Kathi Thomas was born in Lubbock, but
grew up in SE Texas, where she graduated from Kirby High School, first
attending Sam Houston State University on full music scholarship, then
transferring to UT-Austin, where she was a member of the Longhorn Band,
Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, and earned a Bachelor of Music Degree. She
taught band in public school, before leaving to manage her parents’
floral business for 8 years. She moved to Austin, where she worked in
the floral industry, including 5 years at Florafax International,
serving as an account executive, also traveling for them, teaching
design/floral business courses. In 1990, Thomas opened her floral
design school, where she taught design and business, followed by
teaching floral design/business at ACC for several years. She also
taught music and government at a homeschool enrichment academy.
She married her college sweetheart in
1990, and they have a daughter, who attends Texas State. They live
between Dripping Springs & Austin with her mentally disabled
sister, along with two dogs, a cat and some chickens.
Since 1998, Kathi’s business has
focused on floral design, event and memorial planning, working with
clients to plan and execute their wishes within their budget.
Kathi’s work in the community has
focused on family issues- public & higher education primarily, but
also the environment and access to healthcare. She’s involved with
several organizations and has testified at the State Capitol many
Some of her civic involvements
National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
Memorial Day Service Chair since ~2008
Conservation Chair, Thankful Hubbard Chapter, DAR ~2016-2022
Longhorn Alumni Band member
Dripping Springs High School, PTSA community member
Bylaws revision Committee, Longhorn Alumni Band
PART of Austin, Spanish Coffee Chair
Elder, Central Presbyterian (nonserving)
Coordinator, Central Presbyterian Thursday Noonday Concert
series, since 2003
Worship Committee-Central Presbyterian past chair, and now
Dripping Springs Band Boosters, VP-Communications
PTSA, Dripping Springs High School, VP-Hospitality
PTA and PTSA, Reflections Chair and Reflections Council Level Chair
Was the event planner for the first 6 years of the Rainwater
Revival, hosted by Hill Country Alliance
School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC,) 2018-20, also served on
it when daughter was in Middle School
Kathi’s advocacy for renewable
resources reflects her lifestyle. Since 2001, her family lives in a
home they designed and built in Hays County, with rainwater as their
sole source of water. Her business is ecologically sensitive, sourcing
local materials whenever possible. Solar is a goal for their home, too.
Kathi’s experience with Co-ops goes
back years. Her family’s floral shop was a member of FTD, then a member
owned co-op. It was later sold to a private equity group, and the
emphasis became on profit for them, not those who subscribed to FTD,
and FTD floundered.
They’ve been members of PEC since
Feb. 2001. In Feb. 2008, Kathi wrote to the Board of PEC, which was
involved in various nefarious to illegal uses of members’ money. She
told them that they should all resign due to their betrayal of the
public trust. She feels strongly that public officials must do all they
can to uphold the trust that is placed in them.
Kathi’s goals for PEC include:
Upholding the ideals of cooperatives, working for the common good.
Making the renewables program more robust, through social media
and other PR to our members
Working with the Legislature and Federal government to help
provide high speed internet for our members. This will help more rural
communities to build economic success.
Working to keep our costs down by smart investments in renewables
for our future. With the rapidly expanding numbers of homes in our
District, and more extreme weather, we need to do all we can to keep
our wholesalers from needing to build more very expensive power plants.
We can do this with a combination of conservation and shifting to solar
on homes, especially new constructions. PEC needs to reverse its recent
(basically) anti-solar policy.
Conserving electricity also conserves the water it takes to make
the electricity, so we’re creating double savings when we conserve
A commitment to transparency in all that we do. Bringing in
members for committees to consider policy changes, before such policies
are presented at a board meeting. Input is critical to success.
Listening to our members. We need to make it as easy as possible
for our members to find what they need on the website, and to have
access to any information they need. When they have a complaint about
something the Board is doing, we need to listen, and to thoughtfully
research and respond.