Pennsylvania, At Large Member
Originally from Texas, Tomas is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and served in the United States Marine Corps. in Jacksonville, N.C., Iwakuni, Japan, and Quantico, Va. After his Marine Corps. service, he was with Allstate Insurance Co. for 16 years in operational finance and claims roles in Pennsylvania, Colorado, New Jersey, and Illinois. In 2006, he moved back to Pennsylvania as Regional Finance Officer for Travelers Insurance for Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia. Throughout his career he was focused on operational results, including profitability, expense management, pricing, and stability. He developed and implemented long term strategic plans, annual budgets, and incentive compensation programs.
He joined the Pennsylvania Department of Health in October 2012 as the Director of the Bureau of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction and leads the Department's Chronic Disease and Injury experts in prevention, education, and proactive interventions. Using evidence-based interventions to implement policy, health systems, and environmental changes to impact health outcomes, the Bureau is advancing collaborative and effective programs to improve the lives of the citizens of the Commonwealth. He served as the Chair of the Pennsylvania Rare Disease Advisory Committee and previously served as the Chair of the Pennsylvania Task Force on Lyme Disease and Related Tick-borne Diseases and is a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.
He is married to the former Betsy Ross (no, not that one) of Newtown Square, Penn., and they have two sons. Their youngest is a junior Physics major at Duquesne University. Their oldest recently graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Tomas's hobbies include woodworking and continuing to be thankful for the current Colorado Rockies' pitching staff, while hopeful for a few more hits.