Thomas Colligan, Ph.D.
Thomas Colligan has worked with an array of nonprofit organizations, from federated and membership organizations, community centers, YMCAs, human/social service agencies and arts groups. He utilizes motivationally-enhanced cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness modalities to assist his clients with managing stressors in daily life.
Thomas is an NYC-based illustrator specializing in gouache and colored pencil illustration. His art depicts green grass reminiscent of Swiss hills as well as bank robbers wearing masks.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Colligan hails from Manhattan in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University as well as taking numerous advanced management courses. Thomas has worked extensively within the non-profit sector since 1976 with various community-based, statewide, and regional organizations ranging from environmental justice groups, community centers, membership organizations and YMCAs to affordable housing programs and shelter programs.
Santa Cruz Works, his non-profit organization dedicated to job development in Monterey Bay’s science and tech ecosystem. Co-founding of Monterey Bay Economic Partnership for improving economic health and quality of life. Receipting various awards both public and private.
Tom has worked with an assortment of community, state and regional nonprofit organizations spanning federated membership associations, YMCAs, camping sites, human/social service agencies and arts groups.
As vice chairman at PwC, he developed firm-wide strategies for deepening relationships with its top 100 clients who collectively represented $1.5 billion in revenue. Additionally, he served on both its governing board and management committee.
He currently resides in Schaghticoke, NY and is the father of Russell Colligan and Ann Colligan of Mashpee, Joyce Eby and Steven Eby from Weymouth and Susan Colligan of Braintree; as well as Emily, Julia Colligan and Caroline MacCormack who all call Braintree home; as well as many nieces and nephews he left behind after Mary passed in 2016. On Friday September 22nd from 1-4PM Cartwright Funeral Home Braintree will host visiting hours.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas Colligan is an outstanding professor who goes the extra mile in providing students with all of the resources they need to understand psychology. Each class begins with a quiz followed by midterms and final exams; following his guidelines closely can yield a grade A.
He was an extraordinary teacher, as well as a caring family man. All who knew him will miss his kindness and compassion; always willing to assist, he would do anything for anyone in need.
Pastors Kunze and Rick Mensing as well as Nebraska track assistant coach Mark Kostek gave moving tributes at Colligan’s memorial service Monday, describing him as an individual of profound faith, unfaltering hope, and limitless love for himself, his family, Nebraska track team members and virtually everyone he encountered throughout life.
Tom loved being part of the Nassau Fire Department but also enjoyed working on his property and caring for its flowers. An avid golfer, Tom also found time for family life. Leaving behind ReNae as his widow; Brenda Crockett (Dave), Brad Colligan and 12 grandchildren to mourn his passing were amongst many left behind – his two brothers having preceded him.
Tom graduated Utah State as valedictorian of its School of Business, earning both his MAcc and an Audit Certificate. Following this he worked as an auditor before transitioning into private sector as financial reporting manager for AgReserves, an international agricultural company. Tom and Stephanie Colligan share a strong commitment to giving back through scholarship funds like their Tom & Stephanie Colligan Scholarship Fund at USU – they were founding donors!
Colligan has worked to foster community welfare in healthcare, the arts, education and affordable housing throughout his career. He serves on Monterey Bay Economic Partnership’s board and Santa Cruz Works’s as well as JobTrain Santa Cruz which offers vocational and life skills training to low-income adults.
He has performed or recorded with artists such as Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, Dave Weckl, Buster Williams, Lonnie Plaxico and many more.
Thomas J Colligan owns 4,199 shares of Central Garden & Pet Co stock worth more than $1 million as of 6 August 2020, according to a Form 4 filed with the SEC. You can access his stock trades over the last 18 months on GuruFocus.