Originally from Long Island, NY, Thia received her BFA in Arts Management from Long Island University, and her MA in Expressive Arts Therapies from Lesley College. Thia fell in love with the USVI as a 15 year-old on her first visit. She has spent a total of 10 years living on all three islands, but has made St. John her home for 7 years. Her husband, Raf, and her two daughters own a home in Coral Bay and lived there full time for 5 years from 2009 - 2014, where she practiced as a music and expressive arts therapist, and ran her vacation-villa business, Parrotfish Villas. A long time proponent of environmental conservation, Thia is credited with initiating the effort to save Haulover from development. She created the SJLC website in consultation with the founding members, Lauren and George Mercadante. In her role as secretary, she is webmaster and helps with public relations.