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 . She received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of the District of Columbia.

Welcome Birhanie!

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McClendon Center Announces Leadership Transition

WASHINGTON — The McClendon Center’s Board of Directors announced that it recently completed a new senior leadership transition. Sheandinita Dyson has been appointed as McClendon Center’s President and CEO on an interim basis, while Michael Burt has been promoted to the role of Senior Director and Chief of Staff.

In Sheandinita and Michael, the Board has placed the Center in trusted and experienced hands. Together, this dynamic duo has ascended the leadership ranks and grown the Center together since joining more than a decade ago in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

Sheandinita is a highly-engaged, respected, and effective people leader who understands the Center, its mission, and operations inside and out. She has extensive compliance and management experience across the behavioral healthcare industry.

Sheandinita 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 has included compliance and training, as well as a six-month period as the Center’s interim Executive Director (January-July 2021).

Michael joined the Center as a Team Leader in March 2009, before assuming a dual role with additional responsibilities as its Director of Quality Improvement in April 2014. Among the many highlights of his tenure, Michael has played an instrumental role in leading McClendon Center through its Joint Commission accreditation processes in 2017 and 2021.

As Senior Director and Chief of Staff, Michael is now responsible for strengthening existing services, leading key strategic initiatives, and supporting Sheandinita in the development and day-to-day management of organizational operations.

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.

Learn more about the McClendon Center in its most recent annual report.

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