Tom and his wife, Nancy, volunteered for their first Corazón project in 1994 while St Martin de Porres Church members in Yorba Linda. They wanted their then high school-aged children to see how many in the world lived. It made a significant impact on the whole family, and within a year, all were blue shirts, with Tom and Nancy becoming active-behind-the-scenes volunteers.
Tom has been a Corazón Board Member since 1995 and is currently interim Co-Treasurer. He served as Board Vice-President from 1999-2008 and as President from 2009-2017. If you’ve been on a Corazón house-build with them, Tom is the one who makes bad jokes in the introductory meeting, and his wife, Nancy, is the one on the chop saw, skillfully cutting lumber for a house. His children (now in their early 40’s) are still Corazón donors. His son Kelly and his wife Jen are active blue shirts. Daughter Dana is too far away in Virginia to come for Saturday projects, but her husband, Jaime, has participated in a few projects during summer visits.
Tom is retired from Chevron, where he had a 34-year career, mainly in Research and Technology management. He has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. from Caltech. They live in San Juan Capistrano.