Chief Executive Officer

THINC College & Career Academy is guided by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who is directly accountable to the Board of Directors. The CEO’s primary focus is the continuous improvement of the partnership that created the academy and of the programs included as part of the curriculum.


Kathy Carlisle

Dr. Kathy Carlisle, Chief Executive Officer


With professional experience in career and training centers, human resources and in enrollment services at Columbus State University, Dr. Kathy Carlisle has a rich and substantial background to lead a continuum of career planning for THINC College & Career Academy staff and students. Dr. Carlisle understands the expectations that business places on students entering the workforce, and prepares those students for real world success. Dr. Carlisle encourages students to seek employment aligned with their career aspirations and advocates college level education through Move On When Ready, dual enrollment or traditional college enrollment.

Dr. Carlisle is passionate about career development and is driven to ensure that all THINC students have the tools necessary to fulfill their dreams. As a first-generation college student, she has experienced the fear and confusion of preparing for the world of work and college. Dr. Carlisle wants students to have the support, encouragement, knowledge and plan for success.

After a successful first year at the helm, Dr. Carlisle has facilitated the completion of a three-year strategic plan which maps out the profile of a THINC graduate. This robust and forward-thinking plan is aligned with future needs of business and ensures that THINC students are highly sought after by employers and colleges. The strategic plan includes an intense focus on redesigning education, implementing project-based learning standards and infusing technology throughout all aspects of the academy.

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Dr. Chris Williams, Director


Dr. Williams holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from LaGrange College, a Master’s in Teaching from LaGrange College, and a Doctorate of Education from Columbus State University. He also received the Education Specialist from Columbus and was chosen as the 21st century classroom representative for Gardner Newman Middle School.

In addition to his pedagogical expertise, Dr. Williams is well­ informed about today’s technology. After high school, he worked with one of the Navy’s two most technologically advanced systems, the Tomahawk Cruise Missile Weapon System. After leading a team of six men aboard the USS Paul F. Foster during Desert Storm, Dr. Williams worked in IT for Trackmobile, Federal Mogul, and Interface Flooring.



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Jennifer Pike, Registrar/Career Advisor


After graduating college with a Bachelors of Arts in Biology, Pike planned to attend medical school. She signed up for a Kaplan course to prepare for the MCAT and, at the same time, applied for a job at Callaway High School. She walked into her first classroom and left nine years later.

As the first registrar of THINC, Pike joins the team with a tool belt of relevant experience. From teaching science at Callaway High School for nine years, to serving as an administrator at Gardner Newman Middle School for four years, to registering students for classes at LaGrange High School for the last two years, Jennifer is shaped to serve THINC’s students as registrar and career advisor.