Nicole Carey joined FCA in 2019 as the Director of Peer and Recovery Services for the Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Division. Nicole has been working in the field of behavioral health services in various capacities for the last 10 years.
Prior to working at FCA, Nicole was the Program Coordinator for the Northport East Northport Drug and Alcohol Task Force and worked as the Director of Community Outreach for the Long Island Recovery Association (LIRA). She also was a consultant for FOR- NY and facilitated trainings that focused on peer education. Nicole’s background is in government and politics, community initiatives and program implementation with a specialty in Peer Recovery based services. She has her B.A. from St. Johns University. Nicole received her CASAC-T certification from Suffolk Community College and is a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA).
Gerald is currently a Recovery Services Coordinator, Program Manager and Peer Advocate at THRIVE.
Gerald is currently a Recovery Services Coordinator, Program Manager and Peer Advocate at THRIVE.
Gerald is a native of Jamaica West Indies by way of East Africa. He was matriculated at Howard University in Washington D.C. He is a founding member of Reaching Inside for Self- Esteem (R.I.S.E.), an organization dedicated to young people who are overwhelmed by poverty, violence, criminal involvement, single parent families HIV/AIDS and Substance Use Disorder.
Gerald previously worked for Union Settlement in East Harlem, which was funded by the Princess Diana Foundation, creating and spearheading a teen mothers program for females 13 to 20 years of age. He facilitated a mentorship program for the Male Rites Of Passage Program and a young entrepreneur program.
Gerald also previously worked at the Phoenix House Foundation for 14 years as a Counselor, Senior Counselor and Director of a 50-bed male T.C. for three years and a 60-bed female T.C. program for four years.
Jaymie Kahn-Rapp joined FCA in July of 2017 as the Assistant Vice President of Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Services. With a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from Hofstra University and a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College, as well as a License in Mental Health Counseling and Certification in Rehabilitation Counseling, Ms. Kahn-Rapp brings over 20 years of experience in the not-for-profit and healthcare sectors, having successfully led both grant funded and Medicaid reimbursable programs.
Prior to working at FCA, Ms. Kahn-Rapp was the Vice President of Quality Management, Compliance and Reporting at BOOM!Health, Director of Community Health at Baily House, and Director of Clinic Operations at Brightpoint Health (previously known as HELP/PSI). Throughout her prior roles, Ms. Kahn-Rapp has gained significant experience with developing and implementing Quality Management programming, and incorporates this experience when managing the multiple programs in her division. Ms. Kahn-Rapp has been very active in the Medicaid Redesign initiatives, and has spearheaded the implementation and tracking of quality for Health Home, Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment programs (DSRIP), and Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) at her prior agencies. Ms. Kahn-Rapp has brought her knowledge from these activities to her role at FCA and has worked collaboratively with her management team to stabilize and grow those programs under her.
Ms. Kahn-Rapp has recognized strengths in executing and sustaining new programming; securing funds for program innovation; developing and implementing systems to ensure program, fiscal and regulatory requirements are met; and streamlining operations to maintain fiscal health and stability.
Ryan Kiser joined FCA in July of 2019 as a Recovery Coach (CRPA) at Thrive Recovery Center in Hauppauge. While in the role, Ryan served the Suffolk County recovery community as peer support, helping individuals in or seeking recovery from addiction to live self-directed lives and build recovery capital as he has experienced in his own recovery from Substance Use Disorder.
In January of 2020, Ryan received a promotion to coordinate the THRIVE Everywhere program, acting as Outreach & Community Networking Coordinator. During this time, Ryan strengthened THRIVE’s community relations with grass-roots community organizations, the professional SUD prevention and treatment community, as well as bringing peer support groups and events outside of the physical walls of THRIVE into Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The pandemic that developed in 2020 has spawned many creative solutions in connecting with individuals in recovery and in active addiction, as the year progressed many of the in-person THRIVE Everywhere programs transitioned to remote videoconferencing. By doing so, THRIVE was able to maintain support for hundreds of people inside treatment and crisis care facilities, as well as reach populations outside the geographic confines and build recovery capital regionally and, in some cases, internationally.
In November of 2020, Ryan started a new role at THRIVE as the Program Manager for the Westbury location. Ryan is excited to continue to grow the program in Nassau County, through maintaining THRIVE’s mission to help individuals and families find, maintain, and strengthen their recovery through peer-based support, navigation assistance and referral services; provide interactive educational programs that promote wellness, economic prosperity and civic engagement; and maintain a safe, welcoming haven for substance-free recreational and social activities.
