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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.

KATY DOOLEY,

Board Member
Katy grew up in Virginia Beach but moved to Charleston, SC for eight years after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia.  While living in Charleston, Katy completed her Masters in Social Work through the University of South Carolina. Katy moved back to Virginia Beach in February 2015 and quickly discovered the LIFT Program, which combined two of Katy’s passions; fitness and helping the homeless. Katy is an avid runner, triathlete, surfer, and yogi.  Katy has worked in the non-profit arena for nearly a decade as a Social Worker, Program Manager, Director of Program Development, and various other roles.  Katy is currently a Social Worker with Sentara under the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.
Katy feels strongly that advocating for vulnerable populations and serving as change agent in her community are her true life missions. She finds the opportunity to serve others in the community where she was raised extremely rewarding and she is excited to do so through LIFT as a board member and volunteer.

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.

NORA FIRESTONE,

Board Member

Nora Firestone is a professional writer, freelance journalist, web designer and author of the forthcoming book “The $10,000 Apostrophe.” Her published work includes thousands of articles for The Virginian-Pilot, Inside Business news journal, Inside Leadership magazine, and various other publications, outlets and ad agencies.

Since 2012, Firestone also develops Step-by-Step educational presentations and training workshops in the realms of writing and copy-editing for business messaging; “Media Sense and Savvy” media relations and outreach; and successful DIY website building and management. As an acquisitions editor for Koehler Books publishing company in Virginia Beach, she assists authors on the road to publishing and promoting their books. She also hosts The Nora Firestone Show weekly on 1110 AM WKQA radio and writes for private clients’ marketing messages, PR and media-relations outreach, website content and more.

Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios holds a special place in Firestone’s heart, as her son Evan has benefited profoundly from Jim White’s training and mentorship for 10 years. She is happy to help the LIFT Fitness Foundation spread its impact to people whose lives may also be changed by White and his team.

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.

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.

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