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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.
Teresa Drevar has been the Administrative Services Director 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.
Carrington grew up in Northern Virginia but is proud to call North Carolina her home for over 22 years. She first fell in love with NC when she attended East Carolina University and got to experience “real bar-b-que” for the first time. She is now a dedicated Pirate fan and a “vinegar-based bar-b-que sauce” devotee.
In September of 2018, Carrington moved to Hendersonville from Charlotte to join the Thrive team. “I love this town and the folks that live here. I was so excited when I got the opportunity to live in one of my favorite places AND do the work that is so important to me”.
Carrington got her start in the human services field as a volunteer at a non-profit organization in Charlotte. Because of her volunteer experience, she made the decision to become a Social Worker and work with individuals experiencing homelessness. She obtained her MSW from UNC-Charlotte in 2008, with a focus in the areas of mental health and homeless services/housing programs. Prior to joining Thrive, Carrington served as the Program Director for a transitional housing program called Women In Transition located at YWCA Central Carolinas in Charlotte.
Carrington also brings with her over 20 years of experience in the property and casualty industry. (Social work is her 2nd career but her 1st love.)
Carrington is an avid reader and a big fan of the library. She enjoys listening to live music and can be found watching football in the fall. She is a member of the VISION Henderson-Class of 2019 and is taking every opportunity to learn all about her new home.
Tracey Gruver, originally from Ohio, has lived in North Carolina since 2004. A former public school teacher, Tracey graduated in December, 2018, with a Master’s degree in English from Western Carolina University where she studied literature and technical and professional writing.
Initially coming on board as a part-time grant writer, Tracey has made the transition from education into nonprofit development with this new full-time role. Tracey will focus on diversifying funding sources for Thrive by applying for federal, state, and local grants as well as increasing donations from local businesses and individual donors.