy years of adolescence. By teaching our girls about identifying and managing emotions, healthy decision-making, and conflict resolution/effective communication with peers, Marymount fosters the life skills necessary for building solid relationships. Social and emotional learning is associated with decreased interpersonal aggression, improved academic performance and attitudes toward school, and preparedness for success in adulthood.
From Nursery through Class XII, social and emotional learning is taught at age-appropriate levels in the health curriculum. In the younger grades, students focus on building healthy peer relationships, navigating conflict, and being direct and authentic in their communication. In the Upper Mid and Upper Schools, students build a framework for responsible decision-making as they deepen their discussions of social media, alcohol, drugs, dating, friendship, mental health, and identity. The Peer Assistant Leaders (PALs) program provides a teacher-free platform for freshmen to learn from upperclassmen in psychoeducational small groups.
Throughout all divisions, ongoing parent education and collaboration allows for reinforcement of skills learned in school, facilitates open communication between students and their parents, and establishes an ongoing partnership between the school and the parent body.
Elizabeth Balthazar is the Upper Middle School Counselor, working alongside Dr. Cosgrove, Ms. Doheny, and Mrs. Kiley. She has worked at Marymount since 2013, previously as the Associate Director of Admissions overseeing Class IX admissions and the Butler Scholarship program. Elizabeth is an alum of Villanova University and holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. In the Upper Middle School, Elizabeth provides individual and group counseling to students, facilitates the Upper School and Upper Middle School mentorship club, and consults with parents and faculty on the social and emotional health of the students. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her husband, son, and daughter.
School Nurse, Fifth Avenue; Chair, Health and Wellness
Barbara Bode is in her eighteenth year at Marymount School. Currently she is the Chair of the Health and Wellness Department and is a nurse covering the Fifth Avenue Campus. Mrs. Bode graduated from Skidmore College with a B.S. in Nursing and earned her master’s degree in Maternal Child Nursing from the University of Washington. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her adult children Anne and Thomas (both teachers!) and biking with her husband in New York and beyond.
Dr. Kathy Cosgrove is the Psychologist for the Upper Middle and Upper Schools. She graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in Sociology and from Fordham University with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. In her role as School Psychologist, Dr. Cosgrove provides counseling, teaches Class XI guidance, runs the Upper School mentor program and the parent education program, consults with parents and faculty, and collaborates on Health and Wellness initiatives for the school community. She is also an alumna of Marymount School.
Maureen Doheny is a School Nurse covering the 97th Street Campus. She has been part of the Marymount community since 2011. In addition to caring for students and faculty, she also teaches health classes to Classes VI-VIII. Mrs. Doheny got her B.S. in Nursing at Georgetown University, and previously worked as a pediatric nurse at NYU Medical Center and also as a travel nurse as far away as Hawaii. Mrs. Doheny loves to spend time exploring and playing in the city with her three children and husband.
Jean Kiley is a School Nurse at the 97th Street Campus and teaches Health to students in Classes VI-VIII. She lives on Long Island with her family and is the mother of Maggie, a 2012 Marymount graduate. Mrs. Kiley spends her free time in book clubs with friends, on the golf course with her husband and children, cycling with her daughters, and rooting for the New York Giants and Yankees.
Meghan Mackowiak is the school nurse for the Fifth Avenue Campus. Mrs. Mackowiak (or Mrs. Mack) received both her BSN and MSN from Villanova University and brings thirteen years of experience to this position. She also worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner in a busy NYC practice for seven years. She is passionate about child and adolescent development and public health. Mrs. Mack also loves running, hiking, Sudoku puzzles, and spending time with her family, especially her husband and two-year-old son.
Andrea Padilla is a School Nurse at the 82nd Street Campus and teaches health classes to Classes IV and V. She graduated from Boston College with a B.S.N in Nursing and from Columbia University with her master’s degree in Public Health. Mrs. Padilla came to Marymount after working many years as the Nurse Coordinator for the Orthopedic Trauma Service at The Hospital for Special Surgery. She has been a Marymount parent for nineteen years and has a daughter currently enrolled in the School. When she is not running around with her four children, she enjoys her friends, photography, and music.
Melissa Phelan Roessler, an alumna, past parent, and trustee of Marymount, is enthusiastic to be a part of the Health & Wellness team. Melissa received her master’s in clinical nutrition from New York University. As a Registered Dietitian, she worked at the Albert Einstein-Weiler and Montefiore hospitals in the Bronx and had a private practice advising clients on weight management, healthy food choices, meal planning, and sports nutrition. Raising two children with her husband, Melissa developed a growing interest in children and nutrition. She wanted to combine her knowledge and experience in nutrition and education with her passion for children and strong desire to support parents and help schools navigate these important years. Melissa is developing a business as a nutrition consultant in schools, educating children, parents, faculty, and kitchen staff. To keep active, Melissa enjoys yoga, tennis, and walking in Central Park. She loves the adventure of travel and exploring different cultures and cooking. She speaks five languages.
Dr. Karen Trangucci is the psychologist for the Lower and Lower Middle Schools. In her role as school psychologist, she provides consultation to teachers and parents, as well as social emotional support and wellness instruction to students. Dr. Trangucci received her doctorate in school psychology from Fordham University, where she is currently an adjunct faculty member. In her free time, she enjoys travel, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.
Rosanna Veltri is the Lower Middle School Counselor, collaborating closely with Dr. Trangucci. She graduated from Fairfield University with a B.A. in Psychology, and later received her Master's Degree from Fordham University for Counseling. In the LMS, Rosanna provides individual and group counseling to the students and teaches guidance classes. Rosanna is a proud alumna of Marymount and in her free time she enjoys cooking and dining with family and friends, and playing with her nieces and nephew. Rosanna looks forward to visiting her extended family in Italy every summer.