Professionals Behind The Change
Wediko Children’s Services is home to some of the country’s most passionate and dedicated child development professionals who help children and families increase safety, strength, and resiliency. Our leading professionals come from a broad spectrum of educational backgrounds including clinical psychologists, social workers, neuropsychologists, mental health counselors, guidance counselors, special educators, and more. This diversity of training disciplines and life experiences adds richness and flexibility to Wediko’s therapeutic capabilities, spanning across various psychodynamic and behavioral models. Wediko then hones the evidence-informed practices from each discipline and blends them into an approach that is uniquely Wediko. Integrating these models of clinical treatment into academic settings helps avoid duplication of services and discourages the artificial split between academic and clinical needs. The addition of Wediko’s psychopharmacology practice ensures that a truly integrated team serves each child’s needs in natural, healthy environments.
Leadership Transition and Appreciation to Amy Sousa
It is with sincere gratitude that the Board of Trustees thanks Amy Sousa, Ph.D. for her successful 5 years of service to the children and families that we serve.
At Wediko Children Services, since 1934, we are fortunate to have been working with some of the country’s most passionate and dedicated child development professionals. This was certainly the case with Dr. Sousa, who announced her departure this summer.
Dr. Sousa has been with Wediko since June 2012 making a huge impact on many agency processes. She successfully updated operational infrastructure, introduced new leadership practices and programming opportunities for the organization.
“I have such a profound gratitude for my time at Wediko. I have grown as a leader, service provider, and as a person. The commitment and dedication of the students, staff, and community is inspiring and unparalleled”, said Dr. Sousa
Wediko’s Board President, John Hennessy, commended Dr. Sousa for providing strategic and operational direction during her tenure. “Amy has been a truly transformative leader in her five years at the helm of Wediko; the organization is stronger and healthier from top to bottom because of her leadership and service”.
The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Michael Clontz, Director of Boston Programs and Ivette Rodriguez, CFO and Director of Operations as the interim executive directors. Together they will be responsible for the organization through the conclusion of the executive search process.
A national search being led by CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP is currently underway. Interested parties may contact the search Director, Maureen Salkin at email@example.com
Michael J. Clontz, LICSW
Interim Executive Director
Director, Boston Programs
M.S.W., University of Vermont
B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Year Hired: 1996
Born and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Michael Clontz received his B.A. in International Studies at UNC-CH. After summer experiences in the Wediko Summer Program starting in 1996 and work in Boston’s McKinley Schools, Michael pursued an MSW from the University of Vermont. As a social worker, Michael has enjoyed opportunities to join with individuals, families, and systems to build on their strengths and make positive changes. Michael joined Wediko School-Based Services in 2002 as a clinician and consultant.
Ivette Rodriguez, M.S.
Interim Executive Director
Chief Financial Officer
M.S., Wheelock College
B.S., Easter Nazarene College
Year Hired: 2016
A native New Yorker, Ivette fell in love with nonprofits when she moved to Boston and began working in the finance department of the YMCA of Greater Boston. Since then she has dedicated her career to providing operational support to mission driven organizations. Most recently Ivette spent over ten years at Heading Home, a homeless services provider. During that time, Ivette put her expertise in not simply making certain that the organization’s operation and finances were in great shape, but also played a central role in program design and expansion. Ivette holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational leadership from Wheelock College.
Ed Zadravec, Psy.D.
Psy.D., Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
Sc.B., Brown University
Year Hired: 1986
Dr. Ed Zadravec’s work at Wediko is focused on helping Wediko staff to learn, grow, and provide the best services to children, families, and schools. As an administrator, supervisor and consultant, he is fortunate to meet with many interesting and dedicated professionals who share the goal of improving learning environments. Ed loves working with teams and finding ways to make use of the diverse strengths in every group. He looks forward to helping Wediko expand its role as a leader in school-based mental health services.
Kimberly M. Guest, Psy.D.
Director, Wediko School
Psy.D., University of Denver
A.B., Dartmouth College
Year Hired: 1995
Dr. Kimberly M. Guest completed an experimental Psychology degree at Dartmouth College with a semester focusing on cross-cultural psychology at the University of Central Queensland in Australia, before beginning work in residential treatment in the 1995 Wediko Summer Program. Dr. Guest then received her Psy.D. from the University of Denver, specializing in adolescents, trauma and assessment, before returning to Wediko in 2003. She provided trauma-recovery services for victims and communities experiencing trauma, including the Columbine School shootings and the terrorism attacks in 2001, and worked in juvenile and adult mental health services in community corrections. Currently, Dr. Guest is the Director of the Wediko School , a 365-day residential treatment center program. She serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Children’s Residential Centers.
Kristen J. Renshaw, LCSW
Director, New York Program
M.S.W., Columbia University
B.A., University of Pennsylvania
Year Hired: 2000
Kristen J. Renshaw worked in a variety of roles in non-profits and public schools since her first summer at Wediko in 2000, before returning full time to create the New York City branch with colleagues Johanna and Hans in 2011. In addition to being a clinician, Kristen is passionate about social justice and brings experience community organizing and advocating for policy change at city and state levels to her work with Wediko clients. Kristen has honed her clinical and administrative problem-solving skills in over 12 years in the Wediko Summer Program and working in Boston and New York public schools, and credits that experience with instilling the core value of hope in the face of adversity and teaching her the true worth of teamwork and determination.
B.A., Loyola University
Year Hired: 2013
Tamara Laine started as the Accounts Receivable Coordinator at Wediko in December 2013. She has her BA in Accounting from Loyola University New Orleans. Tamara currently resides in Burlington, MA. She is looking forward to increasing her skill set and growing personally and professionally as part of Wediko’s finance team.
Facilities Manager, Wediko School
Year Hired: 1989