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Empowered Youth


Our Team

Colleen Adams

Founder and CEO

Colleen Adams is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Empowered Youth. Colleen’s professional background has come from her powerful executive experience in large corporations such as Ralph Lauren, Harper’s BAZAAR Magazine and Perry Ellis International. As a former Fashion Industry and Publishing executive Colleen was well prepared for the challenges of launching a non-­‐profit, and the Job Development Program to train and employ our deserving inner-­‐city young men. To supplement her experience, Colleen has worked diligently receiving Presidential Volunteer Awards, and in accordance with such non-profit organizations such as the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.


Jerry Fickel


Jerry Fickel, an expert in managing and breeding livestock for 35 years in his own business in Miami, Florida is leading the team’s financial initiatives. As a former VP for Select Sires, Jerry has worked in budgetary planning and sales with renowned movements into the Latin American market in the agricultural industry, and also spearheaded many organizations promoting the import and exportation of agricultural products in the U.S. Fickel has been a full time volunteer for EY for the last two years, and acting Chief Financial Officer.


Valerie Hill

Director of Community Engagement

Valerie Hill is the Director, Community Engagement for Vibe 305. A recent graduate of the University of Miami with a degree in Human and Social Development, Valerie specialized in Community and Program Development, which makes her a perfect fit for Empowered Youth. Valerie studied abroad at The University of Cape Town South Africa; where she helped develop the social entrepreneurial division of Sisters 4 Sisters, a local non-­‐profit. Valerie currently also works part time at the Center for Social Change working to cultivate social entrepreneurs in Miami.


Lisa Dorfman

Meet Lisa Dorfman, MS, RD, CSSD, LMHC, FAND, Empowered Youth Culinary Nutritionist & Educator

Known internationally as The Running Nutritionist®, Lisa is a leader to industry, the medical community, academia, the public and press. A Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, Board Certified Professional Counselor, Diplomat of The American Psychotherapy Association, Certified- ISAK certified anthropometrist, USAT & F & USA Triathlon coach, Certified Reiki Practitioner & Fellow of The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Lisa is regarded as one of most prominent leaders in her industry worldwide.

Lisa has built a diverse career offering Integrative Sports, Performance and Clinical Nutrition counseling and guidance for more than 15 hospitals and medical centers; corporate programs, government with the Federal Correctional System, Metro-Dade Police, US Department of Customs, and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA); & as a Culinary Dietitian working with chefs and staff worldwide at Sandals Resorts, Ritz Carlton, Doral Saturnia, and Bitter End Resorts in the BVI. She has been a culinary educator at Johnson and Wales University & Miami Culinary Institute & serves as the Chairperson of the Miami-Dade College, Miami Culinary Institute Advisory Board.  A media spokesperson, Lisa has appeared on 20/20, Dateline, Good Morning America Health, FOX News, CNN, MSNBC and ESPN and has been featured in numerous publications including: USA Today, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health & Runner’s World magazines.

Lisa is the author of 8 books, including her latest Legally Lean: Sports Nutrition Strategies for Optimal Health & Performance (2014). www.LegallyLean.com

Lisa & her partners, Chefs Will Ltaif & Mari Vila launched  Legally Lean™ To Go a Farm-to-Table performance nutrition meal delivery service & food line based on her book & customized to individual’s personal dietary needs, sports goals & special preferences. www.LegallyLeanToGo.com

Lisa is also a founding partner for CTHRUNutrition, a global mobile food App consumers can download FREE which will provide users with personalized dietary formulas to meet their goals and guide them in grocery stores worldwide while providing transparency on food, fluid and supplement ingredients, recommended options and access to nutrition experts.

Lisa is a competitive runner and former pro triathlete who has competed in more than 34 marathons (PR 2:52:32), IronmanUSA Lake Placid, dozens of half marathons and 1/2 ironmans, and hundreds of running and multisport races. In 2004, she competed for the United States on Team USA at the World Long Distance Duathlon Championships. She is personal nutritionist for high school, collegiate & professional athletes in the NFL, MLB, NBA, PGA, USTA, US Skating was the US Sailing Olympic and Paralympics Team Nutritionist for the 2008 Olympics & serves on the USOC Sports Dietitian


Lupe Joy

Lupe Joy is an generous, creative and hard-working member of our team! Lupe is willing to take on any project and will get it done with astounding results! She is an entrepreneur,  having founded and directed Urban Organic Solutions, Inc. She also served as a Job Developer for people with Developmental Disabilities, placing record number of individuals in jobs! Lupe is currently working in the first phase of our program as the Program Coordinator.