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’s experience spans multiple industries including business & consulting, education and healthcare. During his early career at Towers Perrin (Watson), his team did work for some of the top companies in the world such as Coca Cola, American Express, Nortel Networks, and the Nations Bank/Bank of America merger.

During his time in the corporate world, Lorenzo could often be found reading to youth and providing mentoring in Camden, NJ, where he was born. His experience through his charitable efforts, inspired him to teach and work as a disciplinarian in Camden during the course of 5 yrs. It was during this time, that he wrote and received approval for an after school program grant. The program spanned 5 counties and 12 schools with 90% of students experiencing improvement in math and literacy.

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Angela Armendariz, MSW, LCSW

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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