More About Thomas
Respect, integrity, and love are my guiding values. My success has been defined by respecting myself and others, staying true to my goals, and loving the human paradox. I am an educator, facilitator, coach. An eternal optimist, I believe in the power of change, healing, and recovery.
In 2005 I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College in Government. I have my Master's of Public Health and Master's of Business Administration degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I have consulted professionally in group dynamics, coaching, program design, evaluation and behavioral health.
As the head varsity coach for a softball program in Northampton, Massachusetts, I thrived in leadership positions at a young age. Passionate about motivation, and wanting to succeed, I pursued training on youth development and education. Ultimately, I became a health educator, facilitating on topics ranging from relationships, nutrition, sexuality, to substance use and misuse. I felt called to go deeper in this work as a community health educator, and in 2012 I completed my first master’s degree in Public Health with a focus in community health education and policy.
My professional experience center as much on process improvement, as topic expertise. I use continuous improvement principles to innovate and create new programs. I have developed health advisory boards, performance and art-based public health programs, mastered motivational interviewing skills and much more. I have been recognized as an award winning program design specialist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
In addition to working in college health since 2012, I have consulted for The Center for Addiction and Recovery, Smith College’s summer excellence program and Amherst Regional High School’s cross-country team. I have led staff trainings on LGBTQ health disparities, narrative therapy, trauma-informed care, continuous improvement, and more. I have presented at national conferences for higher education, and have been recognized for my cutting-edge program design.
I am a live long learner. I have pursued training in behavioral development/management in the Nurtured Heart approach as well as Regenerative Design program modeling for social engagement. In January, 2023 I completed my second master's degree in Business Administration, with a specialized focus in Public Management.