Tom is founding executive director of Angelic Organics Learning Center (AOLC) in Caledonia, Illinois ( He is inspired by farms as dynamic places of cultural, ecological, and economic revitalization. At the Learning Center, Tom focuses on strategic planning, building partnerships, and managing the staff team and facilities. He keeps his hands in the dirt and his spirit renewed by managing the AOLC livestock and assisting with the fertility program at Angelic Organics Farm. Tom joined the Angelic Organics CSA in 1994 and became executive director of the Learning Center in 1999. Prior to coming to the Learning Center, Tom worked 15 years internationally with the YMCA of the USA international group and the United Nations in Costa Rica and New York. Tom was born in California and is married to Venezuelan eco-theologian and pastor Neddy Astudillo. They share life with three boys — Gustavo, Francisco, and Adam — and three very loud parrots, a tortoise, and a hare.