Each Marriage Counselors and Directors, (Jim, Elizabeth, David and Dana) have experienced the pain of divorce. Their own marital failures have bonded them for the purpose of helping people and reviving marriages. Their painful divorces also inspired the creation of The Marriage Boot Camp.
Our leadership team of non-licensed marriage and relationship counselors have more than 60 years of combined experience in Seminar Leadership. Our educational backgrounds, previous careers and the long list of hard knocks and failures create a unique, fun and dynamic seminar experience.
Jim Carroll is the founder and creator of the Life Enrichment and Marriage Boot Camp. Jim got his start as a trainer with Dr. Phil. From there, he honed his skills and used his natural insight to transform mundane materials into exciting, interactive learning games. Since 1994 Jim has been saving relationships across the country by combining the best of the best in games, drills and exercises along with a heavy dose of boot camp-style tough love to facilitate healing in every participant. Jim is also a writer, a business man and a film maker. Jim is the author of “Hollywood Dating Blunders” published by Skyward Publishing; “Angel Vision” and “Cover of Darkness” released by Huntington House Publishing. In 2006, Jim produced the low budget thriller, “Evil Behind You.” Jim has co-composed three soundtrack albums that are available on all major music sites as Jim Carroll Cinematic Soundtracks. In addition to his creative endeavors, Jim is the founder and CEO of Champion National Security. Jim is the host of the TV series, Marriage Boot Camp. Jim and his wife led Seasons 1, 2 and 3 of Bridezillas and Reality Stars on the WeTV Network. Jim has also appeared on Dr. Drew Life Changers, TLC Marriage Camp and Gene Simmons Family Jewels. Jim and his wife Elizabeth share a blended family consisting of 2 daughters and 2 sons, and together bring you the finest experience of healing in the nation.
Elizabeth Carroll comes to the Marriage Boot Camp with a wealth of experience. With 30 years in the corporate world with Levi Strauss & Co. and a Masters level education in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University in San Francisco; she brings a unique combination of experience in contemporary culture and insight into the psychodynamics of the human mind and relationships. Elizabeth brings practical experience in teaching, public speaking, corporate training, and counseling. Her counseling experience includes individuals, couples, and adolescents. She is proficient in gestalt, art therapy, and object relations therapy. Elizabeth’s heart for service has found expression as a church lay-counselor, teacher, small group leader, and worship team member. Elizabeth is the host of the TV series, Marriage Boot Camp. Elizabeth and Jim led Seasons 1, 2 and 3 of Bridezillas and Reality Stars on the WeTV Network. Elizabeth has also appeared on Dr. Drew Life Changers. Elizabeth’s greatest joy comes from her family; being wife to Jim Carroll and mother to daughters Olivia and Ilsa, step-mother to Jason and Jonny, and grandmother to Jude.
David Bishop is the Program Manager and Director of the Marriage Boot Camp and The Life Enrichment Boot Camp has a gift for speaking, motivating and counseling. His insight helped perfect this life-changing seminar by adding his own brand of creativity. David also develops and trains the Boot Camp trainers to make them best of class. His previous life experience with the Dallas Fire Department gives him a deep empathy for those that are hurting and facing life-threatening challenges. David brings unmatched rigor to each Boot Camp to ensure that everyone who attends gets the best possible chance of healing, hope and a greatly improved life. David and his wife Lisa share a blended family consisting of 1 daughter, 2 sons, and a grand daughter which are their greatest joy.
Jeani Poe is a dynamic and gifted woman who combines her years in the corporate world with her personal life experiences and abilities as a life coach to equip others to live successful and fulfilling lives. Jeani rose to the top of her profession to a position in the office of the President of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. During her tenure there, she designed a professional life coaching module for support staff in an office setting. She holds memberships in the American Association of Christian Counselors and the International Association of Life Coaches. She and her husband, Cliff, have directed seminars since 1998, including the Life Enrichment and Marriage Boot Camps which they currently conduct in Houston and Galveston. Jeani coaches individuals and couples through their coaching practice, InfuseLife, LLC. She and Cliff have been married for over 30 years and have a married son and daughter and six exceptional grandchildren.
Todd Hicks is a passionate and enthusiastic entrepreneur, businessman and leader. Todd has a real desire to mentor and have a positive effect on as many lives as possible. “I feel as though my personal legacy is to impact others and to help change the outcome of their lives and generations to come in a positive way.” He is a moderator and mentor to a select group of entrepreneurs and business owners, known as “The Mountain Movers.” He has dedicated his efforts to help others achieve their dreams and finding their full potential and purpose in life. As Directors of the Atlanta Marriage Boot Camp, Todd and his wife, Teresa, have a real burning desire to see lives transformed and marriages healed. Todd and Teresa have lived life forward and have experienced much pain and heartbreak, only to learn how to overcome obstacles, moving forward and achieving their full potential and living out their legacy. In his professional life he is the founder of multiple corporations. He is recognized as an established and trusted financial advisor and known as “The Retirement Coach” to a large base of retirees in metro Atlanta. Todd is the founder of Allegiance Retirement Solutions. His personal Time is spent enjoying nature whether it be fly fishing, bow hunting, horseback and Harley riding or studying martial arts. A real passion is spending time with friends and family at their cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia.
Art has been an active part of the Boot Camp family for eleven years. After attending the Seminar with his wife Sherry, he became convinced that he could be a positive influence in the lives of others, who were hurting in their current relationship, discouraged or burdened by their past failures, or fearful about the future. Boot Camp provides the venue to help change lives, improve relationships, expand communication skills, and develop a more positive outlook. Art is a native Texan, married, and a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. Art and Sherry both facilitate small groups in the Life Enrichment evening program, and during our Marriage Enrichment daytime couples program, he assists with directing games and drills. Art and Sherry have the added bonus of working with their daughter, long time Boot Camp director Dana Hamman.
Cliff Poe is a skilled communicator and effective life and relationship coach. He has successfully led non-profit corporations for over 25 years and has been an executive coach and corporate consultant for employee training and development. He has designed corporate mentoring programs as well as new employee orientation and onboarding approaches for recently hired employees. Cliff has a B.A. in Religion and Psychology and holds a Masters Degree in Theology and Counseling. Married for over 30 years, he and his wife, Jeani, provide relationship coaching for couples and relationship-readiness coaching for individuals through their coaching company, InfuseLife, LLC. Together they have conducted life and relationship seminars since 1998. Currently they direct the Marriage Boot Camps and Life Enrichment Boot Camps in Houston and Galveston, Texas.