A seasoned executive with 25 years of experience in human services, Maria Chiantello serves as the CEO/President of The Grove Counseling Center. Since joining The Grove in 2013 as Director of Corporate Compliance, she has spearheaded a number of successful Prevention and Outreach programs. The addition of Wraparound Seminole and the expansion of the ALPHA Program have further developed The Grove as an innovative and reactionary agency. Her oversight of dozens of successful clinical audits and accreditations support The Grove’s reputation as a provider of high quality and community focused services for those living with a mental illness or suffering from a substance abuse disorder.
Starting her career out of state, Maria previously served as the Director of Operations for Spectrum Community Services of Indiana. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business from Indiana University and has spent her years of service dedicated to individuals with cognitive needs. She has held varying positions through the years such as a manager of training and development, case management supervisor and case manager. Her commitment was honored when she received professional congressional recognition as a Human Service Executive from United States House of Representatives.
Maria Chiantello’s investment in The Grove’s mission has led to a new culture internally and continued trust by the community. Her connection to the community runs deep and allows her to foster partnerships with many local, state, and federal supporters. As a graduate from Leadership Seminole class of 2015, Maria Chiantello has further ingrained The Grove into Seminole County as a part of the community. Under Maria Chiantello’s direction, The Grove will continue to flourish as a nonprofit built from the community’s need for services.
Arlette Bridges received her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. She has spent seven years counseling clients with co- occurring disorders in various settings before becoming our Clinical Director. She has provided impeccable leadership in a number of areas. Arlette is committed to supporting excellence in client and family care based on the belief that the high standards of practice approach to care improves access to services, and inspires hope and recovery in the clients we serve.
Director of Compliance and Special Programs
Jessica Hixon began her career in the mental health and substance abuse field six years ago and is very passionate about the works she does in Central Florida. Starting as a Targeted Case Manager here in our local community, she shortly thereafter began working as a Wraparound Facilitator in connection with the SAMSA Grant in Seminole County. Her next step began when she was promoted to Lead Wraparound Facilitator in which she supervised the Wraparound teams staffed at The Grove. As the Director of Compliance and Special Programs at The Grove, she is very excited to begin her journey on this side of service delivery and will work to ensure that we uphold the compliance standards set forth by our funders and managing entity so our clients receive quality care and services. Jessica looks forward to branching out and developing our special programs so that we are meeting the needs of the diverse populations within our community
Director of Alternative Programs
With over 27 years of experience in mental health and substance abuse counseling, Rick Parr has supported many individuals in achieving his or her vision of a better life. He has worked in our outpatient program and on campus at The Academy. As the Director of Alternative Programs, he also coordinates the Juvenile Drug Court Program in Seminole County to provide youth with an alternative in delinquency cases. Rick Parr retired from the U.S. Navy in 1995 and continued his education by receiving his Masters in Counselor Education-School Counseling and Guidance from the University of Central Florida.
Director of Development
Kimberly Ewell relocated to Central Florida in 2015 from Ventura, California and brings with her 9 years of marketing and community relations experience to The Grove. In a very short period, Kimberly has become connected with organizations in the Central Florida community. She volunteers as an instructor for the women's prison work release program through her church, educating young women in various job skills, as well as, mentors young women who have been through abuse and substance abuse issues. Kimberly is also an ambassador for the local Christian Chamber and through this work she was introduced to The Grove and its mission. Kimberly's passion is to bring awareness to the community, business and families, about substance abuse.