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About Us - Who We AreWediko 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. 


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