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.
Board of Advisors
Social Media Community Manager, Truist
Founder and CEO, PlanGap
Author, I Can Fix America
Chairman, GMS Inc.
President, Hady Media
Construction & Facility Manager
Ritz-Carlton Lake Oconee, Parent
Professor of Finance,
Seton Hall University
Graduation Coach, Greene College & Career Academy
Founder and CEO, Three to Five Publishing
Co-Founder, Thillen Education Foundation
President, eKistics LLC
Graduate of Emory University, Owner of SamJo Web Consulting, music audio engineer, trailblazer
Georgia Military Institute student, community volunteer, founder of the Easter Baskets for Foster Children projects in Greene, Putnam, Morgan, and Baldwin counties in Georgia, future Eagle Scout
University of South Carolina student scholar, campus community service leader, George Rogers Foundation and United Service Organization (USO) fundraiser, past member of Youth Men's Service League, athlete
Graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, Owner of Emgraphx, adventurer
Founder and President
Creator of the Career Coaching Program, retired IBM marketing and management executive, instructor and gymnastics coach at West Point, U.S. Army veteran
Retired international sales and internal auditing corporate executive, world traveler, avid runner
Greene College & Career Academy Coach and Parent Liaison, past higher education professional
Past Chief Financial Officer for two companies, Past Treasurer for three banks, coach to bank executives, and GCCA career coach
Past President of Reynolds Lake Oconee, Past Executive Director of Atlas Ministries, United States Olympic Athlete - Kayak and Canoe Team
President - Amaxim LLC, Managing editor of Emory Business.com and Emory Business magazine at Goizueta Business School, book author, U.S. Chefs' Open winner
Chief Executive Officer of the Greene College & Career Academy, Former principal of Newton County High School in Georgia, U.S. Army veteran
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