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July 8, 2020
Thrive Support & Advocacy Names Sean Rose as CEO
Sean M. Rose
Sean Rose
March 12, 2020 — Thrive Support & Advocacy, a Marlborough nonprofit that provides services to people with developmental disabilities, yesterday announced that it has appointed Sean M. Rose as chief executive officer of the organization.

Rose, who will assume his new duties on March 16, succeeds Michael Rodrigues, who served as CEO of Thrive Support & Advocacy for three years until he stepped down in January to become president and CEO of New England Village, a Pembroke nonprofit that provides similar services. Denise Vojackova-Karami, vice president of developmental services at Thrive, had been serving as interim president and CEO.

"We are excited to welcome Sean to the Thrive community," said board chairman Robert Cawly. "His comprehensive experience and record as an innovative leader is a strong fit with Thrive’s mission, goals, and culture."

He added that Rose "joins Thrive at a pivotal time as the organization is growing steadily by the number of people and communities served, as well as programs and services offered."

“I am honored to join this remarkable organization that prides itself on going above and beyond for participants and their families,” Rose said. “There are many exciting things happening at Thrive and I am eager to guide this growing organization with the quality-centric focus for which they are known."

Prior to joining Thrive, was with the Justice Resource Institute for 14 years, serving in a number of positions, including director of development and operations.

He also operated Breakthrough Educational Consultation since 2014, which connects families who are struggling with children and young adults suffering from trauma and attachment issues with appropriate service providers.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts and sciences from Leslie University and a master's degree in education from American International College.

Thrive traces its roots to 1973 when Greater Marlboro Programs was established to promote the personal growth, dignity, and acceptance of people with developmental disabilities in the MetroWest area. It adopted its current name four years ago to more accurately reflect the spirit of its work.

Last fall, Thrive was one of 50 nonprofits across Massachusetts chosen to receive a $250,000 ten-year Cummings Foundation Sustaining Grant. The grant supported Thrive’s youth initiatives.
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