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, 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 sits on the Women and Girls Initiative Council as a representative of Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger. She lives with her family including her husband and two sons, in Altadena, California.
Chinling Chen, LCSW, has over seventeen years of professional experience
in the child welfare and substance abuse treatment industry. Ms. Chen has
served in various positions, with increasing scope of responsibility, ranging
from a therapist offering direct services, Program Supervisor, Director, and as
a Regional Vice President overseeing residential and outpatient programs in CA
and Texas regions. She is skilled in leading and directing the overall
management, strategy, advocacy, and operations of multi-million dollar
programs. Ms. Chen holds a Masters degree in Social Work from University of
California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor???s of Science degree in Psychology from
University of California, San Diego.
Elizabeth Gonzalez, LMFT, has worked at Five Acres since 2001 and has over 17 years of professional experience in the child welfare field. Throughout the course of her work at Five Acres she has had a variety of positions from Residential Treatment Program Case Manager, Community Based Clinician, Intensive Treatment Foster Care Program Supervisor, Evidence-Based Practice Clinical Coordinator, Division Director of Residential Services to her present position as Chief Program Officer.
During her career at Five Acres, Ms. Gonzalez has overseen all essential division functions to include Client Care and Services, Financial Performance, and Program Development for multiple programs to include Intensive Treatment Foster Care, Residential Treatment, Residentially Based Services and Transitional Shelter Care.
As Chief Program Officer at Five Acres, Ms. Gonzalez provides leadership to three program divisions: Residential Treatment, Permanency Programs, and the Therapeutic School.
David has 30 years of professional experience, primarily as a C level executive, including responsibilities as Board Chair, CEO, COO and CFO. Prior to joining Five Acres, David was the CFO of the nation's largest human organ, eye and tissue recovery agency and foundation. David's experience includes challenging C level executive and board positions with for profit and non-profit operating companies in healthcare (including hospitals), financial services and technology. As Chairman & CEO of a financial services and technology company, David's firm earned ranking in Inc. 500's list of fastest growing privately held companies in its first year of eligibility, achieving this distinction for three consecutive years. David was selected as a financial service sector finalist for Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Greater Los Angeles in 2002. He was also selected as a Summerall Success Story and recognized in Forbes Magazine and featured in a national telecast on Fox News Network. David has also successfully founded and sold an institutional pharmacy management company.
David's competencies include operations, strategic planning, budgeting, forecasts and financial modeling; financial, operational, GAAP, regulatory and statutory accounting and reporting; audit and regulatory compliance; internal control systems; metrics, measurements and KPIs; analytics and predictive modeling; decision support; cash management and credit risk concentration; business services including revenue cycle and claims management; complex reimbursement systems and cost accounting; treasury function including financings (debt and equity) and investments; risk and litigation management and insurance programs; administrative, human resources and financial policies; legal matters including employment practices; contract management and compliance; intellectual property and software licenses; information technology and systems; payroll; human resources including recruiting, employee relations, compensation and benefit programs.
Prior to starting his career with operating companies, David worked as a manager in public accounting with two of the Big 4 public accounting firms, with industry experience concentrated in healthcare and financial services.
David is a certified public accountant and holds a BS degree in business administration, accounting major, from Indiana University.
Will Smith brings more than 30 years of leadership experience to the Five Acres, including positions with UPS, American Red Cross and Michigan State University. His professional interests center on organizational leadership and development, and he has served on several boards including a term as President of the Greater Lansing Society of Human Resource Management. He holds an MBA from Spring Arbor University and a certification in Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR).