Working at Thrive


Come work with the team at Thrive!

Please download, complete and return the application below.  Applications remain active for 90 days. For questions or to inquire about current opportunities, please contact Teresa Drevar at:

Click HERE to download the Thrive Job Application.

Current Job Openings:

Development Associate:

This position is responsible for creating and overseeing the implantation of a strategic approach to fundraising which includes major gifts, corporate donations, event development/management, and recording of donations. The Development Associate works closely with the Executive Director, management team, board members, and volunteers to sustain a year-round comprehensive program that includes individual, corporations, foundations, community, and philanthropic donations. This is a 20 hour a week position with the potential to grow.

Bachelor’s degree and/or demonstrated success in sales or fundraising required. Three to five years of experience in fundraising or related experience. Certified Fund Raising Executive Certification preferred.

Must demonstrate knowledge of fundraising and marketing principals as well as special event planning and management. Must be a strong problem-solver and detail-oriented with above average verbal and written communication skills. Knowledge of and commitment to the Association of Fundraising Professional’s code of ethical principles and standards of professional practice. Must work well within a team environment as well as possess the ability to work independently. Must have proficient technology and computer skills. Must have a valid driver’s license and 5 year clear driving record. Must be able to lift 50 pounds.


Kristen Martin 

Kristen Martin has been the Executive Director of Thrive since November, 2011. She often describes this position as her perfect niche. She enjoys being able to stay connected to the individual participants as well as seeing the big picture of where the agency is going as a whole.

Kristen was born locally but a job transfer for her father required relocation to Pennsylvania for a majority of her life. Henderson County was always home and she spent as much time as possible with her extended relatives. She and her husband planned their wedding on family property in Flat Rock and eventually were able to relocate to that property in 2009.

After obtaining her undergraduate degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice, she went onto complete a Master’s in Social Work. She has worked in varying roles within the mental health field since 2003 as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Prior to her start at Thrive, she provided group and individual counseling to individuals experiencing mental health symptoms. She also provided supervision and training to others in her field.

When she isn’t working, Kristen enjoys spending time with family and friends doing outdoor activities. You can often find them participating in 5k races for their favorite charities or taking a hike on local trails.


IMG_2000Teresa Drevar

Teresa Drevar has been the Administrative Services Manager of Thrive since 2009. She enjoys advocating for people with mental health struggles while assisting in managing the agency’s financial responsibilities.

After obtaining her associates degree in Business Administration at Blue Ridge Community College, she went onto complete a certificate in Human Resources. She has worked in mental health field since 1992. Prior to her start in mental health she was a corporate bookkeeper in Washington D.C. After marrying she returned to this area.

Teresa is a native to Hendersonville and enjoys participating and supporting local businesses and events. When Teresa was raising her daughters she was the co-owner of a bakery called Wildflour in Saluda. She greatly enjoyed spending her days sharing her talents with customers.

Teresa enjoys gardening and participating in outdoor activities. She often tells others how therapeutic it can be to work with your hands in soil and to see something grow and flourish. Teresa also takes pleasure in spending time with her husband, daughters, and grandchildren.


ronhowardRon Howard

Ron Howard has been the Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement Coordinator of Thrive since 2009. He is passionate about protecting the rights of all individuals and strives daily to help enrich others lives.

Ron is originally from California, but began his travel to the East Coast when he began his doctoral studies at Georgia State University. After obtaining his Ph.D. in Special Education and Business Management he spent six years as the Project Director for the National Association of State Boards of Education in Washington D.C. He then spent 25 years as the Director of Educational and Residential Services at Murdoch Center in Butner, N.C.

Ron and his wife decided to retire to our beautiful Henderson County and after only a brief 4 month retirement, he was approached about being a board member of Thrive. The mission and vision of Thrive so resonated with him that he turned down the board position and accepted a staff position!

Ron and his wife enjoy traveling the world and have been to many exciting and exotic locations. He is also a proud father and grandfather and enjoys spending time with his family.