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 five MHA students and five MHA graduates. They attend North Cincinnati Community Church in Mason. He maintains a Founder's Blog in hopes of stimulating christian spiritual formation and worldview growth.