Friend of the Elderly 2018
President / CEO (retired)
National Church Residences
Tom Slemmer retired from National Church Residences in December 2014 after serving the organization for a remarkable 38 years. Under his guidance, National Church Residences grew from a small organization to the nation’s largest non-profit affordable housing provider.
Slemmer joined National Church Residences in July 1976 as an Administrative Assistant. By December 1977 he was promoted to Vice President. He was named a Senior Vice President in December 1984 and an Executive Vice President in December 1986. Slemmer became the organization’s second President and CEO in January 1989 – a position he held until his retirement at the end of 2014. In his retirement, Slemmer still serves National Church Residences in an advisory role.
Slemmer is past Chair on the Board of Directors of LeadingAge. He has served in many positions with LeadingAge including: Chair of the LeadingAge Development Corporation, Co-Chair of the Affordable Housing Finance Cabinet, and a member of the Housing with Services Task Force. He has served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Association of Philanthropic Homes and Housing for the Aging (AOPHA), and is past Chair of the AOPHA Housing Committee. He is a former member on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Capital Corporation, the Board of the National Affordable Housing Trust and Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future.
He is married and has three grown children. Slemmer is a graduate of the Ohio State University with a Master’s Degree in Resource Development and Land Use Planning in 1973. He is a Vietnam veteran where he served as a helicopter pilot.
RHF is pleased to present Tom Slemmer with the 2018 Friend of the Elderly Award.