Charlene Dimas-Peinado, LCSW, EML, is the President and CEO of Wellnest. 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, one that improves our community.” She combines the big-picture strategic perspective of a hands-on executive, and the insights of an experienced social worker in her quest to help children, young adults, and families lead emotionally healthy lives.
Ms. Dimas-Peinado provides the overall leadership and strategic direction for the organization acting as the organization’s fiduciary leader, translating the organization’s mission & vision into a Strategic Plan developed with the Board’s direction, ensures that the organization is financially and operationally strong, manages day-to-day operations, provides best-in-class behavioral health and other services to clients and ensures that the organization evolves to address the changing needs of communities served. Additionally, Ms. Dimas-Peinado serves as the organization’s overall spokesperson, representative, and executor of change, and cultivates strong working relationships with public agency leaders, elected officials, community leaders, service partners, donors, and others.
Ms. Dimas-Peinado has a double Masters Degrees, a Master of Social Work (MSW) from California State University, Long Beach, and an Executive Master of Leadership (EML) from the University of Southern California. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with training in psychotherapy and serves on multiple boards: Board of Governors, Natural History Museum of L.A. County; Board of Directors, Rotary LA5; Mental Health Co-Chair, Empowerment Congress (Second Supervisorial District); and, Board of Governors, City Club LA.