Board of Directors
Founder, CEO – Jason Hill
Jason Hill is the Founder & CEO of Young Warriors. Jason is the visionary and strategic leader of Young Warriors and gives a compelling and authentic voice to the program. Jason builds interest in and support for the organization, both internally and externally, in fulfillment of its mission of inspiring boys to be great men.
Jason’s passion and learned leadership qualities led him on a journey from victim to victor. In 2010, Jason resigned from a thriving 10-year career in corporate sales and invested his entire life’s savings to help fatherless boys and single-moms with the much-needed support. Jason was another under-fathered statistics. Before his intervention, Jason was a guy with no education and no life skills. After mentoring, Jason was transformed at age 25 to a successful, confident man making over a six-figure income. Jason has a unique ability to be respected by board members as well as gang members. Surrounding himself with smart, passionate and hardworking individuals, Jason has taken the challenge of changing the culture of the fatherless in Los Angeles and around the World.
Eric was selected second overall in the 1983 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. An immediate success, he established rookie records for most rushing attempts (390), most rushing yards gained (1,808) and most touchdowns rushing (18), including another two receiving touchdowns. His efforts earned him All-Pro, Pro Bowl, Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors.
In his second season, Dickerson continued his onslaught on the NFL record book becoming a member of the 2000 rushing yards club. Twelve times in 1984 he gained more than 100 yards rushing, breaking the record of 100-yard games in a season held by O.J. Simpson. His 2,105 total yards rushing beat Simpson’s 1973 NFL season record of 2,003 yards. No one has since rushed for more yards in a single NFL season. Dickerson retired from the NFL as the 2nd leading rusher of all-time and in 1999 he was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Eric hardly knew his father and was raised by his great-aunt and great-uncle, Viola and Kary Dickerson. Viola, without doubt, has been the single most important influence in Dickerson’s life. In 2013, Eric decided to join forces with Jason Hill and the Young Warriors team in an attempt to tackle one of America’s most devastating social issues, fatherless children.
Christopher S. Edmonds
Christopher S. Edmonds is the Founder and Managing Partner of Enerecap Partners, an Atlanta-based strategic financial consulting firm focused on energy-related concerns. Enerecap provides strategic advisory services to energy companies in the U.S. and around the globe in a variety of areas including mergers and acquisitions, capital formation and structure as well as restructuring and other strategic growth initiatives.
Mr. Edmonds and Enerecap have become well known for applying common sense solutions to complex financial and strategic challenges, especially for small cap energy production and service-related companies. Mr. Edmonds began his financial career in the trust and investment management division of a large Midwestern bank and served as the Chief Investment Officer for a private trust company managing approximately $1 billion throughout the Midwest. He was also instrumental in creating two energy-centric investment firms in the Southeastern United States.
He has devoted a significant amount of his professional career to non-profit leadership and management, serving as the Vice President of Planning and Research for a regional planning firm in his home state of Kansas as well as several years as a Senior Fellow at the National Leadership Institute on Aging at the University of Colorado at Denver. He is the immediate past president of the Morningside Elementary School Foundation, a Foundation dedicated to enhancing curriculum excellence for his children’s school in Atlanta. Chris has been a regular guest on CNBC, Bloomberg Television and regularly quoted in the national and regional print media. He was an early contributor and columnist in his role as Senior Contributing Editor at TheStreet.com, the financial website created by Jim Cramer as well serving as a consulting producer for finance and political television coverage in Midwestern markets.
While not traveling, speaking or searching for the next great energy company, Mr. Edmonds can be found rooting for his Kansas Jayhawks, coaching his son and daughter’s basketball, baseball and soccer teams, and trying diligently and desperately to improve his golf game. He and his family live in Atlanta.
As Supply Chain Director for Nestlé USA’s International Brands Division and Intermarket Supply, Henry Morita, identifies, develops and executes the international logistics, transportation and governmental compliance criteria for the import and export functions. Henry started his career at Nestlé USA over 20 years ago after graduating from CSUN where he studied marketing and accounting. Over his career, Henry has held 9 different roles in logistics and manufacturing and has had the opportunity to live in 8 different cities. This has provided Henry with extensive knowledge of the international and domestic business units.
When you don’t see Henry at work, you will most likely find him either on the golf course, watching some form of sports with family and friends or in the kitchen where he will be testing out his latest culinary creations.
As Managing Principal, Josef Rettman leads NEI with a commanding industry knowledge and tireless attention to detail. For over 25 years, Josef has been committed to consistent and unparalleled client satisfaction. He brings his expertise in construction, financing, and project development to each project. Josef’s drive and dedication is demonstrated in every aspect of a project and throughout NEI.
Gustavo was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended one of the top high schools in California, Notre Dame High School. Gustavo set the GPA record of 4.714and earned a four-year scholarship to Stanford University. He graduated with Honors and founded the Stanford Finance Organization which
has placed over 200 of the top Stanford undergraduates into leading roles at Wall Street firms. Gustavo began his Wall Street career in Morgan Stanley’s New York headquarters, managing a $300mm investment portfolio at the age of 23. After earning the top analyst ranking and post MBA promotions, he accepted an offer to join a $3Bn hedge fund. Gustavo significantly outperformed the stock market during the financial crisis and launched a hedge fund in Silicon Valley with legendary investor, David Siminoff. After running a successful hedge fund and 12 year investment management career, Gustavo decided to pursue his passion for sports by teaming up with Eric Dickerson to disrupt the sports industry.
Louis Jacques – Program Director
Louis has been with Young Warriors for the last 4 years and is a passionate advocate for fatherless boys. Having grown up in Boston Massachusetts without a father figure, Louis struggled as a young boy to keep on a positive path. Fortunately, at the age of 15, he was given the opportunity to work with a peer education program. From that point forward, Louis began working with his peers in organizations all over Boston, including the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council, Governor’s Alliance against Drugs and Boston Youth Peer Education. In his quest to work with youth, Louis has done everything from Aids Walks to Soccer Marathons and Peace Rallies.
Louis truly enjoys giving back to the community and building up our youth. He has joined Young Warriors to provide guidance and to show these young boys that they can be more than just a “product of their environment.” Louis wants to motivate the Young Warriors to be better and to wipe away the negative stereotypes surrounding fatherlessness.
Tamika Lewis – Single Parent Educator
Tamika graduated from Cal State Long Beach with an M.S. degree in School Counseling and completed her Masters degree in Social Work at UCLA. Tamika received the NASW Student Social Worker of the Year Award two years in a row, and was presented with the UCLA MSW Student Excellence Award. Tamika has an extensive background in both clinical and academic counseling and has received specialized training in grief recovery, sexual assault and PTSD.
Shortly after graduating from UCLA, she began her 10 year stint as a clinical social worker and high school counselor. Somewhere in between she landed on planet motherhood. Really Tough. But Really, Really Fun!
Over the years, Tamika has collected the stories and insights of many hearts and minds. She weaves storytelling into every aspect of her clinical work, which transforms the healing process for clients.