Rachel Marcus is passionate about integrating initiatives for physical health & well-being with mental health and emotional support. As the Director of Health & Wellness at the Sonoma County Family YMCA in Santa Rosa, Rachel oversees the fitness center, community health education programs, and group classes. She has seen how this community space has helped people effected by the trauma of the October wildfires to have a place for self-care, routine, stability and community.
Prior to moving to Sonoma County, Rachel lived in Oakland for 11 years. She worked as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy coach for Lantern, a self-guided app-based CBT program for people with depression, anxiety, stress, and eating disorders. Rachel also worked as a health coach and personal trainer, specializing in a Health at Every Size and body positive approach to exercise.
As someone who has sought support for depression and anxiety, Rachel believes that breaking the stigma about mental health and being in community with people who talk openly about mental health is profoundly healing. Rachel is excited to join the PEERS board and support programs that are led by people with direct lived experience with mental health challenges.
Rachel holds a Masters in Health Education from John F. Kennedy University and a Bachelors in Comparative American Studies from Oberlin College.