March 26, 2019
Michael Pearis Appointed ED at Wediko Children’s Services

Michael Pearis
January 11, 2018 — Wediko Children’s Services, a Boston nonprofit that partners with schools and families to promote the mental health and success of children and adolescents who face multiple barriers to learning, this week announced Michael Pearis has been named executive director.

Pearis succeeds Amy Sousa who left Wediko last August after serving five years at the helm of Wediko Children’s Services. Ivette Rodriguez and Michael Clontz had been serving as co-interim executive directors.

Pearis is scheduled to assume his new role on Jan. 17.

John Hennessey, board president, lauded Pearis as "an accomplished leader" who has extensive experience in financial management and nonprofit leadership.

Most recently, Wediko served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Home for Little Wanderers in Boston, where he was responsible for the financial, facility, and information technology functions.

Before joining the Home for Little Wanderers, Pearis served as director of finance for the City of Providence, Rhode Island. He also has served as chief operating officer at Child and Family, president/CEO at About Families, LLC and chief operating officer at Meeting Street.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University.

Founded in 1934, Wediko Children’s Services works with children, their families, and their schools in over 21 schools located in six cities through sites in Boston, New Hampshire, and New York, and runs a therapeutic summer school program for special education students in the Boston school system.

A wide range of publications, dissertations, and presentations have been based on studies at Wediko. Since 2014, the Wediko New York office has been running a comprehensive program evaluation to better understand student outcomes in school-based mental health programming.

For the year ending June 30, 2016, Wediko Children’s Services reported $12.9 million in revenue and support, of which $276,000 came from contributions, and nearly $12.9 million in expenses, according to its most recent audited financial statement.

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