Public Speaker since 1975  /  Published Author since 1987 


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     A public speaker since 1975. A published author since 1987. Tom has been an end-of-life specialist and hospice leader since 1997. An ordained Greek and Russian Orthodox Clergyman since 1997 and Chaplain for the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem (Hospitallers) since 1999.

He has also been deeply involved in nature and ecology instruction, food service management and cooking, spirituality, leadership formation and direction, Scouting, house painting, gardening, hiking and camping, dreamwork, fishing, tying flies, and photography. 

Tom loves authoring books, poems, stories, essays; and, leading workshops and lectures about just about anything.

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​     Tom was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and attended Gordon College on the North Shore of Massachusetts and Penn State University in State College, PA. He majored in Medieval Studies. He finished his BA in Medieval History – as a young Dad – with Thomas Edison University in 1995.

He has attended Seminary and Priestly Formation with Saint Tikhon’s Seminary and Holy Seraphim School of Formation. He was ordained by the Greek Orthodox Church in 1996, and by the Russian Orthodox Church in 2000. He was knighted by the Hospitallers of Saint John of Jerusalem in 2000. He served in parish work until 2002.

Tom began hospice work in the Spring of 1997 as a Pastoral Care Coordinator, also providing Bereavement Care, and Volunteer supervision. He also served as an educator and representative for
Lighthouse Hospice, becoming their Director of Project Development and IT after attaining Three Master Certificates in Project Management with Villanova University.

He took a four year sabbatical from full time hospice work to manage the kitchens and the media services for Pocono Plateau Camp and Retreat Center in the Poconos of Pennsylvania. He was a project consultant for Lighthouse Hospice during this time. While at the retreat center he was able to finish and publish seven book manuscripts. Upon completion of his tenure at the retreat house – in October of 2011 - he returned to Lighthouse Hospice as their Chief Information Officer.

As the CIO he worked toward aligning Lighthouse Hospice’s core values and culture with their growth as an organization and healthcare provider. Hardwiring excellence and quality into every aspect of the
agency is his chief aim. Tom became CEO in the autumn of 2012 and has continued the work of integrating services and values in the ever changing landscape of the American healthcare scene, working toward a unified collaboration between operations and clinical care amid the maelstrom of regulatory and compliance change. Blending oversight with an integrated interactional supervision process, he believes in the development of character and leadership as the forerunner of skills development in the life of healthcare individuals. He believes laying the groundwork and infrastructure of agility, flexibility, insight, intuition, and discernment are the essentials needed to view and interpret today’s ever changing information and delivery landscape in healthcare.

In January of 2016 Tom left Lighthouse to open a start-up hospice for BAYADA Home Health and Hospice in the Poconos Mountains of Pennsylvania. Closer to home.   As Director of the hospice, Tom works tirelessly to bring end-of-life care and the delivery of related and complementary services to the rural communities of Monroe, Carbon and Luzerne Counties of Pennsylvania - growing a leader base for the future of end-of-life care in the mountains.  BAYADA has an international footprint as a leader in the delivery of healthcare services along the full spectrum and continuum of care.

Tom enjoys writing and has published a total of fifteen books, a chapbook, and over fifty articles on end-of-life care, spiritual direction/formation, leadership, cooking and management. He also enjoys hiking, camping, running, gardening, hanging out along the Delaware and the Delaware Canal and leading workshops. He is married to Glinda who is a social worker and therapist and has two sons, Zachary and Josiah.

He and his family have sponsored a young boy in the Tibetan Children’s Village of India and a young girl in China.  Both of Palden’s parents have escaped from Tibet to India and have placed their children in the villagefor care while they seek work outside the village.  And Bin, a young teen girl in China.  Bin is attending a private school and helps her father and grandmother tend the family farm.

He has volunteered as a Cub Scout leader for his sons’ cub pack, and Assistant Scoutmaster for a Boy Scout Troop while a student back at PSU. Both he and his wife volunteered for six years as Youth Leaders at their parish. He continues to provide leadership development training throughout his denomination and other religious, civic, and healthcare organizations.

Tom volunteers weekly at the local prison - teaching a poetry class. The class involves critiquing poets and then attempting to address their works by imitative creative writing - for either style or content. Developing a unique author's voice is vital to the class.  Tom and the class recently published a new volume of poems entitled Comin Back Home: Poems On Leaving Prison.

Tom lives in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania.

Tom's CV