Charlene Dimas-Peinado

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Charlene Dimas-Peinado is President and CEO of Wellnest, a $32 million nationally recognized trauma informed behavioral health and housing organization in Los Angeles.  Throughout her career, Ms. Dimas-Peinado has been inspired by the communities and people she serves. “Every child and family have a story and their stories have meaning and, like a ripple of water, they affect our community,” she has said. “Our objective is to make a positive impact on those we serve — one that improves a life, improves our community.”

Charlene combines the big-picture perspective of a visionary, hands-on executive and the insights of an experienced licensed psychotherapist in her quest to help children, young adults and families lead emotionally healthy lives.  She calls upon 30 years of experience in behavioral health and non-profit organizations.  She is the first Latina President & CEO of Wellnest since its founding in 1924 and provides overall leadership and strategic direction as it approaches 100 years of community service.

As Wellnest’s fiduciary leader, and translator of its mission and vision, she ensures the organization is financially, politically and operationally strong, as it provides best-in-class behavioral health and housing services while addressing the changing needs of its communities. Her extensive experience in obtaining and overseeing multi-million-dollar contracts for mental health and housing services extends to all levels of government funding. Additionally, she has spearheaded multiple fundraising and capital campaigns, which have raised millions of dollars, forged new partnerships and leveraged the impact of donations to provide critically needed services in underserved communities.

Charlene holds a Master of Leadership from University of Southern California, and a Master of Social Work from California State University, Long Beach. She serves on multiple boards of directors, including the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, West Coast University, Quality Comp Inc., Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and City Club LA.

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