About Thrive

The young professionals behind the scenes at Thrive are passionate about making the greater Bridgeport region a place where young professionals can grow and thrive!

Executive Director: Erin Mercede 

Board Members

Executive Committee

Kelli Meyer
University of Bridgeport

Community Service Co-Chair
Immediate Past Chair
Keith Hassell
University of Bridgeport

Marketing Chair
Sydney Speaks
Burr Roofing, Siding, & Windows

Membership Chair
Emalee Thitthavong
Connecticut Institute for Refugees

Natasha Nelson
Aquarion Water Company

Vice Chair
Manette Macias
Hampford Research

Programming Co-Chair
Alexander Dacey
Amodex Products, Inc.

Programming Co-Chair
Ryan Kelly
Merit Insurance

Lauren McBride
WC McBride Electrical Contractors, LLC

Nominating Chair
Kelly O’Donnell
Pullman & Comley, LLC

General Board

Lia Martino
People’s United Bank

Danzel Palmer
Wells Fargo Bank

Scott Santa
Santa Energy

Cian Stein
Harbor Yard Arena

Tanner Burgdorf
Groundwork Bridgeport

Melissa Moy
Wakeman Boys & Girls Club

Carmen Ocasio

Woody Priest
Burr Roofing, Siding, & Windows

Constance Vickers
Housatonic Community College