It is our joy to introduce to you our new Executive Director, Thomas (Thom) Bales. After an extensive and very thoughtful search led by our Board of Director’s member Tom Hunsdorfer, the Board unanimously supported offering the position to Thom Bales. He started work December 5th and has had a month overlap with Marcia Lane, our first and only ED, who is retiring. Joanne Pohl, President of HNF’s Board of Directors reports that“ We, the Board of directors, are very excited to welcome Thom to HNF as we move into the next decade of this very important work in Haiti.” Here is a bit about Thom:

He brings extensive experience from working for diverse nonprofit organizations since 1987. Thom received his BS degree from East Tennessee State University and a Masters of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA. As a theological student, Thom interned at Trinity Moravian Church in Kingston, Jamaica, learning about the challenges and opportunities of ministry in a developing country.

He describes growing up in a family that values service as an essential component of a meaningful life. He has been part of the staff leadership team for three organizations, providing guidance and oversight for each agency and helping guide two of these organizations through periods of significant growth. For instance, during his five- year tenure at Hands on Atlanta, he grew the staff from four employees to 15.

Thom brings experience with fundraising, utilizing his skills as a grant writer, project manager and special event coordinator to generate significant agency funding. He has been responsible for organizational communication and marketing activities - inclusive of marketing plan creation, newsletter production, social media marketing and website development.

He has carried out a variety of other management responsibilities and he possesses familiarity with many aspects of the non-profit world and organizational development, including financial, governance, strategic planning and volunteer functions. He recognizes the importance of understanding both the “big picture” of an organization, as well as how to actualize that big picture into the day-to-day administration of varied components.

Thom embraces the mission and work of Haiti Nursing Foundation and is familiar with the healthcare challenges facing many Haitians. His religious community, St. Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor, is an active partner with a Haiti outreach mission project. 

Thom tells us that "I've been fortunate in my career to gain competence in many areas of successful nonprofit management. Haiti Nursing Foundation offers me a great opportunity to bring all of my experience and skills to bear on the important work of an amazing organization."

Thom is married to Karin Stratton, an Informationist Associate at the University of Michigan's Taubman Health Sciences Library, as well as U-M grad student. Thom and Karin have a 4-year-old son, Theodore.