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Field Director

Debra Thomas

Debra Thomas’ career began in broadcast journalism, as anchor, reporter and manager at television newsrooms in West Virginia and Colorado.  She moved into corporate communications and public policy, and was chief spokesperson for one of the nation’s largest telecommunications companies.  Debra also served as Assistant Vice President of College Communications at Metropolitan State University of Denver and as Vice President of Communications/Education at The Colorado Health Foundation, one of country’s largest, health-focused foundations with $2.2 billion in assets.  Since retiring in 2010, Debra has devoted herself to adult and international education, teaching English as a Second Language, leading a team of college students through an intensive English teaching experience in Brazil and sailing with Semester at Sea.  This will be Debra’s third voyage.

Before my first voyage, I was most excited about all the exciting places we’d visit,” she said. But for me, the best part of the voyage is life on the ship and being part of an amazing shipboard community of students, faculty and staff.”

Debra received a BA in Communications from the University of Illinois and an MA in Humanities from the University of Colorado/Denver.  She’s served on many community boards, has been on the faculty of the Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education, is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America and has been elected to the West Virginia Broadcasters Hall of Fame.