Board of Directors

Joy Thomas
Member-at-Large

Meta Joy Thomas was born in Alaska and raised in Texas. Joy has spent most of her adult life in the Washington, DC metro area. She has an MBA from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Park University.  She has had a successful 20+ year professional career in the technology industry as a Software Systems Engineer. She is also a Veteran having served 8 years in the United State Army Reserves. 

 

Joy’s personal interests over the years have been participation in the support of fundraising efforts for cancer organizations, mentoring programs in support of at risk youth and the formerly incarcerated and in support of ending homelessness. Joy also enjoys traveling in her spare time and she usually combines her personal travel with serving others.  Her most recent trips include travel to Haiti on mission trips in November 2016 and again in May 2017.

 

When Joy is not traveling, her community involvement usually includes participating as a volunteer, organizing a fundraising event or in support of other fundraising organization as it pertains to at risk youth or the homeless population.  Her community involvement included working as a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Washington area assigned as a mentor.  Joy also became involved as a team organizer with the Breast Cancer Network of Strength; participating as an organizer for the 2008 Walk to Empower 5K. When Joy relocated back to Austin, TX in 2012, she joined the Texas Juvenile Justice Department as a mentor and within a few months was voted in by the Austin Area Community Resources Council to become a council member and council’s Treasurer for the Austin Area Halfway House.  Joy also trained and became qualified to be a Level II Hearing Advocate for the youth housed in state facilities throughout the state of Texas in the Juvenile Justice System. Joy received a Volunteer Service Award in 2013 signed by President Obama, for her continuous volunteer efforts.  Since relocating to Colorado in 2014, Joy has been involved as a volunteer with Youth on Record, Extreme Community Makeover (ECM) and with some of the Denver area homeless organizations in support of their events.  She has plans to provide more direct involvement by establishing her own nonprofit organization facilitating services and resources to provide affordable homes and job opportunities.