Cathy Thomas is an educator and researcher in learning disabilities. Her research primarily centers around using technology for preservice teacher education and professional development for students with disabilities.
Cathy Thomas passed away February 7, 2023 after living a long and fruitful life in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Her life and legacy will long be remembered.
Early Life and Education
She grew up on a farm and learned to ride horses. Additionally, she was an accomplished gardener and loved cooking for family reunions as well as spending time with her pets.
Dr. Melissa Reisner is an Assistant Professor in the University of Missouri’s Department of Special Education and her research focuses on using learning theory to inform teacher preparation and inservice professional development for students with disabilities.
Cathy loved travelling abroad in her free time, spending time with family and friends, helping people wherever possible and always prioritising family first. She was passionate about her work and will remain an inspiration to many; rest in peace, Cathy.
Cathy Thomas is an executive assistant at Bellwether with extensive administrative experience gained while working at universities, an international gift and home decor company, and commercial real estate firms. Additionally, she volunteers her time with Big Brothers Big Sisters while being an avid supporter of Kansas City Chiefs and University of Kansas sports teams.
She is an expert in wound care, regularly presenter at conferences and author of articles. Additionally, she holds a patent for a device to accelerate deep tissue wound healing.
She and her husband chose Darien because of its natural beauty, top-rated schools, and convenient commute. She enjoys shopping, travelling, entertaining and belonging to Progressive Baptist Church. Additionally, she’s an animal enthusiast with multiple Boston terriers in her care.
Achievement and Honors
Cathy Thomas’ cookbooks and cooking classes feature her delicious yet easy-to-make dishes made with fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, she is an award-winning newspaper columnist.
Cathy Thomas finds great joy in teaching and travelling with her family. She particularly appreciates Downtown Hinesville where she owns two shops with her daughters. Additionally, Cathy serves as Trustee Board Member at Progressive Baptist Church.
Cromwell Valley Principal Jessica Hill has inspired staff at Cromwell Valley Elementary to foster students’ learning by giving them hands-on experiences, earning her the countywide Principal of the Year award in 2019.
Cathy Thomas is an attentive wife and mother. In addition, she’s an enthusiastic volunteer in her community who enjoys teaching children to read. Furthermore, Cathy Thomas is a dedicated fan of both Kansas City Chiefs football and KU basketball – two passionate organizations she follows avidly!
She is currently writing her debut speculative fiction novel called Poco Mas that examines both forced and voluntary diaspora from the Caribbean. Additionally, she is passionate about exploring Caribbean carnival culture as well as examining how decolonial feminist thought intersects with these cultural traditions.
She began performing professionally since 1993 and has performed with the Wheaton Symphony Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Symfonia da Camera and North Buffalo Church since that time. Additionally, she volunteers her services at Sons of Norway events as a volunteer and supports United Blood Services as a breast cancer survivor and advocate.
Cathy Thomas has 14 years of experience as a financial advisor. Currently working for Triangle Wealth Management in Raleigh, North Carolina and managing $968 Million of assets under management across 1,086 client accounts, she currently boasts 14 years in this capacity.
She holds both Series 63 and 65 licenses, which enable her to manage investments for clients and provide retirement services respectively. Furthermore, she holds the Series 66 license enabling her to provide these services.
Thomas is also well-known activist and conservative political figure, having founded Liberty Central lobbying group (which later changed to Groundswell), becoming involved with several contentious incidents during the 2020 presidential elections, such as making false voter fraud claims. She and Clarence Thomas first married from 1971-1984, sharing one son together – Jamal Adeen Thomas.