The Thinkwell team
President, CEO and Director
Carl joined Thinkwell in 1999; he has enjoyed more than thirty years in publishing. He received a Ph.D in Western American History from Oklahoma State University. He entered publishing at Scott, Foresman and subsequently joined West College Publishing. He was president of the college divisions of McGraw-Hill and Harcourt Brace as well as overseeing the public offering of Vcampus Corporation. He was the chairperson of the American Association of Publishers. He is the author of eight books and more than twenty articles on the history of the American West. Carl brings Scout to work.
Chairman and CFO
Kent Fuka brings 30 years experience in the computer industry to Thinkwell. During the 1990s, he spent 5 years as a Vice President at a large software company in Austin, and then spent 5 years as a founding partner at a Texas venture capital firm. As a VC, Kent became the Chairman of Thinkwell in 1999. After retiring from the VC business in 2002, Kent went back to school to get a masters degree in Astronomy, and now has a room full of telescope gear and historic star charts at home. In 2004, Kent missed his life in high-tech, and joined Thinkwell full time, where he is now responsible for Thinkwell's finances.
Co-Founder and VP Development
Amy is responsible for creating the multimedia content for Thinkwell's products. Her interest in film, commercial, and media production began more than 15 years ago as a film student at the University of Texas at Austin. After five years spent working in Los Angeles with Screen Gems, she decided to return to her native Texas soil, where the ground seemed a little more stable.
Amy started Thinkwell in 1997 with Dan Heath, the mastermind behind many things, including Thinkwell?s Brainmobile. Amy has a Bachelor of Science degree from U.T., Austin, where she first came to appreciate the power of great professors as great communicators?an idea that helped make Thinkwell what it is today. She is an active volunteer with Austin Partners in Education and is the proud mom of Bingle and Moxie, two neurotic but well-intentioned mutts.
Chief Technology Officer
Palo is the architect of Thinkwell's educational platform, course
management, and back-office systems. His background with educational
software began over 8 years ago with The Princeton Review
where he worked as a senior software developer, working on one of the first
adaptive testing environments online. Palo is a board member
of Tamizdat, a non-profit organization committed to fostering the free-exchange of
information and ideas between artists, audiences, and industry. Palo attended engineering school in Bratislava, Slovakia, his home country.
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Mark leads the effort to show all kinds of teachers how Thinkwell can help meet their objectives with students. He wore out his welcome at the University of Kansas as a pioneer of the seven-year plan still imitated by students today. With book-learning and an MBA behind him, Mark served as senior group manager of college marketing at Sprint before joining Thinkwell. Mark owns quite a few guitars, and in his spare time he actually builds both electric and acoustic guitars. He's also a car nut, forever on the lookout for a rusty British sports car to restore. Neither of these activities are encouraged by his wife and son.
Director of Professional Development
Sam hails from Austin, Texas where she produced theater, film, and fashion events for several years before joining the Thinkwell team. Sam has worn many hats at Thinkwell over the past 7 years and loves assisting instructors in discovering the best way to use all of the Thinkwell tools. In Sam's backyard, you'll find bowling balls, a horseshoe pit, and a lemonade stand.