Tom Waite, previously COO of Special Olympics, has joined Maryland Therapeutic Riding as Development Director. He will spearhead development efforts including fundraising strategies, annual campaigns, major gifts, and special events. MTR was designated Non-Profit of the Year in 2011 by the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce.
Executive Director, Marilyn Baker says, “We are thrilled to have someone of Tom’s caliber join our growing organization. His integrity and dedication are well known and respected in the non-profit community and we are looking forward to all the exciting possibilities this partnership will bring!”
For the past 17 years, Tom had moved through a variety of executive positions at Special Olympics Maryland such as Sr. VP for Sports Management, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Operating Officer. His many accomplishments there included leading the effort to raise in excess of $2.7 million during the 16th annual “Polar Bear Plunge,” overseeing the move of the office headquarters, supervising company-wide IT upgrades, and achieving record revenues for county sports programs.
Tom has a BS in Physical Education from Springfield College in Massachusetts and a MA in Education from Montclair State University in New Jersey. He lives with his wife, Paula, in Annapolis.
Founded in 1996, MTR’s year-round programs include Therapeutic Riding, their core program for individuals with a variety of special needs; Hippotherapy which is a highly structured, one-on-one therapy sessions under the guidance of an occupational, physical or speech therapist; Horses for Heroes, a free, specialty therapeutic riding program for veteran and active duty U.S. military wounded warriors and injured community-service personnel and their family members; and Horses for Hope, a therapeutic riding program for women going through emotional life-challenges such as an illness or divorce.