The Thinkwell team
Chairman, President and CEO
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.
Co-Founder and VP Development
Amy co-founded Thinkwell in 1997 with a desire to bring great teachers and great teaching to students worldwide. She oversees the production and editorial departments at Thinkwell and is happiest when the cameras are rolling.
Amy is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. She is an active volunteer and contributor to arts and education organizations in her community. Most recently, she was chosen to serve on Austin Independent School District’s UpClose committee. She is a proud parent of two young, curious kiddos whom she tries to inspire to think well every day.
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.