Sunday 8pm – 9pm
Dorothy J. Thomas is a heart-felt advocate of Behavioral Health and Addiction Pathology. She is the Director of Addiction Services at Loretto Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science, a Master’s Degree in Counseling, Doctor of Religious Philosophy and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC).; Throughout her tenure in the field of Addiction Medicine, Dr. Thomas has posed as Clinician and Administrator. Positions held during this period ranged from Executive Director, Manager and Therapist with various organizations. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she is an educator and member of the adjunct faculty staff at Triton College; as well as hosting WVON’s Recovery Radio program. Her love and respect for humanity is only exceeded by her passion for working with special populations including women, mentally ill substance abusers, victims of family violence and criminal justice.
Dr. Thomas’ personal accomplishments include, eighteen (18) years as a library Trustee (elected official) for Broadview Public Library District. She served two terms as both President and Vice President of the Board. Currently she chairs the building committee with plans of building a new facility. Dr. Thomas is also a member of the 4th Senate District Women’s Committee, 7th Congressional District Substance Abuse Advisory Committee, and Citizens Activated to Change Healthcare (CATCH) Committee (treatment on demand), and member of TritonCollege Substance Abuse Advisory Committee. She also served on Governor Blagojevich’s Social Service Policy Transition Committee. She was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Westside Holistic Family Services, a non-for profit community agency.
Representing the state of Illinois, Dr. Thomas was the invited guest of President George Bush to the unveiling of the “Stop Family Violence” stamp, as part of National Domestic Violence Awareness.
Dr. Thomas had the honor of engaging the President in conversation regarding the Domestic Violence strategies in Illinois.
She states that her life is directed and orchestrated by God’s divine order. “It is my belief and faith that allows me to continue to venture down the roads less traveled. Furthermore, the work we do will not provide wealth but fulfillment, not freedom but commitment, not awards but rewards, not despair but hope, not attribution but contribution. For whom much is given, much is expected. Her philosophy of life evolves around learning and she believes that “Once learning has ceased, so does living.” This is who I am, and this is what I live by.”