Tom was born and raised in Southeast Texas as the youngest of three kids. The son of a nurse and a TxDOT worker-turned-substance abuse counselor, he grew up in a blue collar household that knew the value of hard work and perseverance. Service to others was something he learned early on. As a kid and a teenager, Tom was active in a number volunteer and extracurricular activities: choir, debate team, Boy Scouts (Eagle Scout), National Honor Society, and others.
Graduating high school, Tom moved to Irving, Texas, to attend the University of Dallas as a Catholic seminarian. After two years, he decided to leave seminary and continue the philosophy studies he started there at Sam Houston State University, where he graduated magna cum laude with academic distinction from his B.A. program. Originally wanting to continue on to be a philosophy professor, he moved to San Antonio after he was accepted into the M.A. in Philosophy program at UTSA. He spent his first year here as a full-time grad student, working part-time as a reader/grader on campus. His second year, he began working as a sales associate at IBC Bank while continuing his studies part-time. Working in a business environment, he decided it would be a good idea for him to become better acquainted with the field, which led him to consider a degree in business. He soon joined the M.B.A. program at St. Mary’s University, where he graduated in 2018.
Tom currently works as an Enrollment Advisor for Walden University, a position he’s held for the past 4 years. As someone who spends every day talking with students and helping them achieve success, he knows what colleges look for in prospective students and which job skills employers look for in new graduates. This expertise is why a major part of his platform is expanding the role of college and career counselors in our high schools to make sure Northside ISD’s graduates are prepared for success.
Tom has always believed the expression, “We get the politicians we deserve,” and that’s why community and political activism have always been close to his heart. In college, he was already volunteering his time by registering voters, coordinating student outreach events, and attending statewide political conventions. In recent years, he’s continued that drive by phone banking for candidates and volunteering at their rallies. Now, he’s taking that spirit to the next level, running for office to represent you as your Northside ISD’s District 6 Trustee.
- B.A. in Philosophy (Minor studies: History, Economics) from Sam Houston State University
- Graduate Studies in Philosophy from the University of Texas at San Antonio
- M.B.A. in Values-Based Leadership from Saint Mary’s University
- Former member of the Employee Advisory Board (EAB) of the IBC Charitable and Community Development Corporation (2016-2017)
- Volunteer Experience with Haven for Hope and the San Antonio Food Bank
- Active parishioner at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower