Self-advocacy, building and maintaining friendships, family relationships, educational enrichment, meaningful employment and the fulfillment of one's dreams are Joann'es priorities for PRIDE members. A URI grad. she has more than 25 years of experience in Human Services overseeing youth and family, residential and day programs for adults and children. Joanne encourages dignity and independence among PRIDE members, while fostering autonomy in work force and residential placements.
ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Marc has over 15 years of experience in Human Services for children and adults. He has overseen 24-hour residential group home programs, community living programs and day programs. Marc has two bachelor degrees (Criminal Justice & Philosophy), with a minor in Political Science. He worked in the Netherlands toward his Master’s degree in Contextual and Cross Cultural Theology. Marc is a spirited advocate for equality and civil liberties, and has dedicated his professional career to serving others.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Doug has been with PRIDE for over 35 years. He is responsible for general plant management, the daily operation of PRIDEWRX, and the solicitation of contract work. Doug began serving PRIDE as Work Supervisor and was soon promoted to Production Coordinator, and later Plant Manager. His experience in many facets of the organization provides valuable insights into the inner workings of everyday life here. Doug also coordinates PRIDE special events and activities.
Jessica graduated Magna Cum Laude from Roger Williams University with a B.S. in Accounting. She has more than 25 years of experience in all facets of accounting, ranging from small business through a billion dollar corporation. Her belief is that a strong foundation is the key to any successful business, and this is developed through strong relationships and open communication.
DIRECTOR OF DAY HABILITATION
Sarah earned a B.A. in Secondary Education and spent two years serving as a paraprofessional working one-on-one with challenging elementary students. She found working with developmentally disabled students tremendously rewarding, and in 2008 she joined PRIDE as a Vocational Case Manager. In 2010 Sarah became the Program Manager and is now our Director of the Day Habilitation Program.
COMMUNITY LIVING DIRECTOR
Beth creates "families" here at PRIDE. She qualifies caregivers, screens referrals, and then obtains referrals approved to match caregivers with qualified members. She entered Human Services in 1990 after earning a B.S. in Social Work from Bridgewater State University, and obtained her state license that same year. Beth has had several years of experience in long-term care as a CNA, served as Case Manager for co-ed adolescents; Program Director of Adult Day Health; and Social Worker at various area institutions.
DIRECTOR OF EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
Tayla is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She provides youth and adults with necessary soft and hard skills to be independent and successful socially and professionally. She's worked with individuals of all ages who have intellectual and physical disabilities, and counseled individuals with traumatic brain injury. Tayla has a B.A. from Assumption College in Worcester, MA in Human Services and an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling. She spent her final year of the Rehab Counseling Program as an intern at the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission helping transition-age youth with various disabilities search and obtain competitive integrated employment.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES & HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Jen passionately promotes self-advocacy and equal employment opportunities for all. She is very enthusiastic about community involvement in Taunton. Jennifer has experience in disability services, youth services and family advocacy. After obtaining an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Bristol Community College she studied Human Services and Women’s Studies at Fisher College in Boston. In 2014 Jen accepted a position as Case Manager in the CBDS program, was soon promoted to Program Coordinator and later became the Director of Community-Based Services.
Erica’s passions in nursing include advocacy, wellness, education, and promoting independence. She is a registered nurse with experience in long-term acute care, home health, and in her current role working with adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Erica served as PRIDE’s Healthcare Supervisor for three and a half years prior to her current role as Healthcare Coordinator. She has a B.S. in biochemistry, and formerly held positions in research and quality analysis. She has experience as a teacher anda private tutor for middle school through university level students.