Tom Wells is president and chairman of the board of Wells Mountain Foundation (WMF), which provides funding and support in the areas of education, literacy and the arts, primarily in the developing world. In 1995 he and his wife, Carol, started the WMF Empowerment Through Education Scholarship Program, whose 63 current scholars represent 21 countries, including Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Tom has visited Africa five times and has been to Haiti 14 times, where WMF is active in supporting the YMCA. When not working on WMF, he is the senior partner of Wells, Jaworski & Liebman, a New York/New Jersey-based law firm, and a trustee of the Bolger Trust and Foundation. Tom and Carol are partners in WMF as well as Wells Mountain, LLC, a real estate development and management company; and Bristol Suites, a lodging establishment, all based in Bristol, Vt.
Tom’s civic service includes eight years on the local planning board and more than 20 years as the YMCA trustee and chair of the Ridgewood YMCA World Service Committee. He serves as a director of the Bank of the Cascades in Bend, Ore., and on other civic and business boards. Most recently he was honored to be elected as one of only two non-Haitian trustees on the YMCA d’Haiti National Board.
Carol Vitz Wells is WMF’s corporate secretary and director of operations. She supervises all of the operations, particularly the WMF Scholars selection process, the Annual Online Auction and Book Angels. Outside of WMF, Carol has spent her career as a school social worker, as manager and co-owner of an independent bookstore, and, most recently, as the executive director of Bristol Downtown Community Partnership. Her civic involvement is extensive and include two terms on Bristol’s local Selectboard (town council), chair of Bristol Friends of the Artsand co-founder of Art on Main, a cooperative community art and craft gallery. Carol also runs Wells Mountain, LLC, and Bristol Suites.
Tom and Carol both earned bachelor’s degrees from Bucknell University, where they met during sophomore year. Tom majored in political science, English and business, while Carol majored in psychology and studio art. Tom went on to earn his juris doctorate from Case Western Reserve University. Carol obtained her master’s degree in human services and counseling from John Carroll University.