Tom Gaus has been an active community volunteer for many years. He retired as the principle of Hillsdale High School in 2010 and has enjoyed breeding boxer show dogs since retiring. 

He is currently the Chair of the Mental Health and Recovery Board (MHRB) of Ashland County and has been an active member of the board since he was first appointed in 1997. Tom has served in a number of capacities during his tenure, including chair of the director search committee, board chair and chair of the 2012 levy campaign.  Tom has been a strong advocate of mental health services for children and has been a champion of the school-community liaison program which is funded primarily by the mental health levy. The school-community liaison program serves 20% of the student population each year and has helped thousands of children increase their success at school.  Tom is a role model for community volunteering- his leadership is deeply appreciated by his fellow board members and he has made significant contributions to the community as a result of dedicating years of his life in volunteering his time and service to the MHRB.