Tom is a veterinary surgeon at Pacific Veterinary Specialists in Capitola and an environmental science teacher at Aptos High School. He is a resident of Aptos, was appointed to the Board in 2003, and then elected to the seat in 2004. Tom is a former member and vice-chair of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board and a founding member of Santa Cruz County's chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. He received his BS in Biological Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis, and his teaching credential from CSU Monterey Bay.
Tom has been a member of the Board since 2003. Tom also serves as the District representative on the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency (MGA) and on the Water Resources Management and Infrastructure Committee.