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Interim President and Chief Executive Officer

Thomas R. Smith, Ph.D. is the Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Center for the Integration of Health and Spirituality (ICIHS). Experienced in leadership and management before joining ICIHS in 1996, Dr. Smith completed a successful career in the U.S. Army rising to the rank of colonel.

During his Army career, Dr. Smith held numerous leadership positions within the Chaplain Corps. A veteran of the Viet Nam war, he served as a Protestant Pastor to the headquarters community at Redstone Arsenal, Fort McClellan, Alabama, and Fort Lewis, Washington. In addition, he provided support to soldiers and families during assignments in Europe and at Fort Knox, Kentucky where he founded the Army's first Family Therapy Training Program.

His career culminated in Washington, D.C. when he was assigned as Chaplain to the Pentagon Community and then headed the Army Chaplaincy's think tank. Immediately prior to his retirement, Dr. Smith served as Chief of the Department of Ministry and Pastoral Care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and as Command Chaplain for the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command.

Dr. Smith obtained his Ph.D. in Family Therapy from the Florida State University and subsequently became a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). He has served as an officer in various state chapters of AAMFT and was named an AAMFT Fellow in 1983 in recognition of his establishment of professional and ethical standards in the military environment.

In addition to AAMFT, Dr. Smith has been a member of the National Council on Family Relations, the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling, the Collaborative Family Healthcare Coalition, and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. He was appointed to adjunct faculty positions at the University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, and Gadsden State College.

Publishing numerous articles in Military Chaplains Review, the scholarly journal for the military chaplaincy, Dr. Smith later assumed responsibility for supervising its editing. During his career, he received some 24 military decorations, including the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the Navy Commendation Medal with "V" device.

Dr. Smith joined the staff of ICIHS in November of 1996 as the Chief Operating Officer, first under the title of Executive Director and then with the title of Vice President for Operations. In addition to speaking in public venues for the Speakers Bureau, he applied administrative systems to the complex processes required to produce the outcomes for which ICIHS has become widely acclaimed. Such policies and principles formed the underpinning for ICIHS to be named by the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations as an Organization of Excellence in 2001.

Upon the sudden and untimely death of the founder and president, Dr. David B. Larson in March 2002, Dr. Smith was named by the Board of Directors to serve as the Interim President and CEO. He and his wife of 40 years, the former Carolyn Finley, are parents of two adult children and grandparents of three. They live in North Bethesda, Maryland.
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