Erin is a Peer Advocate at Thrive Recovery Center, working at the Westbury location since March 2020. She is also a person in Recovery, with a passion to be of service to others.
At Thrive, Erin uses her own experience to help support and guide Recoveree’s on their own pathway of recovery. Erin grew up on Long Island in Rockville Centre. She graduated from Manhattan College in 2017 with a Business Management Degree. Erin applies her knowledge learned from school to plan events and groups at Thrive such as: Gratitude in Recovery, Fellowship Friday, New Year’s Eve, Halloween Dance, etc. Erin enjoys planning events and bringing people together from the Recovery Community. In her free time, she loves working out, traveling, going on hikes and anything to do with the beach!
Fun fact: Erin is a certified An-Ra Energy Healer.
Dara Meyer, a former production events director for the National Football League, MTV and Billboard, has been producing events, ranging from small intimate tapings to large-scale nationally televised concerts, for over 20 years. With responsibilities that include marketing integration, sponsorship, red carpet/step and repeat entry, green room, pre/post party planning and event ticketing, Dara has separated herself as a market leader in the production events industry.
After leaving Billboard in 2015 to start her own production firm, Upfront Productions, Dara was asked to work on the first UNITE to Face Addiction Event. A concert for 25,000 people on the National Mall in Washington D.C., Dara would see events like this many a time in her career, this event however, was different.
With a mission to dispel the stigmas associated towards addiction this concert was a first of its kind. Addressing the issue was especially meaningful to Dara, herself in recovery since 2010. It was the first time she was able to marry her two passions, her career and her recovery…
Since then Dara has continued to spend time working on bringing light to the importance of recovery through events and conferences dedicated to the cause.
In 2016 Dara produced the first-ever She Recovers in NYC Conference. She Recovers is an online community whose goal is to provide sisterhood and support for women fighting addiction daily. As of latest count the community has half a million online followers. The inaugural event was held over three days in New York City and was attended by over 500 women from around the world.
Dara now has done a massive pivot in her life and took training to become a Certified Peer Recovery Advocate. She is now working as a CPRA at THRIVE Nassau where she uses her experience to enhance the work environment there and is ready to help others like herself who have struggled with addiction.
When not acting as a champion for those in recovery, Dara enjoys spending time with her two daughters and husband.
Fran Monaco has been a member of Al-Anon for 52 years this past December 12th, 2019. She has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Adelphi University and has attained the designation of Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) in September 2016 and Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) in December 2018. Fran was promoted in April, 2018 to the position of Family Services Coordinator at THRIVE.
Fran is also enrolled at the University of Metaphysics in Arizona in a Doctorate Program for Counselling in Spirituality and Meditation. Thus far she has attained her Bachelor’s degree, and is now an Ordained Minister. She is presently studying for her Master’s degree in Metaphysics, with the PhD being the final program.
Fran has worked for the Al-Anon World Service Office (WSO) as the Forum Administrator/Editor from 1988 - 1996. Besides producing The Forum magazine monthly, writing personal recovery articles and explanations of the Al-Anon Step, Traditions and Concepts in every issue, attending the WSO Board of Directors meetings monthly and the Al-Anon World Service Conference each year, she traveled 6 times per year in the US and Canada speaking at various Al-Anon/AA functions. She was also asked to speak in many cities/towns in the United States, Canada and Europe at Al-Anon Anniversaries (all expenses paid). Fran kept that position until the Al-Anon WSO Board of Directors voted to move their office to Virginia Beach.
Fran also held the position of Marketing Director for The Hazelden Foundation’s treatment facility in Manhattan. Besides marketing to companies, hospitals, rehabs, etc., she held a series of informative programs each week, inviting professionals and those in recovery to the charming brownstone on East 17 Street. Fran took part in organizing Hazelden’s yearly gala to raise money for the many services Hazelden made available to the public.
Greg is a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach and a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (Provisional) who has spent the last couple years engaged in helping people with addiction disorders.
Here at Thrive, he uses his own personal journey in recovery to motivate clients to help them develop a personal recovery plan that encourages growth and wellness in their lives. Greg grew up here on Long Island in Huntington. In his free time, he enjoys reading, running, practicing yoga and watching any and all sports.
Fun fact: Greg is a movie buff who knows every Best Picture Oscar winner since 1960.
Family & Children’s Association (FCA) leads the operations and oversight of THRIVE Recovery Community and Outreach Center in partnership with the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD), Long Island Recovery Association (LIRA), and Families in Support of Treatment (F.I.S.T.). THRIVE is funded by the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and through private contributions.