A native Californian, Theresa Thomas has also lived in Alabama and Germany. She completed her bachelor’s at UC Berkeley (1972) and her J.D. at the University of San Francisco (1978).  After a year’s clerkship, she worked as a staff attorney for the state of California, first for the Fair Employment and Housing Commission and later the Department of Industrial Relations. Then she tried something new: being the founding dean of the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences, where her responsibilities included emptying waste baskets at the end of the day in addition to the legal and regulatory work and teaching the ethics in practice course. After giving up the practice of law, in 1992 she entered the OCDS, where she has held most offices in her local community. From 2003-2006, she coordinated the writing of formation guidelines for the California-Arizona Province of St. Joseph. She was a co-chair in the Province’s 2014 STJ 500 celebration, even — in imitation of St. Therese — writing a play for it! She is trying to stave off old age by long distance walking, currently training for her third Camino.