OUR TEAM

Cultivate world-class leaders with a combined 150+ years professional experience in Wisdom mission.

Carolyn Thurston

CEO / Founder

With over 25 years of experience in healthcare, Carolyn Thurston founded Wisdom Senior Care in 2005. She’s led our company in serving over 500 seniors in North Carolina and has trained over 300 senior care agency owners on regulations and procedures. And,most recently, her work has earned her a position on the International Franchise Board of Directors. After graduating with both a BA in sociology and BSN in nursing, she entered the field of home health, helping home care agencies grow until she decided it was time to open her own. Because of her successful management, in 2009, the state of North Carolina selected her as one of the lead trainers for all new home care agency owners. Through this role, she trained over 300 potential business owners as they got started in the industry. As she grew her agency, she faced difficulty recruiting enough qualified caregivers and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). So in 2012, she launched a new business: the Wisdom Health Academy, where they provide quality training to future aides, caregivers, and CNAs. By sharing her passion for seniors with the family of Wisdom business owners, she believes we can serve more seniors in the comfort of their homes. Carolyn Thurston is happily married and blessed with two daughters who are following in her footsteps in the industry of home care.

Charles Thurston

COO / CFE

When we first started out, Charles served as our COO and VP of Sales, helping us bring in new clients and establish both processes and operations to poise Wisdom for growth. Today, he leads our operations and sales on a much larger scale, guiding the direction of Wisdom’s national growth. He leads the onboarding and mentoring of new agency owners, and he leads the expansion strategy into new territories. Before working with us, Charles paired his passion for personal growth with his business degree, spending over 30 years in an advisory role to hundreds of ambitious entrepreneurs across the globe. He shares the same dedication to helping people as his wife Carolyn and extends that to every new business owner who joins the Wisdom family.

Jason Schneider

Corporate Legal Consultant

As both a CPA and attorney, Jason’s brings his combined experience in financial, tax, and legal matters to our team. Jason regularly counsels on the tax and legal aspects of our business model, as well as the business network of owners, legal, and tax issues relating to global business expansion and cross-border transactions. He assists with strategic planning initiatives, corporate governance, federal and state regulation, and corporate finances. Before partnering with us, Jason was a tax consultant with Ernst & Young in Miami, and he practiced law with several law firms in the Raleigh, NC area, and was a partner with Schottenstein Zox & Dunn. Jason received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Florida College of Law and received his Master of Science in Taxation and his B.B.A. from the University of Miami. Jason is also currently a partner with Schneider Law Group; a business boutique law firm focused on M&A, securities, and tax strategy.

Lisa Schneider

Corporate Governance Consultant

Lisa has extensive experience with international legal matters including employment-based immigration and foreign investment in U.S. business operations. She’s served as General Counsel and Director of Corporate Governance for the North Carolina State Treasurer’s office, and as Assistant Attorney General in DOJ’s environmental division. Lisa received her J.D. from Tulane University, and is a member of both the North Carolina and Florida State Bars. She is the managing partner of Schneider Law Group and an accomplished corporate governance expert bringing over a dozen years of legal and policy experience in corporate governance, and institutional engagement with public companies.

Achille B. Kombat

Business Development & Performance

As the Business Development & Performance Coordinator for Wisdom, Achille brings insights from over 15 years of international business growth experience to our team. Achille oversees the financial performance of the Wisdom Corporation, helping to guide our growth strategy. But, he also deeply understands that we are only as strong as the sum of our franchises. With that vision, he advises new owners as they establish their individual plans for growth. New owners often turn to him for guidance on growth, mindset, and financial performance. Achille’s credentials of an MBA in International Business & Finance paired with a philosophy of mutual accountability and prosperity offer Wisdom leadership and new owners a unique plumbline to keep our businesses pointing true north.

Christopher McMullan

VP Marketing

Chris brings over 26 years of marketing experience to our team as he leads our digital strategy, reputation management, brand direction, and our IT team. Before bringing his talents to Wisdom, he’s served a variety of roles that have honed his instincts for marketing growth. He’s managed technical programs, serving Fortune 100 companies, traveled extensively across Asia, and added $20M to division profits through strategic expansion for Intel. He’s led account management, engineering development, and merger and acquisition integrations. As an entrepreneur himself, he helps guide our business owners in understanding how to apply and maximize our brand name, establish their digital presence, and grow their marketing strategy.

Marilyn Christian

Lead Nursing Consultant

Marilyn brings over 30 years of nursing experience as our lead nursing consultant and trainer. Marilyn graduated from the Huron Road Hospital School of Nursing gained experience working at Kaiser Permanente Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, and The Cleveland Clinic. In 1994, accepted a position as Lead Nurse at the UNC Family Practice in Chapel Hill, NC and expanded her teaching and lab experience at The Forest at Duke, Durham Technical College in the Nurse Aide 1 program, and at the Wisdom Health Academy as Lead Instructor/ Program Director from 2013-2016. As an RN licensed by the State of North Carolina, she oversees the best practices from our business owners in our clients' homes.

Ray T Canoy

CFC & Sales Consultant

As a serial entrepreneur and Transworld Business Advisor, Ray has a knack for sales and growth, especially when it comes to matching the right growth partners together. Through his decades of experience, Ray has been a long activator and supporting consultant during Wisdom’s expansion. A natural networker, he is attentive to potential Wisdom Business Owners who want to join our team.

Yes, That's the team I want at my side !

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