Our Leadership

Our leadership team brings extensive experience from education, software, and healthcare to our company.

Chris Hester

Chief Executive Officer

Chris brings more than twenty years of experience leading companies that create social impact through the application of improved workflow technology and robust analytics.

Dr. Mark Milliron

Co-Founder & Chief Learning Officer

An award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant, Dr. Milliron has worked with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world.

Charles Thornburgh

Founder & Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer

Charles fell in love with education while attending Stanford University and considered becoming a teacher. However, he also truly enjoyed technology and business, so decided to explore new ways of affecting education in a more scalable way.

Eric Grunden

Chief Customer Officer

Eric brings more than two decades of experience in delivery and support of integrated technologies and advanced analytics across complex systems.

Celeste Lay

Vice President of Customer Experience

Celeste brings to Civitas a 20-year history of success exceeding customer expectations.  She leads our Data Support, Project Management, Training & Enablement, Data Engineering and Customer Success teams.

Dave Kil

Chief Data Scientist

Dave is the Chief Data Scientist at Civitas Learning overseeing the development of insight and action analytics, leveraging salient concepts from multiple disciplines.

Shawn Gaide

General Manager, College Scheduler

Shawn leads the development and execution of our College Scheduler team to reach more students and help improve their outcomes.