Meet James Tillman

Founder and CEO


James Tillman is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor  in both the state of California and Illniois. He holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. James comes to counseling after having served as a full-time staff member with an International Missions Organization and on the pastoral staff of The Orchard Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois.  James has also given leadership to several not-for-profit organization including one designed to create confidential small groups for the purpose of fostering transparency, healing, and connection within the clergy. Because of this, his counsel is highly sought out by pastors, church workers, and other not-for-profit professionals facing difficult life situations

James brings years of "real world" business experience to his counseling, having held management positions  in the financial services industry and as a certified business coach for real estate professionals. In addition, he currently serves as CEO of Big Yellow Dog LLC, a publishing company and is the co-founder of Total Wellness Resource Center.

James is trained in the Gottman Method for Marriage Counseling which is a research based, empirically proven therapy for reducing conflict and increasing closeness and intimacy in marriage. Through skills taught in this therapy, many seemingly "hopeless" marriages have been restored as couples have broken unhealthy relational patterns and found powerful new ways of relating to one another. 

He is a passionate communicator, which is expressed in everything he does, whether through speaking engagements or through writing stage plays, books or weekly blogs. “I strive to bring a lifetime of experience and training, coupled with God's grace, to each counseling session. My passion is to help clients break free from their limitations and heal their painful emotional wounds so they can soar on eagle’s wings and be all they were created to be.”

In his spare time, James enjoys exploring new backpacking trails with his wife, Cheri, and creating music on the piano and guitar. Always seeking a new challenge, he holds a second-degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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Meet Cheri Tillman

Co-Founder and Executive Director


Cheri received her MBA from Harvard Business School and went on to become certified as a Life Coach, Professional Business Consultant -Coach, as well as a Practitioner of Wellness and Nutrition.

Cheri was always fascinated by the “behind the scene” story of why life worked out for some and not for others. She had the same curiosity about businesses. Determined to find the answers, she started her journey of education, some self-study others from Ivy League Institutes. She spent hours, even years studying logistics, statistics, analytics and case study after another until one day she realized the answer. No, it didn’t come with a mathematical equation or a case study but rather from a Neuroscience study on how the brain really works.

So what was the determining factor for whether or not a person would find happiness or a business success? It all boiled down to one word “Mindset”. It sounds so simple, yet few achieve it. Based on scientific studies it is now known we “choose” the way we think and the way we “think” determines the outcome. Cheri went on to use her “Mindset” to start her own businesses both for profit and not for profit. Her success gained the attention of the Pritzker’s (owner of 150 different businesses,) who eventually hired her as Vice President. From there she earned an Executive Vice President position running a $6 billion organization, analyzing process efficiencies and increasing the bottom line for over 1000 businesses.

But in the back of her mind, she remained passionate about the personal growth of individuals and the professional growth of small businesses. 

Today Cheri is Executive Director and Co-founder of TWRC (Total Wellness Resource Center) an organization that focuses on the well-being of individuals and small businesses ($20 million and under).

She believes all success begins with self-awareness and self-leadership. Schedule your free consultation today and learn how you can master the direction of your personal and business life. 

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