Tonya has been working in the field of child welfare since 1991. She holds a Master's Degree in Social Work and a Doctorate in Education. Her doctoral work focused on 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 dedicated her efforts to training child welfare and varied community staff on issues related to strength-based practice, fatherhood, and cross-system collaboration. Tonya enjoys conducting research on child welfare related topics. Her professional experiences include curriculum development and the training of child welfare, human service, and educational staff. Tonya has also served as an undergraduate and graduate adjunct professor at Rhode Island and Providence Colleges. She currently teaches in the Elementary Education Department at Rhode Island College and the Social Work Department at Providence Colleges. Tonya has a distinguished history of local and national conference presentations.
In 2010, Tonya became the Director of the Child Welfare Institute. In this capacity, she oversees training development and implementation for all staff at The Department of Children, Youth, and Families and their community partners. Tonya also administers ongoing professional development programs through the Adoption and Foster Care Certificate Program (http://www.ric.edu/socialwork/pcelicensing.php) and the Continuing Education in Social Work Program (http://www.ric.edu/socialwork/pcelicensing.php).
Tonya looks forward to building on the excellence of the Child Welfare Institute. More importantly, Tonya is excited to use the Institute as a vehicle for building bridges across public and private organizations to unify their efforts to meet the needs of their shared client systems.Tonya's specific areas of expertise include:
Tonya welcomes opportunities to collaborate with stakeholders and partners in human services.