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Vera Thomas

Vera Thomas relocated to Lexington Dec. 29, 2011. Vera is a Training and Business Consultant/Coach. She is a Classroom Management Training Consultant and Mediator for families and divorce. She can provide training designed to value and appreciate the most valuable company asset; their internal and external customers. Teambuilding, conflict management, effective communications, motivation and individual coaching are a few of the services offered. As a motivational speaker and a trainer her life’s work has been a demonstration of her spiritual gifts of teacher and administrator beginning at the age of 14 when she was elected to serve as President of the youth department of the New Era Baptist Association. She attended Kent State where she was the first African American President of Student Government at Kent State, Stark Branch. Vera’s life story directed her towards work with organizations that provided hope and empowerment to people like her to better themselves. It is her goal to help others overcome a circumstance that diminishes and help them to surge ahead with their dreams. It is to that end that Vera, against all odds, completed a degree in psychology from Walsh University in Canton, OH. She graduated “Cum Laude”. While at Walsh she was recognized in “Who’s Who among Colleges and Universities for two consecutive years. Her work with companies and organizations spurred her on to acquire a master’s degree in Organizational Management. Vera’s work as a facilitator, trainer spans over more than three decades and includes developing training programs for youth and adults. She was an outplacement training consultant traveling across states to train dislocated workers. She has been an afterschool provider in Akron Public Schools since 2004 and now is pursuing an “Artist in Residency” and keynote speaker for schools and organizations that want to make a lasting impact on the lives of the children and adults they serve. She has also worked with children in the areas of self-esteem, confidence, goal setting, poetry, interpretive dance and drama. As Projects and Logistics Coordinator for Fame Fathers, a five county fatherhood initiative, Vera spearheaded the process for county-wide mobilization to make systemic changes to address the fatherhood issue in northeastern Ohio. As a result, traditional agencies that were not father friendly now have father advocates housed in their agencies in Summit County. She led the charge to get fathers more involved in their children’s education by organizing the Fathers Walk in several counties in Ohio. The effort grew from 500 dads taking children to school and engaging administration to over 6000 fathers and significant males doing the same in 2010. As a result, schools now engage fathers throughout the school year. She has served as an Executive Director for an agency serving grandparents raising their grandchildren and other kinship guardians. As a thespian, she has performed social issue plays in schools throughout Ohio; was the lead character for “Fences Between”. She has been an adjunct instructor on a college level As one of the organizers for the Housing Now March on Washington, participation from her area resembled that of the MLK march and resulted in her being recognized in “Who’s Who among American Women” (1989). She is an alumnus of Leadership Stark and Summit County Ohio and has received awards for her community service. She has been a radio personality for both gospel and secular programming. Served as a corresponding reporter for the Canton Repository and have written articles for the black newspapers in Ohio. Has a community leader she has served on several boards. She has coordinated community days; Stop the Violence Rallies, health fairs, healthy men cook offs. She was contracted to coordinate Save the family celebration, a national initiative, culminating in honoring 60 marriages of 25 years or more. Hear her story and think about your own. You will find similarities and great distance. This is her journey, think about yours.

As long as there is Life there is Hope.

One of my sisters, before she went home to be with the Lord in February 2015 gave me this framed quote.  “Hope – Just as the lily brings new life.  We’ll build our lives anew.  With Hope and Trust the clouds will pass and Faith will see us through.” As we face the challenges in […]

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There is Peace in the Eye of the Hurricane

I just listened to a powerful reflection regarding the “Eye of the Hurricane” by Danita Harris, a news reporter who loves the Lord. Her message speaks volumes and something we all can take into consideration. She makes note that in the eye of the hurricane there is less wind; more peace. It is what surrounds […]

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Be Encouraged

I just want to encourage you! As I think about the devastation of Harvey in Texas and Louisiana and beyond and with so much going on in our lives; sometimes we have to encourage ourselves. I have included scriptures in this post to help keep you encouraged.  Know that you are not alone and God […]

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Faith or Stress?

June 2nd, I lost my job! Without question or doubt, I KNOW God gave me the job. I saw him pave the way for me to have the position. In my mind, it was to serve as a means to an end of using the gifts He gave me. His ways are not our ways. […]

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Where is the LOVE?

The Way of Love 1 Corinthians 13:1–13 13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to […]

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Discover Your Passion – Discover Your Life! Stir up the Gift that is in YOU!

Gift A special ability; a notable capacity, talent, or endowment (Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary) What Word says…. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. James 1:17 NIV Every good and perfect […]

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1 Peter 5:8 (NIV) Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. I am sadden by the enormous overwhelming mean and evil spirit that is permeating our society. It is in our homes, our schools, our politics, our churches, and everywhere. I […]

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Why Worry if you Pray?

For years I had a poster on my refrigerator which said, “Why Worry when you can pray?  Why pray if you are going to worry?”  That quote has stuck with me.  How often do we pray about a thing and then get up and say, “What am I going to do?” There are at least […]

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