Tonya has been working in the field of child welfare for over 20 years. She holds a Master's Degree in Social Work and is completing doctoral study in education. Her doctoral work includes research related to school success for students in the foster care system and strategies for creating collaboration between public schools and child welfare systems. Over the course of career, Tonya has focused her efforts on training child welfare and community staff on issues related to strength-based practice, fatherhood and cross-system collaboration. Tonya enjoys conducting research on child welfare related topics. Tonya's professional experiences include curriculum development, training of child welfare and human service staff as well as social work education of undergraduate and graduate students at Rhode Island and Providence Colleges. She has also served as presenter at local and national conferences.
In 2010, Tonya became the Interim Director of the Child Welfare Institute. She looks forward to building on the excellence of the organization. More importantly Tonya looks forward to using the Institute to bridge public and private organizations to better meet the needs of their shared client systemsTonya's specific areas of expertise include:
Tonya welcomes opportunities to collaborate with stakeholders and partners in human services.