James Edward Williams
President & Chairman of The Board of Directors
James Williams, has been President & Chairman of the Board of The Uplifting Foundation since its inception in 2006. James is also the Clinical Director of Life Force Therapies, the first and original “stand-alone” medical clinic in Minnesota specializing in neurological applications of hyperbaric oxygenation.
Previously, James has had a distinguished diversified background that includes serving
as a Senior International Attorney with Jostens, General Counsel Asia-Pacific Group
Honeywell Inc., Director of Marketing Honeywell Inc. and President & CEO of Global
Vision Enterprises Inc.
Carolyn Smallwood, is entering her sixth year as Executive Director of Way to Grow, Inc., an early education organization that has served families for over 21 years. Prior to, Way to Grow, Carolyn served as Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Twin Cities Rise! She also served as Executive Director of Minnesota Minority Supplier Development Council. Prior to entering the nonprofit field, Carolyn was Director of Supplier Diversity with ADC, The Broadband Company and held a variety of senior positions with US Bancorp. She earned her BA degree in Marketing and Finance from the University of St Thomas.
Bill Tilton has been a Minnesota lawyer since graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School with a J.D. in 1977. In over three decades of practice, he has obtained many superlative settlements and verdicts for his clients, with record results in several categories. His practice focuses on personal injury and wrongful death matters, particularly medical malpractice. He also has represented medical professionals in their personal affairs. Although Bill prefers dialogue over confrontation and settlement over trials, he has been lead counsel in jury trials in many categories, including major cases involving medical malpractice, auto accidents, products liability, murder, kidnaping, wrongful discharge, defamation, prison riot, and more.
My mother and father were from Iowa and Minnesota respectively. My 2 sisters and I were blessed with having good loving parents. My father was a realtor and my mother stayed home and took excellent care of our family. Both parents had always instilled a strong work ethic value in me and my sisters. As a result, I held a variety of jobs ranging from Arby’s to American Stainmaster.