We at Smart Fit Girls™ know we are better together! We have gathered a rock-star group of women who help guide and lead us as we grow. Meet all of the women below; see why we chose them and why they chose us.
Vice President – Teressa Nakamoto
Expertise: Communicates and works with the community, program development and implementation, and has previous experience leading a successful non-profit.
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Teressa Nakamoto grew up an athlete and believes in a girl’s strength of body and mind at any age. As Director of Strategic Partnerships for Reality Changers, Teressa facilitates the strategic growth of the San Diego-based nonprofit’s 12th grade college application program, which has guided more than 1,000 youth to become the first in their families to go to college. By successfully working with community leaders and establishing the business infrastructure, she has expanded the number of youth served by 30% and is poised to multiply these numbers in the next two years. Beginning her career in Washington, DC at a multinational executive search firm while supporting the former Secretary of Defense’s Congressional internship program, she has worked with organizations ranging from The White House, to the National Football League, to The New York Times. Leaving Washington for Silicon Valley, she managed corporate partnerships at a social enterprise connecting inner-city youth with technology giants including Cisco, Facebook, Google, and eBay. Teressa graduated magna cum laude from San Diego State University and currently lives in Southern California with her husband.
Teressa Nakamoto grew up an athlete and believes in a girl’s strength of body and mind at any age. As Director of Strategic Partnerships for Reality Changers, Teressa facilitates the strategic growth of the nonprofit’s college application program, which has guided more than 1,000 youth to become the first in their families to go to college. Beginning her career in Washington, DC, she has worked with organizations ranging from the NFL to The White House. Leaving Washington for Silicon Valley, she managed corporate partnerships at a social enterprise connecting inner-city youth with technology giants including Facebook, Google, and eBay. Teressa graduated magna cum laude from San Diego State University and currently lives in Southern California with her husband.
Treasurer – Jill Richards
Expertise: Provides financial advice and assists with tax return filings and non-profit status.
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Jill Rickards, A Certified Public Accountant, Entrepreneur, business and executive coach. I have owned a public accountant firm for over 30 years where I have been able to fulfill on my passion of supporting businesses and the stakeholders. My work is in the area of assisting my clients in meeting goals and objectives and effectively using their resources. Recently, someone said to me that I would be a great coach. Although, I have been coaching for several years informally, I went to a coaches training program and became certified as a coach and now have added that service to my offer. Over the years of practice, one industry that has always stood out for me is the non-profit sector. I have served on many non-profit boards and enjoy making a difference in serving others. I am married for Karl and we have three daughters and four grandchildren. I am interested in transformational work and have studied with Landmark Education, Newfield Network, and the Strozzi Institute.
Director – Denise Anderson, PhD
Expertise: Develops and supports fundraising activities and identifies prospective donors and grants.
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Denise M. Anderson, PhD is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences at Clemson University. Denise was previously a faculty member in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management. Her research focuses on improving girls’ and women’s access to leisure as well as examining the impact of leisure education on college student development. Denise’s passion project is her weekend camp, Finding Your Voice, which focuses on introducing middle school girls to outdoor recreation activities such as kayaking, rock climbing, and backpacking with a focus on improving physical self-efficacy as well as body image. The camp uses a volunteer all-female staff consisting of graduate and undergraduate students in parks, recreation, and tourism management as well as local women as activity instructors for both outdoor recreation as well as yoga and self-defense.
Director – Charisse Bowen
Expertise: Identifies potential revenue models and advises on general business operations.
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Charisse Bowen is an award winning entrepreneur with over 18 years experience working in the media and online technology space. Her expert knowledge in marketing and communication, television production, and event execution has attributed to a deep understanding of business dynamics, start-up strategy, public relations and investor relations.
Charisse began her career working as a producer for Warner Brothers in their development department and later as a production manager on shows for MSNBC, A&E, MTV and CBS.
In 2006, Charisse moved to Ft. Collins, Colorado, where, upon her arrival, she began GenGreen LLC. GenGreenLife.com was home to the largest database of green businesses in North America with over 100,000 member companies across 24 different industries.
In early 2011 GenGreen LLC was acquired allowing Charisse to change her direction and start exploring other ways to get involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Northern Colorado.
In May of 2012, Charisse was named the Managing Director of the new Institute for Entrepreneurship within the College of Business at Colorado State University and was charged with getting the Institute established. She created and led programs such as the CSU Venture Accelerator, the CSU Hatchery and the CSU Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge during her time with CSU.
Charisse was named one of the ‘Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals in Colorado Business’ by ColoradoBiz magazine, as well as one of the “Top 40 Business Leaders Under 40′ by the NCBR. TreeHugger.com also named her one of the ‘Hottest CEO’s of Cool Green Companies’.
In September of 2014, Charisse left Colorado State to join the team at Galvanize based in Denver to help launch the next evolution in education, GalvanizeU, a fully accredited Master’s degree program based in San Francisco for Data Science. In early 2015, her focus changed within Galvanize and she was brought back closer to her home (and to her heart) and charged with launching of one of the newest Galvanize campuses in Fort Collins.
Charisse is currently the Campus Director at Galvanize Fort Collins and is living life to the fullest helping the 50 startup companies that call that campus home grow and thrive. In addition to being Campus Director, she is also on the board of the Institute of Entrepreneurship at Colorado State University, Start Up Colorado and Smart Fit Girls.
During her free time, Charisse likes to spend her free time outdoors with her entrepreneurial husband, David, and her three daughters.
Director – Michele M. Doucette, PhD
Expertise: Provides technical support and website development.
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Michele currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Integrated Curriculum for Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Much of her current focus centers on managing, collecting, validating, and mapping course curricular elements for all four phases of the medical school curriculum. In addition, she oversees the day-to-day management and delivery of the Medical School curriculum.
Michele holds a PhD in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Nutrition Science from Emory University, a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from Georgia State University, and a BS in Engineering Sciences from Aurora University. She completed her postdoctoral work at Emory University in cell nutrient biology while receiving additional pedagogical training for undergraduate education. After leaving Emory University, Michele served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition at Georgia State University (GSU), where she taught undergraduate and graduate nutrition courses and conducted research in tailored web-based weight intervention programs.
In addition to her responsibilities at GSU, Michele also served as a Health Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity in Atlanta, GA. Her work at the CDC included “translational” research, which focused on evaluating the most current research in the area of overweight/obesity and chronic disease and summarizing the findings in written materials targeted for health professionals and the lay public.
Michele also has served as the Chair of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group, a 4,900+ member subgroup of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, specializing in weight management.
Director – Helen Thompson
Expertise: Advises the board on general non-profit operations, rule and regulations, and identifies and advises on grant submissions.
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As the former director of America On the Move in Colorado, Helen worked at the University of Colorado Denver at the Center for Human Nutrition. In this capacity she assisted the Center director, in spanning the boundaries between scientific and translational research. Helen and her team conducted research on programs they developed for America On the Move promoting small changes in lifestyle. A major focus of her work was promoting environmental and policy changes to facilitate active living and healthy eating in communities in an effort to create a healthier Colorado. Helen has used her background as a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator in working with non-traditional partners to create opportunities for lifestyle behavior change. She now devotes her time in retirement volunteering for organizations that promote health and wellness across the lifespan. text.