Chapter President Tonya McKenzie is an author and public relations consultant by trade, a child advocate by choice. Tonya’s firm, Sand & Shores PR works with speakers, authors, entrepreneurs and small businesses seek the publicity and media attention that they need to grow their businesses and profitability.
Tonya started her career campaigning and being elected as a Senator at California State University, Northridge (C.S.U.N.) As an Associate Executive Director at the YMCA, Tonya co-authored the FIT Kids Manual for the Contra Costa Health Services. Mrs. McKenzie was the first African American elected to the Oakley Chamber of Commerce as a Director. Tonya served as an appointed member of the Youth Council for Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover. Tonya was elected and is currently serving as the first African American women elected to the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors and serves on the City of Redondo Beach GPAC (General Plan Advisory Council) shaping the esthetics of this beachside city for the next 20 years. Her body of work with chambers has shaped her into an advocate and valuable resource for small businesses.
Tonya McKenzie, the queen of conversation, can be found highlighted in the pages of Amazing Moms: Parents of the 21st Century. Mrs. Tonya McKenzie is the author of a memoir titled, A Child's Memories of Cartoons and Murder, addressing non-combat-PTSD, predatory behavior, generational dysfunction and domestic violence. Tonya has partnered with ACE Connection & Kaiser to increase awareness of the effects of childhood trauma and build more trauma-informed communities. She is the host of My Morning Coffee Podcast and has culminated her work with the nonprofit, private and the public arena to step out and speak up for the empowerment of women, the future of our children and disadvantaged youth. This book is a conversation starter. Tonya truly believe that DEVIENCE BREEDS IN SILENCE and it’s time for us to speak up!