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New Board of Trustees Join Wediko!

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Wediko Welcomes Kellen Benjamin and Kristen Renshaw to the Board of Trustees

Announcing two new Wediko trustees representing the boroughs of New York City

Boston, MA / New York, NY – 2018 – On December 6, the Wediko Children’s Services (Wediko) Board unanimously appointed two trustees, Kellen Benjamin and Kristen J. Renshaw. Our staff and the board of trustees are delighted to welcome both members. They bring a diversity in experience, both incorporate and non-profit sectors, as well as a passion for helping children.

“We are very excited to welcome Kellen and Kristen to our Board! Collectively their passion, dedication and expertise will truly have a positive impact on Wediko,” said Michael Pearis, Wediko’s Executive Director.

Benjamin has over 12 years of in Business Development experience across various organization, such as the Boston Red Sox, Major League Baseball and WME/IMG – IMG College. Currently he is the Vice President, Global Partnerships for BSE Global in Brooklyn, NY. Benjamin is responsible for generating partnership revenue across all of the BSE Global properties which consists of the Barclays Center, NYCBLive, the Brooklyn Nets, Webster Hall, Paramount Theatre and the New York Islanders. In additional to his successful career, he is passionate about giving back to his community, particularly supporting organizations focused on children and families. Benjamin holds a B.A. in Arts in History from Williams College. Benjamin a native of Dedham, MA now resides on the upper east side in Manhattan with his wife Jessica Benjamin.

“I am excited to help grow support for the New York-Based Programs. I enjoy working with children and Wediko will allow me to positively impact their lives on a larger scale,” said Benjamin.

Renshaw is the former Director of New York-Based Programs. She 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. In addition to her work as a clinician, she is passionate about social justice and brings experience community organizing and advocating for policy change at city and state levels. She has honed her clinical and administrative problem-solving skills with over 18 years at Wediko and public schools (Boston and New York), and credits that experience with instilling the core value of hope in the face of adversity and teaching her the true worth of team work and determination. Renshaw holds a M.S.W., Columbia University and a B.A., University of Pennsylvania. She recently moved to Palm Beach, Australia with her husband Josh Levine and their two children.

“It was a bitter-sweet decision to leave Wediko to be closer to my family in Australia. This agency is a large part of who I am and being welcomed on to the board is truly a gift. I look forward to my new role at Wediko,” said Renshaw.

The organization and board recognize the hard work and dedication these individuals have to our communities, children and families served by Wediko. The new trustees are dedicated to furthering the Wediko mission and advancing children’s mental health and education across in greaterBoston, New York City, New Hampshire and beyond. We are excited about their appointment to the board.

For more information, contact Pati Fernandez, Director of Development and Communications, pfernandez@wediko.org, 617-529-0550.

About Wediko Children’s Services

Wediko is a nonprofit organization committed to improving children’s lives by building on strengths, developing skills, enhancing supports, and restoring a sense of competence and hope. Wediko presents a flexible continuum of trauma-informed services to families that have experienced adversity and its aftermath of emotional, social, and learning difficulties for children and adults. Wediko uses multidisciplinary and integrative approaches to meet the diverse needs of our clients, all of which are grounded in partnership with families, schools, and agencies that make up the support system of an often marginalized population. For more information, visit our website at www.wediko.org.

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