Thrive Support & Advocacy today announced that Worcester’s Stacey Forrest has been appointed as the human services agency’s first chief operating officer.
As COO, Forrest will provide overall planning, direction and supervision of Thrive operations and community-based programs. She brings more than 15 years of human services experience to Thrive. Included in Forrest’s new portfolio is the management of Thrive’s youth and adult experiences, family support programs, training, clinical supports, human resources and marketing functions.
“Stacey is a highly regarded, rising leader in the trauma, education and behavioral health space in New England, and we are excited to welcome her into this important new role at Thrive,” said Sean M. Rose, President & CEO of Thrive Support & Advocacy. “As we continue to grow and expand the organization, Stacey will play an integral part in further developing both our program offerings and our geography.”
Prior to joining Thrive, Forrest spent more than 15 years with JRI, a human services agency based in Needham where she began her career as a direct care staff member. Most recently, she served as the executive director of JRI’s Connecticut division, managing a $15 million operating budget and several programs including group homes, schools and community-based services. Much of her professional experience relates to supporting individuals and families with complex trauma and other behavioral and emotional challenges.
Forrest earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. and a Master of Education degree in school administration from the American International College in Springfield, Mass.