My Story

I have been in the health and wellness field for over 25-years; it is my passion and, occasionally my nemesis. I am thankfully a product of Title Nine, as it was passed after my 9th grade year of high school. I felt as though high school athletics were my salvation. Life was confusing as a child interested in sports beyond ballet, but limited to boys. I remember the first day of basketball practice bringing so much joy, that I thought I might explode. My interest in athletics, Math and Science prepared me to pursue a Master’s in the relatively new fields, Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology. In my professional career I’ve worked with cardiopulmonary rehab programs, taught college-level courses, directed hospital-based wellness centers, and owned my own Personal Training company. In 2008 I discovered Warren Wilson College. WWC’s community offers a challenging academic curriculum, introduction to a strong work ethic, an emphasis on serving our community, and the freedom to explore. I am fortunate to call this beautiful campus/community my home.


  • B.S. in Biology, Millsaps College, Jackson
  • M.S. in Exercise Physiology, University Of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg

Research Interests

  • Weight Management
  • Fitness Conditioning
  • Disease Prevention

Courses Taught

  • PED 107, Introduction to Strength Training
  • PED 192 Nutrition and Fitness for Beginners
  • PED 208 Advanced Cardio and Core Conditioning

Crews and Other Activities

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Optimum Performance Trainer
  • De Vries Fitness Director
  • Avid College Sports Fan

Contact Donna Read

(828) 771-3004
DeVries Gymnasium HP 206
CPO 6321
PO Box 9000
Asheville, NC 28815