Thomas E. Smith, Co-Founder
Thomas E Smith’s agenda during his childhood had two focuses. His first was his passion for playing ice hockey. He took to the ice at a very young age and immediately believed this was his calling. Tom’s physical gifts confirmed that he was born to play this game. His muscular frame enjoyed explosive speed, quick reflexes, and dominating upper and lower body strength. Tom’s commitment to success drove him to exercise his body tirelessly and to utilize fully his athletic attributes. Tom skated his way to success from youth hockey to the Junior A level after a successful senior season. Tom’s second goal was to be a positive force amongst his peers in all the different responsibilities of his life. He is deservingly recognized as “a contributor” in his family, his school, and his community. Tom is one of those unique individuals who recognizes and believes that “doing the right thing” is a personal responsibility.
On August 2, 2008, Tom suffered an injury that changed the course of his life forever. Because of a collision with an opposing player and his own goalie, he crashed into the boards. The impact paralyzed him. During Tom’s rehabilitation, he felt the frustration from the inadequate medical services in the Boston area. He then traveled to the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Center in Miami Florida. In Miami, extensive treatment programs completely enabled him to return to the ice and also opened his eyes to the pain and suffering other patients endured who were not making his progress.
Tom returned to the ice fully recovered. Then, on October 1, 2009, Tom suffered another paralyzing spinal injury during a practice. Although he is currently challenging his body to recover from this injury, he is embracing a much greater goal, not for himself, but for the many other patients who do not have access to the best care and treatment for spinal injuries. Tom sees The Thomas E. Smith Foundation as the answer to filling the void in medical services for spinal injuries in New England.
Tucker Mullin, Co-Founder
Tucker Mullin felt the same passion his co-founder Tom did for hockey, following his desire to skate from prep school to the Junior A level and eventually landing at Saint Anselm College. Tucker and Tom met the first time as opponents on the ice when Tom played for the Pingree School and Tucker skated for Phillips Andover Academy. A strong friendship between them developed when the two became teammates at the Junior A level.
When Tom suffered his first accident, Tucker made a personal commitment to support Tom as a friend and teammate. He also witnessed his friend’s challenges and frustrations firsthand, especially the need to travel to Miami for medical care. Following Tom’s second injury, he and Tucker founded the Thomas E. Smith Foundation. Tucker started the organization with Tom to help a close friend. As the organization grew, Tucker realized he was not only helping support Tom, but the entire spinal cord injury community.
Tucker has been actively involved in community service efforts for many years. For his dedication to community service and work with the Foundation, Tucker was recognized as the 2013 Hockey Humanitarian Award recipient, the award that is given annually to “College Hockey’s Finest Citizen”. He was also the recipient of the Paul S. Coleman Outstanding Service Leadership Award presented by Saint Anselm College, and the J. Thom Lawler Award presented by Bauer and the Eastern Massachusetts Hockey Officials Association.
Throughout his playing career at Saint Anselm College, where he graduated with a BA in Financial Economics, Tucker was a two-time team captain on the Men’s Hockey team and became the 22nd member of the Hawks’ 100-point club. In 97 career games, Tucker had 49 goals and 55 assists for 104 points, 19th all-time in school history. He was also a member of 4-straight NE-10 Championship teams, a school record. . Tucker currently resides in Boston, MA.
Christopher K. Smith, Director
As Thomas’ older brother, Christopher has always been a supportive of whatever sport, activity or venture Thomas pursued. But after living through Thomas’ first accident, and seeing what results sufficient therapies and resources yield, Chris knew helping his brother and Tucker start a Foundation that would do the same for others was something he had to do. Then, after Thomas miraculously recovered and just 14 months later they were back in the Boston Medical Center, Chris could not help but feel like something much bigger was in store for Thomas and his legacy.
From his studies at Florida Atlantic University’s Barry Kaye College of Business and throughout his professional career, Chris has always had a passion for the opportunity to enrich lives through helping people. His personal connection with The Thomas E. Smith Foundation’s mission made it easy for Chris to see that his purpose in life was to help his brother and Tucker build a Foundation that will help those affected by SCI and paralysis, and eventually find a cure for paralysis.
Since the Foundation’s inception Chris has provided start-up guidance and mentorship to both Thomas and Tucker; and since relocating to Boston in November 2012, he has come on board full-time to serve as the Director of The Thomas E Smith Foundation. Since then Chris has co-founded and helped successfully launch The Thomas E. Smith Foundation’s two latest projects, Dance for Paralysis and the Look-Up Line. His professional experiences outside of The Thomas E. Smith Foundation span across the industries of digital marketing, real estate and technology sales. He currently lives in Salem, MA and is Head of Boston Operations for New York based real estate/technology start-up WeWork.