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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 maureen.salkin@claconnect.com 

Board of Directors

(From left to right) Randy Bell, Sheila Murphy, Ellen Janos, C.C. Chapman (president), Amy Sousa (Executive Director), Vahid Ownjazayeri, Pat Grant, Karan Paruvangada, Peter Johnson, Jake Bullock, Andrew Russell, Patty Fries (Former Director of Operations), John Hennessy, Bill Cornish, Judi King

(From left to right) Randy Bell, Sheila Murphy, Ellen Janos, C.C. Chapman (president), Amy Sousa (Past Executive Director), Vahid Ownjazayeri, Pat Grant, Karan Paruvangada, Peter Johnson, Jake Bullock, Andrew Russell, Patty Fries (Former Director of Operations), John Hennessy, Bill Cornish, Judi King

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