About Us

Thrive Community was born from the desire to build a community in the Triad where adults with disabilities may live and work to their fullest potential.

In January 2020, friends Erika Mielke and Kathy Murray began reaching out to potential supports in the Piedmont Triad community. They organized focus groups to gather input and assess the needs, goals and desires of local families caring for a family member with a disability. The resulting report demonstrated overwhelming support for a community like this. Further research uncovered the sheer necessity for this type of community in the Piedmont Triad.

In June 2020, Thrive Community, LLC became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and began developing a plan to make this dream a reality.

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to empower adults with disabilities by providing opportunities for independent living, nurturing individual potential, and cultivating self-sufficiency.

Our vision is to build a community that provides a supportive, loving, and safe community where adults with disabilities can live, work, socialize and achieve their greatest dreams.

Board of Directors

Erika Mielke, JD, CFP ®
Co-Founder &
Board President
Principal at Arbor Investment Advisors
Donna Zayas
Board Vice-President
Amanda Phillips, JD
Board Secretary
Partner at Craig, Jenkins, Liipfert, & Walker LLC
Millis McLaughlin
Board Treasurer
Real Estate Investor, M3 Realty, LLC
Gray Barbour
Board Member
Market Executive at First Bank
Veronica Bray
Board Member
CEO at Retirement Plan Advisor Search (RPAS)
Jennifer Kiger Chapman
Board Member
Asst. Dir. of Graduate Recruitment at The Bryan School of Business & Economics at UNC Greensboro
Karen D. Cuthrell
Board Member
CEO at The Feelings Company

What’s Next?

Connect With Partners & Supporters

Meet others in the community interested in partnering or supporting the project and connect with them via email and social media.

Community Research Project

Dr. Ananda Mitra and Management Learning Labs, LLC will be surveying families in the Piedmont Triad area to assess their needs, goals, and desires in caring for a family member with a disability.

Donations & Funding

The initial cost of the Community Research Project ($8,500) has been fully funded by a generous family. We continue to seek additional community support to conduct a feasibility study.

Become part of our remarkable community.