Meet Our Valued Team Members

Dawn Allen
Project Director, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic

Dawn Allen first joined Thrive in April 2019 as the Community Liaison for the State Opioid Response grant where she built relationships with numerous community organizations to help make Thrive a recognized name in the Rhode Island community. 

In June 2020, she took on the role of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Project Director implementing, operationalizing, managing and evaluating the CCBHC grant for Thrive. In this role, she oversees nine evidence-based programs and works closely with our three partner agencies Community Care Alliance, Tides Family Services and CODAC Behavioral Healthcare and with the University of Rhode Island, which assists with data collection and program evaluation. 

When asked what she likes most about this role as Project Director, Dawn shares that she enjoys taking on something new, building it and watching it succeed. She is proud to be a part of the CCBHC because of its importance in allowing Thrive to provide high quality services that meet the specific needs of our community while breaking down barriers for those who are most vulnerable.

Outside of work, Dawn enjoys spending time with her husband, their two children, their dog, and her friends.


 

Linda Ann Morales
Director of Human Resources

Thrive Behavioral Health welcomed Linda Ann Morales as its new Human Resources Director in July 2020. She brings over 25 years of human resources and occupational health and safety expertise and has worked in the nonprofit sector for seven years. Linda Ann has served as a committee or board member for several nonprofit organizations including Middlesex United Way, where she was honored by its Community Service Award in recognition of her impactful work to make its community a better place to live.

Morales was awarded an MS in Industrial Relations and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of New Haven. She received her Occupational Health and Safety Certificate from University of Connecticut and is a national member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Morales will oversee the human resources requirements of Thrive’s 300 employees while helping it reach its initiative to become a more diverse agency. She has expressed her excitement about joining Thrive’s Executive Management team: “To be part of an organization whose vision and guiding principles include dignity, respect, cultural awareness and sensitivity while supporting the professional development of its employees is inspiring. I continued, “I take pride in the organization’s mission and support its goals and objectives.”

 


Cecilia Pomar-Nichols
Vocational Specialist & ACT Team Leader

Cecilia Pomar-Nichols, Vocational Specialist & Assertive Community Treatment Team Leader chaired a mask-making initiative to help ensure the health and safety of Thrive's staff and clients. The project involved five Community Support Program clients who volunteered to hand-make masks that will be donated to Thrive's staff and clients. Thrive is appreciative to Ocean State Job Lot and Jo-Ann Stores for donating supplies for this project. 

 


 

 

Laura Laprocina
Hospital Liaison and Case Manager, Integrative Health Home 2 Team

Laura Laprocina has been with Thrive since 2016 when she started as a Case Manager managing 42 clients in our Community Support Program (CSP). Currently, she holds a few roles at Thrive as the Hospital Liaison for the Integrated Health Home Team, Case Manager for 20 clients, and Relief Worker at our Buttonwoods Group Home on nights or weekends.

As a Hospital Liaison, Laura works with the hospitals on discharge planning for our clients who have been hospitalized and coordinates their after-care with outside providers. She also links these clients with other Thrive staff who prepare them for being independent at home before they are discharged. Laura then helps our clients integrate back into the community. Laura is also a Certified Community Support Professional for the State of Rhode Island.

When asked what she likes most about her job, Laura says she loves seeing her clients grow and recover. She also loves learning and growing herself every day with the knowledge she obtains from the other professionals around her, including Thrive’s providers and her peers. In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with family and friends, dining out and going to the beach.


 

Carol Belasco
Certified Case Manager

Carol Belasco has been with our company for 22 years! She started as a Case Aid when the company was named Kent County Mental Health and is now a Certified Case Manager within Thrive’s Community Support Program. In her various roles over the years, Carol has been responsible for productivity tracking, Medicaid benefit paperwork, new client paperwork and treatment plans, psychiatric evaluation appointment scheduling, and monthly meetings with her case management clients. As a Case Manager, she loves spending time with her clients out in the community and providing them with her listening ear.