Leadership Team

Leadership Team

L. Michelle Codington, MS, LMFT

Executive Director/Co-Founder

Michelle is a dynamic clinician with 20 years of experience in counseling, mediation, leadership and consulting. She is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in NJ. Her diverse roles have included: therapy with families, children and couples; international adoption consulting; mediating for family court; and consulting/training for various businesses and non-profit organizations. Prior to founding the Thrive Program, Michelle was the Clinical Director of a statewide Intensive In-Community agency serving at-risk children and teens. During her tenure as Clinical Director, Ms. Codington supervised and mentored students from both bachelors and masters level programs while serving as a guest lecturer at local universities. Additionally, she consulted with and supported 15 local Head Start programs serving children ages 2-4.

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Lorenzo McFadden

Director of Operations/Co-Founder

Lorenzo McFadden is a 20-year veteran community leader and human services advocate who co-founded two New Jersey-based services organizations. An alumnus of Morehouse College with Fortune 100 experience, McFadden’s impactful programming has played an integral role in helping local school systems provide subsidized and grant-sponsored mental health services.

In addition to serving as Director of Operations at The Thrive Network, McFadden has also led American Training Center to the only federally approved apprenticeship program for certified medical assistants in South Jersey. American Training Center has also been awarded PACE, GAINS, and Upskills grants from the NJ Department of Labor. In partnership with The Thrive Network, they have trained and certified over 1000 workers in NJ in Mental Health First Aid.

Lorenzo McFadden is also a member of the Human Services Advisory Council for Cape May county and a Board of Trustee member of the Community Planning and Advocacy Council.

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Angela Armendariz, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Director

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW since 2011); Certified CANS (Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths) Trainer; Certified TCP (Transformational Care Planning) trainer; Certified to provide the following Evidence Based Practices: Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Levels 4 and 5, Strengthening Families, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Angela is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who comes to Thrive from California, bringing a wealth of knowledge to our program. She has over a decade of experience providing individual and family therapy to a diverse population of children, youth, and their families. Her expertise focuses on attachment, sexual abuse, trauma, foster care, and refugees.

Angela firmly believes in the power of strength-based and client-centered practice, and is devoted to creating opportunities for the people around her to achieve their own goals and exceed their own expectations for success. She is a passionate and caring therapist, dedicated to serving the underserved populations, using quality and evidence-based practices to help her families.

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