Ronda Oberlin is Certified Floodplain Manager through the Association of State Floodplain Managers and a Certified Emergency Manager through the International Association of Emergency Managers. In 2013 she was awarded the George Hosek Outstanding Service award by the Michigan Stormwater Management Association, recognizing her as the Michigan floodplain manager of the year.

Ronda has a B.A. in Communications and is currently working toward her M.S. in Emergency Management, with expected graduation date of December, 2015. Ronda has been employed by the City of Lansing since 1992. As an Emergency Management Specialist since 1999 she has focused on natural hazard mitigation, particularly flood mitigation, and crisis communication. She is a co-creator of the Do 1 Thing emergency preparedness program (do1thing.com), which applies principles of effective communication to encourage emergency preparedness for individuals and businesses.

As the first child on the playground to realize that monkey bars were, in fact, a death trap and that the destructive power of the merry-go-round should not be placed in the hands of children, Ronda was destined for emergency management from a young age. She has now realized her lifelong ambition of being able to nag everyone else’s family to take shelter during a tornado warning, as well as her own.