Du Bist Wer Du Bist – You Are Who You Are
Born and raised (second oldest of four) in Greifenberg (Bavaria), Gisella graduated from the Technical University in Munich Germany with a degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1968 she met her husband and came to USA where she attended USC with degree in Nursing. After moving to California she changed to Education and attended Western Law School.
She was instrumental in founding the Riverside Chapter of the Southern California Mediation Association, holding workshops to improve religious tolerance and received the Riverside County, Board of Supervisors Distinguished Service Award.
In 2002 Ms. Thomas founded a business women membership network to mentor women and entrepreneurial endeavors, Divorce Ring (featured in People Magazine), Diva-Registry, (formal Registration for Diva’s), BackEnd Production, (greeting card line for horse lovers), and Showered With Prayers (inspirational decals for the shower).
Gisella received a number of local, national and international awards culminating in the Presidential Lifetime Service award in 2009. In 2010 she sold her businesses and currently works at the Emergency Room/Trauma. She and her husband of 40+ years have four children and adopted their grandchildren (now 17 & 10).