Cindy M. Bautista-Thomas, LCSW, is the cofounder of Velocity Visions, Inc. She is also an Associate Director of Field Education at CSSW where she coordinates internships in schools, coordinates the Reduced Residency Program, as well as the annual field placement fair. She also teaches the Seminar for Field Instruction and Chairs the Annual School Social Work Conference at Columbia School of Social Work. She has over 20 years of social work experience in private child welfare and early intervention agencies, public schools, higher education and research.
Prior to CSSW, Mrs. Bautista-Thomas worked for 8 years for the New York City Department of Education as a bilingual social worker, field instructor, faculty trainer, and student and parent advocate. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Urban Education Program at the CUNY Graduate Center and received her BSW from Stony Brook University and her MSW from University at Albany, State University of New York. When she is not enjoying time with her two children, Nyilah and Amiri and husband Chef Winston Thomas Jr., she is writing her first novel.