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.
Wediko Children’s Services appoints Michael Pearis as Executive Director
Wediko Children’s Services is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Pearis as the new Executive Director beginning January 17, 2018.
Michael joins Wediko from the Home for Little Wanderers, where he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, acting as senior advisor to the President and responsible for the financial, facility and IT functions of the organization. Michael, an accomplished leader, brings to Wediko extensive experience in financial management as well as non-profit leadership.
Before joining the Home for Little Wanderers, Michael served as the Director of Finance for the City of Providence, Rhode Island. He has also served as Chief Operating Officer at Child and Family, President/CEO at About Families, LLC and Chief Operating Officer at Meeting Street.
Michael earned a BS in Business from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and an MBA from Pepperdine University, The George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management. He is thrilled to be joining Wediko and continue building on the successes the agency has had over the years.
John Hennessey, Wediko’s Board President, conveyed his gratitude to Ivette Rodriguez and Michael Clontz, the current Co-Interim Executive Directors, for successfully leading the organization during the period of transition.
The Board will be working with Ivette Rodriguez, Michael Clontz and the rest of the leadership team to ensure a smooth onboarding for Michael.
Michael J. Clontz, LICSW
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.
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