Tom was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and attended Gordon College on the North Shore of Massachusetts and Penn State University in State College, PA. He majored in Medieval Studies. He finished his BA in Medieval History – as a young Dad – with Thomas Edison State College in 1995.
He has attended Seminary and Priestly Formation with Saint Tikhon’s Seminary and Holy Seraphim School of Formation. He was ordained by the Greek Orthodox Church in 1996, and by the Russian Orthodox Church in 2000. He was knighted by the Hospitallers of Saint John of Jerusalem in 2000. He served in parish work until 2002.
Tom began hospice work in 1996 as a Pastoral Care Coordinator, also providing Bereavement Care, and Volunteer supervision. He also served as an educator and representative for Lighthouse Hospice, becoming their Director of Project Development and IT after attaining Three Master Certificates in Project Management with Villanova University.
He took a four year sabbatical from full time hospice work to manage the kitchens and the media services for Pocono Plateau Camp and Retreat Center in the Poconos of Pennsylvania. He was a project consultant for Lighthouse Hospice during this time. While at the retreat center he was able to finish and publish seven book manuscripts. Upon completion of his tenure at the retreat house – in October of 2011 - he returned to Lighthouse Hospice as their Chief Information Officer.
As the CIO he worked toward aligning Lighthouse Hospice’s core values and culture with their growth as an organization and healthcare provider. Hardwiring excellence and quality into every aspect of the agency is his chief aim.
Tom became CEO in the autumn of 2012 and has continued the work of integrating services and values in the ever changing landscape of the American healthcare scene, working toward a unified collaboration between operations and clinical care amid the maelstrom of regulatory and compliance change. Blending oversight with an integrated interactional supervision process, he believes in the development of character and leadership as the forerunner of skills development in the life of healthcare individuals. He believes laying the groundwork and infrastructure of agility, flexibility, insight, intuition, and discernment are the essentials needed to view and interpret today’s ever changing information and delivery landscape in healthcare.
Tom enjoys writing and has published a total of twelve books, a chapbook, and over fifty articles on end-of-life care, spiritual direction/formation, leadership, cooking and management. He also enjoys hiking, camping, running, gardening, hanging out along the Delaware Canal and leading workshops. He is married to Glinda who is a social worker and therapist and has two sons.
He and his family sponsor a young boy in the Tibetan Children’s Village of India and a young girl in China. Both Palden’s parents have escaped from Tibet to India and have placed their children in the village for care while they seek work outside the village. And Bin, while attending a private school in China helps her father and grandmother tend the family farm.
He has volunteered as a Cub Scout leader for his sons’ cub pack, and Assistant Scoutmaster for a Boy Scout Troop while a student back at PSU. Both he and his wife volunteer as Youth Leaders at their current parish and he continues to provide leadership development training throughout his denomination. Tom lives in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania.
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