The aim of the Wellness program at Rivers is to promote health and minimize behaviors that put students at risk. The belief that successful prevention supports those students already making healthy choices is central to the program’s mission.  Therefore, following the school’s belief in “excellence with humanity,” students are motivated to discover and value their self-worth and purpose in the broader community. Wellness courses, offered in grades 6-12, encourage students to integrate accurate information with personal values. Wellness programs also work to facilitate partnerships between the adults in the community, including parents and faculty, in order to support students on an individual level.
Meet The Wellness Team
Benjamin Liston
Director of Counseling and Wellness

Myron Mentis
Athletic Trainer, Science, Chair of Wellness Comte
Myron has been Rivers’ Head Athletic Trainer and a strength and conditioning coach since 2001. He also teaches science electives such as Kinetic Anatomy, Sports Medicine, and Exercise Science. Myron acts as an advisor for 11th and 12th grade students and serves on the Wellness Committee. He was the recipient of Rivers' Walter Family Community Award in 2011. Myron received a degree in graphic design and photography from his native South Africa before emigrating in 1990. He has also earned a B.S. in athletic training from Northeastern University and is a Board Certified Athletic Trainer through the National Athletic Trainers Association. Prior to his time at Rivers, Myron worked as an athletic trainer at Somerville High School, Hanover High School, and HealthSouth Hospital in Braintree.

Samantha Brennan
Upper School Dean of Students, Grade 9 Dean, Science
As the Dean of Students in the Upper School, Samantha oversees the Leadership program, discipline system, orientation program, and the Student Advisor Program. Samantha is also the 9th Grade Dean and course counselor. Additionally, she teaches Anatomy and Physiology. During her tenure at Rivers, she has coached girls’ basketball and lacrosse and taught biology and Middle School media literacy. Before Rivers, Samantha taught science and was the athletic trainer at Delbarton School in New Jersey. She graduated with a B.S. in biology from Georgetown University and a M.Ed. from Harvard University.

R. Clinton Howarth
Middle School Dean of Students, English, History, Media Literacy, Coach
Clinton came to Rivers in 2004 as a humanities teacher in the Middle School. He also serves as the Middle School Dean of Students, oversees the Middle School play, and coaches Middle School football and baseball. Before Rivers, he worked as a project manager at an integrated media firm in Washington, D.C. He holds B.A. in English from Kenyon College in Ohio and is pursuing a M.Ed. at Boston College.

Dorothy Jenkins
RN, School Nurse
Dottie became Rivers’ school nurse in 2004. In addition to treating the various ailments of students and faculty members, Dottie serves on the Wellness Team and the Safety Committee. Prior to her time at Rivers, Dottie worked at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston and as a school nurse. She received her associate’s degree from Lasell College.

James Long
Asst Head of School, US Dir. of ST Affairs, Hist.
As Assistant Head of School and Dean of Students in the Upper School, Jim is responsible for the Upper School advisor program, orientation program, discipline system, and assembly program, and oversees the Upper School Class Deans. Jim is also a Middle School boys’ basketball coach and ninth grade academic counselor. Now in his 23rd year at Rivers, Jim has held a number of positions during his tenure, including Head of Middle School, acting Head of School and varsity basketball coach. He graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in history and government and later received a master’s in education from Harvard University.