Our Team

  • Mary Elizabeth Marr

    Chief Executive Officer
  • Stephanie Harville

    Chief Financial Officer
  • Jitesh Parmar

    Chief Operating Officer
  • Melinda Hooton, MD

    Chief Medical Officer

  • Kristi Wagner, BSN, RN

    Director of Nursing
  • Heath Nicholas, LMSW

    Director of Case Management Services
  • Donna M. Harris, LICSW, PIP

    Director of Behavioral Health Services
  • Carmen Fortson

    Director of Patient Access
  • Melissa Miller

    Director of Human Resources
  • Zane Drost

    Director of Development & Marketing
  • Cindy Gervie


Mary Elizabeth Marr

Chief Executive Officer

Marr has been in the healthcare arena since 1992, when she was working for the American Red Cross as their Health Educator for HIV/AIDS. As the Health Educator, Mary Elizabeth was the awarded Educator of the Year by AIDS Task Force of Alabama in 1998. During that time she was also on the Board of Directors of Thrive Alabama, then known as the AIDS Action Coalition. She became the executive director in January 1999. Marr has taken the organization from a $500,000 yearly budget to a $34 million budget, expanding services to include primary healthcare, HIV and STI testing and care, housing, substance abuse and mental health, and telemedicine. As CEO, she advocates for HIV funding and resources in Montgomery and Washington, DC and is a member of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership and the 340B Coalition.

Jitesh Parmar

Chief Operating Officer

Parmer has worked to bring efficiency and structure to our clinic since joining Thrive Alabama in late 2015. Before coming to Thrive Alabama he was program director of UAB Family Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Alabama. There he led a team in providing healthcare to women and children with HIV. He increased funding through grants and developed messaging and marketing for the organization. At Thrive Alabama he is part of hiring decisions and has spearheaded expansion of services in our Florence and Albertville clinics. Thanks to his clinical experience he has reinstated monthly quality meetings that educate staff, hone processes, and improve client care and retention.

Stephanie Harville

Chief Financial Officer

Harville is a great example of the ability of a person to grow with our organization as she started her career at Thrive Alabama, then the AIDS Action Coalition, in 2007 as a part-time accountant. Now she helms a finance department of seven employees and a $34 million annual budget. Her accountant history includes stints at Ashton Gables, Safeway Services, and Sunbeam Corporation, among others. She has played an active role in the agency’s growth and ensures Thrive Alabama makes good use of funds and invests wisely.

Dr. Melinda Hooton, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Hooton joined the Thrive Alabama team in 2022 as the Chief Medical Officer. She brings fifteen years of experience in primary care and healthcare leadership from her prior roles as a primary care physician and medical director. She earned her Doctorate in Medicine from West Virginia University and completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. She has a passion for the work done through community health centers in collaboration with the communities that they serve. In her free time, she enjoys travelling to just about any place with her partner.

Adult Primary Care

3500 Memorial Parkway SW
Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: 256-536-4700
Fax: 256-536-4117


3007 Memorial Parkway SW
Suite C
Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: 256-429-4500
Fax: 256-517-8550

Behavioral Health

415 Church Street
Building E, Suite 10
Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: 256-536-4700
Fax: 256-536-4117

Health Education

4825 University Square
Suite 14
Huntsville, AL 35816
Phone: 256-536-4700
Fax: 256-536-4117


112 S. Pine Street SW
Suite 202
Florence, AL 35630
Phone: 256-764-0492
Fax: 256-764-1670


201 E. McKinney Avenue
Suite A
Albertville, AL 35950
Phone: 256-660-5127
Fax: 256-536-4117

Our Mission

Thrive Alabama empowers our community with compassionate, accessible, quality healthcare.

2024 Holiday Closings

Jan 1:  New Year's

Jan 15:  MLK Day

Mar 29:  Good Friday

May 27:  Memorial Day

June 19:  Juneteenth

July 4:  Independence Day

Sept 2:  Labor Day

Nov 11:  Veteran's Day

Nov 28-29:  Thanksgiving

Dec 24-25:  Christmas


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