Thursa Trent Crouse serves as Constituent Outreach Specialist for the Office of State Representative Matthew Dowling. There, she helps serves the people of Somerset County with individual, state-related issues as well as aiding small communities combat the on-going infrastructure problems they are forced to face. Through her work, she has been able to navigate through both state and federal government agencies to bring necessary resources to the people of Somerset County.
Born and raised in Somerset, Thursa holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. Prior to her position with Representative Dowling’s office, Thursa was employed by the Westmoreland Library Network System, and she led the popular outreach Bookmobile program for the Somerset County Library.
Outside of the office, Thursa is an avid outdoorswoman who enjoys biking, trail running, skiing, paddle boarding and gardening. As a lover of all things outdoors, tourism holds a special place in her heart. Through her work and hobbies, Thursa is an advocate for the Greater Allegheny Passage trail and the businesses built around it. On weekends in the wintertime, you can find Thursa at Seven Springs Mountain Resort where she serves as the Snow Sports Ski School supervisor. There, she shares her knowledge of and passion for skiing with all generations.
As a dedicated community volunteer, Thursa has served as a member of her hospital auxiliary, a member of a museum board of directors, the local recreational board, and coached youth soccer for more than a decade. She has also volunteered with the Special Olympics, the Wounded Warrior Project, and the Somerset County Salvation Army Canteen. Most recently she stays involved with the Meyersdale Merchant Association and her passion in doing so stems from her commitment of strengthening economic development within and around Somerset County. Thursa is always eager to help others when she sees an opportunity and never hesitates to lend a hand wherever she can.