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.

Official Yoga Instructor for the University of Georgia sports teams

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

Director of Nutrition

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

Director of Running

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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Corinn Gurak

Personal Trainer

My name is Corrin Gurak! I am currently a student at the University of Georgia studying advertising! In high school, I was a runner in cross country and played soccer, which made running and weight lifting a part of my daily routine. My junior and senior years, I became fascinated with the world of eating healthy and working out. This fascination eventually spiraled outside of my realms of control, and I spent much time my freshman year of college learning healthy living, which always needs balance!

I knew after this that I wanted to share the joy and balance of healthy living with the women around me! I became a fitness instructor at Crunch Fitness in Athens. I love encouraging my clients (who always become friends) to reach their goals. These passions lead me to TransFit, where I fell in love with the mission of Caroline and the other instructors here. I am excited to begin teaching an upbeat and exhilarating Transformer class in the evenings!


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Emily Deitz

Yoga Instructor

I am excited to be a part of the Transfit Community!  After the birth of my second daughter, I was drawn to the practice of yoga.  It was during one of those practices that I felt lead to teach so I pursued my 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification.  My practice and teaching style centers around power vinyasa.  I love the idea that all movement is linked with breath, both on and off the mat.  Yoga helps me center my mind and body and provides calm and connection to spirit, making me a better wife to my husband, Brian, and mom to Briley Paige and Eliannah Jane!

My favorite Bible verses are Philippians 4:6-8 -  Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.  When I practice yoga it reminds me to connect to spirit and focus only on things excellent and worthy of praise - breathe in light and let go of that which isn’t serving you.  This daily meditation connects me to God and allows me to feel his grace.  


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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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Pam Adams

Director of Spiritual Development & Outreach

About five years ago I was at a transitional point in my life (about to be an empty nester) and desired to take better care of my physical health. I asked around for some recommendations for personal trainers and a friend suggested Transfit.  What I didn’t know going into the studio that first time, was the extent to which I would be blessed.  I gained a dear friend and sister in Christ , and I also gained a community of women on a quest for optimal health like me. 

I have been married to a wonderful man, Mark, since 1984. We met at the University of Georgia and married a couple of months after graduation. I taught school for the first five years of marriage, but soon life got busy with Mark’s career which included many moves around the country as well as an international move, and raising our three boys. During these years I invested most of my time in women’s ministries, serving on leadership teams, having some of the most amazing spiritual mentors. Some of these women had such a great effect on my life that they will always be part of my story. When we moved to Athens about 13 years ago, I began working in college ministry at the church we attend, mostly with college women. It’s been a great joy to serve these students.

Now, with my last college group having just graduated, I have decided to transition and join TransFit as Director of Spiritual Development and Outreach, where I will lead weekly Bible studies, help clients who desire spiritual guidance and prayer, and lead outreach projects to give back, all while working alongside the leadership team to encourage and inspire the community to live transformed and glorify God in body, mind, and spirit.


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Cassie Owens

Marketing Director

My name is Cassie Owens! I am currently a senior at the University of Georgia majoring in Advertising with a minor in Sociology. Throughout my entire life, I have been extremely passionate about art, beginning to paint at a very young age. My passion for art and design led me to pursue a pathway where creativity can flourish. Raised in a small town in the North Georgia Mountains sparked my love for the outdoors, and I love staying active by enjoying His creation through hiking, running, biking, and kayaking. Upon entering college and transitioning to living on my own, it became more difficult to stay active as well as staying devoted to God’s overall plan for me. The past few years on my own have been a learning experience as I continue to work on my health and wellness as well as seeking for a closer relationship with the Lord. 

I am very excited about joining the TransFit team as the new Marketing Director! I originally fell in love with the team’s mission and inspiration for a healthy lifestyle, and I’m excited for this position to allow me to express my creativity while watching God transform the lives of the group of women in the TransFit community. This position will allow me to further develop skills within my field of advertising as well as help me continue to stay on track with my physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. I’m eager to experience an unforgettable bond with all of the women who share a passion for fitness and worship!  


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Jade Hulsey

Operations Director 

Hey everyone, I’m Jade Hulsey! I’m a senior Marketing major at UGA & I’m taking over the Operations Director position this January. I’ve been around some training and have met some of you, but I can’t wait to meet everyone else!

I cheered competitively from 4th grade to my senior year of high school, so I’ve always loved classes when it comes to exercising rather than doing it on my own. I’m a Delta Zeta and I’m also in a business fraternity and Make-A-Wish— I’ve always enjoyed being really involved outside of school. I love shopping & I’m a huge animal lover (I have 2 mini shih tzus and a Chihuahua at home)!