Get the scoop on the JWCFF team.

While teaching our JWFNS Boot Camp at the Virginia Beach oceanfront one morning, Jim White was struck by the sight of homeless individuals sleeping on the benches, living in despair and their all-around inactivity. He felt the need to do something and wondered why not start a program that incorporates nutrition education, exercise and motivation to help people in need get back on their feet. Knowing the power fitness and health has on one’s life and how a little motivation can help change anyone’s life, the L.I.F.T. program was born and has been changing lives ever since.

MEET OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

JIM WHITE,

Founder, Board Member

Jim White, Registered Dietitian, American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness Specialist and owner of Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios. Jim has been featured in National magazine publications, news channels and radio segments from all around but didn’t truly feel accomplished until he began giving back to the community that got him to where he is today. His passion for all things fitness and nutrition, and giving back to those in need, lead him to develop the LIFT Fitness Foundation, which focuses on making our community become healthier and stronger.

KRISTA WHITE,

Co-Founder, Board Member

Krista is thrilled to be a part of the LIFT Fitness Foundation. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University in Recreation and Tourism Management, and is a whiz at planning and effectively implementing large events and programs. Her most recent experience includes planning and overseeing an annual conference that attracts CEOs and Presidents of various hospital systems from around the country.

JOSH COE,

Board Member

Josh is honored to serve on the board of directors for the LIFT Fitness Foundation. Josh values faith, family, friends, and fitness. Growing up on a pair of snow skis in Colorado, he has now traded the skis in for a surf board here in Virginia Beach. Being an ex-collegiate athlete, Josh is passionate about teamwork and believes that teamwork is key to positively changing the community. Josh holds a Bachelor’s in Science degree in Aerospace Science, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Regent University. Professionally, Josh is an attorney with the law firm of Stephen D. Lentz & Associates, PLC. In his spare time, Josh is active in the community, enjoys working out, being outdoors and mostly enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

JENAE SPENCER,

Board Member

Jenae grew up in Syracuse, New York and moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia in 2003 to attend Regent University.  She earned her Masters in Theology and Masters in Counseling, and she is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a wealth of experience working with underprivileged and vulnerable populations.  She has worked as a therapist in a psychiatric hospital, in private practice with both adults and children, and as an in home clinician with children and their families.  Currently, she is a military counselor working with elementary school children of active duty military parents in the Virginia Beach Schools.  She is also a clinical assessment specialist for National Counseling Group working with a Medicaid funded program to assist the severely mentally ill in a community setting.

The first time Jenae heard about the LIFT program she immediately knew she wanted to become involved.  She is incredibly passionate about seeing people become physically, spiritually, and emotionally healthy.  She is excited to serve her community as a JWFF board member.

THERESA ROHM,

Board Member

Theresa Rohm, CPA, began working at Corbin and Company in 1991.  She has concentrated her efforts in the audit and tax areas for small businesses.  Her industry specializations include credit unions, mortgage banking entities, construction companies, non-profit groups and specific audits required by certain government entities.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.  Theresa is a 1985 Cum Laude graduate of the University of South Alabama with a B.S. in Accounting. She has a passion for non-profits and looks forward to working alongside the LIFT Fitness Foundation.

JANET DOBSON,

Board Member

Janet grew up in Norfolk, VA, and has resided in Virginia Beach for the past 19 years.  She is a real estate investor and landlord and holds a certification with ACE (American Council on Exercise).  She started running in June 1999, to run her first marathon and is currently in the process of qualifying for the Boston Marathon.  She has completed 17 marathons as well as numerous races of shorter distances and 8 sprint triathlons.  Health and fitness along with volunteer work and giving back to her community are among her passions in life.  She met Jim White many years ago and has always been impressed with his strong sense of community and love of helping others and is happy and honored to serve as a board member for the Jim White Fitness Foundation.  She volunteered for her first LIFT session spring of 2016 and was completely impressed with the program and is looking forward to volunteering again.  She looks forward to serving and helping LIFT grow and prosper.

Bernie Brown,

Board Member

Licensed as a CPA in Delaware

Bernie Brown CPA is the CFO / VP of a local manufacturing company with more than 25 years of experience in direct operating experience in a variety of fast growing multi-national business.  Significant hands on experience with reorganizations, cost reductions, start-ups, acquisitions and divestitures.  Previously, Bernie Brown was CEO of his own Fractional CFO business “ The Power of We”, CFO, VP of Treasury, Risk Manager, VP of Employee Benefits, Regional Controller, Distribution center manager, Cost Accountant, and Plant Controller.

Bernie previously worked with Tyco, International, Versa Capital Management, Noel Group LLC, Nomaco, Inc. Holliston LLC & Carlisle Plastics.

He is married for over 22 years to his wife Elizabeth, who both grew up in Pennsylvania, and they have lived in Arizona, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and New Jersey together along the way.

Bernie’s community involvement consists of resent graduation from the Civic class of Hampton Roads 2015/2016; he currently holds a board seat on the Jim White foundation for helping homeless, at risk youth and battered woman. In the Past he has been Finance Chair at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, and Grand Knights for a local chapter of the Knights of Columbus.

He has taught personal finance at his church and in the community.  He has trained hundreds of CPA’s in 6 main courses across the United States and has guest lectured at Penn State University where he graduated from with an Undergraduate degree in Accounting.

He is an avid Sports fan, golfer, runner, and finisher of the Marine Corp Marathon, Crawling Crab half Marathon, and a member of the City of Oaks relay team.  And lastly the proud owner of a golden retriever named Crockett.

 

DERBY BRACKETT,

Board Member
A longtime summer visitor to Virginia Beach, Derby has recently made the move to permanent resident from her Richmond roots. Derby has had a family home in Virginia Beach since the 70’s and has always been a fan of the vitality and diversity of the Hampton Roads community. As a new resident, she has discovered the intensity and value of the great work being done in the community. Derby’s professional experience is based in project management and marketing strategy through her work with Ukrop’s Supermarkets, a family owned, values based former grocery leader in Richmond; and in her executive role at Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia. Having worked with individuals with disabilities and disadvantages over the past 8 years, Derby understands the need for innovative and engaged programs to provide holistic solutions for greater impact and sustainability.  Derby views the mission of LIFT and the empowerment of individuals through fitness and nutrition as a critical stepping stone in creating healthy and vital community members. Derby is honored to be a part of LIFT and looks forward to contributing her passion and talents to the mission.

Derby enjoys all outdoor activities including running, biking, skiing, and, lately, has tried paddle boarding. But most of all, keeps herself healthy to chase her 6 grandchildren on the beach.