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Our Team

  • Mary Elizabeth Marr

    Chief Executive Officer
  • Stephanie Harville

    Chief Financial Officer
  • Jitesh Parmar

    Chief Operating Officer
  • George Lyrene, MD

    Chief Medical Officer
  • Kimberly Rucker, Esq.

    Chief Compliance Officer
  • Carmen Fortson

    Director of Patient Access
  • Donna M. Harris, LICSW, PIP

    Director of Behavioral Health Services
  • Misty McGriff, RN

    Director of Nursing
  • Melissa Miller

    Director of Human Resources
  • Mark B. Moore

    Director of Development and Marketing
  • Heath Nicholas, LMSW

    Director of Case Management Services
  • Obrenka Thompson, MPH

    Director of Health Education

Mary Elizabeth Marr, CEO

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 $10 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, COO

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, CFO

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 $10 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.

George Lyrene, MD, CMO

Lyrene has served as Medical Director of Thrive Alabama since 2012. In this capacity he manages the health of clients at all our clinics and supervises our staff of nurse practitioners. His rich history as a health professional includes stints as Medical Director of the Alabama Department of Corrections, NaphCare, PHP Health Care Correctional, Division, Correctional Medical Services-Alabama Division, and Limestone Correctional Facility. Before graduating from the University of Alabama School of Medicine he served in the United States Army as a German linguist with the Army Security Agency.

Kimberly K. Rucker, Esq, CCO

Rucker joined the staff of Thrive Alabama in 2018 after a 10-year stint with the law firm of Wilmer & Lee, P.A. in Huntsville. As a Shareholder with Wilmer & Lee, her practice included Civil Litigation, Employment Law, Labor and Employment Litigation, Government Contracts Law, and Business Litigation. Before her career in law, Rucker worked with the Certified Public Accounting firm of Williams Adley & Co., where her work was used to support audit opinions provided in the audit reports of various clients including the United States Postal Service, the United States Defense Logistics Agency, and the National Society of Black Engineers. While working for Williams Adley & Co., Rucker also served as the team lead on audits for the United States Agency for International Development and the United States Department of Labor, where she supervised the audits of U.S. missions in East and West Africa as well as Central and South America. She attained her law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.
Clinic Locations
Huntsville
600 St. Clair Avenue SW
Building 3
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-536-4700
Huntsville: Wellness Clinic
600 St. Clair Avenue SW
Building 7 Suite 18
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-382-5696
Florence
112 S. Pine Street SW
Suite 202
Florence, AL 35630
256-764-0492
Albertville
201 E. McKinney Avenue
Suite A
Albertville, AL 35950
256-660-5127
Our Mission
Thrive Alabama empowers our patients to create a healthy community by providing compassionate, accessible, affordable, comprehensive care.

Holiday Closings

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Jan 21: Martin Luther King
April 19: Good Friday
May 27: Memorial Day
July 4: Independence Day
Sept 2: Labor Day
Nov 28-29: Thanksgiving
Dec 24-25: Christmas

If you have a medical emergency after clinic hours, call 911 immediately or go to nearest emergency room.
Si nuestra oficina está cerrada y tiene una emergencia llame al 911 o vaya a su sala de emergencias local.

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