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 Chair
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, Secretary
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 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.
BRIAN DUNCAN,Board Member
Brian Duncan is a REALTORⓇ and is President of Brian Duncan Group, Inc at Creed Realty in Virginia Beach. He has helped hundreds of clients buy and sell homes since 2006. Prior to becoming a real estate agent, Brian served in the US Army as a Saxophone Player with the 82D Airborne Division Band including a deployment to Iraq in 2003 and with the US Army Forces Command. He continues to play music and performs regularly with the Top Hats Big Band throughout Hampton Roads. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Hampton Roads Chapter of Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals. Brian attended Old Dominion University with an academic focus in business administration. Some of his fitness achievements include completing two half marathons and finished the full Shamrock Marathon in 2010. He also enjoys photography, surfing, and spending time with his wife and daughter.
DERBY D. BRACKETT,Board Member
Having worked with individuals with disabilities and disadvantages through her career, 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 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 with her husband, Doug, to chase their 7 grandchildren and one active lab, Rainey Storm, on the beach.
LINDSAY BANGEL,Board Member
After initially pursuing a career in public relations, Lindsay decided to return to NYU for graduate school for a Masters in Early Childhood Special Education. She worked as a second grade Special Education teacher in East Harlem for nine years for a special program with the New York City Board of Education for students with autism. After 14 years in NYC, Lindsay moved back to Virginia Beach and started her business LABL VB, a boutique that sells fashionable activewear. Partnering with Jim White, Lindsay created a small space within the Laskin studio, to launch her store. Lindsay quickly outgrew that space and now has a store at Hilltop North called The Collective. Lindsay participated in White House to White House for two years raising over $5000 with corporate sponsors and personal donations. She has volunteered with LIFT at the Salvation Army. Lindsay enjoys working out, traveling and attending concerts.
JERRY HARRIS,Board Member
Jerry Harris is an attorney at the Office of the City Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach. He works in their litigation department where he represents the City of Virginia Beach and its various departments at administrative hearings, all levels of state court and in federal court. For the five years prior to his current position, Jerry worked as a Commonwealth’s Attorney prosecuting serious felony and misdemeanor offenses in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Jerry attended James Madison University where he earned a degree in Public Administration in 2007 and went on to complete law school at Regent University School of Law in 2010. Jerry currently volunteers on the Cape Henry Collegiate Alumni Board of Directors and on the Board of Directors of HOLA (Helping Orphans in Latin America), a local non-profit organization. He is a lifelong resident of Virginia Beach where he currently lives with his wife (Bryceleigh) and young son (Kip).
SHAWN BUDDENHAGEN,Board Member
Shawn Buddenhagen is honored to serve on the board of the LIFT Foundation. Shawn is an avid endurance athlete and often sees the homeless in need during his runs through the city. Volunteering for LIFT is his way of lending a helping hand to those that need it. Shawn has participated twice in the foundation’s WH2WH fundraising relay.
Shawn is a Director of Property Management for Runnymede, a local commercial real estate company. A native of Virginia Beach, Shawn graduated from Kempsville HS and studied Psychology at ODU. He has a passion for endurance sports and has completed multiple Ironman distance triathlons and ultramarathons up to 100 miles. Also, Shawn coaches volleyball for his two girls and serves as the volleyball program coordinator at West Kempsville Youth Athletics.
ELIZABETH DUNCAN-HAWKER,Board Member
Elizabeth Duncan-Hawker, founded “Red Hawk” Strategic Solutions in 2015 with the desire to help businesses strategically grow clients and sales. She brings 28 years of executive level business development experience working for organizations in Virginia and North Carolina. Clients seek her help with boosting client engagement, market and referral growth and new program development.
Her niche market is teaching relationship marketing to grow donors, sponsors, clients, and referrals. She is actively requested as a speaker to organizations to enlighten audiences on ways to build strategic growth.
Elizabeth is known as a strong facilitator and business strategist, with keen insight for strategic growth potential. A graduate of ODU and Strayer University, she is deeply rooted in the Hampton Roads community. We all recognize Elizabeth’s signature
red-hair branded so well as the RED HAWK.
Chris Wood is a 2004 graduate of Old Dominion University with a BA in Business Administration/Accounting. He has been in the field since 2004 but has been preparing taxes for over 18 years. His managerial background helped mold his client-focused, proactive approach to client business taxes in his tax practice, C. Wood & Co, LLC. He is originally from Portsmouth, Rhode Island and moved to Virginia Beach in 1997 to pursue a career in accounting. He is married to his lovely wife Sharon who is a teacher in Virginia Beach and has 3 children: Anthony, Wilson and Zachary, a daughter-in-law Chelsea and 2 beautiful grandchildren, Audrey and Anthony James Wood, Jr. Chris is very active and enjoys the beach, coaching his kids’ baseball and football teams, martial arts and running. Chris also serves as the Senior VP of Finance for Ainsley’s Angels organization.
Jim Golden,Board Member
I like to say that while I am not from Hampton Roads, I got here as quick as I could. Over 30 years ago, I arrived the same way our first settlers did…by boat. A big grey warship that is. I met and married my wife Dawn and she gave me a beautiful daughter Gabrielle. After 10 years of active service in the U.S. Navy, I transitioned into a career in real estate with, then Womble Realty, and soon became part of what is today the largest and top firm in the area, Rose and Womble Realty, rising to Managing Broker. Additionally, I owned and operated a local running and triathlon store here in Virginia Beach for a number of years. Here is where I met and began to work with Jim White and we discovered a common passion to help the homeless here in our own city.
I put my faith in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ first, then my family, fitness and helping others. I value health and fitness tremendously and have made it not just a passion, but a business as well. Through the years I have worked with the martial arts community and do my best to be part of the awesome running and triathlon community in Hampton Roads. I continue to cycle with several of the local riding clubs in the area.
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
JAMIE RHOADES,Executive Director
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 3 local restaurants called Your Pie. Jamie is a self-proclaimed gym rat and enjoys running, being outdoors and spending time with her 2 sons.