For every student, emotions are everything
We are committed to creating a new generation of emotionally healthy young people who can reach their true potential in the classroom.
ROSA is Addressing a Huge Need for Mental Health Support in K-12 Schools
Millions of students around the world are experiencing mental health challenges that are impacting their ability to learn.
Lack of Access
For students living in low-income and high-stress environments, access to mental health resources are scarce.
Schools Need Capacity
Schools are the primary place where young people go to for help, yet they lack the capacity to effectively meet the mental health needs of their students.
A new generation of emotionally healthy young people who can identify, manage, and address their daily emotions.
About the Founder
Marcus Howard has over a decade of experience in education as a teacher, researcher, and innovation leader dedicated to ensuring students furthest away from opportunity have an equitable chance to succeed. Marcus's passion to support high-need youth stems from his early childhood experiences with emotional challenges that impacted his ability to learn in the classroom. He grew up in St. Louis, MO and experienced depression which was triggered by high-stress environments. Marcus has since dedicated his life to a career in education to ensure that the highest-need students receive the support they need to be successful.
Marcus started his career in education as a middle school STEM teacher and department chair. After leaving the classroom, Marcus pursued his Ph.D. at North Carolina State University in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development. His research focused on exploring the relationship between stress and executive functioning skills in adolescent students. In his most recent role, Marcus served as a regional Chief Innovation Program Officer for Teach For America where he led the vision for reimagining traditional educational pathways for students furthest away from opportunity. Marcus currently leads ROSA, a mission-driven edtech startup that offers K-12 schools an innovative way to screen, monitor, and respond to the highest-need students.
Sejal Foxx, Ph.D. (she/her)
Dr. Foxx is a professor and counseling department chair at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is also the director of the Urban School Counseling Collaborative. She has experience as an elementary and high school counselor. She is co-author of School Counseling in the 21st Century, 6th ed. In 2015, she received the counselor Educator of the Year Award from the North Carolina School Counselors Association. She has a Masters in Counselor Education and Ph.D. in Counseling.
Corliss Thompson-Drew, Psy.D. (she/her)
Dr. Thompson-Drew is currently the Director of Psychological Services for Wake County Public Schools in Raleigh, NC. She is also holds a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential, which recognizes school psychologists who meet rigorous national standards for graduate preparation and continuing professional development. She has 30+ years of experience as a traditional school psychological, professor of school psychology, mentor, and team member at local community mental health centers. She has a Doctorate in Psychology.
Alicia Fischer, Ph.D. (she/her)
Dr. Fischer is currently research associate for the William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. As a former school psychologist in Pennsylvania, Dr. Fischer worked with children ranging from preschool children as part of the transition to kindergarten evaluation process to high school seniors with significant emotional and behavioral challenges. She completed screenings for ADHD with elementary and middle school children and created Section 504 plans to support children in their classrooms. Dr. Fischer served as part of the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtII), Student Assistance Program (SAP), and Crisis Response teams, and provided recommendations to teachers, counselors, and parents on how to support children prior to initiating the evaluation process. She received her Ph.D. in School Psychology in from The Pennsylvania State University.
Joe Morgan, Ph.D. (he/his)
Dr. Morgan is a professor and chair of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Department of Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education. His research focuses on (1) supporting the social-emotional development and subsequent post-secondary outcomes of culturally and linguistically diverse students with emotional and behavioral disorders, and (2) developing tiered intervention systems to support the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students attending high-needs schools.
Jakelin Bonilla (she/her)
Jakelin "Jaki" Bonilla is the Social Innovation Director at Campus Y at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She provides mentorship and strategic leadership to budding entrepreneurs in the UNC-Chapel Hill ecosystem. Jaki is also certified in Mental Health First Aid by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.
Shirlene Coopwood, Ph.D. (she/her)
Dr. Coopwood is a professor and counseling department chair at North Carolina A&T State University. She has a Ph.D. in counselor education, school counseling and guidance services. She currently leads academic research related to school counseling and students from historically marginalized backgrounds.
Anthony McClenny, MD (he/him)
Dr. McClenny is a pediatrician in Bolling Afb, District of Columbia. He received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. His specialty is pediatrics in which he treats children, infants, and adolescents. He meets the unique needs of children, through all of thier development stages, as they grow and mature.
Sarah Egan Warren, Ph.D. (she/her)
Dr. Egan Warren is a teaching assistant professor at the Institute for Advanced Analytics at North Carolina State University where she designed and teaches ethical data storytelling curriculum. She has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development and is a certified facilitator of EQi-2.0 (Emotional Quotient Inventory). Her research interests focus on confidence and transferable skills.
Carrie Wachter Morris, Ph.D. (she/her)
Dr. Morris is currently the President of the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling, and she serves on the editorial boards of Counselor Education & Supervision and Professional School Counseling. Dr. Morris is also a professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Morris is a firm believer that school counselors can change the world, one child at a time. She is passionate about learning how to help counselors learn how to collaborate and team with other educational and mental health professionals, families, and students to create school environments that support the whole child. Dr. Morris received her Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Erica Holmes-Ware (she/her)
Mrs. Holmes-Ware is currently the Chief Academic Officer for the Children's Literacy Initiative, leading efforts to ensure educators around the U.S. are prepared to help students furthest away from opportunity achieve literacy proficiency. She is a graduate of Teachers College at Columbia University receiving a Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration. She has 15+ years in education at every level as a teacher, principal, school founder, and leadership coach.
Justin Adams, Ph.D. (he/him)
Dr. Adams is a former elementary school behavioral health counselor in South Carolina. He has taught clinical mental health courses for adults and is currently an assistant professor counselor education at North Carolina A&T state University. He has a Masters in clinical counseling and applied psychology and a Ph.D. in counselor education, school counseling, and guidance service.
Maylee Vazquez, Ph.D. (she/her)
Dr. Vazquez is currently a professor at North Carolina A&T State University. She has a Masters in counselor education and a Ph.D. in mental health counseling. She is also a licensed K-12 school counselor and a national certified counselor in the state of North Carolina. She is a former NBCC Minority Fellow, her research interests include equity access in education, Latinx family functioning and community development, ethnic and minority issues.
Jeff Wolfgang, Ph.D. (he/him)
Dr. Wolfgang is currently a professor at North Carolina A&T State University. He has a Masters in marriage and family counseling and a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision. His research focuses on the psychological and emotional effects of trauma on young children and their family.
Kaitlyn's work in education has involved supporting students and educators through cutting-edge education solutions, creating, and executing marketing strategy, and forging partnerships for a number of non-profit organizations and global education companies. She has led innovation and expansion initiatives within top tele-health companies that focus on supporting student mental health including Gaggle and Hazel Health Services.