Tom was brought up in a family that believed in helping others, which started out in high school as part of the American Red Cross Candystripers that worked in nursing homes to assist patients have a better day by reading to them, or taking them out for a walk. Tom went to San Francisco City College to get his Associate in Arts Degree in the Hotel and Restaurant Hospitality course. This lead to a long career in major hotels in the USA, before deciding to come to Australia in 1985.
Since his arrival he has worked at a local record store, (setting up their internal accounts finally) for ACON and the last 18 years part time at the Sydney Theatre Company. He also runs a B&B Guest House with his partner. During his career he was treasurer of the Dallas Gay Alliance and the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, both volunteer positions that also gave a lot of satisfaction for the time commitment. He is happy to continue this with mindDog as Treasurer and sees that this community organization can reach across many borders to assist our clients as well as the wider community.