Caroline Ward

Owner

My life, much like yours, is in a constant state of transformation to become the woman that God truly wants me to be! I want to share with you part of my transformational story up to this point – as every day is, and will always be, a journey as to how I find my true balance.

After graduating University of Georgia, I practiced accounting as a CPA for 5 years. During that time, I married the most amazing husband who also has a deep passion for health and wellness and we were blessed with 2 precious children, a girl and a boy, 17 months apart! It was while I was holding these two babies in my arms that God sent me a wake up call.

Having 2 babies within such a short period of time, caused me to completely neglect my body and spirit and I fell into a depression. At the time I had no idea what was happening. Tears flowed, anxiety heightened, and many questions surfaced. What am I doing with my life? I prayed for help but heard nothing. Another year passed and I had my third child, Lyla – a miracle. Months after she arrived, I developed another illness, which really took a toll on me physically and mentally.

The questions continued to point me closer to God and I asked, and prayed – Lord, WHAT is my PURPOSE? Finally, in a way I can never explain, He spoke to me, “Do what you love to do!” and “glorify Me through what you love! Love me and love others.” So from then on, I let my passion of exercise, nutrition, and encouraging others flow freely from my soul. I decided to pursue a personal training and nutrition certification and felt that through working directly with people, I could serve Him by developing relationships and encouraging women of all types. I want to help people realize that to change your body, you must transform your entire being – body, mind, and spirit!

True life transformation begins by acknowledging your need for His love and accepting His plan for a whole body healthy lifestyle. It brings me such joy every day to hear success stories from my clients and friends.  I have realized that by getting to really KNOW people and HELP people, I am truly blessed and I am finding my life’s true purpose



Birthday:

December 7, 1977

College:

University of Georgia

Education:

Bachelor Degree: Accounting; CPA
Master Degree: Public Administration

Favorite Sport:

Gymnastics, Running, anything active!

Favorite Book:

The Bible & Born to Run

Favorite Food: 

Sweet Potatoes

Favorite Exercise: 

The Plank & The Lunge

Accomplishments: 

2 time NCAA Gymnastics National Championship Team 1998, 1999; University of Georgia Collegiate Gymnast 1996-2000                  

2014 Boston Marathon Qualifier and Finisher; Mother of three beautiful children.

Certifications: 

American Sports & Fitness Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield CPR, Member of American College of Sports Medicine, Certified Precision Nutrition Coach, Healthy Running Coach: Healthy Running & Newton Running Company


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Katie Woodall

Personal Trainer

Nutrition Consultant
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified

TransFit became a part of my life as soon as Caroline opened her doors! When I first approached her, I was in my late 20s and had two children at the time and zero energy to take care of them or my husband. I told Caroline I wanted to learn how to eat better and add exercise to my everyday routine. In just six short weeks, I could see muscles forming on my body, and I had more energy. I remind Caroline often that she changed my life and her daily inspiration challenges me to continue to be my best.

Exercise and nutrition have become passions of mine. I’ve learned that my fitness goals are a lot easier to reach when paired with good nutrition. I have known for awhile that God wanted to use me in a way to encourage other women — what better way than nutrition — to teach women how we can honor God by fueling our bodies with wholesome foods! This way, we can be better wives, mothers, friends, employees and so on!

My husband, Justin, and I have three kids — Kara, Lane and Cami. I enjoy running on days when I’m not strength training with Caroline. I am excited to help clients with Nutrition Consulting to reach their whole body health goals! 

 


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Lisa Patton

Running Coach and Personal Trainer

Like many of you, I am a busy wife and mother with a desire to remain healthy spiritually, emotionally, and physically.  For me, strength training, running, and accountability play vital roles in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

I grew up competing on the high school and college level in basketball, track, and cross country. After graduating, I coached varsity basketball and cross-country. I also led group fitness classes in Augusta, GA.  I love encouraging others to reach their fitness goals.  After our move to Atlanta, I devoted my time to my growing family of 4 children and began homeschooling.  During this time I also grew my knowledge as a runner.  I began racing and running with several groups in Atlanta.   

 Soon after our move to Athens, I began working one on one with other women helping them meet their running and fitness goals.  I earned my level 1 Healthy Running Coach Certificate as well as completingmy Personal Trainer Certification. I currently write personalized training plans and encourage others to meet their running and fitness goals. I also work one on one and in group settings at TransFit Athens discussing running fundamentals and specific strength training for healthy and successful running.  


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Katie Lord

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

My name is Katie Lord and I am excited to be a part of the TransFit team! Caroline and the TransFit team have been such inspiration to me in my journey to living transformed! They daily challenge me to take care of the body God has given me and work to achieve my fitness goals! I am thrilled to be able to work at TransFit to help women transform their body, mind, and spirit! 

Growing up, I would have considered myself to be fairly healthy and active. I was a swimmer and enjoyed competing on my high school swim team. After high school, I attended North Georgia College in Dahlonega where I received my Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. While in college, I did not live a healthy life style. I found that I really had little knowledge of healthy nutrition and rarely exercised. I was very unhappy with my body and had low self-confidence. After undergraduate school, I attended The University of Georgia and got a Master's Degree in Education. When I was in graduate school, I decided that I needed to make a change and begin a journey to become healthy! I found a passion for running and strength training, and I began making healthier food choices. After graduate school, I was a public school teacher for 5 years. I enjoyed teaching, but felt that God was encouraging me to move in a different direction. God began to show me that my passion is fitness and helping others learn to live a healthy lifestyle and gain confidence in the body God gave them! With the support of family and my sweet husband, I chose to leave teaching to pursue my passion for fitness!  

