Tom Doolittle, a recent arrival from the California Central Coast, is happy to contribute to and help direct Thrive's mission and activities. He has recently retired from 40+ years in the Information Technology service industry.
His background brings many strengths to the board such as project management, budgeting, strategic planning, systems and business analysis, customer service, and the commitment to effective action and best use of resources.
Tom was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and received a BS in Computer Science from New Mexico Tech in 1972. He returned to study and receive a MS in Systems and Project Management from the University of Southern California in 1982.
Tom worked from 1973 to 1986 as Data Center Supervisor and Business Operations Manager at Vandenburg AFB in Santa Barbara County. From 1986 to 2001, he worked for the County of Santa Barbara as the Network and Operations Manager. He retired in July 2013 after spending 10+ years as the Information Systems Manager (CIO) for the City of Santa Barbara.
He and his wife Lorrie have a small farm near Ashland where they are growing their food and enjoying this beautiful area. They also own 40 acres of conserved woodland preserve in the Ashland valley and are ensuring that it continues to improve as a riparian and wildlife habitat.
Tom's last Board responsibilities included more than 20 years with the Santa Barbara Ski and Sports Club holding long term positions as weeklong and weekend trip captain. He is an avid skier, backpacker (just finished the John Muir Trail and beginning to plan the Oregon portion of the Pacific Crest Trail), and enjoys bicycling and outdoor activities.