Support Services Panel
Chandrai Jackson-Saunders, Joseph Batiano, Rachel Webb, Chi Kim
Licensed Mental Health Counselor @State of Rhode Island
Batiano, Deaf himself, was recently the 2018-2019 Rhode Island School Counselor of the Year. The first deaf recipient of such award locally and nationally. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for the State of Rhode Island and a National Certified Counselor, is a school counselor for Rhode Island School for the Deaf with over fifteen years of experience with providing counseling services ranging from individual, family, and/or group therapy. Batiano graduated from Gallaudet University with Master of Arts Degree was obtained in School Counseling with Mental Health Emphasis. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications with Honors. Batiano had multiple articles published related to the profession. He travels around the country providing presentations on topics ranging from providing appropriate services for the Deaf or utilizing creative techniques in counseling. Batiano is a member of a variety of associations pertaining to the field of counseling and Deafness.
M.Ed., C.A.G.S., NCSP, 2020 National School Psychologist of the Year @District of Columbia Public Schools
MSW, PPSC, Sacramento City Unified School District
Rachel Webb, MSW, PPSC. Rachel began her career in education 20 years ago and has been a school social worker in the Sacramento City Unified School District for 17 years, the most recent 10 years at Leataata Floyd Elementary School. She has served students, families, and staff at multiple school sites across the district with focus on social and emotional learning, restorative justice, trauma sensitive practices, mindfulness, and crisis preparedness and response.
Chief Executive Officer, Pure Edge Inc.
Chi was named Chief Executive Officer in March 2018 after serving as Chief Strategy & Operations Officer since 2016. Prior to joining Pure Edge, Inc., she was a California school superintendent as well as a former school principal, teacher, leadership coach and has served as a program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She is co-founder of the Teaching Garden program that was adopted by the American Heart Association to support heart health through school gardens.
Chi is a 2018 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow, serves as the Board Chair & Trustee of the Great Minds Board, a member of CASEL Board of Directors, and sits on the advisory councils of SEL4US, Project Wayfinder, Center for Reaching and Teaching the Whole Child, and Family Code Night / MV GATE. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and an M.Ed. from UCLA, a Tier I Administrative Services credential from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Tier II Administrative Services credential from Loyola Marymount University. She is mom to three wonderful girls and resides in the greater Boston area.