Meet The Team
We are all about taking care of our guests. Every event, every day! Meet the professional team behind the scenes. Each member of our team is here because they are extremely talented in their own way- and because they love what they do!
Faith Watkins, Co-Owner
Co-owner, Faith Campbell Watkins is an Oxford, NC native. She has worked with antiques and decorating for several years. Partnering with Philip Paulsen at Remember When Antiques and Collectibles, Gift and Garden Shoppe, and now at Thorndale Oaks has allowed her to showcase her unique talents that she has been using with friends and family. Faith considers working for an event center, like Thorndale Oaks, to be her dream job.
Philip Paulsen, Co-Owner
Co-owner, Philip Craig Paulsen, is an Michigan native. He brought his love of re-purposing to North Carolina by making hand made creations from salvaged wood, metal and other equipment. His beautiful, hand-crafted items are sold at Thorndale Oaks’ sister store, Remember When Antiques and Collectibles, Gift and Garden Shoppe in Oxford, NC. Philip’s vision for the potential of various abandoned, yet historic properties has now been used to decorate Thorndale Oaks with the newest and best use of reclaimed materials to give you our gorgeous event center.
Jennifer Watkins, Business Manager
As our Business Manager at Thorndale Oaks, Jennifer does a little bit of everything. Jennifer has always had a passion for creating spectacular events! She graduated East Carolina University with a Bachelor's of Science in Interior Design. Her creative skills and outgoing personality will transform your special event into one to remember. Whether you are entertaining a large group or just a few of your closest friends and family, Jennifer will transform our space to fit your specific needs.
Mark Carroll, Executive Chef
As our resident Chef, Mark Carroll brings over 25 years of hospitality and food service experience. Energetic and professional with a blend of creativity, his passion for food and exceptional cooking skills are demonstrated through every dish he artfully prepares. Mark focuses on the highest standards for taste and quality. Having his expertise here at Thorndale Oaks is one of the many reasons why your event will be the best it can be!
Marc Cavanaugh, Sous Chef
Mark is a Granville County native born and raised. He is a Culinary Professional with 12 years of experience within the industry and has an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. He has worked at many establishments across the area and brings a heartfelt love for making each dining experience one to remember!
D.L. Page, Creative Consultant
As our Creative Consultant, D.L. ensures that all of the little details come together to make the event planning process simple and fun! He works directly with our clients to ensure that the event turns out beyond expectations, from planning custom menus, coordinating music, reception logistics, and everything in between, D.L. is here to help make your event one to remember. D.L. is from South Carolina and has spent most of his life networking through his background of music, theater, and event planning. With over 20 years of experience in event and wedding planning, D.L. Page knows a thing or two about impressing your guest list.