Crystal NelsonCrystal Nelson, RN, MSN
Program Manager

Crystal Nelson is the program manager for Healthy Kids, Healthy Minds, an  initiative that is managed by the Child Health Advocacy and Outreach department of St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The program places nurses and mental health professionals in four St. Louis public schools to help positively impact educational and health outcomes and minimize health-risk behaviors among students. It was introduced during the 2017-2018 school year. 

Nelson brings 20 years of community health experience to the position. Prior to joining Healthy Kids, Healthy Minds, she served 10 years as director of health services in the Hazelwood School District, which is the second largest district in St. Louis County.

She is a graduate of the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College and earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University’s College of Nursing in St. Louis. 

Colleen W. SmithsonColleen W. Smithson, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Services Supervisor

Colleen Smithson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a master’s degree in social work and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Smithson has been part of the BJC HealthCare system for six years and with St. Louis Children’s Hospital since 2017. Prior to joining the Healthy Kids, Healthy Minds program as the clinical services supervisor, she worked as a children’s case manager at BJC Behavioral Health, where her area of concentration was community-based mental health. 

Stephanie FreyStephanie Frey
Administrative Coordinator

Stephanie Frey works closely with Healthy Kids, Healthy Minds staff members to provide essential administrative support for the educational, emotional and health care needs of students served through the program.

Frey previously worked for Healthy Kids Express, another program under the Child Health Advocacy and Outreach department’s umbrella. She has an associate’s degree in office administration. 

Melissa HamiltonMelissa M.A. Hamilton, MPH, MSW, LCSW
Educational Support Counselor

Melissa M.A. Hamilton is an Educational Support Counselor, promoting mental health and wellness of students to help them achieve academic success. She provides individual and group therapy, along with other resources.

Hamilton is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and a public health educator. She has extensive work experience within health care, including psychiatric mental health, sickle cell disease, cancer, as well as other areas focused on mental or health-related disparities. 

She completed a dual degree program that earned her a Masters in Social Work and Public Health from Saint Louis University. She holds clinical licensures in Missouri and Illinois.

TaJuana JonesTaJuana Jones (TJ), MSW, LMSW
Educational Support Counselor

TaJuana Jones (TJ) brings to the Healthy Kids, Healthy Minds program more than 10 years of experience with a Master of Social Work degree from Saint Louis University and as a licensed master social worker (LMSW). She holds a specialization in clinical practice with individuals and families. Jones is passionate about the social and emotional development of children who may be experiencing hardships and focuses on improving their overall quality of life to help them reach their full potential. 

Jones says motherhood inspired her to continue teaching children how to acquire the  successfully skills to function and interact in the world around them. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with loved ones, traveling, writing, researching, dancing and doing nothing when she can. 

Jessica McCulloughJessica McCullough, RN, BSN
School Nurse

Jessica McCullough has been a nurse at St. Louis Children’s Hospital for 10 years.  When the Healthy Kids, Healthy Minds program began in 2017, she was hired as a school nurse at Hodgen Tech. She began her career as a nurse on the Pulmonary Unit at St. Louis Children’s Hospital; worked briefly at Texas Children’s Hospital, and has a background in home health through Advantage Nursing Services. 

She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. 


Antonio RobinsonAntonio Robinson, Ed.D., M.A., LPC, NCC
Educational Support Counselor

Antonio Robinson believes everyone has the potential for change and specializes in person-centered, solution-focused, cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing approaches to counseling. He is a licensed professional counselor and a board certified national counselor. He has helped clients overcome relationship problems, adjustment challenges, grief and loss, crises, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, ADHD and low self-esteem.

Robinson recently earned a doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership from Maryville University and holds an undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in human services, a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling, and certificates in child and adolescent psychology and industrial/organizational psychology.

Emily SalmieriEmily Salmieri, LMSW
Educational Support Counselor

Emily Salmieri believes in the state of well-being, individually and as a society. Her passion for a healthy mind and body has been cultivated as a St. Louis Children’s Hospital employee since 2014. Prior to joining the Healthy Kids, Healthy Minds program in 2017, she was a social worker with Healthy Kids Express, which is also part of the hospital’s Child Health Advocacy and Outreach department. She now serves as the educational support counselor at Hodgen Elementary School. 

Salmieri earned an undergraduate degree in communications from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis, and a Master’s in Social Work from Saint Louis University. She is a licensed master social worker (LMSW) and is currently pursuing her clinical license in social work.

Kirsten WilfordKirsten Wilford, BSN, RN
School Nurse

Kirsten Wilford’s extensive nursing experience began at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, where she helped make the journey of cancer a little less difficult for patients. In labor and delivery, she provided routine and emergency care to new mothers and was instrumental in assisting with the initial stabilization and care of newborns immediately after birth. 

Wilford is a school nurse at Lexington Elementary School. She is a Saint Louis Public Schools at Carnahan High School of the Future graduate. She earned a health science degree and a nursing degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. “I’ve searched for an opportunity to serve the community that made me who I am and working with the children in the Saint Louis Public Schools is just that,” she says.