John Thoma has worked at Transtions LifeCare for 24 years and has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2002. Having an accounting and finance background, he was new to nonprofit healthcare when he started at Transitions LifeCare. He now has a deep appreciation for the mission and work that they do and greatly admires the professionals and volunteers that have a huge impact on people’s lives every day.
What benefits have you experienced or are you hoping to experience as a result of your NCER membership?
In the past two months of membership I have benefited from getting know a diverse group of leaders from various industries and disciplines. I look forward to learning from the knowledge base and experience of others as well as contributing to the discussions from the perspective of the nonprofit sector.
What are the most important leadership lessons you have learned over the years?
- To trust my instincts and the instincts of others.
- To address staff conflicts as they arise.
- To hire and retain the best talent and the best fit for the organization.
Q5: What have been some of the greatest influences on you throughout your career?
Some of the greatest influences on me have been members of the Board of Directors that I work with, successful leaders within the hospice and palliative care field, and the Jim Collins book “Good to Great”, particularly the concept of level 5 leadership.