Meet the FSAP Staff - Tom Ruggieri
Tom N. Ruggieri, LCSW-C
Tom became the Coordinator of the Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) in 1988. This was a return home as he had graduated with a B.S. from College Park in 1980 and was raised close by in Hyattsville. Tom has been in the mental health and substance abuse fields since 1977, having worked in a variety of settings, including crisis centers, adolescent group homes, hospitals, family counseling centers, and substance abuse units. Tom received his Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore in 1984. Since then, he has provided employee assistance program consulting services to a variety of organizations, both nationally and internationally. Prior to his work at UMCP, he was a manager for the Sheppard Pratt Employee Assistance Programs.
"People often ask me why I do this kind of work, listening to people complain and present difficult situations all day long. What they do not realize is how fulfilling it is to see people pull themselves up and out of what appears to them to be an impossible situation. It is also the only job that I can think of where people come in and are totally honest with you about some very personal aspects of their lives. I consider that to be an honor, to have people place that kind of trust in me."
Tom is married and the father of three grown children. He plays saxophone with his jazz trio Cheek to Cheek (www.cheektocheekjazz.com) and can often be spotted around campus playing at various functions.
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