Overview of Interests
Tonya has three children, two of whom have special needs. Jasmine is in a support program at Hillsboro High School. She participates on a youth advisory council and with Bridges for the Deaf and hard of hearing. She attends events like "Disability Days on the Hill" and converses with legislators. She has learned to be her own advocate.
Tonya says it is her life's mission to help other families address challenges. She is a Statewide Family Resource Specialist for Family Voices of Tennessee, a parent advocate and emotional support to families. She participates in outreach events sharing her knowledge with other families about navigating systems. She is an active participant of Employment and Community First (ECF) CHOICES advisory boards and was a long-term board member of Empower Tennessee promoting the mission for independence and accessibility for all people.