Thelma Ruffin Thomas is Artistic Director of the Pearls of Wisdom, a program that is part of Elders Share the Arts.  As an independent storyteller, she performs throughout New York City, along the eastern seaboard and in a myriad of international venues. She is a consultant to the New York City Board of Education for storytelling workshops and presentations. Ms. Thomas is a member of The Storytelling Center and serves as a board member of the African Folk Heritage Circle.