Meet the Counselors

  • Happy Graduates

    Counseling Office: 520-616-5456
    Counseling Fax: 520-616-3000 

    Be sure to visit the MHS College and Career Center 

    Joy Scott - Email
    Counseling Clerk 

    Course Description Book

    For a digital copy of Marana HS comprehensive Course Description Book, please call the Counseling Office at 520-616-5456.

Counsel Caseload: Alphabetical

Meet the Counselors

  • Gretchen Mazaheri Gretchen Mazaheri - Email
    Alpha A-C; PBIS Support; SAP Group Leader; Freshmen College and Career Lesson Co-Leader


    I am excited to become part of the Marana Team. I moved to Casa Grande 7 years ago with my daughter to enjoy living near my parents. I obtained my Master’s in School Guidance in 2013. I am interested in improving the college graduation rate and encouraging our youth to give back to their communities.


    Erica Reese Erica Reese - email
    Alpha D-H: Personal/Social, AP Testing, SAP Group Leader, PBIS support, & Junior Class Lesson Lead                                        

    I am a Tucson Native, and a Mountain View High School alumna.  I live here with my husband, two kids, and one dog.  I received my MEd in School Counseling from NAU Tucson, and my bachelor’s in CTE.  I enjoy helping students discover their passions, plan for their future, and learn practical life skills.

    Megan Leon Megan Leon - email
    Alpha I-M; CTE/JTED Support; College Support; and Sophomore Lesson Lead

    I am a born and raised Tucsonan, a Marana High School Alumni, and a proud graduate of the University of Arizona. I graduated from the UofA in 2014 with a B.S. in Family Studies and Human Development and again in 2017 with an MA in Counseling.  I’m an avid sports fan, mostly football, and spend a lot of time attending sporting events. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends on the weekends.


    David Catalano David Catalano - Email
    Counselor N-R;Personal/Social, PBIS Support, SAP Group Leader, Sophomore Class Lesson Lead. 

    I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, a CDO High School Alumni, and graduate from the University of Arizona. I graduated with my B.S. in Business Management from San Jose State University and my MA in Mental Health Counseling from UofA. I worked in mental health for several years before coming to MHS. I came to be a School Counselor because of my passion in helping our younger generation develop values, principles, and supports in being successful in all areas of their life.


    Amy DeShazoAmy DeShazo - Email
    Alpha S-Z;

    Counselor Department; Dual Enrollment 

    I was born in Seoul, South Korea. My father served in the US Army so I moved frequently in my early childhood. After my father retired from service we relocated to Tucson, Arizona. I attended Santa Rita High School and continued my education at the University of Arizona where I received my BA in Psychology. In my senior year at the University of Arizona, I worked as a Behavioral Health Paraprofessional at Intermountain Centers for Human Development. Here I found my passion working with children and adolescents. I decided to pursue a career in school counseling and received my M.Ed. in Human Development Counseling at Vanderbilt University. I am excited to join the Marana High School Counseling team and looking forward to meeting our wonderful students and their families.

Please Welcome our New College and Career Lead Teachers:

  • Dr. Merri Kae Vanderploeg Bryan Pisetsky  Bryan Pisetsky and Dr. Merri Kae Vanderploeg

    Dr. Vanderploeg will work with internship students and will focus on career pathways. Mr. Pisetsky will focus on college admissions, college testing, and scholarships. Either of these individuals will be happy to help ANY student in need of guidance.  They are both located in the Career Center in the Admin. Office.