Sheandinita Dyson Appointed McClendon Center’s President & Chief Executive Officer 

WASHINGTON — The McClendon Center’s Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Sheandinita Dyson as McClendon Center’s full-time President and Chief Executive Officer. A proven, compassionate, and respected leader, Dyson is the first woman to lead the organization since its founding in 1980.

“We are thrilled that Sheandinita will continue leading the Center as its full-time CEO,” said Caitlin Gritt, McClendon Center’s Board Chair. “At a time when it has never been more important to invest in mental health care,she brings tremendous heart, passion, and experience to this role. For over 14 years, she has proven herself to be a resilient, compassionate, innovative leader.

“I have great confidence that the Center will continue to thrive as a result of her wisdom, insight, and strategic vision, which will guide the Center as we build partnerships, ensure our resources, and strengthen our commitments to our clients. She has spent years in the field developing an understanding of the community’s needs and countless hours cultivating the Center’s team of professionals. I have no doubt that Sheandinita, together with our staff and clients, will create a stronger, healthier DC.”

In Dyson, the Board has placed the Center in trusted and experienced hands. She is a highly-engaged, respected, and effective leader who understands the McClendon Center, its mission, its people and operations inside and out.

Dyson, who has ascended the leadership ranks since joining the Center over a decade ago, has extensive compliance and management experience across the behavioral healthcare industry. She originally joined the McClendon Center in February 2008, beginning her tenure as a Community Support Specialist, before quickly assuming a supervisory role as Team Leader.

Prior to her previous and most recent role as Senior Director and Chief of Staff, her management portfolio included compliance and training, as well as a periods serving as the Center’s Interim Executive Director.

“I am truly humbled and honored by the Board’s decision and vote of confidence,” said Dyson. “This is an enormous responsibility that I take very seriously. The Center’s mission to support and empower people on the journey to becoming their best selves isn’t just something we hope our clients achieve. I, too, hope to grow into my best self as a leader who helps others achieve the health and happiness they never dreamed possible.

“For nearly 15 years, the McClendon Center has been my home. There’s no other place I know of that takes such great care to empower clients on their own healing journeys. I’m excited to continue, along with our committed and passionate team, living the McClendon Center’s mission and vision during this critical time of need for our community.”

Dyson is a proud 2007 alumna of Howard University. She resides in Clinton, Maryland with her three daughters.

About McClendon Center

Founded in 1980, McClendon Center is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, community-based health provider in the heart of Washington, DC. For over 40 years, it has provided critical programs and services to District residents with mental and behavioral health challenges, empowering them to live more independently and enjoy an increased quality of life. McClendon Center is certified as both a Core Services Agency and a provider of Rehabilitation/Day Services. It has been accredited by the Joint Commission since 1999, a prestigious credential not shared by any other behavioral health provider in the District.

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McClendon Center Welcomes Beth Nevins as Director of Compliance & Quality

The McClendon Center is pleased to welcome Beth Nevins as its new Director of Compliance and Quality.

“We’re excited to welcome Beth to the team,” said Sheandinita Dyson, McClendon Center’s Interim President and CEO. “She brings a tremendous passion and depth of experience that will help us continue to raise the bar for our compassionate and quality-focused care.”

Beth is an accomplished quality improvement and compliance professional with over 10 years of experience in practice administration. She joins the McClendon Center directly from the Chevy Chase, Maryland-based Washington Behavioral Medicine Associates, where she was responsible for overseeing administrative processes that helped ensure high-quality client experiences.

Prior to WBMA, Beth served as the operations manager for a federally-qualified health center that served the homeless in Southern California. There, her contributions led to the organization being awarded federal funding to address primary care and behavioral medicine integration.

Beth holds a master’s degree in public administration from California Baptist University and her bachelor’s from Cal State Fullerton.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Beth!

New A1C Initiative Meeting the Community’s Health Needs

Becoming one’s best self requires addressing both physical and mental health concerns. That’s why we believe so firmly in the importance of whole-person-centered care.

Our new A1C Initiative has been addressing barriers to achieving overall health and well-being (e.g. transportation cost and access, mental health symptom interference, poor patient-provider relationships, etc.) since July 2022.

That’s why A1C is meeting people where they are–at home.

Our team of specialists is helping 170 historically non-compliant community members complete in-home bloodwork kits to assess diabetic health. To close the loop, lab results are sent by our Medical Clinic team directly to community members’ primary care physicians.

McClendon Center Partners with DC Peace Team to Host Community Safety Training

We were excited to partner recently with the DC Peace Team (DCPT) to host a recent community safety and nonviolent intervention training for McClendon Center staff.

The DCPT facilitates group conversations in restorative circle formats to address areas of change such as; learning how to advocate for change within organizations and within our communications with clients.

The goal of this training was to create space for our staff to share their experiences and gain education on how to stay safe, while working independently within the community.

Many thanks to Jamal Jones and the team at DCPT for leading these engaging sessions!

McClendon Center Welcomes Birhanie Geleto as Director of Finance

The McClendon Center is pleased to announce the addition of Birhanie Geleto to its executive leadership team as its new Director of Finance.

“We are thrilled to welcome Birhanie to the McClendon Center family,” said Sheandinita Dyson, McClendon Center’s Interim President and CEO. “She brings a range of diverse skills and experiences that will help us to continue delivering upon and advancing our mission. Most importantly, she is a passionate and committed professional who is motivated to help us make a real difference in our community.”

Birhanie is an experienced finance and accounting professional with15-plus years of experience, most recently at one of the nation’s leading public affairs firms. She brings direct experience working in the nonprofit sector and received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of the District of Columbia.

Welcome Birhanie!

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