MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS
Ronda is co-owner Empower Personalized Fitness. She and Jessica Bottesch founded the company in 2004 and share responsibility for all aspects of the business. Her main focus is on business development, strategic planning and creating and assessing benchmarks for success and growth.
Since opening in 2005, Ronda has helped Empower increase its footprint by almost 2/3 its original size, achieve important tactical milestones, develop and implement best practices and ensure that Empower is ready and able to adapt to the demands of the marketplace.
With over 20 years of experience in the health and wellness field, Ronda has worked in several different settings including the clinic, high school and on the collegiate level as the Head Athletic Trainer. She has also taught high school Health, Physical Education and Sports Medicine classes. Ronda’s knowledge of pre and post rehabilitative therapeutic exercise coupled with her passion for teaching others the importance of establishing and maintaining healthy lifestyle behaviors led her to pursue a career in personal training.
Ronda is a nationally certified and North Carolina licensed athletic trainer. She is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a certified BLS Healthcare Provider CPR + AED by the American Heart Association. She holds active memberships with the National Athletic Trainers Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the National Academy of Sports Medicine and IDEA Health and Fitness Association.
Ronda received her B.A. in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her master’s degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management with a concentration in Sports Management at North Carolina State University.
Ronda enjoys the challenges surrounding the growth and development of a small business. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, being outdoors, spending time with her husband and daughter, reading and playing with her dogs Bailey and Winston.