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.
Amy C. Sousa, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Boston College
M.Sc., London School of Economics
B.A., Boston College
Year Hired: 2012
Dr. Amy Sousa has committed her career to the health and safety of families. Prior to joining Wediko in 2012, she served as Executive Director of the National Organization for Victim Assistance, Interim Executive Director of the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and Public Policy Manager for the PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Additionally, Dr. Sousa has been a technical assistance provider for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, consultant to the Environmental Protection Agency, and graduate fellow in the Office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. She has taught at Boston College and University of Massachusetts, Lowell and has written for scholarly and popular sources. Dr. Sousa’s advocacy has taken her around the country, as well as to Europe, Africa, and now to Wediko.
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.
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.
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.
Miklos “Mik” Oyler, M.Ed.
Director, Wediko Summer Program
M.Ed., Springfield College
B.S., University of New England
Year Hired: 2015
Mik brings a passion for empowering youth, dedication to facilitating healthy staff culture, and a history of strengthening clinical programming to Wediko. Prior to accepting this role, Mik gained over seven years of invaluable experience with Summit Achievement – a premier wilderness treatment program in Maine. Having worn many hats at Summit, including starting on the ground as a Field Guide, two years as Program Director, and ultimately serving as Executive Director for three years, Mik has a deep understanding of short-term therapeutic residential programming. Mik believes that fun is critical in treatment environments, and is excited to work with students in the Wediko Summer Program’s activity-based therapeutic milieu. Mik and his wife live in New Hampshire, where he is an avid birder and skier.
Kate Patton Regal, LICSW
Director, Public Relations
M.S.W., Boston University
B.A., College of William and Mary
Year Hired: 1995
Kate Patton Regal started in the Wediko Summer Program as a direct care counselor in 1995. Like many Wediko staff, her experience that summer helped define her career in the human service field. Although a therapist and clinical social worker, Kate is also a runner. Having raised funds many times by running the Boston Marathon, Kate saw the mutual reward of her efforts. She coupled her love of Wediko and her flair for athletic challenges to spearhead Wediko’s athletic fundraising events. Kate now enjoys bringing Wediko’s message to the broader community and developing those mutual rewards.
Manager, Human Resources
Certificate in Advanced HR Management, Cornell University (in progress)
Year Hired: 2010
Hailing from Little Rock, AR, where he studied Liberal Arts at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Matthew is an accomplished musical theater actor and a member of the Actor’s Equity Association in both the U.S. and Canada. Matthew was able to incorporate these skills while working in New York City high schools as a teaching artist and administrator for a non-profit that used theater to teach social-emotional competencies to inner-city kids, after which Matthew was introduced to the Wediko Summer Program and the rest is history. Since 2010, Matthew has worked each summer in Wediko’s Summer Program as a Program Coordinator, Supervisor of Summer Performing Arts Activities, and Assistant Program Manager. In 2014, Matthew expanded his talents in staff recruitment and performance enhancement and became Wediko’s Human Resources Manager.
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
Coordinator, Public Relations
B.A., Concordia College
Year Hired: 2012
Colin began his Wediko involvement in the Wediko Summer Program as a Music activity counselor in 2012. After having a truly transformative experience, he returned in the Summer of 2014 as a Program Coordinator after having just completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology, Sociology, and Spanish from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Colin finds joy in running, singing, and being an advocate for social justice in all its forms. He is enthusiastic about the opportunity to further cultivate his development and content writing expertise as well as to holistically represent the organization that impacted him so deeply.