Thomas grew up in the desert outside of Phoenix, Arizona. The blue waters of the North Umpqua River amazed him on his first day of working to lead trail crews along the Calf Creek Section. He and his wife are owners of a small woodlot and cabin outside Dillard, Oregon as a part of the Yew Creek Land Alliance holdings. They enjoy sunshine and North Umpqua beaches in the summer!
He has partnered with PUR since 2008 though his employment with Phoenix School of Roseburg and working on their Oregon Youth Conservation Corps projects. Starting in July 2018, he will transition to be their Executive Director. Thomas also serves as a member of the Umpqua Forestry Coalition and is a former board member of Umpqua Watersheds.