Administrative Director, COBE
Program Coordinator, Rams in Recovery
B.A. in History and African American Studies from University of Virginia, 2008
M.B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, 2016
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, VCB
Tom Bannard is the Program Coordinator for Rams in Recovery in addition to being the Administrative Director for COBE, VCU's Collegiate Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute, which works to unlock the power of behavioral health research through university wide collaboration. Tom is a Certified Drug Alcohol Counselor and has spent most of his career working in homeless services.
During his time in homeless services, Tom created an intensive employment preparation program for people with substantial barriers to employment including homelessness, addiction and felony convictions. With more than 375 graduates since 2011, the program continues to achieve a more than 80% employment rate, with the vast majority finding employment within 30 days. A person in long-term recovery, Tom is an advocate for people in recovery or who are struggling with a substance use disorder. Tom is also pursuing an MBA through VCU.