LISA KRATZ THOMAS
Author of Light In Our Darkness
"From the Crack-house to the State House"
Lisa Kratz Thomas was born into a Catholic family in the 1950s and raised in a Maryland suburb of our nation’s capital. Compelled by a hunger for love, a thirst for freedom and carrying the shame of abortion, she spiraled into the dark world of drug addiction. Later she became a prostitute and homeless drug addict on the streets of Washington, DC.
Lisa saw the light and overcame her guilt, shame, and remorse. By devoting herself to dispelling the idea of throwaway lives, Lisa has been able to motivate, inspire, and help men and women, drug addicts, alcoholics, and offenders not only believe that second chances are possible, but attainable.
As a speaker and former radio talk show host, Lisa has been able to share her message of conquering adversity and unleashing potential as well as providing a fresh perspective helping others transform their lives. This is best illustrated in her highly acclaimed book This is Your Life – Not a Dress Rehearsal.
She went from the crack house to the state house, serving on a Senate Sub-Committee that studied prisoner reentry in the state of Virginia. She founded a non-profit organization that provided hope and resources to disenfranchised women who were reentering society from incarceration.
Lisa travels across the state to prisons giving seminars based on her second book entitled Overcoming Obstacles of Re-entry. Sharing her story at churches, rehabs, schools and with businesses and corporations she inspires others to use their adversity as an advantage.
Her newest book, Light in Our Darkness, written with former radio co-host and longtime friend Kathy Gray, focuses on the value of life, all life. This book shatters the delusion that some lives are considered throwaways while some are considered indispensable. Lisa is the mother of two grown children and lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia with her husband.
"You might think you've heard it all before, but not like this. I have witnessed firsthand the life-changing power of Lisa Thomas's story. For years, I have watched Lisa walk this walk.”
- Bill Howell, Speaker, Virginia House of Delegates
"Experience can't be taught. This 'been there, done that' life story provides a roadmap of how one's life experience can move to the abyss of addiction then transform to a life with a purpose and passion to teach others there is a better way.”
- Congressman Rob Wittman
"I was captivated by Lisa's story and her ability to overcome addiction. She is a natural communicator and an inspiring picture of transformation."
- Joe Theisman, World Champion Quarterback, Broadcaster and Entrepreneur