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YPN Spotlight: Tonya Thomas of Daughters2Mothers and Divine Care Inc

YPN Spotlight: Tonya Thomas of Daughters2Mothers and Divine Care Inc

Posted:  December 26th, 2011 by:  YPN MIami comments:  0

Tonya Thomas began her career with a passion for helping people. In 2006, she founded Divine Care Inc., a Home Health Agency that empowers mentally challenged adults to lead self sufficient lives. Since then, Thomas also established Daughters2Mothers, a non-profit organization with a co- parenting initiative designed to empower, build character, teach life skills, and reduce single parenting among low income families.

Throughout her career, Thomas has remained dedicated to serving the community tirelessly. Besides mentoring over 300 inner city students, she has also served as a court appointed Special/Advocate/Guardian ad litem, a mentor for Educate Tomorrow, and has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Big Brother Big Sisters, and Switchboard of Miami.

Her humanitarian and philanthropic service has also extended internationally. Thomas has partnered with families and schools in Managua, Nicaragua where she has helped build homes for families and even adopted a school of 32 children that she will follow from primary school until high school. Thomas has also raised funds through the Nica-Miami Fund to help provide the tools and resources to send a Nicaraguan child to college.

In addition to her community service activities, her professional pursuits led to her appointment in 2009 to the Community Action Agency Board of Directors for Miami Dade County. Thomas also servers as the chair of the Youth Initiative Committee and as a College Counselor for College Summit.

Thomas is truly an example of a young professional who truly understands the impact that one can make in her community. The South Carolina native and mother to two children earned a Bachelors Degree in Biology from the University of Miami, a Masters Degree in School Psychology from Barry University, and is currently working on a Doctorate in Adolescent & Child Psychology. Thomas is also certified as a helpline counselor at Switchboard of Miami.

 

1. How long have you been in your field and to what do you attribute your success?

I have been in the public service and social service field for about 15 years.  Between the support of my family and children and my passion for serving others, public service has been a natural course for me.

2. What role, if any, do you think networking and navigating the South Florida business environment has played in your success?

Networking has played a valuable role to the growth of my non-profit, Daughters2Mothers, as well as in my personal life. Serving in various committees and on non-profit boards throughout South Florida has proven to be a remarkable experience that has connected me with influential professionals and partners.

3. As a young professional, how do you think you could benefit most from an organization such as YPN Miami and the Miami-Dade Chamber?

The mentoring program and networking opportunities within both organizations will truly be beneficial to my professional and personal growth.

4. Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?

As Dr. Fulton-Thomas, I will be a sought after motivated speaker to teen parents throughout the South Florida region.

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