Meet the Team
Thillen Education Foundation is privileged to work with an extraordinary group of volunteers who work tirelessly to make a difference in our student’s lives. Our volunteer Board of Directors drives day-to-day foundation operations and partnerships, establishes long-term financial strategy for donor fund investment and disburses earned financial assistance to students, and guides communications and fundraising to continue our efforts for years to come. Each member of our Board of Advisors offers specialized skill sets to provide balanced insight for our strategic initiatives and professional connections to open doors to future collaborations. Our Associates take on special marketing and communications projects to advance our corporate mission. Meet our talented team.
TEF Founding Board of Advisors
Social Media Community Manager, Truist
Founder and CEO, PlanGap
Author, I Can Fix America
President, Hady Media
Ritz-Carlton Lake Oconee, Parent
Professor of Finance,
Seton Hall University
Founder and CEO, Three to Five Publishing
Graduate of Emory University, Owner of SamJo Web Consulting, music audio engineer, trailblazer
Gatewood School student, community volunteer, founder of the Lake Area Easter Basket Project for youth in foster care, Eagle Scout
Graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, Owner of Emgraphx, adventurer
Founder and President
Creator of the Career Coaching Program, retired IBM Business Unit Executive, instructor and gymnastics coach at West Point, U.S. Army veteran
Retired international sales and internal auditing corporate executive, world traveler, avid runner
Past Chief Financial Officer for two companies, Past Treasurer for three banks, coach to bank executives, and GCCA career coach
TEF Director of Operations, Independent Contractor
Chief Executive Officer of the Greene College & Career Academy, Former principal of Newton County High School in Georgia, U.S. Army veteran
Career Coach/Student Liaison
Ritz Carlton Operations, Career Coach, Team Leader
CTAE Director, Greene College & Career Academy, Prior Assistant Principal, Greene County High School
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Board of Advisors
Chairman, GMS Inc.
Past President of Reynolds Lake Oconee, Past Executive Director of Atlas Ministries, United States Olympic Athlete - Kayak and Canoe Team
Greene County School System Parent Mentor Special Education, Evans Catering Owner
President - Amaxim LLC, Managing editor of Emory Business.com and Emory Business magazine at Goizueta Business School, book author, U.S. Chefs' Open winner
Graduation Coach, Greene College & Career Academy
Business Management and I/T Independent Contractor
Co-Founder, Thillen Education Foundation
President, eKistics LLC
Construction & Facility Manager
Former Partner, Morris, Manning & Martin LLC, First Tee Coach
I/T executive at Fortune 100 companies including Nike and Home Depot
EdD. Former CTAE Director, Burke County, Georgia School System.