MS WISCONSIN SENIOR AMERICA 2015,
CAROL THOMAS, ESQ.
Carol grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and currently lives in Michigan.
This past year, Carol, an elder law attorney, and her law office received national recognition as she was selected from the nation’s elder law attorneys to appear in the documentary special “In America” narrated by James Earl Jones. This documentary focuses on the importance of elder law. Her law career started at age 40 when she enrolled in law school. She was named valedictorian commencement speaker and was elected by her class to the Board of Governors. After law school, Carol attended Wayne State University School of Law and received a Master of Laws Degree in taxation, which led to a fulfilling and rewarding career as an elder law attorney.
Carol has devoted herself to her elder law practice for the past 17 years and she continues to feel privileged assisting seniors today as they make difficult decisions. She gains a great sense of satisfaction knowing her clients are prepared for any eventuality with the legal documents which all seniors should possess.
Due to her great respect for the military, Carol is accredited with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. She is able to help veterans receive benefits to which they are entitled and may not have been aware.
Carol presents many seminars to veterans groups, church groups and community organizations enlightening them about the importance of being prepared for events later in life. In addition to being a public speaker, Carol enjoys being a frequent guest on the radio. Discussions typically include legal and health issues involving seniors, veterans’ benefits, and being a breast cancer survivor.
After high school, Carol entered Arizona State University as a piano performance major due to her passion and love for playing piano. During her years in college, she was able to perform professionally. While at Arizona State University, Carol was named “Woman of the Year”.
After graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in secondary education, Carol attended Michigan State University where she received a master’s degree in counseling and higher education. While at Michigan State, Carol met her husband, Gerry. They have been married for 37 wonderful years and have three sons, one daughter, and four grandchildren.
In 1988, she was crowned Mrs. Michigan and competed for the title of Mrs. America. These were busy years raising four children and participating in all of their activities. She also worked extensively as a model, both in runway and print. Carol was also a television spokesperson.
Eight years ago Carol was diagnosed with breast cancer. After a double mastectomy she has felt compelled to inform other women regarding the importance of early detection. Carol is often asked to speak about her experience with breast cancer.
Carol takes pride in knowing she is able to inform and guide people as they make important decisions in their lives. She cherishes each day and is grateful to be able to make new memories with her family. She still enjoys playing the piano for herself and others!