February 9, 2021 – Tykes & Teens, a leading provider of the highest quality, evidence-based mental health services and programs for children and adolescents for nearly 25 years, has appointed Wendy Radeka, ACC, MHR, PHR, SHRM-CP, as Chief People Officer.  In the new role, Wendy is responsible for developing and leading the agency’s recruiting and talent acquisition, orientation and onboarding, and professional development as the agency continues to grow. 
“Our team of highly experienced team members are our most important asset in serving children and families throughout the Treasure Coast,” said Tykes & Teens CEO Eric Garza, MHA, LCSW.  “Wendy’s wealth of experience in leadership, organizational development and human resources will be instrumental in carrying out our commitment to providing the same level of high-quality growth and development for our team as we do for our clients.”  
“I believe in providing the best caring environment for our team members and that every person has unique capabilities to reach success and their full potential,” said Tykes & Teens Chief People Officer Wendy Radeka. “I look forward to supporting the work life of the superheroes that we call team members, so they can provide great care to the community. We take care of them, so they can take care of others.” 
Before joining Tykes & Teens, Wendy Radeka worked for Martin Health and also a $6.8 billion healthcare system in Florida as Corporate Director of Talent and Learning, with strategic oversight for teams in Human Resources.  Her role had responsibility for leader, executive and physician coaching, talent acquisition, orientation and onboarding, leadership development, learning, performance and succession management, career development, engagement, and the systems that support those efforts.  Prior to healthcare, Wendy was a human resources leader in engineering and technology industries in Florida-based firms and global enterprises.  Wendy is an experienced and certified executive coach and has provided thought leadership and guidance to leaders and high potentials.  She has directed a variety of strategic initiatives with a strength in bringing concepts to scale.  Wendy received her Bachelor of Science with Distinction in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and her Masters of Human Resources with Honors from Rollins College.  Wendy’s certifications include ICF Certified Coach, Hogan Assessments, Myers Briggs, Right Path Resources, SHRM-CP, and a Professional in Human Resources.  As a Mom who raised three daughters in Martin County schools, Wendy loves Tykes & Teens’ mission and that we are focused on children and families.  
About Tykes & Teens 
Tykes & Teens has been a leading mental health provider for children and adolescent evidence-based programs and services for nearly 25 years.  Our passion and commitment are to empowering children and strengthening families by ensuring that all children have access to high quality counseling and mental health services, regardless of financial status.  Our mission is prioritizing children’s mental health in our families, schools and communities through a wide range of prevention, education, and treatment programs and services.  We also advocate for increased awareness of mental health to remove the stigma and shame often associated with seeking mental health treatment.  Since our inception, we have provided affordable quality mental health services for more than 60,000 children in need across the Treasure Coast from more than 50 service locations, including outpatient offices in Palm City, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound, Port St. Lucie, and Vero Beach, on-site services in all Martin County schools, and in schools in Okeechobee and Indian River counties, as well as collaboration with numerous community partners, in addition to virtual telehealth services.  We have continued to offer our services and programs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including virtual telehealth care.  We accept most insurance, private payments, and we are a Medicaid-approved provider. We have successfully administered a sliding fee scale for those in need when necessary for more than 20 years.  As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency, we also provide $750,000 in unreimbursed services to the communities we serve each year.