Biographies of F.I.R.E. founder and One Temple Fitness co-founders.
About the Founder of F.I.R.E. / Co-founder of One Temple Fitness
Maya Angelou eloquently wrote, “Living a life is like constructing a building: If you start wrong, you’ll end wrong.” From a young age, it was instilled in licensed clinical and forensic psychologist, Dr. Gimel Rogers, Psy.D. to help people and she discovered that she is most effective in accomplishing this objective by being an agent of change, while building interpersonal relationships.
Mover and shaker, poet and motivational speaker, this recipient of a full scholarship from the Bonner Foundation, graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Cum Laude from Spelman College. While at Spelman, she continued to develop her passion of helping adolescents and young adults. Although Dr. Gimel had many defining life changing moments in her undergraduate career, being the Vice President of Student Affairs Global Experience and the Co-Chair for the 10,000 Girls Initiative was the most influential and pivotal for her career. In these positions, Dr. Gimel fostered experiential learning through global experience for ladies at Spelman College, and raised money for the 10,000 Girls program in rural Senegal, enabling young girls to become self-reliant by promoting education and employment. From her life experiences, in 2008 she coined and founded Fearless Individuals Resistant to Entrapment.
She has also been a moderator and panelist at The Call to Womanhood Conference, featured in Emory's Public Health Magazine, discussing HIV prevention, facilitated 1st Year Bonner Development Series workshops, chartered the first Student United Way in Georgia at Spelman College, chartered Morehouse College Alpha Lambda Delta chapter, formed partnerships between Teen Action Group (TAG) and AGAPE Community Center as well as The Boys and Girls Club of Metro-Atlanta, guest moderator for The Los Angeles Urban League, Young Professionals, and sat on the junior board of directors as the Director of Outreach for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles.
Further, she is a licensed psychologist and the Training Director of the Professional Clinical and Forensic Services department at the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT). She earned her doctorate from Pepperdine University and has provided trauma focused care with clients from the Children of the Night Program, the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility, FCI Terminal Island, and community programs serving survivors of intimate partner violence. She utilizes an array of therapeutic interventions with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapy. Dr. Rogers presently works with survivors who are recovering from emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Additionally, she assists clients who are involved in criminal, family, and civil cases involving a broad range of forensic issues. Having published in the areas of culture, coping, spirituality, and trauma, she is an adjunct professor at Pacific Oaks College, Pepperdine University, and Point Loma Nazarene University. Dr. Rogers dedicates time and energy to individuals across the world through her organization Fearless Individuals Resistant to Entrapment (F.I.R.E.) and its brand One Temple Fitness.
Dr. Gimel dedicates her time and energy to youth across the world, living by Yasmeen Graham’s quote, “She was very stern and firm. She pushed me, and I didn’t like it for a long time. But now I push myself, because I know that my limits are more than I thought they were.” Through F.I.R.E., Dr. Rogers wants to continue to push people to break through their chains and understand that there's no limit to becoming their best selves through her thought provoking and relatable approach!
About the Co-founder of One Temple Fitness and OTF Chairman
A quote reads that "there is no greater force than a woman determined to rise", which perfectly demonstrates Erin Haywood's drive to live a purposeful and healthy life.
Currently attending Loyola Marymount University, Erin Haywood is actively pursuing a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling under the School of Education. Ms. Haywood is an intern at the University of California Los Angeles’s Career Center and the West Los Angeles College’s Student Success & Support Program. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and a minor in Africana Studies from San Francisco State University.
During her undergraduate studies, she worked for Associated Students Incorporated as a Retention and Recruitment Coordinator for underrepresented students. After graduating, she was hired by the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, where she facilitated college and career curriculum for middle & high school students. In addition, she was promoted to be the Education Director, where her main responsibilities were to build sustainable partnerships with local schools, while fostering a culture of learning and curiosity for all members.
After eight years of working in the Bay Area, Erin moved back to Los Angeles, where she accepted a Program Manager position for City Year, an educational nonprofit that serves high-risk schools. While at City Year, Erin worked closely with school stakeholders to improve school culture, in order to promote student achievement.
Erin believes that education reform should be grounded in mental health services, career and college readiness, and leadership development. Through F.I.R.E., Erin wants to empower and equip individuals to reach their full potential and live healthy and productive lives.