Joanne has dedicated her career to providing quality supports to those with special health care needs and their families. Prior to joining the PRIDE team in 2014, she served in a leadership role with The J. Arthur Trudeau Center, and for 18 years with Perspectives Corporation. Throughout Joanne’s career she has been a champion for promoting the rights and resilience of the persons served. She continues to be passionate about creating and fostering inclusive and equitable spaces for all. Joanne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of RI.
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
Richard brings 30 years of experience in Production, Sales and Marketing to his current role as Director of Operations. In the mid 1980’s to early 1990’s, he served PRIDE as a Work Supervisor and later as Production Coordinator. Richard is responsible for general plant and facilities management, the procurement of contract work, and the daily operation of PRIDEWRX, which is a fully-equipped facility providing packaging, assembly, inspection and direct mail/post ’n prep services to a variety of industries.
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
Tara has served in various roles in the field of Human Services for over a decade. She earned her B.A. from Rhode Island College in 2009 and then returned to school to receive her A.A.S. in 2015. She is a Certified and Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant as well as a Certified Employment Support Professional, and enjoys combining her knowledge of industrial rehabilitation with her knowledge of disability services to make a difference in the lives of others. Tara’s passion lies in helping individuals to become independent and successful in their meaningful life roles though adaptation, modification, and breaking down barriers.
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 is a registered nurse with experience in long-term acute care and home health. She started with PRIDE in 2015, serving as the Healthcare Supervisor for over three years before assuming her current role as the Healthcare Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in both nursing and biochemistry, and formerly held positions in research and quality analysis. She has experience as a teacher and a private tutor for middle school through university level students of all levels and abilities. Erica’s passions in nursing include advocacy, wellness, education, and promoting independence.