Thomas Ball studied finance and economics at the College of William and Mary and then earned an M.S. in Accounting from the McIntire School of Commerce in 2008. After work experience for an investment banking mergers and acquisitions firm and a large consultancy, he returned to school for a self-directed post baccalaureate pre-med course of study. He volunteered as an EMT for the fire department in his hometown where he meditated on route to respond to 911 calls. During this time, he was fortunate to become a mentee of an Oxford educated minister with knowledge and practice in the contemplative Christian traditions.
In the spring of 2012, Thomas had the opportunity to spend five weeks in northern India where he was fortunate to befriend several monks and to learn about the contemplative traditions of Tibet. Following this trip, he joined his sister, a minister, for a meditation retreat near her home in Hawaii. In August of 2012, Thomas started his first year at the School of Medicine. That month he began sending a weekly message to those interested, listing free wellness opportunities on grounds, a relaxing, encouraging song, and the gratefulness.org Word for the Day.
That semester, he began facilitating meditations for fellow students and has worked to encourage the offering of more free opportunities to students. Thomas is thankful to the teachers of yoga and meditation at the Nursing School and Medical School and to the growing number of students who volunteer their time and energy to facilitate meditation, yoga, massage, mindfulness webinars, and other wellness initiatives.
During his first and second year, Thomas served as the President of the Class of 2016.