Everything we do is to give you your "happily ever after". Whether you have been married forever or single our goal is to take you from broken to whole, isolated to connected, good to great!
Here's what we do and here's who we are:
80% of these couples were still together and rated themselves “happily married” after two years!
The Boot Camp program is an intense, interactive, 4-day healing experience equivalent to 2 years of individual psychotherapy.
The Marriage & Life Enrichment Boot Camp combine to create the perfect blend of relationship and individual work to give you a transformative experience like no other. Most consider the Boot Camp one of the top ten experiences of their lives!
Our success rate with couples is phenomenal! Research proves it! In a longitudinal study of 31 couples on the brink of divorce who left the Boot Camp together, here’s what we found – 80% of these couples were still together and rated themselves “happily married” after two years!
Get the Personal Attention You Need!
50% of the time you will be with your mate or with one person one-on-one. On average, we have available one facilitator for every six attendees so you will get plenty of personal attention.
We know that you don’t do life one-on-one in front of a therapist so the Boot Camp is designed to create the most realistic community experience possible.
Many of the Marriage Boot Camp™ Directors have experienced the pain of divorce and that inspired the creation of the Marriage Boot Camp™ seminars. This team is bonded with a vision to help hurting people and revive marriages. Our team of counselors and coaches have over 60 years of combined experience in Marriage Seminar Leadership!
Director Ilsa Levine is a Certified Life Coach and digital marketing executive in the entertainment field, who co-directed 7 seasons of Marriage Boot Camp™: Reality Stars TV show. She is a researcher at the SMU intimacy lab, and has lived in China devoting years in the fight to stop human trafficking and helping victims of sex slavery integrate back into society. Ilsa is a blogger on dating and wholehearted relationships and has taken many risks in that arena. Ilsa is an empowerer who will push you to take risks and live your very best self. She is also Jim & Elizabeth Carroll’s daughter and as they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!
Check out her wise counsel at: https://ilsalevine.com/
Directors/Coaches Rick & Christi Diamond Rick is a certified life coach with 14 years experience building and leading teams. He values God, family and a whole lot of laughter. He inspires men to show up as the best versions of themselves and is traveling the country with the love of his life, wife Christi.
Christi is an author, speaker, medical intuitive and has a healing practice at www.thehealingcoach.com. She has worked with hundreds of people to assist them in conquering the effects of grief, trauma, loss and heartache. She worked as a Victim Services Specialist for Mothers Against Drunk Driving and speaks professionally at many events and in the media. She is a certified Grief Recovery Specialist, and life/energy/healing coach.
Together Rick and Christi work with couples and are passionate about saving marriages. Motto: heal the family, heal the world! They travel all over the U.S. healing and educating on essential oils and ways to incorporate positive life building skills in a whole new way! Having experienced divorce, they have overcome heartache and are now happily married with 4 amazing children!
Directors Daren & Nikia Hammonds-Blakely are Certified Life Coaches who have worked in marriage ministry for the past decade, coaching couples in both private and group settings.
Nikia also serves as a worship leader, author, and motivational speaker. As a 2 time, 25yr breast cancer survivor, Nikia passionately promotes the benefits of self-care and advocating for others through establishing The CHAMPION Promise Foundation and iCHAMPION Publishing. She has authored 3 books, including her own memoir “The Fight” Chronicles of a CHAMPION, and has co-authored the book “Crosses & Crowns: A Counseling Guide for Living as CHAMPIONS in Marriage, with her husband Daren.
Daren & Nikia are the parents of two adult children- Armani & Chanel Blakely, and grandparents of 3 beautiful girls- Christian, Nikole & Naria.
Director Lillian Kemp is a Dallas born native with a heart to serve. She is a marketing and sales executive for a Fortune 500 company and a Certified Life Coach. When she is not working, she is helping others. Lillian has worked with many non-profits and even started her own. She comes with a complete servant’s heart and her motto is “be the change the world needs” and “always plant your harvest.” She is passionate about breakthroughs and does extensive research on getting to know one’s self.
Lillian is a proud single mom to one amazing little boy. She enjoys being around family, mentoring and teaching, swing dancing, and reading. Her love language is “ACTS of SERVICE.”
What happens when a Nigerian Boy meets an East Texas Girl from Tyler?
They get married and build a family of 5 children at least that’s what Okem and Amber did after meeting on the campus of UT Arlington in the summer of 2009
Okem and Amber Okolo-Ebube have now been married for 9 years and they have 5 beautiful children. They are the host of the very creatively named podcast called “Okem and Amber”. The podcast is for those who are on the journey of building solid families from the inside out. It’s an inside view into Okem and Ambers journey as they build their own family one brick at a time. You can find it on Apple, Google, Spotify and every other place where you can find podcasts.
Okem & Amber Okolo-Ebube both Pastor a weekday location of Calvary Church (www.calvarychurch.cc) in the city of Arlington Texas. They live in Arlington, Texas with their 5 children Tajhia 18, July 11, Grace 9, Benjamin 8 and Judah 7.
Director Sarah Tolbert has a passion for helping others and is a Certified Life Coach in private practice. She will push you with care and compassion and help you become the very best version of you.
Sarah has been a small business owner, a ministry leader, speaker and a pastoral and family counselor. In addition, Sarah has personally experienced a season of hardship in divorce and single parenting which richly informs her work.
She is married to her husband Tom, and their blended family includes 4 beautiful daughters, Meredith age 20, Haley age 12, Emma age 7, and Cora age 3 and two large German Shepherds. Sarah enjoys reading, traveling with her family, working out, and riding the motorcycle with her husband.
Wes Neese and his wife Pam have been a part of the Boot Camp team for over 10 years! Wes has been directing and teaching the Boot Camp couples to understand the dynamics of their relationships through dance and brings a wealth of knowledge to our program.
Teaching dance became his passion in 2000, when he started the non-accredited swing dance program at Richland College in Dallas, and continues today as he teaches in both the studio and nightclub settings, bringing his engaging, entertaining style to his classes. Throughout his career, Wes has created, directed & coached 3 swing teams, as well as competing as part of 5 different national-level 1st place teams.
Not content with teaching alone, Wes also created and produced the Swing Dance Marathon benefitting The Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Over 10 marathon teams (and 80 dancers) danced for 2 hours to raise thousands of dollars for the hospital.
Your Boot Camp™ experience will be supported by a group of passionate, professional Coaches to make sure that you get the tools you need to become your best self. Our coaches are the best-of-the-best and were inspired to come back to serve you after their own Boot Camp experience! They know exactly where you are right now because they’ve been there!