Colonel Linda Thomas (now Lyon) retired from the Air Force in 2007 at Andrews AFB, Maryland (home of Air Force One) where she served as the Mission Support Group Commander (city manager) for a 20,000-person community with 2,000 people under her command. She maintained a physical plant worth $3.6B on 6,853 acres and an $180M annual budget.
Since retirement from the Air Force she managed a $28 million logistical service contract at the Department of Energy and served as Deputy Program Manager for the $30 million SBInet contract at L-3 Communications. Since moving to Tucson, she (and her partner) created and ran four annual Wingspan charity golf tournaments bringing in almost $65,000, and she served as the organization’s Director for 14 months. She also served as Communications Director for three state legislative campaigns and campaign manager for one.
Linda is a member of the Oracle School District Governing Board and was named Advocate of the Year for 2013 by the Arizona School Board Association. She was the Pinal County Director on the ASBA Board of Directors for 2014 and was just elected to serve as the Treasurer for the Arizona School Boards Association Board of Directors. Linda married Holly Lyon, her life partner of 12 years, in December of 2012 and they have three four-legged “kids”, Dolce, Cleo & Ceasar.