Dancing with our future stars

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Jewell Gerald Powell

Founder

Jewell was born in the culturally vibrant country of Peru where she first developed her talents in dance. After coming to the U.S. she followed her heart and the love of her own children to dedicate her life to making the lives of children from around the world happier through various non-profit endeavors. Jewell is working on her degree as Dance Therapist, and Dancing With Our Future Stars is her dream made reality.

William "Bill" Powell

Co-Founder

William came from a small farming family and inspired by his father, established himself in the corporate world as one of the top leaders in his industry. Guided by his strong family values, William actively seeks to use his time supporting many non-profit causes for kids both locally and internationally.

Michael Mario Castro, M.S

Program Administrator

Michael is a native to Oxnard and holds a Masters of Science in Exercise Science & Health Promotion with a concentration in Health & Fitness. He also holds credentials as a Personal Trainer, Speed & Explosion Specialist, Zumba® Fitness Instructor, and has been working with kids in the non-profit realm for over 10 years.

Cindy Rakowitz, B.A.

Non-Profit Leader

Cindy came from New York city before bringing her many talents to the West coast. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, a certification in Crisis Management from Harvard Law, a certification in Group Fitness from the American Counsel on Exercise (ACE), and is working on her Master Certification in Therapeutic Exercise through ACE. As the founder of the non-profit Fit 4 The Cause, she paves the way for Dancing With Our Future Stars.

David Adelmen

Legal Advisor

David is a partner at Greenberg & Bass, LLP and the legal counsel to Fit 4 The Cause, our parent organization. In addition to his legal credentials, David has been recognition for both the 2015 & the 2016 Super Lawyers honor for his work in the areas of Real Estate, Business/Corporate, and Intellectual Property. David also serves on the boards of New Horizons, Fit 4 The Cause, and Valley Presbyterian Hospital. As the legal counsel to Fit 4 The Cause, he provides guidance in the legal compliance of Dancing With Our Future Stars.

Crizam Carlos

Instructor

Bio Pending

Jenna Ellsworth, M.S.

Instructor

Jenna was born and raised in Ohio before moving to the golden state. With family roots in Austria, she traveled and performed in Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Prague, and throughout the U.S. She holds her Group Fitness certification from the American Council on Exercise and a masters degree which took her into cardiology and Anatomy, Physiology, and Exercise Science professorship.

Ida Johnson

Instructor

Ida is a born and raised Camarillo local with multiple licenses in Zumba® Fitness formats and is currently working on her next certification with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. Ida has been teaching since 2011 and has had the honor to work with kids & teens throughout Ventura County in various programs.

Jolie Caldwell Ker

Instructor

Jolie was born in Los Angeles and raised in New York City before making her way to Ventura County. She holds an Associates in Child Development and health and fitness certifications in massage therapy, group fitness, personal training, dentistry, cosmetology, and more. Jolie has been working with kids and the public for over 6 years now.

Liliana Herrera Means

Instructor

Liliana was born in Colombia where she mastered her dance skills through various training teams as a child before moving to the  U.S. 8 years ago. She holds multiple Zumba® Fitness licenses and is currently working on her Group X certification through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. As an established dancer she was asked by the Department of Bellas Artes of the University of Quindío to teach music and dance to children affected by the 1999 earthquake in Armenia, Colombia. Since then she has continued to make a difference in the lives of children through her art.

Fit 4 The Cause - Our Parent Organization

Dancing With Our Future Stars is honored to be hosted under Fit 4 The Cause, a 501(c)3 non-profit. Fit 4 The Cause provides therapeutic exercise and nutrition education to those who cannot afford trainers or attend gyms under normal circumstances. They serve 500 beneficiaries including vulnerable children, at risk teens and fragile seniors in Ventura, Simi Valley, Conejo Valley and the San Fernando Valley. Fit 4 The Cause principally service low-income communities where many residents experience metabolic and ambulatory challenges.