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Positive Directions Announces the Appointment of 2 New Board Members

Positive Directions is happy to welcome Kathleen Sweeney & Jessica Branson to the board of directors, bringing the organization's number of board members to 15.

Kate Sweeney, Chief Operating and Financial Officer at Rhone Apparel

“I’m excited to join the Board of Positive Directions and help to contribute to the strategic planning and program development. I moved to Westport two years ago to lead the Finance and Operations of Rhone Apparel after 25+ years in consumer apparel and footwear, primarily in Boston. Rhone’s mission focused on mental health and wellness made the opportunity at Positive Directions a natural choice." Kate and her husband Chris have two grown children.

Kate is already actively involved in several board committees and is sharing her knowledge, expertise, and connections to benefit Positive Directions.

"The Board is delighted to welcome Kate to the team; her affiliation with a company that has prioritized mental health and wellness makes her an excellent match.  Kate brings a disciplined strategic background and 25+ years of leadership experience, combined with enthusiasm and problem solving skills"

--- Wendy Bentivegna, Board Chair

Jessica Branson, Branson Growth Consulting

Jessica joins the Positive Directions Board of Directors as an experienced Growth Marketer. Her personal and professional life is all about growth. Growth of businesses, brands, people, and causes & community efforts. She has proudly built a 22-year career in the media, marketing and advertising world with a “for profit” model while leveraging her “non for profit” skills and strategic approach.

"Jessica is another welcome addition to the board. She's got 20+ years experience in media, marketing and advertising, a passion for enriching the lives of others and a people first approach, all of which she is excited to share with us. The combined skills of our newest members will be invaluable to Positive Directions."

--- Wendy Bentivegna, Board Chair

About Positive Directions

Positive Directions has been providing mental health and substance use counseling and prevention services to Westport for more than 50 years. Positive Directions has an established state-licensed outpatient treatment clinic that provides counseling to adults and adolescents and accepts all insurances. In addition to the outpatient treatment clinic, they have established partnerships with the towns of Westport, Weston and Wilton on the Counseling Assistance Program, which provides barrier-free referrals to town residents.

Positive Directions co-facilitates the Westport Prevention Coalition and The Norwalk Partnership prevention coalitions with the goal of preventing substance use among youth.

Positive Directions’ vision is all individuals and families will have the skills, support, and resources they need to live a healthy life and contribute to a strong community. To that end, our mission is to provide leadership in the community with the aim of improving the lives and health of individuals and families through both comprehensive behavioral healthcare, including addictive behaviors, and prevention leadership.

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