#TeamTuesday: Remember when Winter Storm Jonas dumped 15+ inches of snow on us in 2016, or the June 2012 derecho? Tom Berry certainly does. As director of our Center for Emergency Management, he leads our preparation for and response to emergency situations. We have to be prepared for anything that could impact the UVA community and patient care, and much of Tom’s job involves planning, training others and making improvements.
Tom is one of six Health System employees to receive a 2018 Leonard W. Sandridge Outstanding Contribution Award, UVA’s highest honor. Another employee nominated him for his work before, during and after last August’s white supremacist rally, where Tom led our 140-member Incident Management Team. "In the midst of unprecedented violence and operational stresses, he rose to the challenge with purpose and compassion," his nominator wrote. Read more: https://news.virginia.edu/content/when-put-test-uva-employees-excel-flying-colors#berry
Tom is a U.S. Army veteran, and his interest in emergency management started after experiencing firsthand the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. He has a master’s in health administration and is certified by the International Association of Emergency Managers. He’s worked for the Health System since 2007. Outside of work, he enjoys being outdoors and biking. He’s completed two Ironman races and dozens of triathlons.