Thomas A. Ahern is a former School Psychologist and adoptee who has been working in clinical, leadership and youth advocacy roles for over 25 years. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Boston University, a Master’s Degree in Education, Sixth Year Professional Diploma in School Psychology and an Educational Leadership Certificate all from the University of Connecticut. Thomas began his career as a School Psychologist where he founded the town’s first Youth Service Bureau to enhance community based behavioral health and positive youth development services to youth and families. A dedicated advocate for improvements to the continuum of care for families in need, Mr. Ahern also founded several community based, partial hospital programs, clinical day schools, and alumni parent support groups to assist families in transition from residential care. Another passion of his is outdoor behavioral health and supporting the ongoing professional development of colleagues and other helping professionals. As a result, Thomas designed multiple wilderness therapy education experiences for clinical professionals around the country in collaboration with the University of New Hampshire Outdoor Behavioral Health Collaborative and other thought leaders to support the effective transition of youth re-entering their communities after wilderness treatment. An enthusiastic presenter, he has given lectures at the local, state and national levels on subjects ranging from new models in education and healthcare to adoption and the modern American family. Thomas serves on the board of Classes4Classes, and is a member of the Connecticut Council on Adoption. A competitive triathlete and fly fisherman he resides in Connecticut with his wife Belinda and their children Holland, Austen, Britney, Dalton and Jared.