Rebecca Hage Thomley
Dr. Rebecca Thomley is Orion Associates, Meridian Services, Incorporated, Zenith Services, Incorporated, and Orion Intermediary Services Organization's Chief Executive Officer. In this position, she is responsible for all aspects of the organization.
Dr. Thomley feels that the most important things in her life are her family, friendships, and the clientele she serves. She feels that it is important to look for the commonality in understanding individuals, not to make judgments without having walked in the same footsteps, and believes that through hard work and determination anything is possible.
Dr. Thomley 's education and qualifications for this position include a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice, a Master of Science degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling, a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology, a Masters' Degree in Psychopharmacology, a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Thomley is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, a Licensed Psychologist, a member of the National Association of Clinical Hypnosis, a member of the American Red Cross Stress Team, a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, and a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Rebecca is consultant for the Behavioral and Social Science Volunteers on a national level. Dr. Thomley is also the Minnesota Disaster Response Representative for the American Psychological Association. She is Past President of the Minnesota Psychological Association for 2011.
Dr. Thomley has worked as direct service staff person in the human service field in a variety of positions, including delivering SILS services in both the community and apartment training programs, as a live-in staff person, as direct service staff in an Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR), and delivering In-Home Services. She was employed by the State of Minnesota and was a Career Rehabilitation Counselor. The primary population Dr. Thomley served was the chronically mentally ill and developmentally disabled individuals, pursuing community based employment. Subsequently, she worked for several years in a human service organization that had fifty employees at the time of her hire, and grew to over five hundred. Employed initially as a Program Director, Dr. Thomley became an Administrator, and finally, the Chief Operations Officer. She developed vocational day habilitation training services, as well as started the company's In-Home Services program, and several waivered service residential sites. Dr. Thomley is a Clinical Psychologist, serving a varied population and specializing in sexual abuse, women's issues, diagnostics, neuropsychology, minorities, people with HIV/AIDS, trauma and crisis intervention. She maintains a private practice and co-authored a photo essay book on breast cancer.
Dr. Thomley has led the organization's effort to broaden its social service mission, beyond the people who receive the organization's services, to promote greater community outreach and volunteerism. In 2005, Dr. Thomley, a lifelong volunteer, committed the organization to disaster relief and created the non-profit, Headwaters Relief Organization. She has provided leadership to nearly 1000 community volunteers as they have provided clean-up, re-building and mental health support in New Orleans, greater Louisiana, southeastern Minnesota, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Fargo and Minot, North Dakota and, most recently, in Minneapolis and Haiti. This commitment to volunteerism has had a significant impact on the organization, in which over 90% of the management employees regularly participate in volunteer activities.
Dr. Thomley has received numerous recognitions and awards for her work with the organization in all aspects of its work, from its management services, to its excellence as an employer, but also as the leader and primary inspiration for the organization's philosophy and action in volunteer services to the community, through our non-profit Headwaters Relief Organization.
Dr. Thomley's awards have included her receiving the 2011 "Disaster Relief Hero Award" from the American Red Cross, Twin Cities Area Chapter, presented to her as "an individual who exhibited heroic efforts in response to a disaster," in May 2011, and the Minnesota Psychological Association's "Community Involvement Award" in April 2008
Dr. Thomley's recognitions have included one by Finance & Commerce Newspaper as a 2011 "Minnesotan on the Move," in April 2011, her recognition on Phil Bolsta's Blog: "Triumph of the Spirit: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Chaotic World," in March 2011, her recognition in a MinnesotaBusiness Magazine Article Regarding "Servant Leadership," in March 2010, her recognition, along other members of Orion Associates senior administration in Concordia St. Paul Magazine, in September 2009, as "Masters in Business," her being honored as "Community Outreach Person of the Year" by the American Red Cross, Twin Cities Chapter, in November 2007, and her selection as "A Woman to Watch" by Minneapolis / Saint Paul Business Journal, in July 2007
Under Dr. Thomley's leadership, Orion Associates has been regularly recognized and awarded for the quality of its management services, as an excellent employer and for its philosophy and action in volunteer services to the community.
Orion Associates' awards have included receiving a "Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award" from the Minnesota Psychological Association, in April 2011, its award as one of the "Healthiest Employers in the Twin Cities" by Minneapolis / Saint Paul Business Journal, in October 2010, its being award a three-year accreditation by CARF, the international accreditation organization, in June 2009; this being the third time that the organization was awarded this accreditation, having done so previously in 2006 and 2003. Orion Associates also received a "National Best Practices Honor" from the American Psychological Association in March 2009 and a "Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award" from the Minnesota Psychological Association in April 2008:
Orion Associates' recognitions have included its non-profit, Headwaters Relief Organization, being featured in an article in The Line Media: "In Haiti or Nearer Home, Headwaters Relief's Brand of Hands-On Disaster Help Gets Results," in April 2011, Orion Associates' non-profit Headwater Relief Organization's "River of Hope" Project being featured in the Trauma Psychology Journal of the American Psychological Association, in December 2009, its being featured in Twin Cities Business Magazine in July 2009, it being featured in MinnesotaBusiness Magazine in April 2009, and its recognition as a "Great Place to Work" in Minnesota Monthly Magazine in January 2009. Orion Associates' non-profit Headwaters Relief Organization was featured in Forbes Magazine in January 2009 and Orion Associates and Rebecca Thomley were featured in a Star Tribune business article by Dick Youngblood in December 2008.