Ashley McIlwain, M.A., is a Marriage and Family Therapist, speaker, and writer. She is the founder and C.E.O. of the non-profit organization, Foundation Restoration, whose purpose is to restore the very foundation of society – marriage – through their comprehensive resources. She is committed to and passionate about helping relationships thrive. In the past Ashley worked with Moody Publishers and Dr. Gary Chapman as Managing Editor to launch and develop a website focused on premarital preparation.
Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. Currently she and her husband, Steve, reside in Southern California.
Foundation Restoration’s story begins in 2008 when founder and C.E.O., Ashley McIlwain, M.A., set out to pursue a calling that was placed on her life by God to help promote healthy marriages and relationships. Having already obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, she couldn’t shake the feeling that she was called to do something a little unconventional with her passion and training.
After a great deal of prayer by Ashley and her husband, Steve McIlwain, the idea for a non-profit organization called Foundation Restoration became abundantly clear one day while sitting in a coffee shop pondering ideas. While a non-profit organization was always the original long-term goal, it was a huge aspiration that they knew would take time, patience, and lots of faith. To get started, Foundation Restoration, actually began as a blog known as Little Wifey. Quickly, Ashley used this platform as an opportunity to write articles and share information, resources, and recommendations to people on a variety of topics related to marriage and relationships.
Little Wifey gained momentum and a strong readership spanning all 50 States as well as countries all over the world. It was clear that it was time to take that next step of faith toward getting the non-profit established. In May of 2010, Foundation Restoration became an official 501 (c)(3) charitable non-profit organization.
Since then, Steve and Ashley have both worked hard at developing Foundation Restoration into a comprehensive resource for individuals and couples everywhere to experience the best marriage possible. Through their website, articles, the Little Wifey blog, interviews, social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest), and other resources, lives are being impacted greatly and their mission of restoring marriages is being realized. In addition, Ashley has spoken at various venues and is working on opening an office location in Southern California where therapy and other professional services will be made available. Seminars, workshops, and published materials are also in the works.
You can visit Ashley at: http://www.foundationrestoration.org