Katalyna Thomas, JD
As Operations Director, Katie is responsible for overseeing budgeting, communication, and fundraising, as well as implementing strategies to ensure operational excellence. Katie joined NEDFYS in August 2019.
Before joining NEDFYS, Katie worked as a nonprofit director in central Illinois for seven years at one of the area's largest food pantries. The food pantry struggled to get by until she transformed it into a model food pantry sought by other groups for its expertise and vision. When asked about her dedication to non-profit work, Katie responded, “Volunteering and nonprofit work have been a passion since high school. It's just what I do”.
Katie resides in Lombard with her husband and two active children. She is a board member of the Bensenville Wood Dale Food Pantry and the Lombard Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association.
Fun facts: In a previous career life, Katie practiced Family Law. In her spare time, Katie loves traveling throughout the United States and has visited 20 states and Washington, D.C., four times!
University of Illinois College of Law, JD, cum laude
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BA, History; BA, Political Science