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
LIFT Hampton Roads
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.
THERESA ROHM,Board Member
Theresa Rohm is the owner of A. Rohm, Smith and Company, CPAs. She has concentrated her efforts in the audit and tax areas for small businesses, non-profits and credit unions. She wanted to “give back” by volunteering with a non-profit and the LIFT Fitness Foundation was the perfect opportunity. Having personal trainers over the years she knows the benefits of exercise and a healthy diet. LIFT fills a unique void in the community that is not met by any other non-profit organization. LIFT provides the education and training of a personal trainer at no charge to the athlete. LIFT helps their athletes realize the potential that they have within themselves by teaching them the benefits of a nutritional diet and physical activity, which has consistently shown to be associated with improved physical health, life satisfaction, cognitive functioning, and psychological well-being.
Theresa grew up in Mobile and graduated from the University of South Alabama. She came to Hampton Roads from San Diego in 1991 with her military husband and now calls this area home. She can be seen at most gyms in the Red Mill area in the early morning hours. She has two daughters and a deaf English Bulldog named O’Neill.
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.
Betsy Roberts,Board Member
Betsy Roberts brings over 25 years of active community involvement and leadership experience to LIFT Fitness Foundation. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of Tidewater Youth Services Foundation, an organization committed to helping troubled youth turn their lives around. A background in financial securities, Betsy brings an ideal combination of business acumen and philanthropic involvement to our board.
Betsy is excited to work with closely with our athletes to help them acquire the skills necessary to successfully return to the workforce and live meaningful lives. She is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and working out – she loves yoga, tabata, skiing, tennis, and walking her two golden retrievers in the North End where she lives with her husband and two children.
Shari Friedman,Board Member
Shari was born in Buffalo, NY and raised in Portsmouth, VA. She attended Norfolk Collegiate School and graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in marketing. After college, she worked at 2 hospitals as Human Resources Director in San Mateo, CA and Va. Beach, VA. She realized through her experiences that she had a love for working with people and helping them through various situations.
Over the past 10 years, she used her benefits experience and worked at 2 insurance companies in Va. Beach, which lead to a successful career with New York Life. In the summer of 2015, she decided to start a company with a long time friend, Noel Evans, called Lifetime Solutions Plus.
She is a member of the Business and Legal Society of the Jewish Federation, a mentor at Seatack Elementary School, and a member of the Professional Women’s Society of Va. Beach. Shari is excited to add working with our athletes through LIFT to her volunteer time.
Deepak R. Talreja M.D., F.A.C.C.,Advisory Board Member
In Practice Since 2004
Deepak Talreja, MD, a Virginia Beach native, completed his undergraduate education (1993) and medical school at the University of Virginia (1997). He completed an Internal Medicine residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville (2000), and a Clinical Cardiology Fellowship (2003) as well as an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship (2004) at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. His special medical interests include treatment of coronary artery disease coronary intervention and structural heart repair (including catheter based therapy for aortic stenosis and closure of atrial septal defects and patent foramen ovale). He has extensive training and expertise in echocardiography, nuclear cardiology with special interests in stress echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography, valvular heart disease, and preventative cardiology. Dr. Talreja is active in cardiac research programs. Dr. Talreja is on the faculty of Eastern Virginia Medical School and routinely participates in medical lectures throughout the region. He volunteers in the community and in the Virginia Beach Free Clinic.
Cardiac Catheterization and Complex Coronary Intervention
Structural Heart Disease (Valve Disease, PFO and ASD Closure)
Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology and Noninvasive Imaging
Lipid Management and Cardiac Prevention
DERBY BRACKETT,Executive Director
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.
Jamie Rhoades,Program Coordinator
Jamie Rhoades is an ACE certified personal trainer and started her journey with LIFT as a fitness coach during one of the very first LIFT boot camps at the Virginia Beach oceanfront in 2013. Jamie has a passion for healthy living and exercise; she loves sharing that passion with others in hopes of improving the quality of life for all members of our community. Jamie has had a career in sales and marketing with various companies and most recently served as the Event Coordinator for EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program, another local non-profit agency. Jamie and her husband, Jeff, are long-time Virginia Beach residents and owners of 2 local restaurants called Your Pie. Jamie is a self-proclaimed gym rat and enjoys running, being outdoors and spending time with her 2 sons.
Elizabeth Hurley,Program Coordinator
Elizabeth Hurley is a Registered Dietitian in Raleigh, NC. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While working toward her degree, Elizabeth became a group fitness instructor, and upon graduation, she became a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She has always been passionate about helping others learn to enjoy fitness and nutrition and reach their goals. Elizabeth went on to get her Masters of Science in Nutrition from Meredith College in Raleigh, where she also completed her Dietetic Internship. While at Meredith, Elizabeth was a leader of the Nutrition Graduate Student Association, a student run organization that provided Master’s students with professional development, networking, and community service opportunities. She was also a leadership team member of the Meredith chapter of The Campus Kitchens Project, a national nonprofit aimed at reducing food waste and food insecurity in the local community. Elizabeth worked with Jim White during her dietetic internship and was able to attend a LIFT graduation program. She knew then that she wanted to bring this program to Raleigh, a community that has a large homeless population that could benefit from the nutrition and fitness education that defines our LIFT program. Elizabeth hopes to launch LIFT in Raleigh in 2019.
In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys creating new recipes, running, and spending time with her 4 year old pup named Boone.