Shantell Thomas

Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Area


She never met a stranger! You’ll agree when meeting her, she instantaneously connects to your sense of humanity. She fervently believes that the tapestry of our lives has interwoven pieces. This innate character is measurably responsible for her success in the field of technology marketing with companies like IBM, Qlik, Cisco and currently - Avalara. She has more to thank Saint Aug for, than just her BA in Communications but for her lifelong friendships, AKA Sorority Sisters and her husband, Chad Thomas, also a Saint Aug alum which she united with in our own college chapel in 2000. They’ve resided in the triangle area since meeting and marrying at St. Aug and along the way, they’ve raised two HBCU attendees - Chad Thomas, II (NCAT State University) and Chase Thomas (Howard University) with one more future HBCU graduate, Chance Thomas (age 9). She did not travel far to get to St. Aug since she hails from the South Carolina lowcountry, but she has traveled further than her family ever dreamed because she “stands on the shoulder of giants.” By day, she’s driving marketing strategy for more than thirty companies in the Avalara partner ecosystem and like most mothers and wives, by nightfall, she’s trying to figure out what’s for dinner! In between that, she’s a member of the SAU Durham Alumni Club in which she’s chairing their Lean In program which exposes current students to skills needed to thrive in Corporate America.