Tom was born and raised in Hamilton. He is a 1967 graduate of Garfield Senior High School. He has received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Miami University. Tom taught at Roosevelt Junior High, Garfield Junior High, and Washington Junior High. He served as assistant principal and principal of Garfield Junior High and Hamilton High School. After thirtytwo years of service to the Hamilton City Schools, Tom retired as Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. After retirement, he was principal of New Miami Middle/High School and an administrator for Cincinnati Lifeskills. Recently, Tom has been a support/substitute administrator in the Hamilton City Schools. He is currently servicing the same support/substitute administrator role for the Talawanda City Schools.
Tom is married to Deborah (Vaske) Alf. She is also a graduate of Garfield Senior High as well as a retired teacher/principal of the Hamilton City Schools. Their two daughters, Sarah and Katie, are graduates of the Hamilton City Schools. Sarah and her husband, Robert Burk, have one daughter. Robert and Sarah are career educators.