Founder & Executive Director
Michael Tillem is a local business owner and the Founder and Executive Director of Journey House Foundation. Michael brings extensive experience in the hospitality field, marketing, restaurant management and sales. Journey House Foundation was created as a result of Michael’s personal passion and life experience in long-term recovery. He identified the need for a more hands-on, recovery community, that provides mentorship and a complete continuum of care for those seeking recovery. He has personal experience and first-hand knowledge of the trauma, challenges and barriers individuals and their families face when battling addiction and seeking a new way of life. Michael began his recovery Journey in April 2002 and married his wife, Kimberly in 2007. Michael’s wife, Kimberly, also works with him at JHF. They have 4 children, Jeremy, Kaeler, Nathan and Garrett, as well as 2 grandchildren, Jayden and Emma.
Director of Development and Education
Kimberly is a former Children’s Minister, enrichment teacher, on air radio show host and experienced Founder and Former Executive Director of The Sophie House, a local 501 (c)(3) based here in Richmond. Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in 1993, in Family and Child Development, with an emphasis in Child Care Administration. She received her master’s degree from Liberty University in 2010, in Human Services, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. As Director of Development and Education, she brings to the team, her passion for children and family dynamics, along with extensive, marketing, fundraising, public relations and program and staff development. Kimberly enjoys working with the whole family dynamic, advocating for recovery and establishing meaningful partnerships with churches, businesses, non-profits, government and state agencies. Kimberly is married to the Founder/Executive Director, Michael Tillem. Together they have 4 children, Jeremy, Kaeler, Nathan and Garrett, as well as 2 grandchildren, Jayden and Emma.
Mobile Treatment Advisor
represents Mount Regis Center
Yvonne grew up in the Baptist Children’s Home of North Carolina due to her parents’ substance use and mental health disorders. As a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, she has spent over thirty years in Healthcare, providing support and encouragement to those who struggle with addiction. She has served as Director of several Treatment Centers on the inpatient and outpatient levels of care. She is currently the mobile treatment advisor for the Richmond area and represents Mount Regis Center. Yvonne is married and is the mother of 2 extraordinary daughters, who gifted her with 3 grandchildren and a great grandchild.