Tom Gleason is the founder of Gleason Woodwork, considered one of the top ultra high‐end residential cabinet and millwork shops in the Chicago area. Tom is active both locally and nationally in the Architectural Woodwork Institute having served as Chicago Chapter President and nationally as Chairman of the Audit Committee. For 18 years he has been a jurist for the annual woodworking competition of a national woodworking publisher.
Tom with Glenda, his wife of 27 years, helped found a Youth Group in 2000 at Old St. Patrick’s Church west of Chicago’s Loop. The Youth Group chose Fabretto for its first service trip. It was also Fabretto’s first service group. Their son, Bryan, was on that first trip and daughter, Meredith, four years later. 2010 was the 12th Service Trip for Old St. Patrick’s to Fabretto in Nicaragua.
In 2005 Tom combined his woodworking knowledge with his love for Fabretto, guiding their nascent carpentry program in Cusmapa. He was honored by Fabretto in 2007 as their Volunteer of the Year. That same year he was appointed to the FCF Advisory Board. Tom has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2010.