Tonia comes to us as a clinical preventive worker.Tonia has had experienced with various populations in this role and is skilled in supporting families in who are affected by mental health symptoms that create barriers to effective parenting. Tonia also has several years of experience in working with people with developmental disabilities. Tonia has a strong history of advocacy for underserved populations.
Tonia is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where she serves as chair of the Connection and Social Action Committee as well as treasurer for the Rochester Twenty Pearls Foundation. Tonia is also a member of Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church where she is the chair of the Life Stages Women’s Conference.
Tonia grew up in Rochester and is a proud graduate of Rochester City School district. Tonia is married to Chris who has been supportive throughout her educational and professional journey. Tonia and Chris have six adult of their own children, but many call them mom and dad.
Tonia is excited about coming to Mary’s Place and becoming more familiar with the needs of the Refugee population and partnering with families in a different, more immediate way. Tonia is a strong advocate of human rights and welcomes the opportunity to learn and grow families from various cultural backgrounds.