February 22, 2020
 
Michael Rodrigues Leaving Thrive for New England Village

Michael Rodrigues
December 22, 2019 — Thrive Support & Advocacy, a Marlborough nonprofit that provides services to people with developmental disabilities, recently announced that Michael Rodrigues, its president and chief executive officer, will step down next month.

Rodrigues, who served as president and CEO of Thrive Support & Advocacy since 2016, will succeed Gail Brown, who retired last summer after seven years as president of New England Village, a Pembroke nonprofit that provides similar services.

Kathy Powers, board chair of Thrive, said the organization will conduct a search to find a new president and CEO over the next few months.

Denise Vojackova-Karami, Thrive’s vice president of developmental services, will act as interim CEO during the transition period.

Among his accomplishments while leading Thrive, Rodrigues spearheaded the re-branding of the organization from Greater Marlborough Programs, Inc. to Thrive Support & Advocacy to more accurately reflects the organization's mission.

He also launched the organization’s Youth Initiatives, which now serve over 100 young people annually; created the LEAD (Leadership Experience And Development) program, which has graduated more than 25 participants since 2017; expanded the number of towns served by Thrive Support & Advocacy from 11 to 47, and the number of participants served to more than 500; and diversified fundraising efforts by attaining grant and foundation donations of nearly $1,000,000 over the past four years.

Before joining Thrive, Rodrigues served for nearly 15 years as chief executive officer of Triangle, Inc., a Malden nonprofit that provides development, advocacy, residential, healthcare, wellness, and abuse prevention services for youth and adults with disabilities.

Earlier, he served as vice president and chief operating officer of Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides job training and career services to low-income, unemployed, and underemployed adults.

Rodrigues earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in business management from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Among Brown's key accomplishment was navigating New England Village through new regulations on home and community-based services mandated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which provides funding, along with state funding from the Department of Developmental Services and other agencies.

She also oversaw updates of technology, financial systems, and case management and documentation systems.

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