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 

    Ann Greene - Email
    Counseling Secretary 

    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, I; McKinney Vento/Youth On Their Own, Discipline Support Check in--Check Out, PTO Liaison/Help Closet 

    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.

    TBD - email
    Alpha F-H: Support Groups, Coordinate 8th Grade Visits, Honors Conclave Support                                       

    More information coming soon!

    Melissa Gollihar - email
    Alpha J-M; Support Group Facilitator, Course Selection, Elective Fair, Coordinate 8th Grade Visits 

    David Catalano David Catalano - Email
    Alpha E, N-R, Y-Z Dual Enrollment/Pima Testing, Support Groups, Discipline Support Check in -Check Out 

    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 W; Enrollment AP Coordinator, Support Groups, Fine Arts Seal Liaison 

    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.

    Megan Leon - Email  

    CTE Liaison, Career Exploration & Services, Internships

    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.

College and Career Lead Teachers:

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

    Dr. Merri Kae Vanderploeg - Email 
    Future Friday, Signing Day - Lead, Honors Conclave-Lead, ASVAB/Military Recruitment, 8th Grade/Tiger Night Liaison

    Bryan Pisetsky - Email 
    FAFSA & Scholarships, Athletic Signing Day, NCAA & NAIA Liaison, AP Co-Coordinator, Honors Conclave Support, PSAT & ACT Coordinator