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Tonya resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband Curtis and two children, Dante and Layah. Together they attend Elevation church where Tonya serves as a children’s ministry leader and her husband serves an Usher. Serving God together as a family is something, they look forward to, in hopes to see Heavenly changes on earth. In fact, this is where the relationship began between the founder, Shenique Carmichael and Tonya. After a brief meeting the two felt a connection and knew that this was just the beginning of their friendship.

Tonya started volunteering with the organization in 2016 shortly after her introduction to Leah’s Hopes and Dreams. She quickly realized her calling and felt led to join the organization as she wanted to make a difference in the lives of those they served. Her role in forming relationships between the community and the organization began immediately. It’s plain to see that her passion for helping people is something that’s carried out in her everyday life not just within the organization.

Tonya Dean has over 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry. While working as a catering director, for the largest foodservice company worldwide, she was known for building lasting relationships and maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction. However, in 2018 Tonya felt led to leave her previous occupation in Corporate American and joined Leah’s Hopes and Dreams fulltime. She has been working alongside the team to achieve various goals to propel the organization forward. She believes that this is just the beginning and knows the best is yet to come.

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