Highest Degree: M.A., University of Northern Colorado, 2011.
Emphasis: American History with an emphasis on American utopian movements.
Undergraduate: Colorado State University
Major: Political Science
Personal: Tom has three grown children, and is the grandfather to six grandsons and one granddaughter. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, was a volunteer firefighter and EMT, an electronics technician at a micro-chip production facility, a security officer at a nuclear power plant, a Mayor of a small town, and a computer technician. In 1976, Tom survived the Big Thompson Flood. While in the Navy, he was a member of the squadron that participated in the attempted rescue of the American hostages held in Tehran, Iran.
Tom’s Master’s Thesis was about a Salvation Army farm colony near Holly, Colorado named Fort Amity. The motive behind The Salvation Army’s colonization program was to relieve the urban poor from the consequences of poverty by relocating them to rural areas to become farmers. Colonel Thomas Holland, Tom’s great-great grandfather, headed the corps’ colonization program.
Tom is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and can leap tall buildings in a single bound…ok, maybe not. But, he does cook a really mean pot of clam chowder.
National History Day Outreach Coordinator for Northeastern Colorado
Teaching American History Four Corners Grant Project
Presidential Academy Middle Ground Grant Project
Hobbies: Sings First Tenor in a gospel quartet, likes to read history, and enjoys fly-fishing.