The Board of Trustees of Collaborative Divorce Texas is happy to announce that after seventeen years of filling the role on a part time basis, Ronda Robinson has agreed to provide her services as CDT’s Executive Director full time. As Executive Director, Ronda is responsible for the day-to-day activities of CDT. She wears many hats and wears them all equally well. At any given moment, Ronda can change hats according to CDT’s needs.
As most of our members know Ronda from her most visible jobs, physically manning the CDT booths at Spring Conference and Advanced Family Law Course, and the CDT telephone/email at all times, very few need to ask, who is Ronda Robinson? Still, I thought it might be nice for our members to know some basic facts about her. Ronda was born in Chicago, Illinois and at two years old, moved to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area where she grew up. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona and did post graduate work at the University of San Diego. Ronda is married to Roger and they have one son, Aaron who is a nurse and is married to Smith. Perhaps more importantly, on March 28th at 11:02 a.m., she become a grandmother to grandson, Miller Miles Robinson who decided that he could not wait for his due date to meet his “Yaya” and chose to announce his presence to the world.
For the past six or seven years, Ronda has been very involved in the Susan G. Komen walk, starting first as support for the walkers, then as an official crew member for three years while taking part in day three and walking the twenty miles that day. In 2020, Ronda was planning on walking all three days until Covid hit and with the Dallas walk still being virtual for 2021, she moved her fundraising to the San Diego 3-Day Walk. Ronda’s full team, “TEAM Steps” has raised over one million dollars since its existence and her personal goal is to raise four thousand three hundred dollars this year.
Ronda has been involved with collaborative divorce since 2003, the early days of The Collaborative Institute of Texas, when she was hired part time by our then President, Larry Hance. She continued working for CLI-TX and in 2004, was named our Executive Director. Ronda has been the unwavering support to the twelve Presidents who succeeded Larry. I am certain that each of the other Presidents would agree with me, she makes our job easier every day with her affable disposition, expertise, historical knowledge, and willingness to go above and beyond for us and particularly for CDT. With each new President, she has cheerfully learned a different way of running the organization as she adapted to the personal style of the President.
Her excellent interpersonal skills are readily apparent as she interacts with members all over the state making herself available (it seems 24/7) to answer every question large or small that one of our members, prospective member or board trustee has. There have been few days in my year as President of CDT that we did not exchange at least one email and most days, it was many more.
When I asked Ronda what she would say if seated next to Bill or Melinda Gates on a plane, she responded with, “Hey, did you ever think of divorcing collaboratively to resolve your issues? It is a much less destructive process then standard litigation. I can tell you more about it!”
Ronda is excited about the opportunity to continue to help CDT grow and assist its members more fully. If you have any questions or concerns about CDT, please feel free to contact Ronda, she is ready!
Thank you for all that you do, Ronda!