OUR TEAM

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

Carolyn Thurston

CEO / Founder

Carolyn Thurston has 25 years of experience in healthcare. During The last ten years, she trained more than 250 senior care agency owners on regulations and procedures. By sharing her passion for seniors with likeminded and passionate individuals in the family of Wisdom Business Owners, she believes we can keep more seniors in the comfort of their homes. She received her BA degree from North Carolina Central University and her BSN degree from Winston Salem state university. After graduating from College with her nursing degree and passing the nursing boards, she started her journey to explore all the ins and outs of the industry. Wisdom Senior Care today has served more than 500 seniors in the state of North Carolina. In 2009, she was honored to become one of three qualified trainers to teach the one-day state-mandated homecare provider course for the state of North Carolina for anyone interested in owning or operating a home care agency. It gave her the opportunity to assist over 300 potential business owners get started in the industry. The needs of caregiving for seniors in industry prompted her to launch Wisdom Health Academy in 2013 to provide quality training to our aides and Certified Assistant Nurses. Carolyn Thurston is happily married and blessed with two daughters who are following their footprint in the industry.

Charles Thurston

COO / VP Sales

Charles Thurston has a strong desire and compassion to grow people, and he has 30 years experiences building more than 300 entrepreneurs worldwide with one of the pioneer direct marketing company. Sharing the same passion with his wife Carolyn Thurston, he is shaping Wisdom Senior Care Business Owners from his experience building entrepreneurs. He always mentors business owners on values of love and relationship to grow. Charles was a key player in starting and growing Wisdom early clients’ portfolio. Connecting with the target market is a natural skill for him. After graduating from college with a major in business, Charles worked in strategic positions as Loan Officer with the State Employee’s Credit Union. Other responsibilities in collections and sales tuned his skills in offering solutions to our target market. At Wisdom, he got involved in setting the right operations and processes. His business experience is a huge asset to Wisdom. Charles Thurston has been a rock-solid support in Wisdom growth.

Jason Schneider

Corporate Attorney

Jason brings strong business and financial credentials to the legal practice. As a CPA and attorney, Jason’s combined experience in financial, tax, and legal matters have proven very beneficial to Wisdom business. 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 finance matters. Before being part of Wisdom team, Jason practiced with Schottenstein Zox & Dunn (now Ice Miller) in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he was a partner with the firm’s corporate and tax practice groups. He also practiced with Helms Mulliss & Wicker, PLLC (now McGuire Woods) and Poyner & Spruill, LLP in Raleigh, North Carolina. Before law school, Jason was a tax consultant with Ernst & Young, LLP in Miami, Florida, where he focused on state, local and international tax. 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 Schneider is a partner of Schneider Law Group; a business boutique law firm focused on M&A, securities, and tax strategy.

Lisa Schneider

Corporate Governance

Lisa has extensive experience with international legal matters including employment-based immigration and foreign investment in U.S. business operations. Lisa Schneider is an accomplished corporate governance expert bringing more than a dozen years of legal and policy experience in corporate governance, regulations, environmental practices and institutional engagement with public companies. Lisa served as General Counsel and Director of Corporate Governance for the North Carolina State Treasurer’s office, which runs the nation’s 10th largest state pension fund and holds approximately $80 billion in total assets under management. Lisa also served as an Assistant Attorney General in DOJ’s environmental division and practiced with a boutique law firm specializing in business immigration law. Lisa received her J.D. from Tulane University, where she served as Managing Editor of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal, and her B.A. from the University of Miami. She 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

Business Development & Performance Coordinator with 15 years experience in business growth expertise in USA, Canada, and West Africa. Achille brings tremendous international experience in keeping our Wisdom Business Owners accountable to their goals of joining our family. He oversees the financial performance of the organization. With an MBA in International Business & Finance, he is an asset to Wisdom focus on diversity in our family of business owners.

Christopher McMullan

VP Marketing

For over 26 years where he has been successful in building and growing an high performing organization serving IBM with sales over $1.2B, Christopher has a passion for online marketing. With his team, he works reluctantly to position Wisdom Senior Care in the hand of our seniors and their families. An entrepreneur himself, he guides our business owners in understanding better our brand name. Before joining Wisdom Senior Care, he was a Business Development Professional for over 26 years where he has been successful in building and growing an high performing organization serving IBM with sales more than $1.2B. The results were created via execution of account management, engineering development, and merger and acquisition integration. With his technical background in Electrical Engineering and project management, he was able to identify and create lucrative and scalable opportunities in the contract manufacturing industry. As former Technical Program Manager, he led technology and computer development for OEM marketplace for Fortune 100 companies and traveled extensively in Asia to establish manufacturing partners in China and Taiwan. He provided oversight and direction for matrixed development teams of 15‐20 engineers. He added $20M to division profits while laying the foundation for Intel’s overseas business in China, by pioneering strategic marketing for expansion.

Marilyn Christian

Field Training Coordinator

Education as a transfer of knowledge has been Marlyn passion for more than three decades. At Wisdom, Marlyn, as an RN, has been the stepping stones for our caregivers' training. Registered nurse and licensed by the State of North Carolina, she oversees the best practices from our business owners in our clients' homes. Marilyn Christian is a graduate of the Huron Road Hospital School of Nursing, Cleveland, Ohio. She worked at Kaiser Permanente Hospital and their clinics for 16 years, as well as St. Luke's Hospital and The Cleveland Clinic. In 1994 she moved to North Carolina to accept a position as Lead Nurse at the UNC Family Practice in Chapel Hill. Marilyn was the evening nurse manager at The Forest at Duke, and in 2007 became an instructor at Durham Technical College in the Nurse Aide 1 program. She taught lab skills in the classroom and clinical skills on-site at the Durham VA. Marilyn was proud to have been able to impart her many years of experience in nursing and teaching at Wisdom Health Academy as Lead Instructor/ Program Director from 2013-2016.

Ray T Canoy

CFC & Sales

As a serial entrepreneur and Transworld Business Advisor, Ray has a knack for sales. For more than three decades, he has been a sales achiever by matching the right supply to the right demand with unbeatable people skills and integrity. With the tremendous experience, Ray is supporting Wisdom expansion. Happy networker, he is attentive to potential Wisdom Business Owners who want to join our team.

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