I am an ACSM certified Personal Trainer and an ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor. I look forward to helping clients reach their whole body fitness goals through personal training. 

 


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Mallory Gilliam

Personal Trainer

My name is Mallory Gilliam, and I am so grateful to be a part of the TransFit community!  I am thankful to share my passions for health, wellness, and faith through TransFit!  I want to inspire, motivate, and encourage all women to trust the Lord with their hearts, minds, and bodies because that's when transformation unfolds.

While attending The University of Georgia, I obtained a Bachelor's degree in Advertising.  My love for Georgia Athletics came alive as I was fortunate enough to carry out my endeavors as a member of the UGA Cheerleading Team.  My time Between the Hedges, on the competition mat, and in the weight room lifted my passion for exercise.  I was named to the NCA All-American Team and honored as one of the Top 20 NCA Collegiate Cheerleaders across the nation.  After cheerleading ended, I moved to Dallas, Texas for my dream internship.  During this time, I truly began focusing on the foods I was putting into my body and I began overtraining.  I was left broken and tired.  This is when I knew it was time to focus on my faith.  I finished my last semester of college and later became a pharmaceutical sales representative.  God had blessed me with everything I wanted, but as I began focusing on my still moments, I felt Him leading me in other directions.  After trying a few other career paths, His purpose for me became clear.  I am passionate about helping others through exercise and nutrition, so I honored His gifts for me, and pursued group fitness and personal training.

I am excited to help TransFit ladies on their journey, and my goal is to encourage transformation through shifting thoughts of comparison and perfection to happiness and peace.


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Kaeti Shurling

Registered Dietitian

Kaeti Shurling MS, RD, LD is the registered dietitian behind KaetiRD, a nutrition counseling practice and Perfect Portions LLC, a healthy, prepared meal service. 

Kaeti graduated from the University of Georgia in 2013 with a degree in Dietetics and went on to obtain her Masters of Nutrition Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2015.  While working in the clinical nutrition field for almost 3 years, her entrepreneurial nature and enthusiasm for proper nutrition education did not fade.  After moving back to Athens in March of 2017 she decided she was ready to help a new population meet their nutrition goals.  Kaeti's nutrition counseling techniques and Perfect Portions work hand-in-hand to help clients comprehend the reality of good nutrition, but also to act on it by fueling themselves and their families with healthy meals.  Kaeti is fully devoted to helping her clients and customers reach health & nutrition goals through small changes and accountability.  


Roxanne Webb

Fashion Merchandising Director

My name is Roxanne Webb and I am so happy to be a part of the TransFit community! Caroline and I have been close friends for nine years and she continues to inspire me daily. Exercise has always been a passion of mine. The encouragement and motivation I get from the TransFit team keep me working toward my whole body health goals.

After graduating from UGA, I worked in retail management for eight years in Charlotte and Atlanta where I enjoyed the buying and merchandising aspects of the fashion industry. I have two children, Evan 13, and Arli 9 who keep me joyfully busy and grounded in my faith. I am thrilled to become the TransFit Merchandise Director inspiring women through clothing and gifts that they are strong, beautiful, confident, and worthy of love! 


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Lauren Klauss

Marketing Director

Hi everyone! My name is Lauren Klauss and I am a senior at the University of Georgia majoring in Digital Marketing. Throughout my entire life, I have always dealt with bouts of depression and I have lived in a state of constant anxiety. I used to struggle with finding a way to cope that still kept my body healthy. Upon entering college and transitioning to living on my own, I lost touch with myself and knew I needed a change so I began working out consistently, eating healthy, and seeking the Lord, asking Him to lead me to a solution. Though I am still working on myself and my relationship with the Lord, my drive for wellness and exercise has made all the difference. 

I originally accepted the position of Marketing Director at TransFit as a way to learn my way around my field of study in school and become a more experienced marketer, but my position at TransFit has been so much more than just a job. Through working at TransFit, I have developed a whole new perspective when it comes to working out, eating healthy and treating my body with the respect that God intended it to have. I have always had a great passion for health and wellness, but Caroline and the rest of the TransFit team have broadened my passion and made me realize how working out isn't just about transforming the body, but the mind and my spirit just as much. It is so amazing to walk into work every day at TransFit and watch as God transforms lives in ways that you would never expect. 


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Brittany Stewart

Operations Director 

Hi everyone! My name is Brittany Stewart, and I am a senior Journalism major at the University of Georgia! Sports have always been an important part of my life. I played tennis on a university tennis team before transferring to the Univeristy of Georgia two years ago. After giving up tennis, it was quite a shock for me because I was no longer required to exercise and practice every day. Instead, I had to start motivating myself. What an empowering experience that was!

Fitness and health are now an important part of my every day. I am so excited to combine my passions and to serve as TransFit’s Operations Director and be surrounded by such faithful, strong and empowered women!