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Meet the Team

Erika Poirier

Erika graduated from Christopher Newport University with a degree in Biology. She has spent the better part of a decade using those skills to advance the cause of eye donation in the tidewater region of Virginia. During her work, she served on a team of motivated and passionate professionals responsible for coordinating the lifesaving and life-enhancing donation of musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and ocular tissue.

As an Account Executive at Thrive Accounting, Erika helps foster relationships and make connections. Her impeccable style and ease of conversation help her to make complicated problems into easy solutions. 

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Ryan C Poirier, CPA, MBA

Ryan began his professional career in naval intelligence where he learned to piece together signals into a comprehensive picture for the commanders and warfighters. Now he uses the same skills to help you pivot and capitalize on trends in spending and revenue while keeping a weather eye on your business's long term plans. Ryan is a constant learner with a rotating stack of business books on his desk and a notebook full of ideas. 

Interested in learning more about savings, taxes, or any other accounting issue? Ryan has spent years as an auditor for the New Hampshire Department of Revenue as well a decade of experience in nonprofit accounting. He is well equipped to provide you with the tools and resources you need to take care of your finances correctly.

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Kathleen Pelissier

Kathleen joined Thrive Accounting after several years spent working in municipal government where she developed a passion for helping businesses and communities grow together. Her experience in the tax collector's office has given her a unique insight into how property taxes affect small businesses and their surrounding communities.


She really enjoys working with people and helping them to set and meet their financial goals through excellent organization and maintenance of their books. As a certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor who is currently working towards obtaining her CPA, she is always looking for ways to help business owners maximize their efforts and their profits.

In her spare time, Kathleen serves as a library trustee, making a commitment to provide educational resources and assistance to her local community.

B.A. Ciccolella

BA is a communications major who spent much of her career self employed in performing arts technical production, design, and management. She worked as a Legislative Assistant for one of the Delegates in the Virginia General Assembly, and is currently the Administrative Assistant for a local non-profit. When in person events shut down in 2020, BA pivoted her skills to work as a writer, social media manager, and bookkeeper, including becoming a certified Quickbooks Pro-Advisor. BA is a black-belt in Hapkido, and enjoys teaching martial arts at her local YMCA.


BA has decades of non-profit experience, recently wrapping up her term as president of the longest continuously running community theatre on the east coast, while continuing to serve as president of the non-profit she helped found to support local independent community journalism. She knows first-hand: it takes a village (and a close eye on your budget) for a small business to truly thrive.

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