Meet Our Team

Jon Priest

Licensed Psychological Examiner – Independent

   - Parent Coordinator

   - TF-CBT Trained

Jon earned both his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Arkansas. Since being licensed in 2007, he has worked with children and their families in the school-based and inpatient hospital settings. In 2011, Jon followed God’s leading and joined his father in part-time practice at CPC, but after only a year’s time began full-time practice at CPC. He enjoys playing drums in his church’s praise band, is married with three children, and loves outdoor adventures. Jon is experienced in treating behavioral and emotional problems in children over the age of five and enjoys providing therapy to couples and adult individuals as well. He’s also trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and is a trained parent coordinator equipped to assist high-conflict coparents cooperate effectively for their child(ren).

Sarah Lindsey

Licensed Professional Counselor

  * Online Only

   - Parent Coordinator

Sarah is originally from San Antonio and has recently moved back to Texas after having lived in Little Rock since 2005. She came to Arkansas after finishing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Colorado Christian University. Prior to returning to graduate school, Sarah worked directly with troubled teens at Youth Home, Inc. in Little Rock, and then transitioned to working with the homeless population at River City Ministry. In 2012, she completed her Master of Arts in Counseling at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and also became a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Sarah has a wide variety of experience working with career counseling, substance abuse, divorce, adolescents, adjustment issues, and people who simply feel stuck. She is also a trained parent coordinator equipped to assist high-conflict coparents cooperate effectively for their child(ren). Sarah enjoys meeting people where they are, and joining each person on their unique, but blessed, journey. 

Sara Whisenhunt

Licensed Professional Counselor

   - Certified in Thanatology: Death,

      Dying and Bereavement

Sara, originally from Dallas, Texas, has lived in Central Arkansas since 2016. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in psychology and elementary education from Florida College in Tampa, Florida before completing her Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Arkansas. Sara’s passion and focus in counseling is grief and loss. She is an activate member of the Association of Death Education and Counseling is a firm believer that grief is a common experience that binds us together in life, and is Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement. Sara has worked with a wide array of populations from geriatric, college students, homeless, perinatal loss, and adolescents. Sara is an activate member of her church in Little Rock and enjoys performing on stage, time with her family, watching baseball, and vacationing at Disney World. Sara and her husband are also the proud puppy parents of two Scottish Terriers. Sara is available to see clients weekday evenings and Saturdays. She will also be forming groups about grief and loss soon.

Tad Tillemans, MD

Psychiatrist

Dr. Tillemans has over 17 years of experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a wide range of inpatient and outpatient settings. As an experienced psychiatrist and therapist, he works closely with both clients and their therapists to help treatment be as beneficial as possible. 


Dr. Tillemans has extensive experience in the field of pharmaceutical research, consulting, and advising.  He also has been a sought after lecturer and trainer to doctors across the country for the past 17 years in the areas of ADHD, Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Schizophrenia. This advanced knowledge of modern psychopharmacology along with his focus on therapist and client collaboration empowers clients to make informed decisions about medication management in their treatment.


Critical in all of this is the extra time Dr. Tillemans spends with clients to listen and understand their needs, answer their questions, and talk through options. This approach keeps our clients from feeling hurried through critical decision-making processes and thinking “The doctor only spent 5-10 minutes with me! How do they even know me or what I need?”  We're absolutely thrilled to offer our clients this critical service and Dr. Tillemans' skillful and attentive care.

Michael Marsden

Psychologist

Michael is originally from Paragould, Arkansas. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Music at Ouachita Baptist University in 2009, and moved to Conway to earn a masters and PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Arkansas. Michael has worked for the past 7 years in a community mental health setting where he has gained experience working with adults of all ages who were learning to manage symptoms ranging from mild depression and worry to more severe symptoms of depression, trauma, panic, and even psychosis. Michael highly values learning and enjoys bringing current research findings and knowledge into the therapy process. Michael's strong emphasis on evidence-based treatment has led him to place a high priority on forming a strong therapeutic relationship with his clients as this is arguably one of the strongest predictors of therapeutic success. When he is not working or studying, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys cooking, dabbles in gardening, and loves when he can spare some time for his lifelong hobby of gaming.

