If you are a loyal reader of Triad Moms on Main, you have quickly discovered that we are not at a loss for moms who are movers and shakers in our community. We have so many women right here in the Triad who are doing wonderful things for our community, our environment and our world.
To read about the women we have featured previously, click on “Moms & Dads” at the top of the website and you will see our “Moms on the Move” category, which features incredible women from all over the Triad. Today we have two more amazing women to introduce to you.
We hope you enjoy reading about Tonia and Stephanie.
Not many moms thrive under pressure, but this Triad mom does. After receiving her joint MBA/JD, Tonia earned her license to practice in NC and Washington D.C. She began her legal career in corporate law in Washington, D.C. and began teaching business law classes as a professor. Currently Tonia lives in Greensboro and spends her day as a criminal defense attorney in Guilford County. She is responsible for representing criminal clients in District and Superior Court on a daily basis. Tonia is also a member of the Junior League of Greensboro, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Guilford Inn of Court, Guilford Education Alliance, and the Steward Ministry of Mount Zion Baptist Church. She also serves as President of the Greensboro Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and Treasurer of her son’s Boy Scout Troop.
Tonia is the mother of an eleven year old son, Camrynn. He is just as dedicated as Tonia. Camrynn is member of the chess team, Boy Scouts of America, BOLT (Believing in Our Lord Together), and math team. If he is not practicing with the YMCA Bears swim team, he plays basketball and soccer. In his free time, Camrynn enjoys traveling and designing computer games.
Tonia and Camyrnn share a love for traveling. They recently returned from an eight day Disney cruise to St Maarten, San Juan, and the Bahamas. This cruise line offers so many adventures that are conducive to a family environment.
Tonia’s secret to managing such a complex schedule is planning ahead. She is an early riser and plans her days weeks in advance. Tonia is grateful for the cozi family calendar application on her cellphone. Although Tonia has a full schedule, she keeps family first, is dedicated to her career, passionate about helping others, and believes in enjoying life to its’ fullest. Tonia values education, and her slogan is “the true object of education is not merely to make people do the right thing, but enjoy the right things while not merely learning, but enjoying knowledge.”
When Stephanie was hired as the first Development Director at Peacehaven Community Farm last year she knew she was in the right place. Her professional journey has included nonprofit fundraising, for-profit marketing and sales. “I left non-profit work to get my MBA because I was tired of working long hours and wanted to earn more money. But after completing my graduate degree and working in corporate America, as well as co-owning a small business, I realized that I am wired for non-profit work. I need to know that my work is making a difference,” Stephanie said.
Peacehaven Community Farm was founded in 2007 and began gardening on the farm in 2010. Located in Whitsett – between Greensboro and Burlington – Peacehaven became a weekend haven for all walks of people who have young or adult children/siblings/friends with special needs. People of all ages and abilities would gather on Saturday mornings to pull weeds and plant seeds and all of a sudden this magical place was growing relationships in addition to vegetables.
“Being a part of the Peacehaven Community Farm team is a dream come true,” she says. “Our mission to connect people with special needs to their community through shared living and the work of a sustainable farm resonates with me, as I truly believe that everyone has different gifts and abilities, and each of us wants to be respected for what we offer the world.”
Stephanie and her husband Don have two sons, Colin (13) and Sam (10). When she’s not driving her boys around to sports, school or scouting events, or working at the farm, she is volunteering at church or school. The Chandler family is looking forward to the Peacehaven Farm Walk on Sunday, April 26 at 2pm at the farm and invites you to come visit and join the fun. Visit www.peacehavenfarm.org for more information.
Do you know an amazing mom? Email Rachel@triadmomsonmain.com to nominate her as a Mom on the Move!