WARWICK, RI (March 16, 2021) – Thrive Behavioral Health has welcomed Dylan Conley, Esq. (pictured left) and Representative Carlos Tobon (pictured right) as the two newest members of its Board of Directors. The Board, which includes 18 local business leaders and behavioral health consumers, is charged with steering the organization towards a sustainable future through sound, ethical and legal governance.
Thrive’s Board of Directors is tasked with ensuring that diversity, equity and inclusion is promoted within every level of the organization. “Like our staff, the Board is charged with championing our organization’s Guiding Principles,” stated Thrive’s President and CEO Dan Kubas-Meyer. “That includes ensuring Thrive is a welcoming place for all staff and clients regardless of age, gender, race, color, culture, national origin, religion or sexual orientation.”
A long-term member of Thrive’s Board, Jean Gavigan was introduced to Dylan Conley when he ran for US Congress. “It has been my hope to inspire young Rhode Island leaders to learn more about the work of behavioral health organizations in the state,” said Gavigan. “As a part of the next generation of leadership in RI politics and as a Board Member, Dylan will help to increase awareness of behavioral health throughout our communities.”
An attorney in Providence, Conley represents several municipalities, unions and school districts and advocates for individuals who have been impacted by systemic injustices. “As a result of challenges faced by loved ones, I believe that behavioral health is a critical starting point for individual wellness and a foundational building block for social equity,” stated Conley. “It is my hope to use my legal background and knowledge of government to discover opportunities for the organization that may help serve our community and clientele.”
Former Board Chairman Steve Gumbley nominated Representative Carlos Tobon “because he is energetic, positive, solution-oriented and committed”. “Tobon has a wealth of contacts across the state, particularly in the Latin community, which will strengthen the board, our organization and the services we deliver,” stated Gumbley.
Tobon has served as a member of the House Committee on Finance since he was elected as a State Legislator in November 2014. He believes his work in the legislature, community service and social services has provided him with a unique combination of experience and perspective that are assets to Thrive. “When called to serve the people, you do not refuse,” he shared. “This was one of those cases. I am thrilled to be part of an organization whose purpose is people and their wellbeing. It is my hope that the experience and perspective I bring will be helpful and support Thrive’s mission.”
Thrive Behavioral Health has provided services in Rhode Island since 1976. It offers comprehensive behavioral healthcare programs and services annually to over 3,700 children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. Thrive is committed to improving its clients’ quality of life through an extensive range of community-based and outpatient mental health services, substance use treatment, educational programs and housing services that are recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, and family-focused.
Thrive is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). It is a nationally recognized Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic and a founding member of Horizon Healthcare Partners (HHP), comprised of three Community Mental Health Centers (Community Care Alliance, Newport Mental Health, and Thrive), CODAC Behavioral Healthcare, and Tides Family Services, a community-based service organization for youth and families. For more information on its programs and services, visit ThriveBHRI.org or follow its social media @ThriveBHRI.