Mr. Thistleton and his wife Linda are the founders of Mars Hill Academy. He served for ten years as the Chairman of the Board, and now serves as an appointed board member. Mr. Thistleton holds a B.S. from the University of Dayton and an M.B.A. from Indiana University. He has served in various executive roles with high-technology companies, including a stint as CEO, and as a partner in consulting for Deloitte & Touche. The Thistletons have ten children, including six MHA graduates and four MHA students. They attend Christ Church Cincy in Milford.