Eric Horwitz, CEO / Founder
Eric founded LIFT Enrichment in 2010 because he wanted to help young kids develop their culinary skills so they could make healthy foods for friends and family for the rest of their lives. He has worked with kids for over 15 years and enjoys their energy and enthusiasm for learning new things. Eric studied abroad in Italy while at UCLA and discovered a passion for cooking.
Eric volunteers his time with Big Brothers, Big Sister and helping high school kids learn entrepreneurship through the NFTE program. He is a big fan of the Boy Scouts and was award the Eagle Scout badge. In his free time he enjoys camping, travelling, spending time with his dog Emmet, trying out new recipes and going to the movies.
Lisa Nadasdy, Program Manager
Lisa has worked in the after school enrichment arena for over 11 years. Lisa was inspired to join Eric at LIFT so that she can help to educate students to eat healthy and delicious food, all while learning valuable life skills at the same time.
A graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo University, Lisa enjoys spending time outdoors playing tennis and pickleball, doing Pilates, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.
Athena Stratis, Education Services Coordinator
Athena was born and raised in NYC where she developed a passion for food and healthy eating. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked for years in the hospitality industry.
At LIFT Enrichment, she has been able to combine her passion for cooking and educating children. In her spare time she enjoys a good game of billiards, hiking and trying new restaurants.
Our Chef Teachers
Our Chef Teachers come from a variety of backgrounds, but they all have a passion for teaching and cooking!
Chef Altynai loves cooking for her family and joined the LIFT Enrichment team in 2017. She enjoys sharing her passion for healthy eating at her other job at Whole Foods. Her hobbies including hiking and travelling.
Chef Lynne is classically trained in the Culinary Arts, with an emphasis on local, organic, and sustainable dishes. She loves to be creative in the kitchen and aspires to increase her culinary skills to the next level. For her, kids represent the future and that's why she looks forward to teaching them healthy dishes each class.
Chef Kenna has always enjoyed cooking and trying new recipes. After owning her own business for 21 years, she is now enjoying semi-retirement, living by the Ocean and teaching kids to cook! She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, hiking with friends and seeing movies.
Chef Yvette has over ten years of experience as an early childhood educator. Originally from Hawaii, she brings her "Aloha" spirit to the classroom and enjoys sharing her passion for culinary arts with kids.
Chef Trinetta is an LA transplant originally from the East Coast. She has a passion for cooking and loves to try out new recipes from around the world. Outside of cooking she loves to perform and write.
Chef Rosane has been cooking since she was 7 years old. She had decades of experience in catering and event planning. Rosane also loves to teach children and help expand there minds through cooking. In her free time, she enjoys Kenpo Karate, where she is a 6th degree black .
Chef Ruben is from East Los Angeles. Both of his parents influenced his love of cooking. His favorite cuisine is Asian, specifically Japanese because of the combination of flavors mixing in harmony. In his spare time, he attends food festivals and likes to experiment with recipes and ingredients. He enjoys working with kids because of their eagerness to learn and to make them more open minded about food.
Chef Susan is originally from southern California and recently moved back after leaving to raise her children in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico. She grew up learning to cook and bake with her mother and grandmother. She loves her pup and can frequently be found enjoying walks with him at the dog beach. Baking and decorating cakes is her specialty, but she enjoys learning any new techniques and skills in the kitchen. She loves working at Lift Enrichment, combining two of her favorite things: cooking and working with kids.
Chef Myrna is a Los Angeles native. Her father is a cook and she shared that passion for cooking and wanted to follow in his footsteps. She trained in New York City at the Culinary Institute of America. She enjoys all cuisines and is partial to seafood due to its versatility. In her spare time, she reads cookbooks and experiments with new recipes. She enjoys teaching kids because they are eager to learn which makes it fun for all.
Chef Nathalia is from Brazil and she has been in Los Angeles for over 5 years. Her Mom and Grandma taught her to cook at a young age. She is passionate about Latin cuisine and spices. In her spare time, she likes to travel, going to the beach and cooking for family and friends. She enjoys working with kids because of the opportunity to teach them skills that will remain with for years to come.
Chef Jasmine is from Los Angeles. She learned how to cook at a very young age with her father. Cooking was and still is a bonding time that they share. Even today she still enjoys sharing the kitchen with her father where they continue to learn from one another. She is passionate about all foods that are healthy. Her favorite hobby is dancing. She likes to work with kids because they are full of energy and have a desire to learn new things.
Chef Olga is from El Monte. She learned to cook at the young age of 7 and continued her training at Le Cordon Bleu, graduating in 2015. She spends her spare time with her son at the park or baking. Teaching kids makes her happy because of the difference you make in their lives and the joy you witness when they achieve their goals.
Chef Joah is from Culver City. He learned to cook from his parents. He enjoys all types of cuisines and like top create new recipes on the fly. In his spare time, he experiments with ingredients. He enjoys teaching kids because their minds absorb everything they see & hear and they are hilarious with their reactions.
Testimonials from our staff
"Keep enriching our younger generation with life essential skills of cooking. Thank you guys for what you do and thank you for giving us the opportunity to work with kids and teach them how to cook." - Altynai
"I love my job!" - Lynne
"I'm happy to be part of this company and that it continues to grow." - Jasmine
Join our team! Apply with the "Work With Us" link on our website