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.
Dawn Richardson, Education Services Coordinator
A Los Angeles native, Dawn has worked in the education industry for over 10 years and enjoys helping kids realize their full potential. She likes that LIFT Enrichment empowers kids to take charge of their health by learning about fresh ingredients and expanding their palates.
Dawn is a mother of 3 boys and in her free time enjoys working out, spending time with her family, watching her boys' basketball games, rooting for the Dodgers, and relaxing at the beach.
Jenny Salmeron, Program Manager
I am an Ashford University Alumni, and have a degree in Behavioral Science. I have worked within a school setting and after school programs for 20 years. I believe that enrichment classes are the foundation to a life of success and fulfillment and what better way than cooking and preparing delicious foods.
I am a mother of two wonderful boys and advocate for children with special needs. I enjoy traveling the world with my family. Some of my hobbies include scrap-booking, cross training and fine dining. I am passionate about my family and healthy healthy.
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 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 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 Peter Schell currently lives in Bellflower California with his Wife. He has been cooking since he was a little kid with his Grandmother. His Grandmother gave him the passion he has for cooking and he has used that passion to work in all kinds of restaurant jobs. Peter has been a Chef, Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Manager, Server, Bartender, Food Caterer, and is now a LIFT Culinary Instructor. He also went to Le Cordon Bleu and is finishing up his Bachelors Degree in Food Science and Nutrition.
What Peter loves the most about LIFT is that they have a real passion for teaching kids about food. He also likes how LIFT teaches kids not just how to cook, but also teaches kids about nutrition and history! Peter hopes that the kids he teaches now will one day grow up and have a passion for cooking and eating healthy!
Chef Jennifer loves cooking as a form of meditation. She has a keen sense of taste for quality and delicious food, influenced by her parents who were both farmers growing fresh organic fruits and vegetables. She is passionate about supporting local farmers and sustainable agriculture. She is a big foodie and enjoys seeking out food festivals and events. She loves sharing tips and culinary skills with her family, friends, and students.
Chef Kristina has a real passion for cooking and loves working with kids! She sees cooking as the perfect self care practice and hopes to teach her students to love it the same way! Learning to nourish yourself with wholesome foods and a variety of fruits and vegetables are the pillars for a lifetime of health. Chef Kristina is a graduating senior at UCLA with a biology degree and hopes to continue her career in holistic medicine and nutrition!
Chef Candace's love for food and the culinary arts began at age 6. As she began her carreer in the food industry, she worked hard and learned a lot from her peers and managers. Now Candace has been blessed to do great work with LIFT Enrichment. She truly enjoys what she does!
Chef Marisol Ortiz is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, who is passionate about inspiring a happy and healthy well-being while cultivating confidence in the kitchen and creating positive experiences around food. In her free time, she enjoys to spend time with her family and friends, trying out new restaurants, traveling, dancing, yoga, and the beach.
My name is Chef Jashley Campa. I just moved back to Orange County after living in San Francisco for the past ten years with my German Shepherd. I was a substitute teacher with a degree in Communicative Disorders and Special Education. Currently I am attending Chapman University studying to get my Master’s in Elementary Teaching with credentials in Multiple Subject.
My love for cooking is a my newest found love. I worked as a caregiver for a young boy who loved to cook and he unleashed the great Chef I am. Nothing’s better than feeding those around you and seeing them enjoy what has been created!
Chef Chris has over 10 years of experience in the realm of teaching. His passion for food stems from his home state, Texas, and he has experience creating and perfecting a variety of Tex-Mex dishes. Chris brings this passion for teaching and cooking to every class he teaches and finds inspiration in watching his students learn about history, nutrition, and - most importantly - how to cook!
Chef Terri Laronda grew up in Newport Beach, CA, and competed in gymnastics for the better part of her childhood. Physical health continued to play a key role in her life as an aerobics instructor for nearly 13 years, specializing in kids’ fitness. To further her knowledge in healthy living and nutrition, she enrolled in an extensive culinary program at Le Cordon Bleu in Austin, TX and earned her certified culinary degree. Chef Terri has expanded her culinary knowledge in the grocery, bakery, and restaurant management industries. Her true passion is in teaching children how to cook and learn nutritional values which brought her to Lift Enrichment in September2018. In November 2017, she became a published
Author of a children’s cookbook featuring healthy recipes from A-Z with Little Spoon Cooking. She desires for all people of all ages, to learn the benefits of healthy eating and share their knowledge with their family and friends.
Hello, my name is Chef Clare! I grew up in California and Hawaii which allowed me to experience cultures from all over the world. I love to travel abroad and experience each destination's unique culinary traditions. I am studying global health, and would like to become a registered dietitian. Working at LIFT Enrichment allows me to engage with the future generation, helping them learn the skills of cooking and also the nutritional components of the food we make. Because of my personal goals in education and health, it is so fulfilling to have a part in guiding the next generation into a healthier future!
Chef Emma Henderson was born and bred South African but currently from Australia, has her Masters in Nutrition and Bachelors in Sports Science so loves all things health and fitness. Her life's passion is to educate the young on the importance of a healthy lifestyle that begins with eating the correct food. Her focus is to help reduce the incidence of non communicable diseases that is caused by the society we live in today. She believes that continued education on these issues is the only way to combat the problem. Her past work experience includes being the nutritionist for a junior elite talent development club in Western Australia and has vast experience teaching underprivileged rural remote indigenous children how to cook healthy affordable meals. Her day job consisted of writing health and fitness courses for a community college and running her own Bootcamp and personal training fitness classes for the community she lived in, in Western Australia.She moved to California for her Husband who is American and is still passionate about continuing her life's purpose in America, where the obesity challenges and lack of knowledge and education around healthy nutrition is one of the worst in the world. Being able to pass my knowledge of healthy eating onto children by making learning fun and exciting is such an rewarding process. Our younger generation deserve the best start they can get in life and there is nothing I like more than to help provide this to them.
Chef Semone brings her excitement about the arts, science, and creativity to the classroom with Lift. She lives in OC with her partner, and enjoys meditation, yoga, blogging, and being a plant mom.Chef Semone brings her excitement about the arts, science, and creativity to the classroom with Lift. She lives in OC with her partner, and enjoys meditation, yoga, blogging, and being a plant mom.
Chef Sarah is an avid foodie who loves to share her passion for cooking with the world. She works with kids & adults in healthy & fitness. Being able to incorporate her knowledge of nutrition & food is the most exciting part of he job!
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
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