Tom grew up in Emmaus and graduated from Emmaus High School then graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (History) from Dickinson College, where he played three years of football. In 1989, Tom earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law in Ohio. Upon completing law school, he moved back to Lehigh County to begin his professional career and start his family. Tom and his wife Michelle, a schoolteacher in the East Penn School District, have been married for 31 years and live in Emmaus. They are the proud parents of two children they raised in our community: Matthew, a middle school math teacher and coach in the Southern Lehigh School District, and Laura, a high school social studies teacher in Philadelphia.
Deeply committed to giving back to the community he has called "home" for his entire life, Tom today is active in numerous civic and charitable organizations.
For more than 25 years, Tom has been an active member of the Emmaus Lions Club whose primary mission it to help the blind and visually impaired and where he was awarded the Melvin Jones Award for dedicated service. He is a past president, serves as parliamentarian and serves on the board.
Tom also serves as a board member with the Lehigh Conference of Churches (member of the Interfaith Action Committee and Justice and Advocacy Committee), whose primary mission is to provide housing and meals for the less fortunate, and serves on the board of Lazarus House, which offers shared housing for adults re-entering the community following incarceration providing affordable housing, developing supportive relationships, and reducing the number of individuals returning to prison.
Tom serves as a Board member (and is a past president) of the East Penn Chamber of Commerce helping and promoting the growth of local businesses, serving as chair of the Nomination Committee and member of the Restaurant Week and Scholarship Committees.
Tom serves as an Elder and past president of Consistory at St. Johns UCC Church in Emmaus; serves as a member of the Muhlenberg College Board of Associates; and, previously served as a board member at the Literacy Center in Allentown helping people gain the necessary skills they need to lead more successful lives.
For nearly two decades, Tom has worked as a PIAA high school football official in the EPC and Colonial Leagues.