2020 Recipients

KATHERINE HUNT THOMAS, The Ability Center of Greater Toledo

Katherine Hunt Thomas works as the disability rights attorney and director of advocacy for The Ability Center of Greater Toledo. Having a sister with Down syndrome, she grew up challenging others’ perceptions of disability, and her leadership made The Ability Center’s advocacy program a national award winner. She expanded The Ability Center’s impact by creating an ADA coordinator network; annual ADA seminars; and received a Community Partnership award.

Hunt Thomas graduated magna cum laude from Xavier University and then served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She then graduated from The University of Toledo (UToledo) College of law in 2009, cum laude and received highest honors in her disability law class. She then completed an Americorps Equal Justice Works Fellowship at ABLE before beginning her current role.

Hunt Thomas serves on multiple boards and committees leading a variety of efforts to benefit the community, including: co-chair of the Advocacy and Public Policy Committee for the Toledo Lucas County Commission on Disabilities; the TARTA board of directors; the DD Council Housing Taskforce; the Aging and Disability Transportation Coalition; the Toledo Bar Association; and the Ohio State Bar Association, among other achievements.

Katherine Hunt Thomas