Leadership

Strong leadership and visionary thinking have helped to build Five Acres into a 128 year old organization focused on leading in child welfare services and supporting the more than 8, 500 children and families served each year. The Senior Leadership Team sets the strategic direction of the organization and supports Five Acres’ mission of promoting safety well-being and permanency.

Chanel Boutakidis, LMFT
Chief Executive Officer

Chanel Boutakidis, LMFT, assumed her role as Chief Executive Officer of Five Acres in 2011. Prior to being appointed CEO, Ms. Boutakidis was the Executive Director of Pasadena Mental Health Center. Collectively, Ms. Boutakidis has over 20 years of experience in child welfare, health care, advocacy and policy making. She is a dynamic leader with a verifiable year-after-year record of success, achieving innovative, client-impact targets, revenue, and business growth objectives within turnaround, and rapid-change environments. She is highly successful in assessing and managing enterprise risk, seizing control of critical problem areas, and delivering on strategic mission and value-driven commitments.

Ms. Boutakidis has led and motivated diverse teams comprised of more than 400 employees and has managed organizations exceeding $30 million revenue. She earned her master's degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Northridge. Her notable awards include 2016 Los Angeles Business Journal, Awardee - Asian Business Woman of the Year, 2015 Los Angeles magazine, Awardee - Woman of the Year, 2014 Pasadena Magazine “Woman of Influence,” the 2014 Congressional Recognition from Michael Antonivich and 2014 Congressional Recognition from Judy Chu.

Ms. Boutakidis sits on the California Alliance Board of Directors, Association of Community Human Services Board of Directors and is a member of the San Gabriel Valley Young Presidents Organization. She lives with her family including her husband and two sons, in Altadena, California.


Rachel McClements, Psy.D
Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. McClements is responsible for the direction and management of the agency’s overall clinical and mental health service delivery; and steering the organization in the development and maintenance of effective therapeutic practices. As a licensed clinical psychologist, she is an invited speaker to conferences and workshops throughout the United States. Dr. McClements received her B.Sc. in England and her M.A. and doctorate from Alliant University (formerly California School of Professional Psychology).

Jennifer Berger
Chief Advancement Officer

Jennifer Berger is the Chief Advancement Officer at Five Acres responsible for all fundraising and volunteer efforts. Passion for the nonprofit sector and serving the community has led Jennifer to her 20 years of professional experience with fundraising, events, program management, board development and organizational leadership. She spent her formative years in Pasadena, California, graduating from Duke University with a BA in English, followed by a Master of Public Administration degree, with an emphasis in nonprofit management, at the University of Southern California. Jennifer is an active volunteer serving on the Executive Committee as President for 2016 of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Board and has been an AFP member since 2007. Other professional affiliations currently include the San Gabriel Valley Estate Planning Council and she is an active parent volunteer with Chandler School, the Pasadena chapter of National Charity League and Girl Scouts.

Carmen Benitez
Chief Administrative Officer

As Chief Administrative Officer at Five Acres, Carmen Benitez manages the operations, human resources, and training departments for the agency. She joined Five Acres in 2000 and has more than 30 years of human service leadership, executive management, and human resources administration experience. Carmen actively participates in professional networks such as ACHSA (Association of Child Health Services Association), SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management), PIHRA (Professionals in Human Resources Association), and the National Alliance for Strong Families and Communities; a non- profit agency whose mission is to strengthen community capacities and influence high-impact nonprofit human-serving organizations to pursue a healthy society and strong communities for all children, adults, and families. Carmen holds a Master’s in Business Administration and has lived in the Pasadena area for over 30 years.