Who we are
The T. Wall Foundation provides opportunities for special needs students enriching their lives for the moment and helping to inspire their future as individuals in the community.
Thomas P. Wall, Executive Director: The founder of the T. Wall Foundation, Tom received his Bachelors and Masters degree from Eastern Michigan University where he played Football. He is a retired Special Education teacher from Willow Run Schools and is currently CEO of All Star Driver Education. Tom was also Camp Director of the Y’s Camp Al Gon Quian and ran for Mayor of Ann Arbor. Tom’s greatest accomplishment is being married for 46 years and his two wonderful adult children and their families.
David Becker: David is a Director for the nonprofit organization Elevate Energy. Elevate Energy provides smarter energy use for all - especially under-served and low-income households. Prior to Elevate, David was the Operations Manager for an environmental consulting firm. David received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He resides in Ann Arbor, MI with this wife, Kari and their daughter, Adeline. In addition to being Tom's son-in-law, David is extremely proud to be part of the T. Wall Foundation and the great work they do for the community.
Kari Becker, Secretary: Kari is passionate about raising awareness for disabled youth and enhancing their lives through real life experiences. Kari resides in Ann Arbor with her husband and daughter who are both active volunteers for the T. Wall Foundation. Kari currently works at the University of Michigan in the Office of University Development. Previously, she danced professionally (Concert Dance, Inc.) and taught dance in Chicago (After School Matters & Hubbard Street Dance Chicago). Kari is a graduate with Honors from the University of Michigan in 2002 and received a Masters from Laban University in London , England in 2003. She is proud to be on the board of the T. Wall Foundation as it continues to stay committed to assisting special needs kids and acknowledges the importance of providing social opportunities for disabled youth.
Ellie Cobb: Ellie Cobb, M.S: Ellie has her masters in psychology, and is currently working towards her clinical psychology doctoral degree at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her B.A. in psychology from Princeton University. Her passion for helping others, especially youth, blossomed while beginning her work with the T. Wall Foundation in high school. Prior to graduate school, she developed and taught social and emotional wellness programs and mindfulness programs in schools. During her Ph.D. program she has served as the Director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, launching the first Spirituality Mind Body Wellness Center at her graduate school, developing a masters program, and organizing conferences and events grounded in science and wellness. In addition, she has published multiple empirical research papers in scientific journals. Her current clinical training specialty is with children, adolescents, and families focusing on preventative mental health in youth using mindfulness and a strengths-based approach. Ellie is passionate about helping individuals create happy and healthy inner and outer lives, which is why she’s dedicated to the work of the T. Wall Foundation! She lives in New York City with her husband.
Casey Geyen: Casey has been involved helping out with the T. Wall Foundation since she was 16, a sophomore at Greenhills School where the T. Wall B-Ball takes place. She received her B.S. in Sport Management from the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, and graduated with minors in Public Relations and Business Management-Marketing. Casey has a wealth of experience in corporate partnerships and field marketing with notable companies from the Detroit Red Wings/Olympia Entertainment, to Anheuser-Busch, and most recently Monster Energy Company. In addition to the T. Wall Foundation, Casey is also a member of the Associate Board for the Positive Coaching Alliance - Minnesota Chapter. Sharing her passions between her career, family, and helping to develop the younger generation by giving them positive, character-building opportunities, she supports and is proud to help in the mission of the T. Wall Foundation. Casey lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband, Mark.
Steve Gray: Steve retired in 2013 from a 40-year career in hospital management consulting. He has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan College of Engineering. When he graduated from UM, he co-founded and managed Chi Systems, Inc., a healthcare consulting firm based in Ann Arbor, with offices in Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco. After merging Chi Systems with Superior Consultant Company in 1997, Steve held executive positions in healthcare consulting sales and operations with Superior, and subsequent acquirers ACS, and Xerox. Since retirement, Steve has been independently consulting with former clients and spending significantly more time with his wife of 40 years, Susan, and their six grandchildren.
Steve is fortunate to have provided consulting services to Mike Wall because, through Mike, he became acquainted with Tom and the T Wall Foundation. Steve enthusiastically grasped the opportunity to volunteer his time and energy to the Foundation’s great mission and work providing opportunities and uplifting moments for special needs children.
Roger S. Newton, PhD, FAHA: Roger Newton has worked for thirty-five years in the pharmaceutical and biotech life sciences industries. He is currently Executive Chairman and CSO, and most recently, Founder, President/CEO, and Director of Esperion Therapeutics, Inc., which has its business offices in Ann Arbor, MI and formerly had its laboratories in the Michigan Life Science and Innovation Center in Plymouth, MI. Prior to these appointments, he was Senior Vice President, Pfizer Global R&D, and Director, Esperion Therapeutics, a Pfizer, Inc. company. He was Co-founder, President/CEO of the original Esperion founded in July 1998. In addition to the T. Wall Foundation, Roger is also a member of the Board of Directors of Juventas Therapeutics, Rubicon Genomics, Celsee Diagnostics, Ann Arbor Spark, and the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities. He is a member of the National Advisory Boards of the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center and University of MichiganLife Sciences Institute. Roger also participates on the Technology Advisory Boards of Arboretum Ventures, FirstSense Medical, and the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute.
Brent Wall: Brent is the President of All Star Driver Education. He played Division I basketball on a four-year scholarship at Fairfield University. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management there in 1998 and a Masters Degree in Education from Wayne State University in 2002. Brent lives in Ann Arbor with his wife, daughter and son. Brent is invested in supporting his Dad’s work with the T. Wall Foundation, sharing his passion for helping those in need.
Marie E. Wall, Treasurer: Marie Wall is proud to support the T. Wall Foundation through fundraising and volunteering efforts. She has been married to Tom for MANY years and continues to marvel at how he creates activities and events that bring so much joy to special needs students and their families. A former elementary school teacher with B.S and M.A. degrees, Marie now works part-time as a Field Instructor in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. She enjoys staying active with exercise classes, yoga, and walking/hiking. She loves cooking Sunday dinners for her family and will drop everything to spend time with her three (amazing!) grandkids!
Mike Wall: Mike over 30 years of experience in healthcare as the President and CEO of Mount Diablo Medical Center, John Muir Health System, Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Saint John's Health Center and the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, CA. He resides in La Quinta, CA with his wonderful wife Barb.