YourTango Experts is a team that’s made up of professionals across the U.S. who specialize in the business mindset, growth, and tools needed by helping and healing professionals to grow their practices. As a team, our expertise is working with counselors, coaches, doctors, nutritionists, alternative medicine healers, spiritual leaders and lawyers. We are incredibly well-versed in the business needs of healers and bring that to our work with clients.
As a team, we have been in the industry for over 20 years, evolving, training and growing as the Internet has become such a vital part of our lives. We were around when the world was on dial-up (remember AOL?) and we have weathered the storms from Google updates, Facebook changes, Gmail and other email marketing issues and more. Our work as a team began on YourTango.com where we helped support the growth of YourTango from 50K visitors a month in late 2008 to over 12 million readers a month today.
Each of our team members brings something extraordinary to the team and our combined talents make us a team to be reckoned with for sure.
Meet The Team:
Melanie Gorman, MA
Melanie is the SVP of YourTango Experts and leads the team behind this website and the Expert's work on YourTango.com. She knows the intimate world of mental health counseling and life coaching, having been both in the past. Her career before YourTango included 8-years working for Dr. John Gray, author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus and serving as a counselor in the Portland/Tacoma metro. She has been with YourTango since March 2009 and has personally coached more than 200 Experts on SEO, business development, and writing books.
In her own words: "working with Experts in this way is such a treasured experience because when we uplevel an Expert's career, the world gets a healthier, more effective practitioner who can help more people. And that ripple effect is a gift to the world."
In her personal life, Melanie is the mother of two amazing kids and lives with her husband and family in Crownsville, MD.
Katherine Cheney is the director of the YourTango Experts Social Media program and also manages all things customer service. Clients love Katherine's straightforward approach to getting things done and her ability to help them see past their current struggles and set achievable goals.
In her off time, Katherine loves hanging out with her husband, 2 boys, her dog, 2 cats, and most recently a bearded dragon. She's a sucker for anything to do with plants or taking a nap.
Jill Earl is a writer and SEO associate with YourTango. She enjoys meeting people and looks forward to working with clients while helping them learn how to present themselves online in the best light possible. She was a member of the Maryland Writers Association, working on their newsletter, “Pen in Hand,” and was a contributing writer for the online magazines "WOW! Women on Writing" and "Topology".
Jill is a major fan of film and the arts, traveling, tending her indoor vegetable and herb garden, reading, cooking through her massive collection of recipes, and seeing what develops as she learns photography. Not all at the same time, of course.
Tom is the general manager of YourTango.com and the coordinating producer of YourTango videos. He's been with YourTango since its first year (13 years in total) and been party to its transition from a quarterly print magazine to the giant it is in the space of love, relationships and self-empowerment. Tom has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and may literally bleed orange for their football team. In addition to his work with video and operations, Tom also periodically writes for YourTango generally on the weird news and top ten list beat. Outside of work, he's active in the NYC improv and acting scene. Plus has a Brussels Griffon puppy named Watson.
Karen Finn is an SEO expert who loves all the technical details. (Yes, that does make her a bit of a geek.) She works with SEO program clients in a variety of ways. Karen helps them understand their brand, suggests research-based branding adjustments, creates writing calendars based on the research, and helps each client become more comfortable with the technical stuff they must know. In addition to all the fun Karen has with YourTango Experts, she runs a life and divorce coaching practice along with a ghostwriting business. She does all of this from the comfort of her home in a little bitty town in Texas which she shares with her husband, 2 large dogs and 2 opinionated cats.
Natalie always sees the positive in people, appropriately nicknamed "Sunshine". Natalie has been helping people step out of their own way, step into who they really are and who they really want to be for the past decade as a Quantum Healing Hypnotist and a Sales Associate with YourTango. She enjoys hearing about your personal journey as a helping professional and has the ability to reignite you with your dreams and goals.
Natalie is a world citizen and is a natural at connecting with people from all walks of life, all around the globe. She knows personally and professionally that working with YourTango.com helps create your own version of an expansive life. She has a deep love for all things interesting, fun and whimsical along with all things otherworldly and profound. She is a Reiki Master Practitioner, playful artist and world traveler currently enjoying the countryside of Kentucky.
La’Shawnté Burgess is an intern at YourTango. She is a Florida native and a senior at the University of Central Florida majoring in Advertising-Public Relations with a minor in Sociology. She hopes to one day use her communication skills to empower and inspire young girls and teens. She believes that each person has a purpose given to them by God, that they must discover and fulfill. It is her mission to use her gifts to further expand the Kingdom of God.
Tina Grimsley is the Technical Manager at YourTango.com and is the intermediary between the developers and the internal departments for the site. Tina has mastered the ins and outs of working with IT and development teams for a site with 12-15 million visitors a month. Tina is tireless when it comes to supporting her team(often waking up at 2 am for development updates).
If you ask the rest of her team, she is the one person we simply couldn't live without.
Tina's career before YourTango includes 20 years at the Space Center in Orlando which laid the groundwork for the self-starting tenacity that Tina brings to work every day.
Tina lives on the Space Coast of Florida and is devoted to her four-legged family and is always good for a handknit blanket when new babies join the mix.