Thornton leads human resources initiatives for the Minor League Baseball office by planning, designing, developing and evaluating human resources-related projects that support MiLB's organizational strategic goals. She works closely with MiLB department leaders to develop and maintain a culture that fosters employee engagement and is a partner to both management and staff in resolving day-to-day human resources issues.
Thornton joined Minor League Baseball in 2017 with more than 10 years of experience in the human resources management field. She serves on the MiLB Employee Volunteer Committee and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Tampa where she teaches an undergraduate management course.
A native of Long Island, New York, Thornton earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Florida and a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University. She then returned to USF and earned a second master's degree in management, focused on leading sustainable organizations. She currently resides in Valrico, Florida, with her husband, CD, their daughter, Emma, stepson, Connor, and their dog, Happy.