Tonja pursued her heart’s passion of becoming a Registered Nurse and was inducted into the Beta Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in December 1992. She successfully graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in the spring of 1993. Tonja began her nursing career at Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center. While employed at Tallahassee Memorial her professional career flourished in the areas of Maternal / Child and Neurology. In January 1996 Tonja relocated to Orlando, FL and continued her career at Orlando Regional Medical Center with an emphasis on Internal Medicine. Tonja continued to excel in her professional career with valuable experiences in education, nursing administration, and marketing.
In 1999 Tonja became a member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of Eatonville, FL where she experienced enormous spiritual growth. Accepting her calling as Parish Nurse, Tonja completed the Parish Nurse Preparatory Program at the Florida Hospital Parish Nurse Institute in September 2007. With prayer, guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the support of Pastor Willie C Barnes, the Parish Nurse Ministry was implemented at Macedonia in October 2007.
As Parish Nurse, Tonja remains faithful and dedicated in her service to the Lord. She currently serves as Co-Chair for the Health Ministry and is an active member of the Addictive Behavior Recovery Ministry (ABRM) as well as Women’s Ministry. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Central Florida Black Nurses Association.
Tonja is the proud mother of son, Channing.