Denver Hale

Administrative Intern

Denver is a senior in high school originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, but has lived in Conway for 13 years. After graduating in 2021, Denver feels called to pursue counseling for teens and young adults. She enjoys writing, playing and performing music, and running a local art and hand-lettering business. She is passionate about the Lord, worship, nurturing her close friend and family relationships, and writing and speaking about chronic pain.

Kenneth Priest

Licensed Psychological Examiner – Independent 

   - EMDR Trained

Kenneth, a licensed since 1989, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Central Baptist College and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Arkansas. He started CPC in 1992 as a private practice in addition to his career at Conway Human Development Center where he has worked since 1990 with intellectually disabled individuals and their families. He is a Past President of the Arkansas Association of Psychological Examiners, an active member in his church by teaching and singing in choir, and is married with four children and five grand-children. Kenneth specializes in marital therapy as well as treating adults struggling with such issues as anxiety, depression, and life transition. He is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Restructuring (EMDR) to provide specialized help for those struggling with the effects of trauma. Appointments with Kenneth are available most weekday evenings.

Brooke Meier

Licensed Professional Counselor

Brooke earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ouachita Baptist University and Master of Science in Community Counseling from the University of Central Arkansas.  Since being licensed in 2004, she has worked primarily in the school-based counseling setting, but in 2016 felt God leading her to use her training from a Christ-centered perspective.  Brooke’s passion is for working with children, adolescents, and adults alike by accepting them where they are and supporting those who feel broken by providing a safe environment in a Christ-centered setting.  Brooke enjoys serving in her church by working with the children and youth.  She’s married with two children, relaxes by doing craft projects, and loves to go to the beach.

Sharon Cummins

Licensed Professional Counselor

   - Parent Coordinator

   - TF-CBT Trained

Sharon, a native Arkansan, relocated to central Arkansas after graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Louisiana Tech in 1986.  She worked in the field of retail store design for seven years before resigning to focus on managing her growing family.  Sharon eventually became involved in her church's outreach ministry to hurting individuals and couples, and felt led in 2011 to seek her Masters in Community Counseling from the University of Central Arkansas. Since graduating in 2013, she has worked in community mental health and was trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).  She has experience with counseling adolescents, adult individuals, and couples who want to work on a wide range of issues, inculding mood disorders, opiate/drug addiction, and relationship issues. She is also a trained parent coordinator equipped to assist high-conflict coparents cooperate effectively for their child(ren). Sharon encourages clients to become the “Best You Possible” by emphasizing mental, physical and spiritual health. She is married and has three adult children, two dogs, and a great husband! They enjoy being physically active through skiing, running, and cycling and attend church in Little Rock. 

Edison Sullivan

Therapist Intern

   - H.E.A.T. Certified

Edison earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Addictive Behavior Counseling and Prevention from Southern University at New Orleans. During his time in undergraduate school, Edison spent four years at LSU Health Science Center conducting behavioral research and is now finishing his Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from John Brown University.  For the past four years, Edison has served teenagers and their families in resolving personal and social issues through Deliver Hope, a central Arkansas-based non-profit organization with a passion to help teens see themselves the way God sees them. He has experience working with diverse populations and is passionate about providing culturally sensitive treatments. He is also certified in Habilitation Empowerment Accountability Therapy (H.E.A.T.) to provide specialized help for troubled youth. Edison is following God’s calling to impact the community by collaborating with individuals and families to overcome life’s challenges.  Edison enjoys spending time with family, hiking, engaging in sports, exercising, saunas, traveling, researching, and advocating for social justice.

Emily Riecker

Office Manager

Emily joined the CPC staff in March of 2017 to provide administrative support for our expanding practice and now handles all reception, billing, and office management as well. She is originally from Oklahoma but has lived in Conway for the last 20 years. When not in the office, Emily works as a small animal veterinarian providing relief services for various veterinary clinics in the area. In addition to her love of animals, she also enjoys trail running and is passionate about nutrition and fitness. Emily is a committed church member and leads a small group in a local Celebrate Recovery ministry. We’re so blessed to have Emily’s support in helping our clients! 

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