About Active Plus
Today, more than 1/3 of U.S. adults are obese and approximately 12.7 million children are obese in the United States. Active Plus is an organization established to educate children by disseminating information about healthy lifestyle choices including, but not limited to, healthy food preparations, the importance of exercise, and the availability of proper health care' to stimulate, foster, encourage and promote the exchange of ideas, information and opinions on contemporary issues affecting personal health. Active Plus is not just a non-profit organization tackling a community need, but an organization in the field of emergency response. Vulnerable communities, specifically in NYC are being denied access to proper nutrition and fitness due to socio-economic status, lack of education, and lack of resources, resulting in health-related illnesses leading to death.
We specialize working with students through sports & recreation, nutritional workshops, cooking workshops, community volunteering, educational health field trips and mentoring.
Active Plus creates conventional but engaging, time-saving, and educational routines that entice members of all ages in the community. What sets this non-profit organization apart is their wholehearted commitment and investment to the youth they serve and their client’s health.
Want to learn more about Active Plus? Take a look at our 2018 Annual Report!
Meet the Active Plus Team
Tarik Kitson is a health care administrator at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and President/Co-Founder of Active Plus. Tarik has been working in the health care arena since 2004. He obtained his Bachelors of Art from SUNY Geneseo and Masters of Public Health from Columbia University.
He was a four year collegiate basketball star while also receiving many educational accolades and community activism awards. In 2013 Tarik Kitson co-founded Active Plus and was featured on NY1 highlighting his work being done in East Harlem.
His intense dedication to end the obesity epidemic keeps his drive to fight for his community.
Wayne Charles II
Board of Directors Treasurer
Mr. Charles has worked with various organizations and causes in the Harlem community for the past decade. He currently works as a Bookkeeper at 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and a licensed real estate professional. His vast network of local leaders and organizations in the community has been very beneficial for the growth of Active Plus. Wayne obtained his BS in Business and Administration with a concentration in Management from SUNY New Paltz.
Wayne was introduced to Active Plus through his involvement with Rotary International. At the time he was president of the club and collaborated with Active Plus on community events in the Harlem community.
Wayne enjoys meeting new individuals and exploring new cultures and food cuisines. He believes strongly in helping the youth of tomorrow and has been influential in various youth events in the local Harlem community. Wayne resides in Harlem, New York.
Board of Directors Secretary
Dwayne Norris has been a financial service professional at New York Life for twelve years. Dwayne is a constant donor to nonprofit organizations, but gets the most satisfaction from hands on community service work. Through his four-year membership with the Rotary Club of Harlem he has spearheaded book drives that have allowed the donation of over two thousand books to students in Harlem schools. He works with the Education Clinic and Reading is Fundamental annually to read to the children and teach them to dream big and work for their goals. Dwayne volunteers time to assist at shelters in the city and hand out meals at food pantries. Through his involvement with Active Plus, Inc. and the Rotary Club he has provided health & fitness workshops to the youth and parents in the community and continues to be an advocate for living a healthy lifestyle. Dwayne is a martial artist who has been training in Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do since 2008. Each week he volunteers his time to teach classes at New York Martial Arts Academy to new students and his peers. Dwayne was voted by his fellow club rotary members to become the new club President, and began his first term July 1, 2016.
Tara Chambers has been a risk consultant at EY for 14 years and is a Certified Public Accountant. In this role, she works extensively with top companies in enterprise risk assessment, internal audit, process improvement, and third party licensing. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting.
Beyond her work at EY, Tara is passionate and purposeful about her work in the local community, particularly under-served neighborhoods. In addition to her board membership at Active Plus, she has served for two years on the board of Nazareth Housing, a non-profit focused on providing supportive housing and emergency family shelter programs.
Tara is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Accountancy at Baruch College, teaching Managerial Accounting to business students. In this role, she is able to realize her passion for education, teaching, and inspiring future leaders.
Board of Directors
Kumar Kanumilli has over 25 years of experience in Wall Street working for Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Lehman Brothers and Barclays. Currently he is an Executive Director at JP Morgan Chase. Kumar has advanced degrees in Computer Sciences, Engineering and MBA from Columbia Business School, Columbia University, New York. Kumar is a thought leader in technology and finance. He is passionate about improving the access for the economically disadvantaged to the banking and finance. He ran an NGO in India which helped hundreds of people below the poverty line to get micro loans by connecting them to banks and reputable lenders on a p2p lending platform. He contributes tirelessly to Children and youth programs. He is an avid long-distance runner and regularly participates in charity running races.
Board of Directors
Judith’s professional work has been an expression of her commitment to the holistic development of youth and communities. She brings over a decade of experience in the nonprofit social service world. Over the years Judith has provided direct support and management of multiple city, state, federally and privately funded comprehensive youth programs.
Judith currently serves as a COMPASS Deputy Director for the city’s Department of Youth & Community Development, the nations largest initiative serving over 60,000 NYC youth through after-school programs, during school closing days, and over the summer.
Judith holds a Bachelor ’s of Science degree in Community Health Education and a Masters in Public Administration.
Judith’s passion for transforming young people’s lives with a positive alternative lead her to Active Plus. She looks forward to leveraging her experience and knowledge working as a youth service provider to support the mission of Active Plus.
Board of Directors
David Corona has over 20 years extensive experience in the fitness and health industry. He is the founder of Start-Living, LLC, a growing New York City based concierge company specializing in a unique blending of fitness and therapeutic services. START specialists work with doctors and physical therapists to assist with any post rehabilitation needs.